Fair price and ways to find a teletype

Brad unclefalter at yahoo.ca
Wed Oct 14 13:52:53 CDT 2015

I appreciate the advice and I'll keep my eyes out.  Vancouver hasn't really been a great place to find these kinds of things; I tend to be totally reliant on ebay, and as mentioned US shipping up to here has skyrocketed (not to mention our CDN dollar tanking).  I guess mostly because Vancouver is relatively young and 40-50 years ago would not have been large enough to have a lot of this kind of thing around.  I never see anything that vintage in our classifieds/craigs/buysell/etc.

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Subject: Re: Fair price and ways to find a teletype

I'll throw my two-cents in as I have a fairly modest collection of teletypes. A nice feature of the 32/33 is that the tape punch/reader is built-in, but understand that these were cost-reduced models that can be fairly finicky to get going and keep running. The issue right now is that the market for 33's is pretty hot due to computer folks looking to resurrect their minis, and the buyers usually have deep pockets to match (just check out completed auctions on ebay).

I've had pretty good success searching out Craigslist for the generic 'teletype', and one in a while one will pop up. If you're willing to drive, all the better. And if you happen across a model 35 you'll be the envy of many a collector. This is the 8-level version of the 28 and was designed for 24/7 service. Absolutely bullet-proof, but you'll need an outboard punch and reader unless you happen across an ASR model. Check out youtube for a period video of one in action on the Dartmouth TSS. -C

On Tue, Oct 13, 2015 at 11:25 PM, Brad <unclefalter at yahoo.ca> wrote:

> I've been watching a lot of vintage computer videos put up by 
> enthusiasts (thanks so much for that).  I have been really fascinated 
> lately by the Altair and teletypes, paper tape readers and so on.  
> Just watching one fellow load BASIC into his Altair. you just felt the 
> history and the connection to Bill Gates and all the pioneers of an 
> era that was happening just as I was being born.
> I only ever see teletypes for sale on ebay, only in the US, and of 
> course I don't bite because of shipping costs, plus usually people ask 
> insane prices for them.  I am wondering what a reasonable price should 
> be for a unit with a paper tape reader, and any tips on how I might go 
> about finding one beyond Craigs, etc, up here in Canada.  And anything 
> I should watch out for and so on.
> Thanks muchly,
> Brad
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