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Agent Orange

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The nostalgia of people who had these computers (or remembered seeing them in Radio Shack) when they were new, combined with the novelty of having a PC in a C64/Amiga/Atari-type form factor. Plus a few popular vintage computing channels on YouTube have featured these machines prominently, especially during "SepTandy".

But you're right -- except for the lack of DOS in ROM, a much cheaper and easier to find 1000SX can do everything an EX or HX can do, and has 640K on the motherboard, 5.25" drive bays, and real ISA slots.

+1 for the SX
 

Eudimorphodon

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The nostalgia of people who had these computers (or remembered seeing them in Radio Shack) when they were new, combined with the novelty of having a PC in a C64/Amiga/Atari-type form factor. Plus a few popular vintage computing channels on YouTube have featured these machines prominently, especially during "SepTandy".

The low-rent YouTube videos I made about my adventures building bizarre Tandy 1000EX/HX expansion boards have around 2000 views between them, so apparently these machines are popular enough even total nobodies get views by merely mentioning their names.

While the EX and HX seem to be especially popular these days, no doubt because of the novelty factor, it actually seems like Tandy 1000s *period* have gotten expensive. When I got my EX in April 2019 I paid $100 for a bundle including it, a Macintosh LCIII, an ImageWriter printer (that I've gotten a fair amount of fun out of) and a pile of keyboards, so optimistically you could say I paid about $40 for it, and that wasn't *that* far off the going ebay rate for a bare unit without a memory board. (Mine did have the expansion bay cover and no broken keys so, eh, it was probably closer to the $60-$80 ballpark, but like I said, not that far off.)

Looking at eBay's recent auctions the cheapest 1000SX to include a keyboard went for $280. Prior to a couple years ago my recollection was they were hard to even give away.
 

kc8eyt

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Looking at eBay's recent auctions the cheapest 1000SX to include a keyboard went for $280. Prior to a couple years ago my recollection was they were hard to even give away.

You are correct. I was picking up Tandys on the cheap three years ago. Now they are insane. Damn you SepTandy! :)

I love upgrading Tandys (especially the EX/HX versions) with XTIDE controllers, Dual COM ports, a standard parallel port, V20 CPU, and a SmartWatch clock. I used to be able to get the Tandy 1000, XTIDE controller, SIIG ISA LPT/COM card, V20, PLUS to ISA converters, and SmartWatch for around $200. I would then sell them on eBay fully loaded with software on a 256MB CF card for anywhere from $400 to $500. But now they are approaching that price with NO enhancements at all.
 

SomeGuy

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IBM 5150 computer CPU units - stack of 8 units & 5151 monitor
Local Pickup only, Iowa City, Iowa, United States
https://www.ebay.com/itm/234029478374?nordt=true

Corona Cordata CS40 All-in-one PC Computer
https://www.ebay.com/itm/194129174136?nordt=true

IBM 5160 XT
https://www.ebay.com/itm/234028812798?nordt=true

Honeywell Bull AP-M 286
https://www.ebay.com/itm/203220879213?nordt=true

"EMPAC XT" generic clone Desktop
https://www.ebay.com/itm/254980536350?nordt=true

Tandy 1000 SX Vintage Personal Computer
https://www.ebay.com/itm/194128854013?nordt=true

Suntac chipset 286 motherboard
https://www.ebay.com/itm/203220879213?nordt=true

Nice full tower AT 386
https://www.ebay.com/itm/363408248945?nordt=true

Generic "Micro Xperts" mini-tower computer with AT case
https://www.ebay.com/itm/194162718631?nordt=true

Nice-ish mini tower AT case
https://www.ebay.com/itm/324646184416?nordt=true
 

kc8eyt

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That 386 Packard Bell wins the title of most yellowed case ever seen. I'm tempted to purchase it just to see if I can retrobrite it back to the original color.
 

vwestlife

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That 386 Packard Bell wins the title of most yellowed case ever seen. I'm tempted to purchase it just to see if I can retrobrite it back to the original color.
My Commodore 128 became that yellow just sitting in a box. Some kinds of plastic can yellow badly even without exposure to UV light.
 

kc8eyt

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My Commodore 128 became that yellow just sitting in a box. Some kinds of plastic can yellow badly even without exposure to UV light.

Did it become brittle? Don't want to retrobrite if the plastic is no good to begin with then.
 

SomeGuy

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Compaq Portable 286
https://www.ebay.com/itm/203491025793?nordt=true
Very dirty. Apparently the seller has three of them.
Why does everything from California cost so much to ship?

Generic no-name luggable
https://www.ebay.com/itm/194195485512?nordt=true

Generic AT tower "Comtrade" 386
https://www.ebay.com/itm/124762428935?nordt=true
Very nice looking.

Generic AT tower "M-Tech" Pentium 200
https://www.ebay.com/itm/255006941194?nordt=true
(isnt it wonderful how "modern" monitors double as a mirror? :p )

Generic AT desktop 286
https://www.ebay.com/itm/353531417239?nordt=true
I used to have a case like that one.

Generic AT tower Pentium 1
https://www.ebay.com/itm/234049015157?nordt=true

Generic AT "Citicom" 486DX 33MHX destkop
https://www.ebay.com/itm/294222270045?nordt=true

Generic AT desktop "JET" 286
https://www.ebay.com/itm/184881003300?nordt=true

Texas Instruments 955 Workstation
https://www.ebay.com/itm/184881003296?nordt=true

Laser Turbo XT
https://www.ebay.com/itm/274828827382?nordt=true

Generic ATX Tower
https://www.ebay.com/itm/164907874168?nordt=true

Leading Edge DC4010
https://www.ebay.com/itm/274828048792?nordt=true

Digital DECpc 433sxLP 33mhz 16mb RAM 420mb HD DOS 6.22
https://www.ebay.com/itm/363426443670?nordt=true

Generic AT full tower "Tyan" Pentium 166
https://www.ebay.com/itm/154480632675?nordt-true

Bunch of 8" floppy drives!
https://www.ebay.com/itm/224492733746?nordt=true
 
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