Mark-8 opinion question
vintagecomputer at bettercomputing.net
Tue Oct 11 23:38:26 CDT 2016
I asked this on vcfed and I don't know how much overlap there is here so I
apologize if this is hitting all the same people over again. As some are
aware I recently won an auction for 9 original Mark-8 boards (it has 4 1k
RAM boards). To say I was elated would be an understatement - I certainly
have some unusual stuff in my collection but this is something truly rare.
And these are rare both in their own right and for what they are - unused.
Pretty much spotless.
I feel kind of in a bind about it now though. As an amateur historian, my
first impulse is to stick em in a frame and hang em. Not even lay a finger
on them. But I've a stubborn practical side. Like that guy that has an
original AC Shelby Cobra and actually drives the thing. He was asked why
he'd actually drive such a rare and valuable vehicle and he said 'What's the
point of a car you don't drive?'. But then he can say that - that Shelby
doesn't have zero miles on it.
Realistically, I'm never likely to own a complete, vintage Mark-8. There
are simply too few of them and I couldn't afford one even if one popped up
(I could afford the computer, just not the divorce afterwards :)). So here
I am with one path to having one that would be, by virtue of the boards, way
more legit than a clone, but still have that 'built in 2016' asterisk beside
its name for serious collectors.
Anyway, I'm just soliciting opinions from those I haven't already heard
from. This is just for the purpose of discussion, because I'm sure this
isn't the first and won't be the last time somebody buying vintage gear runs
into a situation like this. Whatever I end up doing, it will not happen for
years anyway. I'm not at a skill level yet to pull it off, and I'd still
like to build that clone first and see what I achieve before touching
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