|hp 41C for a smile!|
Message #1 Posted by William L. Drylie on 5 Apr 2008, 12:58 p.m.
I go to thrift stores to look for slide rules that people donate, and over the past five years I have found some real gems especially at one particular store in Fargo North Dakota.
This morning while on this search, I became the owner of a 41C in the box with it's manuals, and some ads. The calculator was in a short case made for the 41 series, the long case was in the box and upon picking it up, discovered that case contained a card reader. The 41 has 2 mem mods plugged in. The only thing that I can detect wrong with it is the 1 key is stiff. Alas, I do not have a card to test the card reader as I have none and none were in the box. I also became the owner of a TI 58C in the box with everything, and I mean everything including an extra 58C, both work and one looks brand new.
I asked for slide rules, the young girl, confessing her ignorance as to what they were, asked me what they were for. I told her, she said "I do not have any put back, but I have these that I removed from the shelves this morning. They will not sell, and I need room for China." The calcs were on the counter, and I could not belive my eyes. "How much" I asked, she said, "I was going to put them in the Trash, but since you have a really nice smile like my Dad, you can have them." Lightning does strike occasionally, and they are nice, but I probably will not keep them, I have a 48SX that I use and a 33s and that's good enough.
I guess there are finds still out there that can be had for a song and a dance, or a smile. It does pay to be nice!