TRS-80 Model 3. A bad start.

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.

IMG_20150815_182549919Nearly no packing. A few sheets of newspaper that’s all. My heart sank and it didn’t float again for some time.


When I got the machine out of the box this is the sorry sight I saw.


It didn’t get a lot better.

IMG_20150815_183748264The 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.


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