Reasonable price for a complete SOL-20 system?

Brad H vintagecomputer at
Sat Oct 15 14:04:05 CDT 2016

SOL-20s have been all over the map.  Ive seen similar units diverge by as much as $500 for nothing obvious I can see.  The average for unknown, complete, decent cosmetic condition seems to be around $900. With extras probably $1300?

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-------- Original message --------
From: "Mark J. Blair" <nf6x at> 
Date: 2016-10-15  11:56 AM  (GMT-08:00) 
To: "General Discussion: On-Topic and Off-Topic Posts" <cctalk at> 
Subject: Reasonable price for a complete SOL-20 system? 

I have an opportunity to make a "reasonable offer" on a fairly complete SOL-20 system. It would include a floppy drive cabinet and some software, but no monitor. It's a "working when retired" system, so I assume that the keyboard has died of old age and some capacitors might have dried out; none of that bothers me, but it implies that it's probably not a turnkey system. I have to make the offer or not by tonight, based on when the owner is leaving on a road trip that will pass near me, with or without the system loaded up in his RV.

Now the problem is that I haven't been following SOL-20 prices, so I don't know what a reasonable offer might be. The only prices I'm aware of are the various buy-it-now prices I see on eBay, some or all of which I suspect are from sellers looking for top dollar and then some.

If any of y'all can help me figure out a reasonable price range for a complete-ish but not necessarily running SOL-20 system, I would appreciate that.

Mark J. Blair, NF6X <nf6x at>

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