|Re: 7470A Plotter Purchasing Assistance Required|
Message #3 Posted by Dave Shaffer (Arizona) on 12 Mar 2009, 11:20 p.m.,
in response to message #1 by Egan Ford
I think I need a 7470A Plotter.
Do you really "need" it, or want it?
I had one 20 years ago, and basically got rid of it when/because computer graphics and color printers far surpassed its capabilities. So, if you need to do computer graphics, there are other better ways.
Of course, if you want to play with it for old time's sake, which I suspect it the case, then go for it. In fact, just two days ago, I pulled out of a drawer an RS-232 adapter that I made for it. I think it is basically a pin 2/3 swapper. If you want/need it, I'd be glad to send it to you.
I got mine from an electronic leasing firm (it may have been Leasametric). I have seen them for sale in the last year or two from such outfits, but the prices were outrageous. The advantage of buying from such a firm, though, is that it will come in working condition, they will almost certainly warrant it for some time period, and it probably will come with a manual, whereas on e**y you never quite know. I'd ask any e**y sellers to show you a plot they have made recently.