Hi folks! Nice to meet you all, I just discovered this forum and its relevant Facebook group while looking for traces of a retro computer scene in NZ. I found this place and thought I'd sign up so I could join discussions of vintage hardware, perhaps learn a few things, and see what other cool stuff other people have collected!
I'm fairly new to this scene, transitioning from video game consoles (for playing, not just looking cool on a shelf!), collected many since the Saturn/PS1 era (and a couple before then). Everything works or has been restored by me, it's a blast playing through the years of classics I never previously experienced. I also compose/produce music in my spare time. I'm making electronic tracks right now, though I've also made MIDIs for some stuff in the DOOM community.
I've been looking to vintage computers to both game and use for my music projects, and admire the C64's brilliant SID chip design, and the Atari ST's native MIDI integration. I have a Roland SC-55 (GM compatible revision), KORG DS-8 that I use for hardware synthesis.
I hope to collect a C64 someday to both use in my music, and also teach myself to write code for, I think it'd be a fun project to make a couple of homebrew games, learning as I go! I have an iMac G3 and Amiga 500 in my possession. The Mac is great for gaming but I haven't looked at the Amiga too much. I haven't got a power cable, workbench disk, or peripherals of any kind which makes it a tad hard to work with!
I look forward to having some neat discussions about vintage computing, and seeing what cool stuff you've all uncovered since or before I was born!
All the best! - Neo Te-Aika