I recently won an auction on Goodwill's auction site. At the risk of gloating, I wanted to post my find here. I am just too pumped. Here's what I've ended up with.
Apple II Plus 48K
Amdek 300 12 inch monochrome monitor
Hand Controllers II
Epson Printer Card
Disk Controller Card
SmartTerm Video Card
2 Disk II drives
The machine is dirty, but not the worst I've seen. The monitor has some real condition issues. I was hopeful that it was an amber Amdek, but it was just regular old green. The Apple II has an asset tag from what I think is the Lilly Endowment, but the monitor appears to have been used (and abused) by a child. If viewed closely, I can see their name was written on the screen with a marker or pen and an attempt was made to remove it. I'm going to just call the machine Katie from now on.
Katie's keyboard is intact, and the keys seem to physically work, but R,U,9,0, and the RESET key only work intermittently after being pressed with great force.
My favorite quirk is this red wire soldered into one of the sockets on the game paddle port. My best guess is that this was meant to be a cheating device that somehow altered the information read on the port - perhaps to modify or exaggerate the range of the potentiometers on the hand controllers? Maybe I'm overthinking it - that's just a guess - so please let me know if you have a better one.
I'm away from home so I won't be able to get any software running or do more testing until this weekend.
Total price - $77.01