Wanted for non-profit public museum: DEC VT100

barry bortnick bbortnick at 2bcool.ca
Mon Apr 20 14:02:43 CDT 2020

It's located at the Calgary based National Music Centre/Studio Bell in
Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
I have to correct the original posting, it's a McLeyvier, not a Synclavier.

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From: cctalk <cctalk-bounces at classiccmp.org> On Behalf Of Nigel Johnson via
Sent: April 20, 2020 12:19 PM
To: barry bortnick via cctalk <cctalk at classiccmp.org>
Subject: Re: Wanted for non-profit public museum: DEC VT100

Where is this to be displayed?  I can't help you with the VT100 but I was
very involved in the PDP11/40 machine that David McLey built his software

In fact, I worked until 1 in the morning the night before he had a meeting
with the financiers from New York to finance project, when it failed the day
before and DEC could not get somebody out to help!


NIgel Johnson

On 20/04/2020 14:12, barry bortnick via cctalk wrote:
> Old IBM magnetic media
> I am hoping someone can help me with a project. I’m volunteer at our
> local music museum (National Music Centre/Studio Bell.) They are
> restoring a vintage Synclavier, an early digital audio workstation,
> which happens to have an embedded DEC PDP 11/23. Part of the museums
> purpose is to restore, maintain and make available these instruments
> for musicians to use in addition to static displays.
> The Synclavier should have a matching VT100, but that is the only
> component the museum does not currently have for this functioning
> device. Yes, the
> VT100 can be easily emulated, but as a museum, historical accuracy is
> also vital.
> I was wondering if anybody had any leads on a VT100 that might be donated?
> Thanks for any help!

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