Vintage Computer Festival wrote:
On Tue, 30 Aug 2005, Brent Hilpert wrote:
The sad part is that at least two of the control
panels look like they may have
just been stripped from complete units.
There's nothing terribly special about the 3420 drives. I mean, who
(beside my insane self) is going to want one? And if so, for what, other
than gawking at it?
Yeah, well, they're just neat, that's all. Side-by-side-reel vacuum-column tape
#2 on the list of iconic aspects of early computers, although I take it from it's
appearance and what you and William are saying that these (3420s) are late models
(last of the breed?).
Granted that dealing wih IBM stuff is difficult in the absence of the rest of
the system if you want it be anything other than a big dead artifact (which I
guess is why you are annoyed with their occupation of your warehouse.)
Pfeh. That's modern stuff. I'm after 400
series accounting machines
There's nothing terribly special about the 3420
drives. I mean, who
And circa-1970-or-so one could say the same about 400 series accounting
machines as they headed to the scrapper. :)
Actually, two years ago I passed up an opportunity for a full-size vac-col 7-track
tape drive of 60s vintage. I wouldn't have minded too much it occupying some space
but I really did not relish the thought of dragging it around to whatever space
it was going to occupy. Had been in a garage or basement for a couple
of decades and the vacuum pump had been pilfered. The guy who took it to the
scrap dealer got $100-$200 for the aluminum. I'm left with the copper-clad head
assembly and a tape position sensor from a vacuum column.
Didn't find out the model or manufacturer, although the circuit boards were made
from the pale-yellow phenolic material like that of IBM
SMS cards of the
It would have been fun to RE it, make a controller and interface it to something
to make it functional. ("Couldn't be that difficult, could it?", he said in