I've spent some time collecting Atari and Commodore items and now have the Apple bug. I've started doing some research and would appreciate any help folks are willing to give on purchasing a system.
Glad to have you On Board.... I have been a long time Apple ][e and Commodore SX-64 Owner...
Do you prefer the IIe, IIc, IIgs or something else and why?
The Original White Key Keyboard ][e is my first Apple ][, so it's my favorite...
Each System has advantages and disadvantages..
The ][e is expandable.. Most ANY Card developed for the Apple ][ & ][+ can be used in the Apple ][e.. There are a few exceptions, dealing with Timing Issue of the Address and Data Bus..
The //c is Portable, the Non //c+ has an external Power Supply, and runs nicely off of a Battery Pack..
The ][gs is almost 100% Backwards Compatible with a 128K Apple ][e or Apple //c, but in ][gs Mode, has More RAM, Better Graphics Modes, and the Ensonic Sound Chip.. It also has Built in RGB Output that works in all modes..
If you could start off with one system, which one would you buy?
If Space is an Issue, the //c or //c+, or a ][gs...
For Expandability Options, an Enhanced //e - Platinum //e
What is a reasonable price for a full system (color monitor, dual drives and computer) in good cosmetic shape?
Shipping a System with a Monitor, and having it arrive in good Shape will require Good Packaging and will cost a little more...
I haven't priced any systems recently, but I believe that an Enhanced //e with 128K and a Monitor and a Couple Drive is going to be $150.00 to $200.00, plus shipping on eBay.. I would check Craig's List for better deals locally... Or ask on this Web Site or at AppleFritter.com or the Apple ][ Enthusiast Facebook Group..
Is there anything that I should avoid?
If you don't want a Fix or Repair Project, try to get a System is Known Good Working... All of the Switching Power Supplies in the ][s are know to have Capacitor Issues, especially the Power Conditioning ones.. They are all repairable... Other Issues can be fixed too.. A common issue with these systems not Booting , is there is Oxide Build-Up between the Chips and their Sockets.. Meaning that a Non-Working System might need to have ALL the Chips Pressed back into their Sockets..
( I got a Non-Working Tandy Color Computer 1 like that.. After the Chips were Reseated... )
Thanks in advance.