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erd

Experienced Member
Joined
Apr 29, 2003
Messages
105
Location
Central OH
Hello,

I've been collecting vintage computers for over 20 years, starting with a DEC PDP-8/L that I haggled down to $35 and an armload of junk at the Dayton Hamvention. Lacking documentation, it took two years of systematic swapping to identify and replace the bad cards (it's much faster now that I have a special chip tester harness).

My main focuses are (non-PC) DEC hardware, 1970s micros (especially those with 6502 and 1802 processors), and boxes with a 680x0-family processor (Amigas, Classic Macs, NCR Towers, etc.). I also have a collection of Sun hardware, but that's more utilitarian than collectible.

My PDP-8 collection is nearly complete - I require only a VT78 (DECmate in a VT-52), a PDP-8/m and a PDP-8/f to have something from each model. Given the prices that a PDP-8/m fetches on eBay, I don't see that happening anytime soon, but hopefully I can track down a VT78 at some point. I doubt I'll ever have one of every PDP-11.

My latest rescue was a box of MicroVAX 2000 and Qbus workstation parts,
and an empty BA-123 with Lab I/O inserts.

-ethan
 

Erik

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Apr 27, 2003
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San Jose, CA
Welcome!

Welcome!

Welcome to the new VC forum!

Where do you find the room for a whole family of PDP-8s? That is an amazing collection!

Erik
 

erd

Experienced Member
Joined
Apr 29, 2003
Messages
105
Location
Central OH
Home for the collection

Home for the collection

My stuff is somewhat distributed... the Straight-8s (along with some of the -8/as, some PDP-11s and the VT52s) are in a friend's basement. The -8/Ls, -8/e, an -8/a and the -8/i are at the computer room at my farm. The remainder (DECmates, -8/S, etc.) are at my house in town.

I don't have a warehouse like some people, but I do have a 30'x50' quonset hut at the farm with about 20 racks of DEC CPUs and
peripherals there (PDP-11s and VAXen). The VAX 8200 and several
more PDP-11s are in my basement.

As I said... I've been at this for 20+ years. Some of this stuff was
purchased at market rates, some was rescue.

-ethan
 
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