I never got rid of my Beeb which rolled off the production line on the 31st of October 1983 according to the testing stickers on the motherboard. It was in my filthy mitts by November of the same year as a "month early" birthday and christmas present. Other than one excursion to Mark Haysman for what turned out to be a non-hardware problem, it's never left my side. At least whilst it was with Mark, I took the opportunity to have some extra's fitted
In terms of getting rid of old machines, I did get rid of my Amiga 500 and CDTV (DOH!
) to fund buying an Amiga A1200, Internal IDE HDD and 68030 accelerator. BITD that lot would have totalled around £8-900 worth of hardware. My A1200 was one of the very first to roll off the production line, with a manufacture date of November 1992 after it's launch on the 21st October 1992. Again, the A1200 was a part self funded early birthday present including the HDD but the accelerator came a year or two after, just before I went to Uni.
These days, I actually find myself looking at Amiga 500's on ebay wondering why I got rid of it. I know why I got rid of it but if I could have, I would have kept that one too. With the CDTV however, I never bonded with it so was happy to see it go BITD. Now though, looking back at it, it was and still is one of the coolest looking A500 variants there is and they seem to command a premium price for their rarity and coolness factor. I wasn't thinking like that BITD though, I just wanted to lay my hands on the A1200 which after the hype had settled, wasn't as good as I'd hoped it would be until it received some serious upgrades
So, getting back on topic, in terms of Acorn years, I'm coming up to my 33rd birthday, and in actual years, I'm somewhat older and wearier than I was when I posted to this thread last... http://stardot.org.uk/forums/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=6451&start=30#p62587