It’s time to thin out my vintage computer collection a little.
Below is a list of items currently available.
My order of priority for finding new homes for this equipment is as follows:
- Free of charge (or a swap, if offered) to people in the following categories:
- Under 21 years of age; or
- Retired or unemployed; or
- Not able to afford eBay prices
- Swap for items that are on my wish list (see below)
- Cash sale
- Innovative offers (eg – free use of a holiday home, trade for other items such as a good quality DSO etc
- “I’ll take it if it’s free”
I will however have to balance the above list against the practical problem of dealing with a large number of people. So for example if someone says “I’ll swap you an [insert description of desirable PDP-8 system] for everything on the list”, it may be all over.
This is more about getting the items into the hands of people that might use or enjoy them, rather than a fund raising exercise. Where items are given away for free, this is on the understanding that they will not promptly reappear on eBay or elsewhere!
These items are all located in a small warehouse in Melbourne, Australia.
It will be difficult for me to arrange shipping to you. I will however co-ordinate pickup with you or your shipper.
Please do send through your offers. I will evaluate the offers at the end of this month (October). Anything not sold, swapped or given away by early December will likely go to recycling.
My wish-list (if you are considering offering a swap) is:
- PDP-8 equipment (8/e, 8/f, 8/I, TU56, etc)
- UNIBUS front panel in good condition
- Collectable S-100 systems
- Single board computers (KIM-1) etc
A small number of items below are marked with an asterisk. I may decide to retain some/all of these items unless a good offer is made for them.
Here is the list….
- VAX 11/750 over 4 cabinets, with TU80 and RA81 (*)
- 2 x DECdatasystems in corporate cabinets (11/03 or 11/23, each with 2 x RL drives)
- 2 x VAX 11/730
- 2 x Microvax 3600 in corporate cabinets
- Approx 50 x MicroVAX 3100s (20s, 30s, 38s, 76s, 80s) or expansion units
- Approx 10-30 VAXstation 2000s
- Tektronics 8560 Multiuser Software Development System (11/23 based?)
- VAX InfoServer 1000 in vertical desktop cabinet (*)
- TA78, TA79, TE16 tape drives (*)
- Pedestal Vaxes (2 x 4000-600A) (*)
- Approx 40-50 VT240, VT241, VT320, VT330, VT340, VT420, VT510 terminals
- 16 x BA23 chassis (*)
- Approx 8 x third-party QBUS desktop or rack insert chassis
- Approx 8 x BA123 “Worldbox” cabinets, some with MicroVax boards. Cosmetically these are not in great condition. Some are missing cover panels, others are scratched etc.
- 40-80 boxes of Vax-related documentation
- 3 x DecServer 550 style QBUS chassis suitable for rack mounting (2 x DS550, 1 x Firefox)
- Firefox pedestal
- R400X pedestal
- 4000-300 pedestal
- Approx 12 DEC desktop printers (LA50, LA75, Correspondent, LQP03)
- Approx 6 x Letterprinter 100, DECWRITER IVs, etc
- Approx 12 x VaxStation 17” colour monitors (various models)
- Approx. 20 x Emulex/Sabre/Integraph/Other SDI or SMD drives
- 7 x Pedestal Vaxes (2 x 3400, 3500, etc)
- Approx. 30 RL cartridges
- 2 x DEC LP25 printers
- Plessey VAX 11/750 over 4 cabinets (approx. 5 feet tall)
- DEC RM03 drive
- LG31 printer
- DEC 4000 Departmental Server (Alpha?)
- 2 x Webster Spectrum QBUS systems with 8” drives and Cipher tape drives (in 3 foot high cabinets)
- 2 x VAX8550 Consoles and one set of manuals
- Approx 10 Webster QBUS Desktop systems with 8” drives
- Approx 12 boxes VAX distribution media
- Approx 12 small tape drives (SCSI etc)
- Approx 30 DECserver and DECrouter products (eg DS200)
- AlphaStation 400
- 2 x BA356 blue SCSI racks
- Approx. 40 x BA350 cream SCSI racks
- 1 x HSJ50 cluster controller
- 4 x HSJ40 cluster controllers
- Approx 4 x VAXstation 4000 VLC
- DEC 3000 desktop
- AlphaServer 1000
- 4 x VAXmates with keyboards and mice and one set of manuals
- Various bulkhead panels and cables for VAX machines (2 x DMF32 distribution panels, etc)
Unfortunately I don’t have time to inspect and photograph each item. However the following pictures will give you some idea of what’s involved: