xjas wrote:I'm probably not gonna bite on this one as I don't like the sound chip much [...] and I just bought a CDTV in the other thread
I should really stop saying things like that because I will *inevitably* go and make myself wrong. So I went back to that shop today to look for some speakers (and of all things, a beard trimmer.) While I was there I pulled the TI out of its cobwebs off the shelf behind some old hi-fi gear (did I mention it had been there at least since the last time I was in town, in March?) for a better look.
The owner of the shop spotted me checking it out and came over and started playing the 'well, what's it worth to you?...' game, obviously hoping to clear out some VERY slow moving inventory. Long story short, he offered me about a 60% discount on the already-marked-way-down sticker of $69. How could I say no?
So here it is - the console itself, in *very* nice shape:
And of course, it works perfectly - actually has some of the best image quality I've seen out of an RF modulator!
...Aaaaaaand, it also came with two of the most terrifically horrible 8-bit joysticks I've ever seen, tethered on a convenient Y-cable:
The original box:
, with strangely-shaped styrofoam clamshell intact (the computer was packed inside) :
A TON of original documentation in pristine shape:
^^ I bet whoever hired him to endorse the hell out of this thing regrets it now. In hindsight, Shatner or John Cleese were *way* better choices.
^^ If any of this stuff hasn't been released 'into the wild' yet, I can scan it and make a nice hi-res pdf. Let me know if needed.
...and the original TI power brick & cable for the tape deck, which are far too boring to show here but rest assured are in excellent shape. So that's how I spent thirty bucks this afternoon. I think I did okay!
But wait, there's more! From another shop & a private seller nearby, I also grabbed a graphics tablet for my Amiga:
(Or my Macbook if I can find my stupid USB-serial dongle!)
...these surprisingly good little speakers, the make of which might be interesting to some of you:
(Seriously, they impressed the hell out of me considering their age & pint-size. They'll definitely do the job until my big studio monitors arrive. And yes, they sound fantastic plugged into the Amiga! So '80s!)
...AND this sweet-ass vintage multimeter for all of $5:
Did I mention the pawn shop/op shop/online second-hand selection in this town is goddamn amazing? Compared to Auckland it's like moving from the desert to the rainforest. I guess I went a little mental today, but I just got some funding confirmed for my upcoming grad school project, so I feel I can get a little splurgy. One of my goals for 2015 is to *get more creative stuff done* (art, music, etc.) so of course I've gotta start that off by buying stuff. All in good fun!
Incidentally, no, I never did find my beard trimmer. So I still look a little like a homeless person. I'll deal with it for now.