Anyone seen or have an Apple II S/N 40,000-60,000?

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Hi all,

I've never seen an original Apple II with an A2S1 serial number within the 40,000 - 60,000 range.

I know that the late 30,000s still used the original style black/white serial number stickers, and units 60,000+ used the later red/white ones.

But was there a gap in the serial numbers? If you have evidence of a system in between, please share!

Thanks,
Howie

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Re: Anyone seen or have an Apple II S/N 40,000-60,000?

If you scroll half way down, the web site below depicts the same gap your curious about. Maybe a gap exists in Apple's serial # system.

http://yesterbits.com/tag/apple/

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Re: Anyone seen or have an Apple II S/N 40,000-60,000?

Interesting...

My rev-4 with serial number 62338 and power supply (model 605-5701) serial number 11517 implies that there had to be some made starting 60k. I assumed they were in the mid 50's when they started that supply but maybe by then they made so many II plus that it is concievable that they went though about 11,000 supplies with between the II plus and the II by the time my machine was made with the new numbering sequence. This supply is original but this model doesnt seem to be used long by apple before they switched to Aztek. It was a quick fix to the earlier supply that had a poor safety ground to the supply case internally. It's the only thing besides a bigger internal board and case that differs in the schematics from the first supply that I can tell.

So maybe Apple did have a gap when they switch to the new labels.

Cheers,
Corey

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Re: Anyone seen or have an Apple II S/N 40,000-60,000?

I noticed that on that web site, he says he hasn't seen a II plus with serial number less than about 10,000. Note that I have a II plus with serial number 2737.
Also, I think that II plus came out about when the IIs were in about 30,000 serial number range. I wonder if some kind of serial number change occurred when the IIplus first came out.

Regards,
Mike W.

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Re: Anyone seen or have an Apple II S/N 40,000-60,000?

It has been a log time, but I recall reading that a block of serial numbers was set aside for OEM purposes. Whoever they were going to OEM for (B&H?) ended up using the II+ instead.

The most likely source would have been Usenet and that is all that I remember. Could be true or could be somebody's speculation seeming more authoritative with the patina of time.

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Re: Anyone seen or have an Apple II S/N 40,000-60,000?

That could explain a lot. I wonder who at Apple would remember. It would have to be a product manager or marketing person. Technical guys wouldn't care.