Does anyone own this disk drive? About a year ago I found one on a local auction site. I bid on it, went as far as 120€. Which is a big deal for me, but it went for over double that figure.
I don’t know exactly why, but this appeals to me. A lot. I know there is a lot of great Commodore stuff I don’t have yet, but this might just be my personal holy grail when it comes to Commodore related items.
Unfortunately, I have never seen another one come up on this Dutch auction site and I avoid EBay, cause it usually is too expensive for my taste.
So, does anyone have one? Can you convince me not to buy one? Or are you so thrilled by it, that you fuel the fire that is allready there?
I have seen one, but not in use. Their is this place in Holland called awesome space. It is a building filled with retro stuff, including a room for home computers. They have several C64’s, and several disk drives, including a 1581. It wasn’t in use and they did not have any disks for it.
Yeah, there's a 1581 here... umm somewhere. During most of the 1990s it was connected to my C128D (which lacks an internal drive, so there was a 1541 on the serial chain instead) as device 9 and used for storing my source code; with an AR6 present it was a comfortable setup and the extra capacity of DS/DD disks helped greatly with larger projects even with my paranoid "build regularly, save first" programming "style".
As to if I'd recommend one... depends what you're going to do with it really; I can't comment as a collector because I'm really not - the wife has used the word "hoarder", but I'm not sure if that was in jest - and there aren't many use cases where it's better than paying similar money to get a 1541 Ultimate 2 or Turbo Chameleon for closer compatibility to a 1541 and 16Mb of RAM expansion.
The original CMD’s are few and far between (they also made the RamLink and the SuoerCPU). The clones are still made by a guy in Michigan and are on eBay (he also does a 4GB hard drive for the commodore). I ordered the two from him and them in a few weeks. The FD’s act as a 1581 drive with DD disks. The fun starts with HD disks and ED disks on the 4000....
Pricing on clones are about same as a good 1581 on eBay but new not 30 years old...when actual CMD stuff shows up it gets bid up pretty high.