Eproms... you want 'em, he's got 'em!

From: Roger Merchberger <zmerch_at_northernway.net>
Date: Mon Jun 2 13:23:06 1997

Due to massive amounts of caffeine & sleep deprivation, Sam Ismail said:
>On Wed, 21 May 1997, Isaac Davis wrote:
>> I have found what seems to be a decent supply of eproms... yadda, yadda,

>This is a great suggestion, worthy of the FAQ. Beware that you don't
>cannabalize what could be considered a classic peripheral though.

[[ Editor's Note: I've been meaning to respond to this for some time, but
the opportunity hadn't come up yet... ]]

Right, and I may be able to help you on this one...

A few months back, I won a bid (well... there weren't many bids, actually)
on AuctionWeb where the person was selling used EPROM lots... 40 to a lot.
A lot consisted of 10 each 2716's, 32's, 64's and 128's. Starting bid was
$8.00, and he had 20 or more lots for sale. I bid on three, and they never
went beyond baseline, so I sent my money, and back they came. Needless to
say, I now have a 10-year supply of eproms for myself...

Remembering this discussion, I recently contacted him by e-mail and asked
him if he had any other e-proms, like 1702's and whatnot. (I don't need
those chips, but many of you might.) Here's his directly pasted reply:

======================== reply follows ========================


Thanks for the e-mail. Yes, we have plenty of the older Eproms like the
1702's and 2708's. Also many other components that may be of interest to
your group.

We have a web page now (www.mchoward.com) that has all of our current memory
pricing. It won't have the things you are looking for, but we can be reached
through it. Or you can e-mail me at the office mchoward_at_prismnet.com or call
me on our toll free number 1-800-490-6896. Someone is there M-F 8:30-5:30
CST and SAT 10:00-2:00 CST.

We would appreciate any business you can send our way.


Mel Howard
M. C. Howard Electronics, Inc.
E-mail: mchoward_at_prismnet.com

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I have no affiliation with this person other than being a satisfied
customer, but from what I've seen he's reasonable on his prices, prompt
with shipment, and a very understanding individual as I had to delay
payment for a short period due to a family crisis (which is still going

I would recommend doing business with him, and I would be interested to
learn what other "artifacts" he has available... as you don't find many
folks with 1702's in stock, it would seem.

Anyway, I hope this gets a few more classic machines working again...

Roger Merchberger       | If at first you don't succeed,
Programmer, NorthernWay | nuclear warhead disarmament should
zmerch_at_northernway.net  | *not* be your first career choice.
Received on Mon Jun 02 1997 - 13:23:06 BST

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