Sometimes, a machine that’s on my “back burner” will show up on ebay with a buy-it-now that puts it in my price range and if I’m quick I can get it before it goes.
So it was with this non-functioning TRS-80 model 3.
On the listing I could see that there was a key missing, the paint is worn in front of the space bar and it had some blobs of paint on it but I can cope with that. It’s a model 3 after all.
Good news so far.
This is what I found when I opened the box.
When I got the machine out of the box this is the sorry sight I saw.
It didn’t get a lot better.
The tube has broken loose and been flapping around inside the box with nothing to slow it down. Fortunately the CPU board is behind a metal shield but that’s but much of a bonus really. I struggle to imagine how the seller thought it would be OK with so little packaging.