I have several IIe's, a couple IIgs's and a couple IIc's. But I always wanted an original II and II+. I can't afford a II and, over the years, I've noticed that II+'s run around the $200 - $400 range depending on condition, etc. However, I've noticed recently a few under the $200 range.
Anyway, last year I found an II+ motherboard for around $70 or so and it works great. Later on, I bought an empty II+ case that looks near mint! It was around $49. Then, just last week, I found a complete II+ for $117! I couldn't believe it. However, the case is all messed up with permanent carvings and holes. But that's OK, I mostly needed the PSU and keyboard as I have everything else.
So now I have all of the parts for a complete II+ that looks almost brand new. I think I will recap the PSU (or look into a new replacement). I also have a Disk II card, some drives and a 80 column card.
My question now is, what next? I never got around to getting a FloppyEmu. I've always just used serial transfer and real floppies. I have some electronics experience and have built a Mockingboard on a breadboard once. So I may build my own Mockingboard prototype board.
But what else should I get? I know the II+ is a little different. I should have a language card somewhere too. I'm a little spoiled to the IIe.
I'd like the II+ to be my go-to Apple II if possible but I'm wondering if the smaller amount of RAM and lack of DHGR (IIRC??) mode.
Thanks for any suggestions!