I've got an Apple-I that I'm going to take out
of a box in the attic and
try to set back up for showing/playing.
Oooh. You have no idea what I would do just to see one of them, much less
what I would do to own one. :)
I've seen several postings about what components
"should" or "shouldn't"
be in a vintage system. What's the feeling on replacing TTL chips, voltage
regulators, etc? Should I scour the land to find "vintage" parts or can I
buy stuff from regular electronics stores? (I don't actually KNOW that I
need to replace anything yet, just asking)
I also suggest that you try to be original, and document everything. And if
you can avoid replacment, do so. The Apple I is a genuine collectable
computer, and as such should be treated as per any genuine collectable -
the more original it is, the more valuable it will be.
On a similar note: The Apple-I was a kit. Mine's
just a bare board mounted
inside a plain aluminum box. Was there ever a case made for these? Or did
everyone just do what the guy who put mine together did?
Apple sold them to "The Byte Shop" with no case, power supply or keyboard
(all available seperatly), but in order to increase the sales the store
commisioned cases from a local cabinetmaker. These were made of koa wood,
and look extremly nice (to my tastes). I've always thought it would be
keen to have a computer in a wooden case, but apple clearly beat me to it.
Anyway, I believe I have a small gif around here somewhere of the Apple I
in it's koa wood case - would you like me to send it along to you as an