IBM Beam Spring listing / registration

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darkcruix

11 Feb 2019, 14:54

I would love to understand how many IBM Beam Spring keyboards are still in use (at least for those who also are part of this forum). I wonder, if there are other people out there who would be interested.

Mine is a 3278 full size with the following code:
1645101
EC317626A
192078
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Muirium
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11 Feb 2019, 15:11

I’ve gotten hands on and personal with three beamsprings.

One of them belongs to me. I have a 3276 thanks to Cindy with Xwhatsit controller and solenoid, here in Scotland. Can’t seem to find any pictures of it on DT however (going to file a bug!)

I also had a German layout 3276, which I sold to Seebart a few years ago. There’s some pics on DT of it as well, if I can find them.

Here’s another local one:

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That great white Displaywriter is in Scotland, too. Belongs to a museum, who had no idea what it was.

I can open mine up and get you label details if you like. Don’t think it was particularly expressive in there. I don’t know its birthdate or even year, for instance. Maybe as old as me, but maybe not.

andrewjoy

11 Feb 2019, 15:18

I would guess that number on the right is the date ? But that does not make sense for US dates , in the rest of the world where normal people live i would think that was 19th Feb 1978?

I have made a google doc and added this one , will do mine when i get home

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/ ... edit#gid=0

EDIT
Please keep the data source field consistent. Makes managing data much simple.

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AJM

11 Feb 2019, 21:58

The numbers on my 5251 look very different:
(I took the stickers off, before cleaning everything. Then forgot to put them back on. :D )
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But there's a clear date on the case:
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Muirium
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11 Feb 2019, 22:00

Ooh, lucky you!

What’s your recipe for clean sticker removal? I’m atrocious at peeling.


@Andy: Can we keep Google out of this? How about posting the info in this thread, which can then all end up in the wiki where it belongs?

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pansku
Member of the Beam Spring cult

11 Feb 2019, 22:16

I can't recall if there are any more markings on my 5251 but here's a picture of the original controller from my archives:
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IBM 5251 original controller
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JP!

12 Feb 2019, 03:22

Beamspring part number, license, registration, and proof of insurance should be required :)

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AJM

12 Feb 2019, 10:51

Muirium wrote:
11 Feb 2019, 22:00
Ooh, lucky you!
What’s your recipe for clean sticker removal? I’m atrocious at peeling.
Oh, they nearly fell off by themselves, after being threatened by a hint of moisture.
(And it was a wise decision by them. Because they wouldn't have looked good after I was finished with cleaning off the old foam from that part, which turned into the most annoying and disgusting cleaning job, I've ever done. :shock: )

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Wingklip

13 Feb 2019, 05:34

I've got one, though I do not really have the numbers on hand today lol

Beamspring 5251 Bigfoot variant

SilenceGoo

13 Feb 2019, 05:52

Wingklip wrote:
13 Feb 2019, 05:34
I've got one, though I do not really have the numbers on hand today lol

Beamspring 5251 Bigfoot variant
5251 Bigfoot should be more rare.

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darkcruix

13 Feb 2019, 07:14

Can you post pictures of the 5251 Bigfoot? I am really interested in all the variants (and how many are still in use).

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JP!

13 Feb 2019, 14:38

This is probably a good thread to help you in your quest.
viewtopic.php?f=62&t=8788&hilit=post+your+beamspring

Also here is a crappy photo of mine.
Spoiler:
IBM DisplayWriter keyboard, 3277 terminal keyboard (66 key), IBM 4978 terminal keyboard (Series/1), IBM 3741 Data Station + bonus 3279 that is apart for restoration.
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darkcruix

13 Feb 2019, 15:12

JP! wrote:
13 Feb 2019, 14:38
This is probably a good thread to help you in your quest.
viewtopic.php?f=62&t=8788&hilit=post+your+beamspring

Also here is a crappy photo of mine.
Spoiler:
IBM DisplayWriter keyboard, 3277 terminal keyboard (66 key), IBM 4978 terminal keyboard (Series/1), IBM 3741 Data Station + bonus 3279 that is apart for restoration.

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Thanks a mil for sharing - no idea, why I haven't seen the thread before!

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Muirium
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13 Feb 2019, 15:23

That’s forums. Content is fundamentally time sorted, so sleepy threads go into permanent hibernation. There’s very few truly evergreen ones, and I mean the kind of evergreen that is regular new posts and routine visibility as a result. Great Finds and the Alps photos thread come to mind, and that one about how everyone’s wrong at music!

As much as I personally prefer the forum thread format, this kind of thing is where wikis shine. Indexed content, for reference and long term addition. Just not conversation and personality, which keeps my visits few and brief.

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Wingklip

20 Feb 2019, 05:47

You can buy a house with those four in two years

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Bass

20 Feb 2019, 20:50

JP! wrote:
13 Feb 2019, 14:38
This is probably a good thread to help you in your quest.
viewtopic.php?f=62&t=8788&hilit=post+your+beamspring

Also here is a crappy photo of mine.
Spoiler:
IBM DisplayWriter keyboard, 3277 terminal keyboard (66 key), IBM 4978 terminal keyboard (Series/1), IBM 3741 Data Station + bonus 3279 that is apart for restoration.

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I see you are now the third person on here who has managed to find a 4978, nice work! You wouldn't happen to be willing to trade it for anything I might still have in my own collection would you? :)
Wingklip wrote:
20 Feb 2019, 05:47
You can buy a house with those four in two years
Hah! As a matter of fact I have recently sold off most of the beamers I have been hoarding over this past year for this very purpose. But sadly as high as beamspring prices might seem, housing prices in my area are far more absurd still. It certainly helps but the amount I have earned selling most of mine still doesn't fully cover the down payment!

These are what I still have left. First of course is my ever so trusty 3278, the very first beamspring I have ever found: If I could only keep one this would most likely be it:
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I still have one more from my series of hauls from last year, but since it was in the worst shape of the lot I have kept it around as a parts board. Hence many keycaps are missing, and the door is currently on loan to someone:
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I also have a 3741 datastation keyboard module which in spite of not being restored might just be the best feeling out of all the beamsprings I've ever tried, and has hardly any wobble. Obviously nowhere near as cool as JP!'s though since I don't have the original desk:
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And last but not least, although I am not sure if I should count it since it's a fully fledged computer, my IBM 5100:
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John Doe

10 Mar 2019, 08:48

Hope the 5251 variant could do some help.
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AJM

10 Mar 2019, 12:09

Very nice. Do you have some more pictures of the case? That's not the usual 5251 case, that I know.

(And I just saw, that there's no picture of an 5251 in the Wiki at all! I'll try to change that.)

reichlinger

01 Apr 2019, 22:59

I have an IBM Series I system which I purchased in 1978. I added to it up until the mid 1980s. I have 4978, 4979, 3101, and 3151 terminals which I purchased new. Recently I was looking through stuff on my shelf and I found a NIB 3101 that I did not remember that I had.

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