Are low SN Apple 2 drives rare?

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Hey - Just a shot in the dark, I've recently obtained an early Apple II and by chance was looking at the back of the drives that came with it and noticed a serial number! (I didn't even know they had serial numbers?!) It's showing as A2M0003- 01882... Is there any significance of a low serial number on a disk drive? Is it more desirable to collectors?

-AC

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Re: Are low SN Apple 2 drives rare?

Apple2 wrote:

Hey - Just a shot in the dark, I've recently obtained an early Apple II and by chance was looking at the back of the drives that came with it and noticed a serial number! (I didn't even know they had serial numbers?!) It's showing as A2M0003- 01882... Is there any significance of a low serial number on a disk drive? Is it more desirable to collectors?

-AC

This should be a Shugart AS390 Drive, with the Rainbow Ribbon Cable.. Someone with an Early Apple ][ I am sure would appreciate an Early Disk ][...

I Ran Into a couple early Disk ][s, that look really nice on my Rev-03 Apple ][....

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Re: Are low SN Apple 2 drives rare?

I wouldn't speak to the value of those, but the cynical side of me says that drives with lower serial numbers are more likely to explode at the slightest touch...

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Statsman1 wrote:

I wouldn't speak to the value of those, but the cynical side of me says that drives with lower serial numbers are more likely to explode at the slightest touch...

Man, I love this forum - You guys are awesome! Laughing out loud

MarkO wrote:

This should be a Shugart AS390 Drive, with the Rainbow Ribbon Cable.. Someone with an Early Apple ][ I am sure would appreciate an Early Disk ][...

I Ran Into a couple early Disk ][s, that look really nice on my Rev-03 Apple ][....

MarkO

Thanks MarkO, I'm pretty sure I saw a rainbow ribbon, I'll have to have another look later on.

Where would I see Shugart AS390 written on the drive?

-AC

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Re: Are low SN Apple 2 drives rare?

Apple2 wrote:
MarkO wrote:

This should be a Shugart AS390 Drive, with the Rainbow Ribbon Cable.. Someone with an Early Apple ][ I am sure would appreciate an Early Disk ][...

I Ran Into a couple early Disk ][s, that look really nice on my Rev-03 Apple ][....

MarkO

Thanks MarkO, I'm pretty sure I saw a rainbow ribbon, I'll have to have another look later on.

Where would I see Shugart AS390 written on the drive?

-AC

I will have to look again.. I know the Stepper Motor is much taller than the Alps...

Back Ground Info from:

http://www.apple1notes.com/old_apple/Huston_Stories_files/Disk%20SN1.htm

http://apple2history.org/history/ah05/

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Re: Are low SN Apple 2 drives rare?

Apple2 wrote:
Statsman1 wrote:

I wouldn't speak to the value of those, but the cynical side of me says that drives with lower serial numbers are more likely to explode at the slightest touch...

Man, I love this forum - You guys are awesome! Laughing out loud

-AC

Yes, sorry I am not helpful in this arena - there are lots of guys here who know WAY more than I do.

I can only speak from experience - there's an old thread that I started some time last year with pictures of what one of my drives did. All of a sudden, it went from functioning to *BOOM*...no rhyme or reason.

Now that you mention serials, I should look inside it again, the SN is probably 00001.

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