|HP-97 and HP-42|
Message #1 Posted by Gerry Schultz on 5 June 2007, 8:10 p.m.
I am really excited about some new calculators I got from that unmentionable website. I purchased an HP-97 which arrived today and I'm looking forward to using it. It works great and is just what the seller promised. When the 97s first came out arounf 1975, I couldn't afford one but I always wanted one. Finally, after some 30 years I actually have one in my hands. I've never seen a 97 in real life, only in pictures and it's not as big as I expected it to be.
It's funny how those desires stick with you through your life. It's a fond memory that's finally been fulfilled. Now I can see first hand how the 67/97s works and not just what I saw in the program translation firmware built into the 41C card reader.
Now, that I have it, I'll have figure out how I'm going to show my wife without getting shot. I know the first question she'll ask me, "How much?" But, she's also a good sport and will understand my need as long as it makes me happy.
I also purchased a HP-42 but I haven't received it yet. Being the successor to the 41, it will be interesting to see how different it is from the 41. I stopped collecting HP calculators after the 41 until the 48GX. It was such a change going from the 41 to the 48GX that it took me a long time to understand how the 48GX worked.
My first HP calculator was an HP-45 which I sold to buy an HP-55. I didn't get the 67/97 since it was too expensive but I ended up buying a 41C when they first came out. Then a 41CV and finally I bought a 41CX last year. After a long gap in my interest in HP calculators, I got a 48GX right after they first came out. I ended up buying just about every book I could find on the GX just to figure out how it worked.
I still have all this stuff even though my wife wonder's why. The 49G+ and the 50G are great calculators but in many ways, beyond me. The 97 is a much simpler calculator and I'm looking forward to playing in that much smaller playground.