I've needed one of these for about two years now. I keep hoping that one will turn up at a thrift store or yard sale so I woundn't need to bother with shipping, but no luck so far. And of course I have looked on eBay, but most of what I've found are resellers who don't know anything about the condition or functionality of their machines - or big packages for collectors with lots of extras and software. It kills me to know that within 50 miles of here there are probably a dozen or more ][ machines going unused in closets and attics, but I can't find them. My parents bought a clone for me when I was 12 or so, a Franklin, which was ok. Except that they never wanted to buy software for me, and didn't trust me with a modem. So it just got used for "Lode Runner" on and off for a few years until I moved out, then they either gave it away or junked it. Always thought it a shame that I had so little use for it at the time.
So why do I need one now? For a few years I have been trying to put together a more or less zero-budget electronic music studio. It has been a challenge since I had no home or employment for five years, doing the "starving artist" thing. Now I have a house and a job, but no extra money as it costs the same amount I bring home. But I do finally have a roomy, stable environment for my tinkering! Mostly I am making analog circuits, but I have a few cool synths and other gear which I found or was able to buy on the extreme cheap. One of my faves is an old additive synthesizer, the Kurzweil K150fs. To really get down and make sounds with it though one needs an Apple ][ to run Hal Chamberlin's (the inventor) SMP program. I have the K150, and the program, even the ][ MIDI interface, but not the computer itself. What I have been able to do with the K150 so far has been basic but a lot of fun. It's incredible that most people have passed up on the K150 because they'd need an Apple ][! If it used a Mac or IBM people would be all over it. Doesn't scare me! I've adopted a few trashed 8-bit computers (C64, Atari ST, SDK85) and I think they're far from passe, hacking with them is IMO probably the best way to learn about computer technology hands-on.
Anyway, I technically have less than no money to my name, but if I need to I can be so fiscally irresponsible to send $20-30 for shipping. I need either a ][+ with 80 card or an earlier ][e - not one of the last ones, and a floppy drive. I don't know whether I need a monitor or not, or if I can use a TV for output. I am in Connecticut, USA. And your neglected Apple would find a good home here! I have a few audio chips I could trade, but that's about all. Or since this would make you a patron of the arts, I could compose a piece of music for you, but I am not very skilled as of yet, just trying out lots of weird ideas.
CJ - acousmatiqueATyahoo.com