VCF Apple-1 Auction 4/19-4/21

From: James Willing <>
Date: Wed Apr 17 22:18:48 2002

It was written...
>On Wed, 17 Apr 2002, Sellam Ismail wrote:
>> On Wed, 17 Apr 2002, Tothwolf wrote:
>> > I thought the Apple I was sold as a kit? It would be possible to
>> >desolder
>> > a whole board without damage to scan it, but it takes lots of time,
>> > patience, and skill.
>> I believe all of the units after the first batch of 50 delivered to
>> The Byte Shop were wave soldered. I could be wrong. I have to go
>> back and refresh my Apple-1 history.
>I wasn't aware of that. Let me know what you find out. I had always heard
>that nearly all of Apple I systems were sold as unassembled board kits.

Well... as employee #4 of Byte Shop #4 (Portland, Oregon), and the one
there who had to make various of that first batch actually do something
interesting... <G> I can offer a few observations on this:

As I recall, all of the Apple-1 units that came through our store were
pre-assembled. I seem to recall someone asking about kits, but the
'party line' at the time was that Apple (I seem to recall the comment
being attributed to Woz) considered it too difficult to assemble (without
damaging it) for the 'average' customer.

Keeping in mind that whoever actually bought one of the things had to
figure out how to connect a (parallel) keyboard to it, plus the video and
cabling for the cassette recorder.

What you may have been thinking of was the occassions where Woz passed out
schematics at the Homebrew Computer Club meetings for anyone who wanted to
try to assemble on on their own.

Just my $0.02 worth...
The Computer Garage -
Received on Wed Apr 17 2002 - 22:18:48 BST

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