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  1. So let me give you all the final resolution to my posts on this topic, and if you are from the vague area of SE PA, you may want to pay particular attention. I just had such a positive experience I feel the need to share on here with anybody who might be in my area and has an old Commodore monitor that may be broken or need some help. I have a 1084S that had the sharpest and most beautiful picture I'd ever seen on a CRT monitor when I got it some 7-8 years ago, but I only had it for a few months when the picture went out, in what was finally diagnosed as a fried flyback. If you have a Commodore monitor for your Commodore computer, you know these are starting to get old and expensive to replace. 7-8 years ago replace is what I did - I wound up getting a 1084 that I paid around $150 or so for plus $50 to ship. Today you'd be lucky to get a 1084 for $450 with shipping and tax, and I watched a 1084S go for $660 at the end of 2020 on eBay. My replacement 1084 was starting to have problems with keeping the picture (something must be loose on the inside), and that led directly to me making the original post in this thread, but seeing how much these things were fetching these days made me think about taking another shot at getting it repaired . I first contacted Ray Carlsen, who said he could get a replacement flyback for it (when it had first broken years ago I had taken it to a place relatively local to me then in south Jersey, and was told basically that this part was unobtainium in 2014). So I shipped it off to him, and he replaced it and had it working, and shipped it back. Unfortunately, somewhere in that process, a new problem arose, and by the time I got it it produced no picture and smelled of burning. I live in the northern Philadelphia suburbs. I called around looking for what I thought must exist, some older fella who must have used to work on these who was still in business, no doubt doing other things, but who would remember enough about the old days to have a poke around. It was hard to find. Finally only one shop even agreed to take a look: Carl's TV & Vacuum in Lansdale, PA. The guy who worked on it for me (Mike) was extremely patient and helpful, and though he was unsure he would be able to do much with it, he was game. In the end, he got it working again, good as new, with that beautiful sharp old CRT picture. Now it sits on my desk proudly. It was a lot of fun and even he seemed to get a kick out of it. So here are my plugs: if you have anything Commodore, give Ray Carlsen an email. He is quick, reasonable in his pricing, and knows Commodore like no one else. But y'all knew that already. But if you live in SE PA or somewhere even within a few hours' drive and you have some old Commodore monitors that could use some repair - and given the prices they fetch, fixing them is worth it! - Carl's TV and Vacuum is a place that will do great work. Ask for Mike!
  2. How much of this stuff works, rietveld? Also whoever posted, “you must have 2MB RAM there, congrats” - that is an A++++++ comment, huge laugh from that.
  3. ROFLOL - getting a hardy laugh from this. Exactly so. The collection is amazeballs, rietveld!
  4. So the issue with my first monitor, the 1084, continues: it will occasionally effectively lose the picture, but if I tap it lightly on the top or side, most of the time I can get the picture back. I haven't pulled it apart just yet, because it had been stable and because I had a second monitor, an old 1084S, that I sent off for repairs to the inimitable Ray Carlsen; it had a flyback that had flybroke, which he did indeed replace and repair; but alas, upon its return to me, it had developed a new issue: when I plug it in, if I get any response from the screen (which eventually I did get an all white screen), I got an overwhelming smell of something similar to burning matches, but slightly sweeter (I think?) and definitely less pleasant. Ozone? I did pull the back cover off of that one as far as I could, and I did not see any indication that the seal to the tube was singed, cracked, or otherwise unsealed. Anyone with any ideas? I am researching what might be available around my neck of the woods (southeastern PA) by way of repair shops that still deal with these things. Would love to wind up with two working monitors, but I'll settle for one reliable one. Monitors make me nervous to work around, hence the outsourcing. Any guidance on either one is as always appreciated. Or if you have a lead on an inexpensive-ish "new" one, I'll take that too. This is where having a local Commodore User Group would be awfully handy.
  5. Yes, not from the time, but in my retro collecting phase.
  6. If I had $5K to spend on it I would. But then I'd have to have at least enough money to: pay off all of my outstanding debt, including the mortgage; have money in escrow for my kid's college, and a second escrow fund for a second child, just in case; actually have enough money to move into a bigger house, in an all cash transaction; and have a pretty significant chunk of change sitting in savings as a "rainy day fund"; before I could begin to consider spending $5K on a video game for children from 1983. So I will let you all know when that windfall $1M or so in after tax dollars comes my way.
  7. Lot of truth in this. For some reason I just HAD to have a Commodore 1551 disk drive. Wound up dropping $250 on one in 2016. Mostly it sits in a shelf I have, dust it off once in a while basically to test that it works, then back on the shelf for months at a time. And yet I can't see myself giving it up anytime soon. Somehow it is a comfort that I have it. It was probably my most irrational retro computer want. Occasionally I find myself wanting a Tandy Color Computer 2, but I had one and sold it (for now what seems to have been a ridiculously cheap price) and kinda wish I had it back; I find myself occasionally coveting a 1200XL, though it is not as nice in many ways as the 800XL I do have; I discover things all the time that I kind of want, like a Compaq C140, which I only discovered existed this very morning, which by definition makes the want irrational; But my most irrational want of all is the effectively unusable if you had one, which would likely set you back $50K, Commodore 65 I guess. I will never have one, so in substitute I would love a "Mega" 65, whenever it enjoys its official release: https://mega65.org Not sure what on Earth I will really do with it if/once I get one, but boy, I want one.
  8. Recently, I have been having trouble with my Commodore 1084 monitor, and that has gotten me looking at prices of things for the first time in a while. I had a non-working 1084S that I wanted to send to the incomparable Ray Carlsen for repairs, and wanted to know how much to insure it for. Turns out one sold in the last two months for $660 (I probably paid In 1999, after my sophomore year of college, after 6 or so years of more-or-less continuous usage (I got into Commodore LATE, obviously), I put my Commodore 64C away, and pretty much neglected it for several years. Around 2003 or 2004, after I was out of school and working, I started getting interested again. What I decided I was interested in was the Commodore 128 - a mysterious computer I had always wondered about but had never owned or even seen in person. So I bought one, tested and working, on eBay, which came in a package with a 1571, another 1541 (I had one from my original set up), a Sanyo monitor, a modem, and I think maybe even a printer (although I also had a Commodore MPS 1200 from my original system), shipped to me in two boxes, for about $140 TOTAL (I paid $50 for the actual stuff, the shipping was well more than the items). This is what I consider to be the beginning of my "retro" computing hobby (before that I had tried, more or less, to use the 64 as my main computer, through at least late 1996 anyway). Around the same time I also bought the Commodore 1581, a 3.5" floppy drive that was the ultimate in exotic. I paid $61 for it. I also bought a Plus/4 around the same time for $10 in its box and obviously brand new, that I stupidly sold a few months later for $26 (I wound up buying another some time later for closer to $50). Adding it all up, excluding shipping, I paid $121 for a Commodore 128, a 1541-II, a 1571, a 1581, a monitor, and a Plus/4. Today, I have no doubt that without breaking a sweat, if I broke up the set, I could easily get ($300 for the 128 + $65 for the 1541-II + $100 for the 1571 + $300 for the 1581 + $150 for the Sanyo monitor, if I still had it [I don't] + $85 for the Plus/4). Even once you subtract eBay fees and the shipping I paid in 2004, that's $800-$900 - a conservatively estimated 260% over the inflation rate over the same period. So good ROI. Now, of course, I have spent other money. But the point is: Commodore has held its value and then some since it bottomed out (and some of the deal is that I bought a bunch of my stuff at the absolute bottom of the Commodore market). But it's interesting to me that some hasn't. I somehow acquired an extra TI-99/4A in my collecting phase, which I have up on eBay now. It's tested, it works, it has joysticks, they are also tested, they also work. The auction has about 8 hours to run and it has not attracted a single bid, and I listed the thing at $30. I just want it out of my house. Meanwhile, a tested and working Commodore 64 - the supply of which is presumably much greater - will reliably fetch you $150 or more in today's market. I suppose the TI community is smaller and that accounts for it, but on the other hand TI is still an extant company like Apple - and NOT like Commodore or Atari (well the names are still around I guess). Wondering what others have found recently in terms of the value of these old things.
  9. I am only on page 15, but I have to say I almost feel like Itchy is a tragic figure. I get it. He paid $5,000 for a game that basically only he and like two other people can play. If he starts handing it out, the value of the thing drops precipitously. Simple supply and demand. So to demand he give it away after he spent that kind of money is unfair. At the same time, to come on here and sort of wave it around and tease people with it (the "would take away the mystery" comment) is unfair to people who DON'T have $5,000 to spend on the game but would like to play it. In 2017 I paid $1,800 for a CAR (a convertible weekend driver I wanted). Even after tax, tag transfer, and initial inspection and repairs, I could have essentially purchased it twice for the price of this game. Yet I would like to play this game. I can accept I won't have the chance, but it's not overly nice to tease me and others with it. I think a good halfway would have been throwing up a video of a full play through. Let people at least enjoy seeing it. I see he intended to make it a giveaway with a purchase. That was sort of a nice idea, not sure what was said that made him squelch it. I say he's tragic he seems talented and dedicated to the console, which is what gave him the ability (I assume the talent led to the money) and the drive (love for the console) to buy the thing in the first place; but it was both of those qualities and the hubris that can sometimes come with them that seems to have led us to this point.
  10. I appreciate the offer. For now my 1084 is hanging in there and the 1084S I have had waiting for a new flyback transformer is in good hands awaiting the repair.
  11. Original controller but sign me up.
  12. Well history may be changing. That MOTU proto for ColecoVision went for $4,371.00.
  13. Would be welcome news! I don't think I've ever watched an ebay auction countdown like that before when I was not involved and had no intention of being involved.
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