I have a pretty sizeable computer collection, a lot of Apple stuff. I've long sought an original Apple II to add to it, but have not been willing to pay the $1500-2500 (or way more for a an early Rev) they seem to command on ebay (assuming you can win against a hail of snipers :)). So I started thinking about how I might obtain one 'on the cheap', maybe buying it in pieces and creating a Franken II from that. Anyway, I came across the auction below offering the first paRt (the case) that I was able to negotiate down to what I think was a decent price for (hundreds below the $999 he was asking). Heck, having an original A2S1 case at least lets me pretend for now.
I say case because the motherboard that is in there obviously isn't stock. In fact, I haven't a clue what it is and wondered if anyone had any idea -- I assume some kind of kit or clone the guy hand assembled. I'm also not sure about the PSU -- if it's a type that can switch between 220v (as in France) and 110V here... we had a bit of a language barrier, and the gentleman is a bike retailer, not a computer guy. I have no idea what the cards are that are coming with it, either.
I'm assuming the correct board for a machine with that serial number should be a Rev 4 board? I was looking at one on ebay here as an example:
Rev 4 boards seem to go between $50-150 depending on condition.. so between the case and that, if I can find one (and integer basic ROMs if it doesn't have them, I'd prefer those over applesoft), I should be able to come in well below $1000 and have a plausible, if not original A2S1. And that's good enough for me and leaves me only two more machines to complete the run between Apple II and Apple III+.
However I understand the A2S1 and A2S2 shared boards for a time and I'm wondering if there's any way to distinguish between one that originated as a Plus computer or just a II. The auction above says it's a II board, but the little diag he's running in one of the pictures has it identified as a II+ board. I'm not sure how the software determines that or if it's accurate.
Any advice or thoughts on these items would be greatly appreciated.