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This is just a heads-up if anyone is considering picking up an Atari 1040ST from Brewing Academy.

 

First off, I love Brewing Academy. Have bought a few things from them and everything has been great. I've recommended them and will continue doing so.

 

I've been looking for a 1040ST a project and Brewing Academy has them in 3 grades: tested, untested, and "only a parent could love". The untested ones are $100 + shipping. Good deal! Like the description says "They are generally in good physical shape and come in two varieties:  Tested and Untested" and the picture shown is a good looking 1040ST (obviously not the one you're buying, but it looks in good physical shape).

 

So I bought an untested one. Either my definition of good physical shape is different than theirs, or maybe I got one that fell off the "generally in good physical shape" truck, but mine is more of a "only a parent could love" model. Dirt and yellow aside (that can be cleaned up), the big issue is that the front case is engraved. I'm not sure I would classify good physical shape to include a very large engraving on the front of the case. Anyway, just a heads-up that you might want to ask before buying, or expect that at least the untested and lower grades will have physical damage to them even though the description does not say this, considering these are as-is, no returns.

 

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Man - that's a bit rough.  WD-40 will remove the sticker using a toothbrush or your fingernail.  Then use some hot soapy water to remove the WD-40 so it won't leech into the plastic.  The etched ion text - sorry, I can't help with a fix for that.

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Sorry to hear about your experience. I was debating on picking one up a few months back and seen they posted them on ebay form time to time. If I remember correctly the listing said they were old school stock. So i'm guessing thats what was engraved on yours the school lot number. 

 

Does the ST work by chance?

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54 minutes ago, oakcitycomics said:

Sorry to hear about your experience. I was debating on picking one up a few months back and seen they posted them on ebay form time to time. If I remember correctly the listing said they were old school stock. So i'm guessing thats what was engraved on yours the school lot number. 

 

Does the ST work by chance?

Don't know yet. My workbench currently has 2 SC1224 and 1 Commodore 1080 monitors torn apart for recap and repair. I'll get it cleaned off in a couple of days and test out the ST. It does power on (LED comes on), but I need to get an SC1224 put together to properly test.

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On 1/18/2021 at 3:30 PM, mattsoft said:

This is just a heads-up if anyone is considering picking up an Atari 1040ST from Brewing Academy.

 

First off, I love Brewing Academy. Have bought a few things from them and everything has been great. I've recommended them and will continue doing so.

 

I've been looking for a 1040ST a project and Brewing Academy has them in 3 grades: tested, untested, and "only a parent could love". The untested ones are $100 + shipping. Good deal! Like the description says "They are generally in good physical shape and come in two varieties:  Tested and Untested" and the picture shown is a good looking 1040ST (obviously not the one you're buying, but it looks in good physical shape).

 

So I bought an untested one. Either my definition of good physical shape is different than theirs, or maybe I got one that fell off the "generally in good physical shape" truck, but mine is more of a "only a parent could love" model. Dirt and yellow aside (that can be cleaned up), the big issue is that the front case is engraved. I'm not sure I would classify good physical shape to include a very large engraving on the front of the case. Anyway, just a heads-up that you might want to ask before buying, or expect that at least the untested and lower grades will have physical damage to them even though the description does not say this, considering these are as-is, no returns.

 

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That's definitely an "only a parent could love" model. Not cool for it to be offered otherwise.

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How much? I mean, how are the internals? clean? Does it work? How does the PSU fair? I mean sometimes I look around ebay and I just get exhausted. If I just want an ST that's been tested and works and I could return or exchange if it doesn't work, then being able to buy from someone directly is appealling.

Retro computing (for better or worse) just just going nuts these days... I don't know how to finish this message. :)

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Yeah, I wouldn't have considered anything that had major case blemishes, and I would feel that engraving into the top of the case would qualify as that, as a "good" condition case. To me at least, major top case engraving would definitely qualify as BAD condition. If it had been on the bottom, or maybe even the back, where you wouldn't normally see it, that would have been one thing, but right on the top above the keyboard. That's pretty bad.

 

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The good news is that the untested 1040ST does indeed work quite well! Even the floppy drive reads/writes (but doesn't eject, should be an easy fix). I was able to boot up and play a few games without issue. I haven't put it through its paces, but so far so good.

 

As for contacting Marlin, I have not. The note in the shipping container was quite clear: all sales final, no returns, as-is, buyer beware, watch for falling rocks, etc...

 

Anywho, anyone have a nice 1040ST top case they'd like to sell? :)

 

 

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