Dang! I was in Dayton/Xenia also this year and never knew that is where Mitch is located!
I have spoken to him on the phone. Very nice guy and very willing to work with hobbyists.
Next year I will make a point of meeting him in person and picking up some goodies
73 Eugene W2HX
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] On Behalf Of Mark G Thomas via
Sent: Wednesday, May 30, 2018 7:59 PM
To: Jay West; General Discussion: On-Topic and Off-Topic Posts
Subject: Re: old DEC stuff
On Wed, May 30, 2018 at 11:52:13AM -0500, Jay West via cctalk wrote:
$75 for one toggle switch ? $9,999.00 for a rusty PDP8L ?
hem ... No
Mitch Miller is a really good guy, and very "collector friendly".
He still sells to a lot of business clients, and those are the prices he can get for
those in that market.
However, if you call or email him - let him know you are a collector - you'll find
him willing to work with you.
My experience has been as Jay suggests. Mitch has been both extremely helpful, and
reasonable to work with as a hobbyist on a budget, you just need to make clear up front
you are a hobbyist; maybe mention CCTALK.
I visited his warehouse on my Dayton Hamvention trip last week, and came away with some
considerably better deals from Mitch than from the hamfest fleamarket. I know Mitch is
interested in doing more hobbyist business, and understands dollar amounts and
expectations are different than when selling to a government agency or big business.
I see rusty PDP8s on e-pay from various sellers for what seem to me like crazy amounts,
though am not sure if they actually sell for that kind of money. Maybe there is another
entire category of collector who buys that kind of stuff for that kind of money.
It would have been my loss had I written off Mitch on the basis of some of Mitch's
listings expensive, but admittedly rare, pdp-11 switch listings.
Mark G. Thomas (Mark at Misty.com