Value of a PDP/8?
jclang at notms.net
Fri Mar 9 17:18:10 CST 2007
Jules Richardson wrote:
> Andrew Back wrote:
>> Thanks for the replies... I should have guessed at the value of a
>> Straight-8 given I too have never seen one for sale and their form is
>> of somewhat iconic status.
>> An 8/E would seem much more pragmatic, and the cost from a reseller
>> if still stocked and not risen too much pallatable. Will look into it
>> more and the benefits before decided to part with other kit.
>> Incidentally the first computer I owned (a 2U high PDP11/03 IIRC) had
>> an RX02 drive.
> I feel the need to ask - what is it that makes DEC stuff so popular
> and collectible, versus other machines of the same time period?
> Generally they're equally as interesting, and often more so (IMHO) due
> to all the quirks and design differences versus the more mainstream
> DEC stuff.
> So... why? More of a community? Better documentation? Better hardware
> or software availability? What do collectors *do* with their running
> DEC systems anyway?
> I'm not knocking the DEC crowd in any way - just trying to work out
> what it is that makes the systems so much more popular than anything
> else of the time. I feel like I'm missing some vital piece of info :-)
I can only speak to my own reasons. It really comes down to 2 issues.
When I started collecting DEC hardware it was pretty cheap on the
surplus market. My 11/05 cost $50.00
US and was runnable. Another $150 and I had a pair of RX01's. The most
expensive part was RAM. 56K semiconductor RAM $200....Full address
I know DEC never did semiconductor RAM for the 11/05
But I did ;-) I've still got the artwork around here
The cost still continues to be reasonable. Just look
at the E-pay listings for q-bus. toss out the bottom-feeders and you can
put a system together
for a few hundred.
Dec documents were (and still are) available, mostly for free. A lot of
people around here (central FL)
were running DEC most everything was just a photocopy away.
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