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Details about  BEYOND RARE - PROTOTYPE MACINTOSH 128k / APPLE MAC, WITH 5.25" TWIGGY DISK DRIVE

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BEYOND RARE - PROTOTYPE MACINTOSH 128k / APPLE MAC, WITH 5.25" TWIGGY DISK DRIVE
BEYOND-RARE-PROTOTYPE-MACINTOSH-128k-APPLE-MAC-WITH-5-25-TWIGGY-DISK-DRIVE
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Item location:
Maple Ridge, BC, Canada

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Last updated on  Apr 16, 2012 06:26:35 PDT  View all revisions

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Type:

Home Computer

Model:

Macintosh

Brand:

Apple

* Please note: I am not Steve Wozniak, nor am I attempting to impersonate him. My eBay ID is "wozniac", not "wozniak".
   I have had this eBay ID since 2007. Also, I live in Canada. Steve Wozniak (co-founder of Apple, Inc.) lives in the USA.
   My sincere apologies to you Steve, if this listing causes you any trouble. Cheers!



PROTOTYPE MACINTOSH 128k COMPUTER WITH 5.25" TWIGGY DISK DRIVE

Imagine owning the world's oldest known complete Mac...


The first Mac (Macintosh 128k) computer was originally planned to be released with a Twiggy floppy disk drive, just like the
Apple Lisa 1 computer (announced in January 1983). Due to high error rates with the Twiggy disk drive, Apple decided to switch
over to the 400k Sony 3.5" disk drive in the last 2 or 3 months before the Macintosh's scheduled release, on January 24th 1984.


To date, only bits and pieces of the original "Twiggy Drive" Macintosh have ever surfaced... A motherboard here, a plastic case there,
but never a complete machine or example. This is the only one! The computer and keyboard are authentic and original, dated 1982-83.
The computer and its keyboard were acquired together and complete, and have not been pieced together from miscellaneous parts.

In the early 1980's, before Apple contracted out the manufacturing of their hardware into Asia, Apple had a corporate division and a factory that
built their mass-storage devices. They had developed a proprietary disk drive (code-named "Twiggy") that could read & write onto a 5-1⁄4" floppy
disk with
dual & opposing read/write heads. But by the time the Lisa was ready to ship in the summer of 1983, it was clear that the Twiggy was buggy.
Because
the Lisa also came with a 5 MB Hard Disk drive, this was not a complete disaster. But the Mac had no Hard Disk drive, so it faced a crisis.
“The Macintosh team
was beginning to panic,” said Andy Hertzfeld. “We were using a single Twiggy drive, and we didn’t have a Hard Disk drive
to fall back on.”


The team discussed the problem at the January 1983 retreat, and Debi Coleman gave Jobs data about the Twiggy failure rate. A few days later, he
drove to Apple’s factory in San Jose to see the Twiggy drive being made. More than half were rejected. Jobs erupted. With his face flushed, he began

shouting and sputtering, threatening to fire everyone who worked there. Bob Belleville, the head of the Mac engineering team, gently guided him to
the
parking lot where they could take a walk and discuss some alternatives. One possibility that Belleville had been exploring was to use a new 3-1⁄2"
disk
drive that Sony had developed.

Quick, Hide In This Closet!
If you would like to read an entertaining story about how the Macintosh
team secretly worked on the 3.5" Sony Disk Drive for the original Mac
behind Steve Jobs' back, please
click here!

You may have noticed a mysterious white "Mr. Macintosh" icon on
the Motherboard, ROM Expansion Card, and Power Supply board.
Who is Mr. Macintosh? Please click here to find out!

PLEASE SEE ALL PHOTOS BELOW!

WHAT'S INCLUDED:
* Prototype Macintosh 128k computer with a Macintosh-specific version of the 5.25"Twiggy Floppy Disk Drive.
* Prototype Macintosh keyboard with pull-out card tray, works (tested on standard issue Mac 128k)
* Standard Apple-Branded Macintosh 128k mouse, works (tested on standard issue Mac 128k)
* Standard Apple-branded Macintosh 128k Power cord
* Photocopy of the US Patent
(6-page document) for the original Macintosh case/housing design, showing a 5.25" Twiggy disk drive.
   Nothing else is included.

CONDITION:
Computer powers on, chimes, then the typical gray screen appears with a blinking question mark inside of a
floppy disk icon appears, indicating to insert a boot disk. Keyboard and mouse have been tested on a standard
Macintosh 128k computer and work perfectly. Lisa-formatted Twiggy disk, shown in photo below, (Not included)
does not boot this computer.

This system has been carefully cleaned & restored. There are a few scuff marks and scratches.
There are no chips or cracks in any of the plastics. The mouse and keyboard have been fully cleaned.
Plastics are slightly yellowed due to age and light exposure.
All tone is even on the plastics.
I do not have any Macintosh software on Twiggy disk. Therefore, this computer does not boot.

NOTE:
Due to age and extreme rarity, this item is sold in "as-is" condition.
This means there are no guarantees, warranty, and no returns.

SHIPPING & HANDLING:
I will charge actual shipping & insurance costs only.
Please refer to the Shipping Calculator. Rates are estimates only.
Shipping insurance will be required, and may have to be purchased
through a private insurance company, as this item is considered
"an item of unusual value"- similar to a rare painting or piece of art.

* In contacting several shipping companies, they have indicated that shipping
   insurance would cost roughly 1% (i.e. $1,000) of the value of the goods.

** 4/15/2012 - I have now listed my complete and operational Apple Lisa 1 computer with
                        its original boxes and matching serial numbers. Please click here to view it!

AN AMAZING ADDITION TO YOUR VINTAGE COMPUTER MUSEUM OR COLLECTION!

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http://www.reginageocachers.ca/mac/KeyboardBottom.JPG

http://www.reginageocachers.ca/mac/Mac128kRearView.JPG

http://www.reginageocachers.ca/mac/RearCaseAppleLogo.JPG

http://www.reginageocachers.ca/mac/InsideView.JPG

http://www.reginageocachers.ca/mac/InsideRear.jpg

http://www.reginageocachers.ca/mac/TwiggyFront.JPG

http://www.reginageocachers.ca/mac/TwiggyHousingRemoval.jpg

http://www.reginageocachers.ca/mac/TwiggySideViewHousingRemoved.JPG

http://www.reginageocachers.ca/mac/TwiggyBottom.JPG

http://www.reginageocachers.ca/mac/PrototypeTwiggyMotherboard.jpg

http://adam.trideja.com/PrototypeTwiggyMac/MotherboardComparison.JPG

http://adam.trideja.com/PrototypeTwiggyMac/EPROMexpansionCard.JPG

http://www.reginageocachers.ca/mac/PowerSweepBoardTwiggyMac.jpg

http://www.reginageocachers.ca/mac/Signatures.jpg

http://www.reginageocachers.ca/mac/pTaPrototypeTwiggyMac128k.JPG

http://www.reginageocachers.ca/mac/MousePowerCordAppleLogos.JPG

http://www.reginageocachers.ca/mac/Mac128kComparison.JPG

http://www.reginageocachers.ca/mac/BORGtwiggyMac.JPG

http://www.reginageocachers.ca/mac/TwiggyMacUSpatent.jpg

When the Macintosh design was finally locked in, Steve Jobs called the Macintosh team together for a ceremony. “Real artists sign their work”
he said. So he got out a sheet of drafting paper and a Sharpie pen
and had all of them sign their names. The signatures were engraved inside each
Macintosh. No
one would ever see them, but the members of the team knew that their signatures were inside, just as they knew were aware that
the Macintosh's motherboard was also designed as elegantly as possible. Jobs called them
each up by name, one at a time. Burrell Smith went first.
Jobs waited until last, after all forty-five
of the others. He found a spot right in the center of the sheet and signed his name in lower-case letters with
a grand flair. He then toasted everyone with a glass of champagne!

http://www.folklore.org/projects/Macintosh/images/signatures1.jpg

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