|Re: Things no one will ever buy on ebay...|
Message #7 Posted by Ellis Easley on 24 Feb 2002, 11:15 p.m.,
in response to message #1 by Gene
Since I paid that much (if dollars were pounds) for a lot of 21 HP and TI calculators at the beginning of my recent Ebay binge, I can't make any disparaging comments. I'm happy in the knowledge that I now have enough TI59's for a cat's lives. Especially since I found brand new keyboards in an Ebay store, 40 for $15. I've already fixed a 40 key calculator by cutting off the top row of one of these replacements. Clicks like new! Unfortunately, I lost the "enter" key in the process.
The HP's in the lot were very satisfactory including a 41CX that still has shiny feet. I was afraid I would have to open it because it was dead but luckily there were some discussions here at the time about how to discharge a 41 and it came right up after shorting the battery terminals for a few minutes. Also 2 67's in OK shape but corroded, a 65 in very good shape with leather case, a 35 in less than great shape (a few dim segments, maybe corrosion can cause that?), two 71's in good shape except one has some iffy keys, and a 41CV in not bad shape. All working to some degree, most completely working. Also there were two 41 ROMS and various soft cases. The 65 had an accessory I hadn't heard of, a tiny coding form with a place to put a card, that fits in the pocket of the leather case. Of course I'll go through an inch or so of tubing - or a number of O-rings - before I'm done.
There were also some nice TI's like an SR52 which I was unaware of - a card reader model other than the 58 and 59 - and which is in quite good shape.
I'm in a mood to buy the Commodore lot because I just spent some time replacing the NiCads in my Dad's Commodore. I wonder what he would have thought of HP's. He was a slide rule guy. He worked for the Army Corps of Engineers and he ordered another calculator for work. I think they would have gotten him an HP but because of his vision he needed something with bigger digits. They got him a big boxy portable machine with either nixies or a plasma 7-segment multidigit display. It might have been a CompuCorp.