Discuss your latest vintage Amiga finds!
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Seattle, WA, USA

by intric8 posted Sun Aug 26, 2018 10:14 am

Back in mid-July I was contacted by a gentleman in Arizona who had a large Commodore Amiga collection he wanted to donate. He had been an official Commodore Developer, and had been deeply hooked into that world. His collection has really too big for me to have shipped to where I live in a practical sense. So I contacted an Amiga friend of mine who lives close-by in Phoenix and introduced the two. I told my friend that he should take all of the (boxed) machines: A1000, 1080, disk drives, etc. But I was mostly interested in the "weird" A1000-specific components and the Developer/Commodore documentation.

Two boxes arrived yesterday.

This post is a quick unboxing of what's in the smaller box. Truth be told, each individual shred of paper could be its own post worth of investigation. In the following weeks and months I intend on scanning many of these booklets and one-sheets. From a historical perspective, I consider them to be utterly priceless. I know I've never seen anything like this before.

Here is a sampling of what is in box number one, and some of my future projects for 2018/2019.
It doesn't look like much when you see it like this. But inside each manilla folder is a wealth of history and information.
I think this might very well be a stand-alone Microbotics Star Clock for the A1000. I have one built-in to one of my Starboards, but I've never seen a stand-alone version. This looks... AWESOME. It probably contains the same annoying but that only supports up to 2010. I will have to pop the case open here soon and see what horrors might be inside battery-wise. Either way, VERY cool looking (and solid metal, and perfectly matching the A1000, as usual for Microbotics).
This book is completely amazing. It was sold at a developer's convention in November 5-7, 1986, in Monterey, CA. This was very early days in the scene. I believe it accompanied presentations given based on how it is written. Some sections are mere agendas, others are very detailed ins-and-outs of everything from the IFF image format to parallel pin layouts. This entire book should be scanned (and it is very long).
Gorgeous front/back one-sheet I'll be scanning at hi-res.
Developer Support documentation of benefits, and fees.
The prices on these refurbbed machines make me drool when compared to today's Ebay prices. $250 for a "new" refurbbed A1000? Oh man! Of course that would be equivalent to over $500 in today's dollars, but still. Ah Commodore, I miss you.
He saved all of the communication Commodore sent him and other developers in the program over the years. Some are completely fascinating, and I'll be scanning some of these, too.
Amiga Mail is a publication that Commodore created - like a low budget magazine - for Developers to keep them "in the know" about things. This is the first time I've ever seen or held one of these things.
So much more...
Finally, there is a multi-page glossy full-color brochure that is just unreal. This is pure gold. It is page after page of "user stories" of mostly real people who use their Amiga machines in a multitude of ways. This will be one of the first scans/PDFs I make. I believe the machine shown in each photo (though usually not seen) is the A500.

There is also a very large SCSI adapter (the MICRON) for hooking up an even larger external HDD, which I shall show soon.

Box #2 will be opened here in a bit.
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Seattle, WA, USA

by intric8 posted Sun Aug 26, 2018 10:48 am

For now I've put these documents in here.

I will organize them as I begin scanning things. Seems a fitting resting place for them, doesn't it?
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Seattle, WA, USA

by intric8 posted Sun Aug 26, 2018 6:47 pm

Second box from the same source is here.
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by primitivefunction posted Sun Aug 26, 2018 11:22 pm

Wow, what a haul. So much early Amiga goodness. Really glad this lot fell into your hands and will be preserved.
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New Jersey, USA

by LambdaCalculus posted Mon Aug 27, 2018 6:00 am

That's a true treasure trove of information and goodies from the olden days! You are doing a wonderful job preserving and archiving it all!
Own: Amiga 500 (NTSC), Amiga 4000, Amiga 600 (PAL), Mac Mini G4 & iBook G4 (MorphOS), ThinkPad T40 (AROS), R.Pi3 (Amibian)
After: Amiga 1200

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by dalek posted Tue Aug 28, 2018 5:14 am

Great haul. Looking forward to the scans :) Amiga Mail looks really cool!
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Zippy Zapp

by Zippy Zapp posted Wed Aug 29, 2018 4:15 pm

Holy Schmokes! Incredible! I love stuff like this. So happy you are going to scan this stuff, awesome.

If you run across any other people looking to get rid of their 1000, 3000 or 4000 please let me know! LOL.
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Seattle, WA, USA

by intric8 posted Wed Aug 29, 2018 4:21 pm

Trust me @ZZ, I was longing for the stuff, too. But it just didn't make sense when I knew someone in Arizona who could go to his house and really sit down and go through things properly. But yeah - I hear ya. :)

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