That machine's case looks glorious
. Nice find.
The clear plastic screw protectors are still intact so it doesn’t look like anyone’s been in there before.
I've got several A1000s (five - I'm done, I swear!). Out of all of them, I've only had one machine where the keyboard still had the clear screw protectors on the bottom of the keyboard. I think for machines that got a lot of use, they simply slid off at some stage as people moved their keyboards in and out of the garage for years. I did have to remove mine, though, as the keyboard needed a deep clean. And man, it was nasty in there. But the keyboards are really stout. My clear stickers had strong enough glue that I was able to reapply them after the clean.
Another thing I've noticed with the keyboards as I compare them all side-by-side: some of the keyboard keys can fade slightly - meaning the letters and numbers. Sometimes a key might be less black and almost blue. Hard to explain. It did take me a little while to figure out how to open the dang thing the first time as it wasn't obvious to me, too.
One other nice surprise was that this machine came with a large-coiled keyboard cord. I believe these were only included with early NTSC models before they switched to the more common small-coiled cord - but I could be wrong.
I'm not sure I follow this entirely, but think I may know what you're talking about. You don't mean the actual length of the cable - just the size of the coiled loops? So...
One of my keyboard cables I acquired was really
nasty. I took some Krud Kutter on a wad of paper towels and, holding one end, grabbed the (telephone) cable and pulled down the cable to clean it. As such, this made the coils un-coil and stretch a little bit. It made some of them try to reverse their normal coil rotation, so I had to go in there and undo some of that afterwards. Reminded me in a wave of nostalgia the old handsets my mom STILL uses at home, and eventually twist.
But yeah, I made one of mine have slightly larger coils as a result, but it looks new now as a result. (The paper towel turned brown, no lie).
But there very well could be a difference in the cable. I'd be interested in seeing a pic of it next to a "normal" one to really understand what you're talking about.
I can't believe how low that serial number is. I
know Dave Needle had 0000001, which he got right off the Japanese production line and held onto until the very end.
Gorgeous pickup, man. Congrats!