Redmaus wrote: ↑
13 Sep 2020, 23:50
Hi! I know this is a bit of a long shot, but I am looking to trade/buy a beamspring 3279 or 3278
or any other rare beamer that isn't 5251, 3101, or 6850.
The 3279 looks like this with the addition of black top and multiple buttons and lights:
Either restored or unrestored works. Please PM me if you have one.
Actually, as the filename shows, this isn't a regular 3279, but a 3278 model 2A. And yes, it's probably rarer. The regular 3279 used a 3278 keyboard (possibly with a couple of different key legends). The 3278-2A was the system console for the 4331 and 4341 mainframes. The buttons and lights at the top are for powering the system on and off, and IMLing it (doing an initial microcode load, basically resetting and reloading everything that made the computer know how to be an IBM mainframe).
The Wikipedia picture of a 3279 in the 3270 article is actually not a regular 3279, but a 3279 model 2C, which was the console version. If you look, the buttons and lights and keys are slightly different from the 3278-2A. I think
the 3279-2C was used with the 4361 and 4381, but it's been far too long since I saw one of those machines to know for sure.