That poor system/36

Patrick Finnegan pat at
Sun Oct 14 11:49:55 CDT 2007

On Sunday 14 October 2007, William Donzelli wrote:
> If you are looking for a pre-S/390 big IBM, you have very few
> options. S/34 and S/36 are just about the only ones. S/1s are getting
> pretty thin. You can mostly forget about finding a pre-S/390
> mainframe, like a 9121, 9221, or 43xx. There are very few of these
> left in the wild.
> That said, I am still looking for an ES/9000 (9021, 9121, or 9221).
> Or even 3090 or before.

ES/9000 boxes were showing at least once a month or so on eBay, about 4 
years ago.  I ended up picking one up two years ago, because it was 
cheap ($9.99, and I was the only one bidding on it) and came with a 
9343 disk box, and 3174-11L.  I believe it's a 9221-191, which is an 
amazingly small CPU - just a 10 or 12U rackmount box.  I think I've got 
all the software necessary to rebuild the HMC, but alas, didn't get an 
HMC with it.

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