Selling Calcomp 565 plotter
mcguire at neurotica.com
Tue Feb 9 12:13:20 CST 2010
On Feb 9, 2010, at 11:30 AM, Philipp Hachtmann wrote:
>>> I find it amusing when people on here say "oh, that's not rare,
>>> it so
>>> trivial to find them." In 99% of cases, it's not. Just because
>>> you might have a stash of something doesn't mean that there's any
>>> more available from anywhere else.
> I find those plotters on a regularly basis. Not one time several
> units. But one here, one there etc. The first came from scrap, the
> second for EUR 1 from eBay (complete with cables), the third one
> came with the 11/40 (that cost me some money - about a quarter of
> the transport costs). The fourth (long one) was luckily found
> elsewhere. And between all finds lay several months. And they were
> not related by any means. So I can say that those units are still
> dropping in from time to time.
I have been looking for a 565, no joke, for fifteen years. I had
one on my very first PDP-8/e when I was about 15, I loved the thing,
then I stupidly sold it. I regretted it badly about a year later and
have been looking for one ever since. If they're so common over
there, would you consider shipping me one? (when I can afford it,
which should be soon)
> What I don't have are the ink pens. I'm still looking for them.
If you have the solenoid assembly, it's not difficult to take a
standard ball-point pen ink tube, trim it down and fit it in there.
I last did it 25 years ago, and I don't recall the details, but I
don't remember it giving me much trouble.
> BTW it's the same with Teletype ASR33 and 35. In fact it's not
> always easy to get rid of those if they're not in pristine condition.
...it took me nearly a decade to find one of those. I'm not
particularly bad at finding stuff, but I live in a part of the (my)
country where there is NO classic hardware. "Old computer" here
means "2GHz Pentium-4". Yes, sometimes I really want to move, and I
probably will, because this area doesn't support the lifestyle that I
want to live...which includes getting cool computer hardware on a
My ASR-33 came from Boston; I picked it up when I was up there
with a truck moving a mainframe for my employer. I'd have driven up
there just for that if I had to. I know YOU find a lot of this
stuff...I assure you that's not the norm. I sure wish it were!
Port Charlotte, FL
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