A single computer system manual for $83 plus shipping and handling?

Bill Loguidice's picture

Yep: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ssPageName=ADME:B:EOIBUAA:...

Why is that, you ask? Well, it's none other than the system manual for the obscure and very hard-to-collect, Exidy Sorcerer computer. It's a fairly small and thin manual, too, but it doesn't matter, as anything Exidy Sorcerer related is very, very difficult to find.

I was lucky enough to source an Exidy Sorcerer and BASIC ROM cartridge (it was one of the first computers to accomodate cartridges - this system was released in 1978 in the US) recently from The Netherlands (the best source these days for Sorcerer stuff) for more money than I care to reveal, so I know how it goes with the system.

You can expect to typically pay at minimum several hundred dollars for just the computer, which is not good for anything by itself except running machine code applications and programming in machine code, to about one hundred dollars or more (usually more) for one of the ROM cartridges, of which BASIC and a Word Processor are two of them (I'm not aware of too many others). The system can directly interface with any composite monitor or TV, and can use standard cassette players, so for all but the most hardcore, you can get away with just the computer and a BASIC cartridge (good luck with finding even that). An expansion system can make use of S-100 cards and accomodates a disk system and CP/M, but that costs a bit more than even the computer (again, extra good luck with that one).

You can read up a bit more on the computer here: http://www.trailingedge.com/exidy/ (also has that expensive manual in digital form)

and

http://www.lisp.com.au/~michael/exidy/