On Fri, 14 Oct 2016, Ethan Dicks wrote:
On Fri, Oct 14, 2016 at 10:33 AM, Noel Chiappa <j...@mercury.lcs.mit.edu> wrote:
> From: Jason Howe
> I really really want to aquire a PDP-11 ... Given the price of these
> things in the world right now...
If you're willing to live with a QBUS machine, and not a UNIBUS one, it
doesn't necessarily take a mountain of money
Agreed. I see Qbus PDP-11s offered from time to time for a few
hundred dollars down to free. I'm helping someone restore a 42" cab
with a MicroPDP-11/73, a second BA23, RL02, RQDX3 (missing drives
because they were removed and destroyed prior to sale - a common
thing), TSV05 magtape, 10 serial ports... I think it was a recent
State Surplus auction that went for under $100.
Oh yeah, I'm not proud or picky here. I've actually eyed a number of the
microPDP systems -- mostly from a standpoint of how much less room they
I actually randomly got an RD51 in an "Make these boxes of stuff
disappear" pickup a couple years ago. I also have a couple good MFM
drives out of various old PC's, so something with an RQDX3 really sounds
ideal to me.
I've bought 11/23 CPU boards for as little as $40 recently, and memory and
serial interface cards for console are on the same order of money. And I got
a BA11-S box, complete with power supply and backplane, for a little over
No disagreement with those price points. Those are the kinds of
numbers I see too.
The real hangup is mass storage; the older drives, at least, are all real
My budget and space are both super limited, so I usually end-up
selling something before bringing something new into the house.
I admit I haven't been really active in my search recently, but always
half an eye open for if something should pop up.