Where to get a Vax or microvax

Sean Caron scaron at umich.edu
Mon Jun 29 09:42:10 CDT 2015

Hi Devin,

Assuming you are in CONUS, checking eBay and hanging out on this list is
probably the best places to check ... I would suggest for you a VAXstation
3100 series ... especially if you can find a 3100/76 for not too much
money, it makes a pretty good machine... I paid maybe $130 for mine,
"loaded" ... You can find a plain old 3100/30 for $100 all day.

The VAXstation 4000/VLC is also a nice first choice but prices on those
have gone up quite a bit since I got mine ... Look to spend maybe $200-250,
it seems ... You can also keep an eye out for a microVAX II/III type
machine in a BA23 cabinet which are also not completely uncommon ... or a
microVAX 3x00 machine in either a desktop or deskside enclosure. These are
great machines if you can pick them up locally or find someone to arrange
to ship them for you.



On Mon, Jun 29, 2015 at 8:48 AM, william degnan <billdegnan at gmail.com>

> where are you located?
> On Jun 29, 2015 6:06 AM, "devin davison" <lyokoboy0 at gmail.com> wrote:
> > I have had an interest in the DEC VAX line of computers for some time now
> > and am trying to find a good place to get a system to start out with. The
> > main pourpose being to have a machine to use VMS on. I have been running
> > VMS on emulated hardware via SIMH, however i would like to move to
> running
> > on real hardware. What would be the best machine for a beginner to VAX
> > Hardware to start out with?
> >
> > My main place for looking for hardware has been ebay, although most of
> what
> > im seeing is untested and expensive. Is there a better place to find
> older
> > machines like this?
> >

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