1966 Mag: Build NE-2 Neon Bulb Computer - scan available

Roy J. Tellason rtellason at verizon.net
Fri Jul 20 01:26:20 CDT 2007


On Thursday 19 July 2007 19:06, Gordon JC Pearce wrote:
> On Wed, 2007-07-18 at 09:19 +0200, Holger Veit wrote:
> > woodelf schrieb:
> > > Peter C. Wallace wrote:
> > >> I think I just found their website whilst noodling around. They can
> > >> make 2.5 million NE-2's a day, minimum order is 100K bulbs.
> > >
> > > I wonder if there are 1000 on this list that want a *New* 1966
> > > computer. :)
> > > I am guessing $.50 each so $500K is a reasonable order size.
> >
> > www.farnell.com, a larger distributor, offers them for 15€ per piece
> > (11,20€ per piece for 100), so costs for a "new" 1966 computer will
> > probably be today in the range of what was was paid for it in 1966...
>
> That can't be right, 15EUR for a single neon bulb?
>
> Gordon

Try pricing some of the other numbers some time...

I had a reel-to-reel tape deck years ago that had a couple of NE45 bulbs in it 
for level indicators.  Nifty looking electrodes in that bulb,  but the price?  
Yikes!

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