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A3010 for sale

Posted: Thu Aug 27, 2020 5:25 pm
by impression-user
!Hello,

I'm not an ebay seller so I’m looking here to see if there is any interest from anyone wanting to take ownership of an A3010-based system. I migrated to RPCEmu over a decade ago - for editing lagacy Impression docs - but kept the original hardware ‘ticking over’ by booting it once a month - until this spring. The A3010 needs a replacement battery – see additional info below. Here are the specifics:

• Purchased by me in 1992; upgraded shortly after to 4Mb of RAM and fitted with a Castle Technology SCSI expansion card.
• External 540Mb SCSI drive (supplied by Castle) and 4x Pioneer CD-ROM drive. (Castle documentation supplied.)
• Canon BJC-4000 printer with (recently empty) BC-20 cartridge and operated via Computer Concepts turbo driver & cable.
• US Robotics 14.4k Sportster modem (lights up but not used in years)
• Wealth of software, particularly including Computer Concepts Publisher and Equasor
• Fonts Foundary CD-ROM + Acorn User Collectors CD-ROM 1,2 & 3
• Umpteen floppy discs (Acorn User discs and backups of software including Sibelius – stored in a dry cupboard but their condition is unknown)
• Original Acorn A3010 box, mouse and manuals

Additional information:

After being switched off since spring, the A3010 wouldn’t boot this week when I started it up. No time to waste: to cut a long story short I’ve removed the leaking battery and done the minor cleaning up that was needed using white vinegar & distilled water. See amongst the photos below the 'before and after' shots.

The system has come back to life – drives, keyboard and SCSI components are all functioning - but if I want my preferred desktop settings to kick in I obviously need to run the !boot file manually until a new battery is put in. The thing is I’m not a computer hobbyist so it’s time to let go - assuming there is any interest! The new owner can decide how to take things forward starrting with a replacement battery.

It’s been well looked after and as it stands is a nice illustration of the ‘whole being more than the sum of the parts’ (try sourcing this printer for example). It still functions as a credible DTP machine (even by today's standards), has lots of software on the HD and with the 14.4k modem would be suited for BBS and Web 1.0 pages. The 540Mb drive has two partitions. The Computer Concepts turbo driver minimises ‘lock-up’ time to just a few seconds when printing DTP documents.

I don’t want to send this assortment by courier, so it’s collection only. I’m based in West Lancs. (If the distance is off putting, contact me and let’s see if we can come to some sort of accommodation.) Note the monitor isn’t included.

Thanks for reading.

Re: A3010 for sale

Posted: Sat Aug 29, 2020 11:18 am
by derek
Hi,

How much do you want for the A3010?

I live in Runcorn, Cheshire, so could collect.

Re: A3010 for sale

Posted: Sat Aug 29, 2020 8:21 pm
by impression-user
Hi,thanks for responding. I only joined the forum a few days back so I'm not able to respond to your PM. Thh I was leaving it up forum members to judge the worth of 'the whole'. To be clear, are you only wanting the A3010 unit? Regards.

Re: A3010 for sale

Posted: Sun Aug 30, 2020 4:20 pm
by derek
Hi,

I would be interested in all, but it depends on price.

I can not afford eBay prices.

Re: A3010 for sale

Posted: Sun Aug 30, 2020 9:11 pm
by impression-user
Hi there,

Have responded via PM. Hope it got sent!

Regards.

Re: A3010 for sale

Posted: Tue Sep 08, 2020 12:09 pm
by c0burn
Hello. I'm interested in this also if it is still available. I'm in Liverpool so could happily collect. Let me know if derek did not respond. Thanks!

Re: A3010 for sale

Posted: Tue Sep 08, 2020 1:02 pm
by derek
Hi,

Sorry not to of updated, but I am not interested in this now.

Re: A3010 for sale

Posted: Wed Sep 09, 2020 8:06 pm
by impression-user
Hello there: yes it is still available. I'll be leaving it out until mid-October after which the A3010 will be stored away in its box, now that the battery has been removed. Regards.

Re: A3010 for sale

Posted: Thu Sep 10, 2020 11:17 am
by c0burn
Hi, good to know it's still available

As we both cannot PM, we will have to post in here, happy for you to email me if you want to discuss? - (email address removed by admin)

I'm just a new member who's always wanted an Arch machine. Just got a BBC Master Compact from a relative for free and recapped the PSU and have got the urge to scratch my Acorn/BBC itch big time - we had these in school and i loved them

Thanks, Mike

Re: A3010 for sale

Posted: Thu Sep 10, 2020 11:31 am
by Arcadian
c0burn wrote:
Thu Sep 10, 2020 11:17 am
As we both cannot PM, we will have to post in here, happy for you to email me if you want to discuss? - xxxxx@xxxxx.com (replace spaces with full stops)
Mike I've given you PM privileges so if you PM the seller with your email address they'll be able to reply via email.

I've edited your post to remove the email address, to reduce the risk of it getting hoovered up by bots etc.

Re: A3010 for sale

Posted: Thu Sep 10, 2020 11:34 am
by c0burn
Cheers Arcadian, I appreciate it.

Re: A3010 for sale

Posted: Wed Sep 16, 2020 3:02 pm
by c0burn
I am going to withdraw my interest also. Thanks all.

Re: A3010 for sale

Posted: Sun Nov 01, 2020 6:23 pm
by kppot
impression-user wrote:
Sat Aug 29, 2020 8:21 pm
A3010 unit
Is it still for sale?
Could you please specify the price?

Re: A3010 for sale

Posted: Sun Nov 08, 2020 8:44 am
by Matt.price
Hi, I'm interested, sent you a pm.

Re: A3010 for sale

Posted: Sun Nov 15, 2020 7:28 pm
by impression-user
Hello there kppot and Matt.price, sorry for the delay, I've been waylaid with stuff.
I've sent you each a PM. Regards.

Re: A3010 for sale

Posted: Sun Nov 22, 2020 11:49 am
by Matt.price
I've PMd you my mobile number. I'm keen to buy this. Please text or pm me..?

Re: A3010 for sale

Posted: Sat Nov 28, 2020 7:36 am
by impression-user
Will text you over this weekend. Again, I've been tied up with stuff - hence the delay in checking messages. Thanks for the interest.

Re: A3010 for sale

Posted: Sat Nov 28, 2020 5:21 pm
by impression-user
Matt have sent you an update by PM.