UPDATED MARCH 2017
It’s come to the attention, of your Curator that donations or offers may come his way through physical or an email offer. To save yourself time or resources, consult this page. Surprise gifts occur if people know where I live. I love surprises, but for the space and storage purposes, I’d love surprises seen below.
As I mentioned a zillion times, I am not hoarding old stuff for the sake of it. I follow my very own guidelines and of that, here is my updated wish list. This list also contains computers, but not ones related to fruit nor anything classified as “personal computers”. You can also follow my lists on Etsy, Amazon and eBay, as a guideline. You don’t have need to go top dollar. The Wish List is more of something you have, already have, found and don’t want it, etc.
DIGITAL PBX EQUIPMENT
An Avaya Red 302 operator console. (Save the 26B – it’s already in my inventory.) Would love a C or D for the 2 wiring, but if you got an A or B, I’d be happy too) Thanks J for the 302C!
This was the iconic look of office telephones from the 1980s to around 2000. I own a G3 PBX, and I can tie these sets into the system. Someone else may enjoy the switching parts. Specifically I loved the 5 button set; the 10 button is cool, BIS (the one with the Built In Speaker) is cool too. Most interested in the 5, 10 or 10 BIS sets.
(sorry for the large pic, but I was using my portrit screen for these screengrabs)
This was the semi-KSU-less but KSU-dependent phone system, the Bell System’s solution leading to the Merlin in 1983. I’d be interested in the 416 electronic set both a slave and master. A master has some junk in the trunk side (I’m so sorry I couldn’t resist a sick pun like that!) The slave is almost identical to an MET set. I’d only be interested in a set of two. Again for space purposes, I know there are addons, but I cannot afford more space for hardware, as my own PBX (most likely would be tied do) already provides MOH, etc.
Avaya Red Hybrid board TN762. This would enable me to run at least 8 Merlin phones
Avaya Red TN-753 – this 24 port Analog Line enables me to have at least 24 rotary or touch tone sets – use up every blade on my 66 block!
Avaya Red TN-2214-CP. Since I have 2 wire DCP sets, I’d just want to have every blade too to have an extension – even if I don’t use them all. (when I do on the fly wiring, it can get frustrating when you missed it by one blade and ether you get a just dialing only, analog or blinking green lights – digital)
Any newer Processor Port Networks (PPN) that acts as the Avaya Red’s CPU for the Definity line PBXs would be awesome. Craft/cust logins with appropriate licenses would be very awesome!
OLD POTS TELEPHONES
WECO 302 (black/metallic made from the 1930s to the early 1950s)
Pay telephones (rotary or touch dialing)
Call Director (RARE FIND) Unlike the CallMaster, this similar looking phone from the 1960s was a glorified multi line telephone.
The Wish List works in tandem to the Trading Post (where I attempt to dispose my gear and other people as well.)
While the Museum doesn’t focus on computers that often, there is a place to focus on the similarities of mini computers and PBX or ESS systems. Lot of it’s mindset comes from the world of telephony.
I grew up in a school district in southern NH where the districtwide systems were on VAX mini mainframes. We (as the District) went on the risky approach of going on to Windows NT in the beginning in 3.1 then went to NT 4 and so on. In retrospect it was really a risk, because the town government (by law a seperate governing enterprise) had used NetWare up until about 2004, when they went to NT 5 to current versions. The Microsoft’s NT platform to be quite honest probably even up to version 2008 was still moody, reliability as reliable as you could wish, etc. Not dissing the desktop level, but servers are a joke. Not only that but both entities had their websites hosted vis the IIS platform had been a target of hackers until both took them off site but still using IIS I believe.
Anyways, the VAX systems didn’t get fully rolled off the desktops till about fifth grade (late 1990s). Secretaries entered student information on these terminals; then just used terminal emulation when the NT boxes came in.
I will refuse to pay for any Alphaserver or Alphastation for at these prices. If say I bought this for production uses, I’d pay $250 max. I do not know OpenVMS personally, but I know DOS from the inside out and if I had a choice of running a DOS-like system over Unix (Jason from Montana may differ!) I’d take DOS. I do know that OpenVMS is like Windows it can run ether/or server or client on a client like device or an actual server. The company that is now responsible for the software as HP gave the keys to them a couple years ago, has worked on VMware optimization and when that occurs, a flurry of Alphas may appear on the second market or not. I think since it would be living in my home, I’d rather have it running on an Alpha/VAXstation.
Oh and the terminal, who can not be a fan of the VT320 series with an amber screen? The VT220 was cute in the form factor. VT420 looks like I can take a COTS monitor, rig it with a Raspberry Pi and slap my own brand name for a terminal. C’mon! I love the DEC era of terminals made around the time I was born!
So there you go, this is an updated list. Please don’t expect that I want a handout of old gear. I would kindly give something in return, but obviously I won’t give you hundreds in cash.