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Posted Sun Feb 12, 2006 8:45 AM
NICE! I really like the 3.5" XF-551 drive, I suppose that's a CSS uopgrade? I always wanted to do that too, but I never actually found an XF drive at a price-point I'm willing to pay yet. I do definatley want to get an Indus drive too. Always wanted the "Black box" and other items from CSS too, but couldn't afford them back in the day and can't find them now.
The picture of my current setup is available here or at the website below
Actually, I have two additional 1050's (1 Happy - 1 Stock) not shown here attached via a ProSys cable to the Ape PC.
Edited by Gunstar, Sun Feb 12, 2006 8:49 AM.
Posted Sun Feb 12, 2006 2:37 PM
here's the scans of my best of the 8-bit collection I loaded in Yahoo Photos a while back, for those newer members who haven't seen the posts a made back then...
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Edited by Gunstar, Sun Feb 12, 2006 9:11 PM.
Posted Sun Feb 12, 2006 9:05 PM
OK! Here's my latest, greatest setup.
Posted Sun Feb 12, 2006 11:01 PM
You can tell that machine rarely see's the light of day, just by how cherry RED the Atari name is on the badge. If you look at my newly restored XE, you'll still notice the faded, almost orange Atari name. I'll have to look into getting a replacement badge.
I'll have to take pics of my Atari computers one day. I have many that are new, never used.
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Posted Mon Feb 13, 2006 4:19 PM
And as far as the XE case restration... I have to ask WHY?? Theres plenty of those systems selling on ebay all the time, brand new, still in the box, hardly seen the light of day (usually someone got it as a gift back in the 80s, never used it, and just recently found it in a closet or attic) You can usually pick them up new in box for anywhere from $20 to $50 (including shipping.) anywayze, I have alot of XEs with prestine perfect cases, and most of them I got for darned cheap.
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Posted Mon Feb 13, 2006 8:47 PM
Well, it does look great. But I disagree on the prices. Ive picked up quite a few XEs for less than $20.00 that either were still in the original box, or had obviosly been stored in something since they were new because the plastic film was still intact over the name badge, and not even scratched. I remember when the XE series (and XL series, for that matter) came out, and it was like one year they were $139.00 and six months later, they were on clearance everywhere for $49.00. (Sears comes to mind as a big one) And this is when the systems were only a year or so old. Guys like me and you were buying them and cherishing them for what they were, but thousands of other people were getting them as cheap gifts, not knowing anything about them, and just putting them away in the closet. Now it is true that places like B&C Computervisions who bought ATARI's remaining inventory when they folded, are still selling BRAND NEW systems for over $100.00, and for a machine that is absolutely NEVER previously owned by a consumer, I'd say it's a fair deal. But Ive been watching ATARI stuff on ebay since 98 or 99, and I cant tell you how many nice systems Ive seen go for far less than it cost to ship them. Mostly from people who had no idea what they even had. Yeah, I agree that thrift shops are an awesome place to get stuff. Its kewl to find something for $5.00 that noone knows what it is, but that you remember reading about in Antic or Analog, back in the day and it used to cost hundreds of dollars. I got a prestine perfect rev 6a AMIGA 500 one time for $1.50 at Goodwill, laying in a stack of PC keyboards that were also marked $1.50. I also agree that there is alot of satisfaction to be gained in restoring something to factory original. I was just saying that I'd sooner dedicate my time to restoring it functionally (The XEs were built very cheaply compared to the XL line, and need lots of work on the board level to bring them up to par) than restoring a faded, worn, cracked, or discolored plastic case. Especially considering that anything that comes out of a spray can is not going to provide a durable finish. You can go with professional paint materials, but they require professional equipment, curing time, etc. And since the machines are so easily and cheaply available, chances are, you can find one with an awesome case, but not so awesome guts, and gut it for parts. I've done ALOT of XE and XL restorations. In fact, check this out:
This is a site that I built a few years back and co-operate with a guy in california, who also has a huge stock of atari equipment. He builds machines to sell on EBAY, and I do the custom stuff that requires boards to be made, etc. and sell directly to people who are looking for something specific. The site is in drastic need of an update, but it's a good idea of the upgrade boards I make, and the level of restoration work we offer on ATARIs.
I've got quite a load of Commodore and AMIGA hardware as well. Most of it is either in as-new condition, or already refurbished/restored.
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