Steve J. Gray's Commodore Computer Collection
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Steve J. Gray's Commodore Collection

Introduction

Welcome to My Commodore Computer Collection page! My first computer was not a Commodore, rather it was an Ohio Scientific. If you are interested please visit my OSI C4P Page. The popularity of the OSI was quickly overshaddowed with the release of the Vic20 and Commodore 64. Commodore machines soon became my main focus. This page is a tribute to the machines of Commodore. I collect whatever I can and have a fairly extensive collection. Of particular interest is the CBM-II series, featured on it's own page here.

My Commodore History

1978 The first real computer I touched was one of the original Commodore PET 2001 machines with calculator-type keyboard and built-in tape drive. I came across one at an Eatons or Bay in the shopping mall. It was sitting in the isle, and anyone could play with it. I was in my early teens and really had no clue about computers, but I was immediately facinated by it.
1980 A little later my high-school got six fat-40 PET's and one 4040 disk drive shared by all six. Whenever we loaded or saved we were supposed to announce "accessing" so nobody else would try at the same time! Of course we would all trade software and I had quite a collection of PET games. I still have those disks... Our school library had a SuperPET with 8050 drive and I spent much free time writing a book reserve system for them.
1981 After doing research to find the "best" computer, I purchased the OSI C4P because, at the time it had colour, more characters than the PET (fat-40), more IO, and was cheaper. I learned to program in BASIC and 6502 Assembly language.
1983 I never considered the VIC-20 due to it's memory and screen limitations, however, when the C64 was released its features were too good to pass up and I purchased one new with a tape drive. The Commodore monitor was too expensive for me at the time so I ended up buying one designed for the TI-99 computer.
1985-86 I saw the Protecto ads in the magazines for the B128 computer liquidation. The B128 was like an expanded PET with more memory and a cool looking case design. A friend of mine was looking for a large-capacity disk drive to use on his BBS system and so we went together and bought the system. I got the B128, Monitor, and printer and he got the 8050 disc drive. I started programming an accounting system for the B128 for our family business. I bought an MSD-SD2 dual drive to work with both the C64 and B128. Later I would get an SFD-1001 drive as well as a Batteries Included Buscard II for the C64 to access the SFD.
198? Somewhere in here I pick up a new C16 from Toys'R'Us for $99 just to play with. I start going to all the "World of Commodore" shows at the International Centre in Malton. I tried to pick up all the brochures I could find. I attended several Brampton Commodore User Group (BUG) meetings.
1985 I couldn't wait to get an Amiga. It was such an amazing machine for it's time. I put my order in and got my Amiga 1000 the day they were available. In fact, the 1000 was available before the 1080 monitor so I had to wait a bit before I could try it. Eventually I also bought a Sidecar to run IBM software.
1985-86 While in college I got a summer job programming the C64 for a company called Edukat. This was a group of Mississauga school teachers hired by Commodore to produce educational titles. I wrote a math program for them.
1987 I buy a new Amiga 2000. Later I buy a new original Newtek Video Toaster. Just for fun I buy a C128D.
1986-89 After college I got a job working at the local Compucentre selling Amigas, Ataris, and Apples. During this time a customer came in looking for someone interested in buying a PET so I told him I would be interested. Turns out he was a Commodore software developer and had a CBM8032, CBM-II B500, and a CBM-II Prototype! I bought them all.
1989 I leave Compucentre and start working at Ryerson Polytechnical Institute (Later to become Ryerson University). No Commodores here... just IBM PCs and a few Apple IIs..
1991 I buy a CDTV new with keyboard.

1992

I buy a new Amiga 1200.
1993/94 I buy a demo CD32 with FMV module on clearance from Sam the Record Man in downtown Toronto.
199x I buy a used Amiga 3000. I modify it to accept the Video Toaster.
1999 A case of luck. eBay starts getting popular. I check it out and find a Commodore P500 listed. I join ebay specifically to win this. I did. And,so begins my eBay purchases... and my "Collector" status.
2007 Joined TPUG. I am still a member and attend the "World of Commodore" shows in Toronto.

The Collection

This is my Commodore collection. Duplicates indicated by []:
Computers Drives Monitors Other
  • 1701 [2]
  • 1802 [2]
  • 1901 76BM13
  • 1902
  • CM-141
  • 1010 [2]
  • 1011
  • 1020 [2]
  • Genlock
  • Video Toaster 2000 [2]
  • CDTV Keyboard (black)
  • CDTV Trackball
  • 1060 Sidecar
  • PC40-III
  • 486DX-33C
  • Netbook (2009-Engineering Sample)
     

I am starting to add pictures of each item as I bring them out of storage. More pictures to come... if you want to see anything in particular in detail please contact me.

Wanted!

I'm not looking for every single machine ever made, but I would like to collect typical machines from each product line. A few spare machines wouldn't hurt either ;-) If you have anything on the list below you wish to sell please contact me! Of course, donations are gladly accepted and I will pay shipping costs (North America only).

Misc Items wanted:

Last updated: Mar 20/2011, 10:00pm EST

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