[rescue] old printers

Hicheal Morton mh1272 at gmail.com
Fri Jul 6 09:15:29 CDT 2007


in 1983, i entered a smaller grad school.

the administration demanded the use of typewriters--no computers & no dot
matix printers.
i bought an apple ][e with the 80-column/32k card and a xerox diablo 620
daisy-wheel printer.
it was impossible to tell the difference between the apple/diablo output and
an ibm selectric.

the whole system cost ~$3300.
the diablo cost about $1300 (don't remember is that was with tax or

the president's son entered the doctoral program and talked his dad into
permitting dot-matrix with NLQ (near letter quality).
what a waste of money because of academic jerk-i-ness.

i was so happy to leave that crummy grad school.

the diablo 620 performed very well during its time with me.

On 7/5/07, Scott Quinn <compoobah at valleyimplants.com> wrote:
> Since there's been some discussion on list about green bar paper and
> line printers:
> I have a Diablo 620 daisy-wheel model, serial interface goes up to
> 1200BPS, that needs a home.
> Looks like the rodents had a brief residence, there's one standard
> ribbon cable that has some gnawing on it (can be replaced easily, it's
> the type that IDE/SCSI cables are made from, not the printhead cable),
> and it could use a wash and brush up, no major rust though.
> Plugged it in and put on the self-test and it started happily
> clattering away (no ribbon [have a bunch that came with it,
> carbon-film, but I didn't want to open one up] so I couldn't verify
> what it was printing). The typewheel was rotating to different
> positions, so that bit looks good.
> Any interest? free for the taking, Renton, WA. Wide-carriage, even.
> For the modern-types, I have a LJII. Fuser isn't getting quite hot
> enough (printing will come off in threads if you rub it)- might be an
> adjustment or could be a parts unit. Comes with one installed EP-S and
> one in a box.
> Probably even still have a little Epson letter-size 9-pin tractor feed
> parallel if that's of interest.
> Scott
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