is the story how I got my second IBM System/3.
My last "contact" with an old obsolete System/3 must have been round
1990. It was a model 15 located in Amsterdam which was going
to the scrap. You can imagine that after 16 years of not
finding any remaining System/3's I assumed they where by now extinct.
In January 2006 I was doing my daily check on all interesting
eBay's for any old
vintage IBM stuff and to my big surprise I saw a picture of a System/3
My first thoughts where that it must be an operator panel only
auction, removed from a system before it was scrapped. But when
reading the action description I discovered to my big surprise that the
auction was for a whole
After some email exchange with the
seller it became clear that is was a model 15B with an IBM 3277-1, two
disk drives and an IBM 5203 line printer. The CPU was also equipped
an IBM 3741 attachment, but the 3741 was not included.
The machine was located in a former milk factory in Germany and was
stored in the
basement for 20 years. The building was now used for social purposes
and they needed the space for music rehearsals. So, the system had to
The owner tried first the local scrap yard and they wanted 300 Euro's
for removing and recycling the system because it contains PCB's (??).
So he decided to put it up for auction on eBay Germany. You never
I decided immediately to save this system from being scrapped. After a
(high) last minute bid I was the lucky owner of a second system/3.
A week later I rented a van and drove with a friend to Germany to pick
Here are some pictures taken during the pick up:
The system is now is safe hands of Alex Brenner, Germany.