Happy to post some of my Commodore Computer stuff somewhere since my wife, kids and friends all think it is junk and I should take it to the dump. I find it a good low cost hobby for the winter.
Below are some pictures. I started out with a PET 2001N and CBM 4016 a few years ago. For some reason at the time, I decided to take the main PCB and keyboard out of the 4016 and throw the rest out??? But I did do a full restoration on the PET 2001N.
Since the PET, I have been moving forward in time. VIC20, C64 and I am at the 128 now. I have given each machine a full restore, new capacitors, etc.
Commodore is my favorite machine, making up about 70% of my collection. However, I also have restored and found software for the NorthStar Advantage, TRS80-III and Acorn Atom.
I have an electronics lab at home and design electronics as my job. If a club member has a broken Commodore and does not have the equipment to fix it I would be happy to try to help. However, since it would be at no charge as part of the hobby, it must be something that is important to you. Not a VIC-20 found in the mud or something you are going to sell on Kijiji after I fix it.
Hope to make a meeting soon and talk to someone that doesn’t roll their eyes when I talk about old computer stuff.
The Teachers Pet version does seem a bit harder to find. Mine was originally given to a school in Swift Current, Saskatchewan by Commodore. I think if they bought 2 they got 1 Teachers Pet "free". They did drill some holes in the top to mount the tape drive so it could not be removed. I did not get the tape drive with the computer, just the holes...
The SD card thing is called a PET Disk. I did not design it, I just built it from the schematic on the Web. The guy still has the Website, but he took three months to reply to my request to buy one, then when I said I wanted to buy one I did not hear back from him again. He posts his schematic and source code on the Website so I can't imagine he cares if people make their own.
I am the same with pinball skill, often guests that come over and beat me at my own game. I like working on them more than playing them it seems. Glad I got mine about 7-8 years ago. They are impossible to find at a reasonable price anymore. I also have a Mrs Packman Cocktail machine with the original circuit board but I converted it to LCD. The kids like that machine.