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Looking to buy BBC Model B

Post by English Invader » Tue Aug 18, 2020 10:29 pm

I'm looking to purchase a BBC but I'm having difficulties finding anything suitable on eBay. It's either £100+ for a lottery ticket that came out of someone's loft or a £200-£350 refurbished system with new power supply capacitors from a £3 kit and a £20 SD card interface. I don't begrudge sellers money for their skills, time and expertise but £350 is too much compared to how much the components cost.

Ideally, I'd like to buy a system with the power supply capacitors replaced as I've never soldered before and from what I've seen on YT it looks like quite a complex job. The SD card interface looks like something I can handle on my own and I intend to post another thread elsewhere to discuss the different options.

I'm based in the UK and although this is my first post here I've been posting on other forums (including AtariAge, Lemon 64 and Denial) for many years and traded on them with no complaints.

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Re: Looking to buy BBC Model B

Post by tricky » Tue Aug 18, 2020 11:39 pm

Welcome and good luck with your beeb hunt.

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Re: Looking to buy BBC Model B

Post by IanJeffray » Wed Aug 19, 2020 1:39 am

Look what just arrived for £95 BiN on eBay ... https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/392911397329

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Re: Looking to buy BBC Model B

Post by Lardo Boffin » Wed Aug 19, 2020 7:41 am

IanJeffray wrote:
Wed Aug 19, 2020 1:39 am
Look what just arrived for £95 BiN on eBay ... https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/392911397329
Nice find. And a free Elite key strip!

Best be quick though it won’t hang around long at that price.

As far as the PSU you can get that serviced by Mark at Retroclinic for a fair price.
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Re: Looking to buy BBC Model B

Post by flaxcottage » Wed Aug 19, 2020 8:26 am

Lardo Boffin wrote:
Wed Aug 19, 2020 7:41 am
Best be quick though it won’t hang around long at that price.
... and it didn't!
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Re: Looking to buy BBC Model B

Post by English Invader » Wed Aug 19, 2020 8:39 am

flaxcottage wrote:
Wed Aug 19, 2020 8:26 am
Lardo Boffin wrote:
Wed Aug 19, 2020 7:41 am
Best be quick though it won’t hang around long at that price.
... and it didn't!
News travels fast. The seller provided a good description. He wasn't able to fully test but he confirmed the beep and the red lit caps lock key confirmed a responsive OS. Thank you everyone for your help. I'm now the proud owner of a BBC Micro! :D .

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Re: Looking to buy BBC Model B

Post by Lardo Boffin » Wed Aug 19, 2020 9:36 am

English Invader wrote:
Wed Aug 19, 2020 8:39 am
I'm now the proud owner of a BBC Micro! :D .
You probably actually mean your *first* BBC Micro! :lol:
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Re: Looking to buy BBC Model B

Post by English Invader » Thu Aug 20, 2020 1:51 pm

Lardo Boffin wrote:
Wed Aug 19, 2020 9:36 am
You probably actually mean your *first* BBC Micro! :lol:
Yes, that's correct although I did get to use one in primary school. I think we were overawed by the monitor, printer and floppy disk drive. It made it look like a far more powerful system than it actually was. The ZX Spectrum (which is what most kids got back in the day) had a faster processor and more memory and the VIC-20 had memory expansions for the 16 and 32k configurations of the A and B BBC Micros as well as the monitor, printer, floppy drive (and modem) for those who had the money to spend.

And, much to my delight, the BBC I purchased yesterday has arrived today and is sitting in its box ready for me to open it (I didn't expect it to arrive so quickly for £8 shipping). I've arranged for Mark to recap the PSU and it's just a question of removing it from the system and sending it to him.

Thank you again to everyone for your help!

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Re: Looking to buy BBC Model B

Post by 1024MAK » Thu Aug 20, 2020 2:06 pm

I think the comment about your ‘first’ BBC Micro is a humorous reference to a lot of people here having started off with just one Acorn machine, but now having multiple Acorn machines.... You’re find people have a back up machine, and a back up for the back up machine, or different models / different board versions...

There is also a rumour that if left alone, they will breed like a Tribble...

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Re: Looking to buy BBC Model B

Post by English Invader » Thu Aug 20, 2020 2:27 pm

1024MAK wrote:
Thu Aug 20, 2020 2:06 pm
I think the comment about your ‘first’ BBC Micro is a humorous reference to a lot of people here having started off with just one Acorn machine, but now having multiple Acorn machines.... You’re find people have a back up machine, and a back up for the back up machine, or different models / different board versions...

There is also a rumour that if left alone, they will breed like a Tribble...

Mark
I'm already getting an itch for a Master 128 after spotting the Stunt Car Racer port in the internet archive site :lol: .

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Re: Looking to buy BBC Model B

Post by Lardo Boffin » Thu Aug 20, 2020 2:38 pm

Mark is correct. I was alluding to the fact that once you get one Acorn you suddenly find yourself surrounded by them. And Sinclairs. And Ataris. And Commodores. And.....
Nobody knows how it happens (except maybe eBay). :shock:
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Re: Looking to buy BBC Model B

Post by rmbrowngr » Thu Aug 20, 2020 7:01 pm

I don't understand as well. I rediscovered by first home computer clearing my parents house (ZX81), then wanted again an Electron, then added another Electron with MRB and finally ended up buying a B+ on sale on this forum for a reasonable price , eBay prices can get quite high. Reading all this talk about Atoms on this forum has got me curious to find out more. I did consider getting an Atom before the Electron came out, as I couldn't afford a BBC B at the time. I never regretted buying the Electron.
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