rarest computers

From: Mike Ross <mross666_at_hotmail.com>
Date: Wed Aug 4 12:58:46 2004

Date: Mon, 2 Aug 2004 10:53:15 -0700 (PDT)
From: "Dwight K. Elvey" <dwight.elvey_at_amd.com>
Subject: rarest computers. was: RE: Xerox Alto Restoration + Emulation

>>From: "Vintage Computer Festival" <vcf_at_siconic.com>
>>They have a *very* well done restoration page. Cool project! However, I
>>don't believe their claim to have the only original Alto left in existence
>>is accurate.

Al Kossow would certainly beg to differ... he has some, I believe, and knows
others who do.

>I was just wondering. What people on this list consider their
>rarest computers in their collections. Here is my list

Oooooooh a liststorm coming! First, define 'rare'... I would say, less than
10 machines known to exist, as an arbitrary figure.

OK, here's the Corestore contribution:

Two pdp-12s (not 'rare' by above definition, but rareish and very much in
Three pdp-10s (a KS (not very rare), a KL 1091 (rare), and a KL 2065 (rare)
Two pdp-15s (I know of one other in UK, 4 others in USA)
An IBM 1800 (unique, as far as I know)
Two IBM System/32s (again unique - know of no others in collections)
A Thinking Machines CM-2a (very few other CMs around, but my -2a is unique

I'd like to add an IBM System/360 Model 40 to the list, but it *still* isn't
here... negotiating!

Any of these systems folks wouldn't consider 'rare'? Curious...

What rare machine do I covet most? A System/360 Model 30. KA or KI pdp-10 a
close second.

Web pages:
http://www.corestore.org/12.htm (no page for 2nd pdp-12 yet)
http://www.corestore.org/2065move.htm (no proper page yet)
http://www.corestore.org/32.htm (no page for 2nd System/32 yet)

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