Saw the 1ks, lovely machines and would have been totally keen but the price went out of my range real quick.
Tezza, if you haven't experienced an A500 with a hard drive you're fully missing out... I've got an A570 sitting in my garage looking mournful at not having a working A500 to use with it. Pretty neat device really - has a WD 20MB XT-IDE drive standard (a la PC10) but also has a SCSI controller that allegedly supports some decent sizes. Workbench 1.3 really hauls when it's not loading from floppies!
Sadly, my A500 has two problems... the floppy drive is missing, and when I still had a spare to test with it, I found that the CIAs are dead. Double d'oh. I gave my last working A500 to my old workmate who was reminiscing so he could get an old games fix, and he ended up leaving work and never talking to me again so I never got it back. Still have my A1200 though, and it's tops
Just the local Commodore hobo and middle-aged PC hoarder.
eisa on Trademe. A lasting reminder of a Compaq fetish when I was younger.