MicroVax II in original DEC Rack on Ann Arbor MI Craigslist

Sean Caron scaron at umich.edu
Fri Mar 13 11:29:57 CDT 2015

I guess I just look at the situation more that I was able to get more VAX
shipped in from CA for less money than simply picking this thing up in my
own backyard... If the system is really important to someone I'm happy to
help facilitate your purchase and you're welcome to store it in my garage
for some definite period of time :O

I didn't ever mean to say the 9-track drive was worthless, quite the
contrary, it's probably where the bulk of the value is in the rack... it's
just that I can't really use it personally so it's less interesting to me.



On Fri, Mar 13, 2015 at 11:36 AM, Jon Elson <elson at pico-systems.com> wrote:

> On 03/12/2015 10:24 PM, Sean Caron wrote:
>> There's nothing particularly special about it... just a (relatively
>> stripped, at that) BA23 and a CDC 9-track drive in a rack. If the buyer
>> could actually sell the stuff by breaking it into shippable parts it might
>> contribute to a good home for the gear in the long run I don't see any
>> harm
>> in that... Many systems are designed to be whole-rack units and I agree
>> it's wrong to split those up... but IMO this is not really an example of
>> that...
>>  Hmmm, CDC 9-track tape drive?  How is that interfaced?  SCSI?
> Ah, I see some mention of Emulex boards, so probably one of
> those is the Pertec formatted interface.  The tape drive is a
> Magnetic Peripherals Inc., either 92181 (800/1600) or a
> 92185 (1600/6250).
> There was a SCSI interface board for these drives, which I'd
> like to find.  I have a 92185 with the Pertec interface, and made
> a hideous little interface board for it, but it is somewhat of
> a nightmare.
> Jon

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