Message #12 Posted by Stephen Easterling on 29 Oct 2005, 8:31 p.m.,
in response to message #11 by bill platt
Prior to collecting, I wanted to set some rules so it didn't get out of hand. One thing in common with all I have is that they are all in mint or new condition with cases and manuals. Also, the only models I picked up that were not in the original plans are a few of the Voyagers. Essentially, I have all of the Pioneers, the 48SX, (just sold a mint 48G), 48G+, 48GX (with infrared printer, 2M card, Math, Statistics, Calculus, Chemistry, & Physics cards), 49G+, 33S, 11C, 12C, 15C, and 28S, which was my first 15 yrs ago. I have many books on the 48 series, too, and even a nice poster and a couple of wonderful calculator collection / documentary books. I rotate each of them in/out of office and home use and stay on top of the battery situation. The three that get the most use right now are the 12C, 33S, and 49G+. Reasons for this are partly because they are currently easily replaced. The others are not easy. I can't say that I didn't have to spend much on Ebay. I think I have about $1500 tied up in the 48GX with books and accessories alone!... but I bought it brand new a couple months ago, too. I'd like to get a 10C and 16C to end the collection, but I have to be honest with myself and say that I don't think I'd ever use the 16C in the way it was meant to be used. As a working physicist, I get use out of all of the others.