Vintage terminals (was Re: PDP-11 available in New Zealand)

Paul Anderson useddec at
Sat Mar 10 02:06:56 CST 2007

As one of the few "dreaded dealers" on the list (I heard there are others,
but don't know of any), I have to agree that VT50's and VT52's are becoming
rather scarce.  There are still a few parts around. As far as the the VT100
family, most models, except the 103, and the parts are still out there. The
keyboards are getting harder to find.  I just turned down some 131's and
others last week for lack of storage. The VT220's are also still common, as
are the the 320's, 420's, and the newer models. Most units I see don't have
keyboards. The 6 flavors of the 330 ( and their parts) are a lot easier to
find than 340 and 340+.

Some of the larger monitors(VR290, VR297, VR319, VRC21, etc,) are more
difficult to find than the VR201, VR241, etc.  Parts are still around for

I hope this helps.

Paul Anderson

On 3/8/07, Seth Morabito <sethm at> wrote:
> On Mar 8, 2007, at 1:24 PM, David Griffith wrote:
> > On Thu, 8 Mar 2007, Ethan Dicks wrote:
> >
> >> On 3/8/07, Dave McGuire <mcguire at> wrote:
> >>> On Mar 8, 2007, at 1:55 PM, Richard wrote:
> >>>> If you do and don't want the VT52, I'll buy it :)
> >>>
> >>>    You're just a terminal-obsessed freak, and you know it! ;)
> >>
> >> For stuff of the era, the VT-52 is a very handy terminal.  I don't
> >> recall my results with a VT100 or CiTOH-101 (clone), but I was *not*
> >> able to use the VTEDIT macro under OS/8 with a VT220 in VT52
> >> emulation
> >> mode.  The emulation just wasn't good enough.  I suppose one could
> >> find an open-source terminal program and ensure the VT-52 emulation
> >> was up to snuff, but for a plug-it-in-and-get-to-work solution, for
> >> pre-VT52 software, I recommend a real VT52.
> >
> > Where can you get real VT52s nowadays?  I haven't seen one on Ebay
> > for at
> > least three years.
> I'd love to know myself.  I've wanted one for *years*, but I've never
> found one.
> Hell, I can't even find VT100s anymore.  About ten years ago you
> couldn't walk down the street without tripping over VT100s.
> -Seth
> Santa Clara, CA, USA

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