IBM Series/1 Collecting?

Burning Image visual_storytellers at
Sat Oct 13 12:36:08 EDT 2018

Hi. All:

Over the years, I've owned many systems, going back to 8080-based hardware.  I've also had more than a few PDP-11 and MicroVAX systems.  I'm now looking for something a little different and could use some guidance.

In the early eighties, I worked for a company in NJ that refurbished IBM mainframe systems.  They also sold Series/1 mini's.  One of the partners was even developing the hardware interface and software for a cartridge tape backup system.  For some reason, I now have the urge to play with a Series/1 system of my own.

Thinking back, I've seen very little - if anything - about someone owning one.  Perhaps there's a good reason for this.  I'm also not seeing too much on used systems, peripherals, or software - like languages - I could use to develop some applications.  Perhaps there's a good reason for that, too.  

Is it worth pursuing the acquisition of this old system or is it best left alone?  Any constructive advice on this would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance,
Cory Sickles

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