Commodore PET

Ethan Dicks ethan.dicks at usap.gov
Thu Nov 8 22:45:36 CST 2007


On Thu, Nov 08, 2007 at 11:24:16PM -0500, M H Stein wrote:
> Date: Thu, 8 Nov 2007 18:37:39 -0800 (PST)
> From: Cameron Kaiser <spectre at floodgap.com>
> Subject: Re: Commodore PET
> 
> >> "Collectible Microcomputers" says: $150 to $400 (chiclet keyboard),
> >> $25 to $150 (typewriter keyboard)
> >> 
> >> But I don't find that their idea of prices translates at all to the
> >> real world.  Maybe about 10 years ago when noone cared about vintage
> >> computers, but not now.
> 
> >FWIW, my Chiclet PET cost me a cool $900.
> --------
> 
> Feh! My 8032/8050 cost me $5000! 
> And the Chiclet PET >$1000 IIRC.

My PET 2001-32N (badged as a 3032 in Europe) was $1195 with a C2N and no
disk...
 
> Of course, that was a while ago, when no one cared about vintage computers
> 'cause there weren't any to speak of, and in CDN$ when they were worthless ;-)

At least mine was in USD.

I got a lot of miles out of that PET.  I still have it and it still
fires up (but I think I have an IEEE problem that may turn out to be
cruddy 40-pin sockets on the VLSI I/O chips).

We were going to get an 8K PET, but my mother decided to get something
that wouldn't be limiting the day it was brought home.  I didn't get a
disk drive for it for many years, and when I did, it was a 2040 with
upgrade ROMs, turning it into a 4040, from University Surplus.

I wouldn't mind getting a chicklet-keyboard PET (I sold that $100 one
I had a few years back for slightly more than I paid), but I don't want
one badly enough to pay $900.  I'd probably seriously consider a broken
PET with a shell in good shape, since I'm confident of my abilities to
diagnose bad RAMs, bad sockets, etc.
 
-ethan

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