Estimated Price Of A "Classic" PDP-8?

From: Jim Davis <>
Date: Mon Jan 26 03:28:46 2004

Vintage Computer Festival wrote:

>On Sun, 25 Jan 2004, Jim Davis wrote:
>>>Have any straight-8s changed hands on Ebay? I know an 8/S went
>>>for $3000. I've often claimed that my straight-8 is worth that much
>>>to those who are inclinced to think of it as "old junk", but that is based
>>>on not much more than the fact that I would personally pay that much
>>>for the one I have if I didn't own it already and it were offered to me.
>>$3000 for an "8/S"?!?!, you have to be kidding? Did it include a lot of
>I consider $3,000 a very good price for an 8/S. It's got a very
>interesting architecture (serial), was considered the "cheap-o" PDP-8, not
>many (relatively) were sold and thus it is probably as rare, if not more
>so, as/than the "straight" 8.
I always thought that the straight-8 was the gold standard for
collectable 8's. I never considered
production quantities for the 8/S. I remember that it was derided by
most everybody in the
community as being a cheap little substitute for a real 8 when it came
out, My mistake!
Jim Davis. ;-)
Alchemy lives, DEC pdp8/S turns from shit to gold.
Received on Mon Jan 26 2004 - 03:28:46 GMT

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