alexh wrote:I'm curious to know why people collect more than one of a particular Atari?
Spare parts for the future?
A strange compulsion to collect/hoard everything?
I've got (practically) one of each, the best condition I could afford at the time. As I've gone on and bought better examples (less yellowed, boxed, sealed) I've sold off / given away the old ones at the same time so they occupy approx the same space.
I wouldn't consider hoarding more that one of any retro computer. I just don't have the space. (Honestly I don't have the space for what I got!)
I understand where you're coming from here.
In my case, I've got an Atari machine that sits specifically in it's own "niche", and serves its own purpose.
Enhanced 800XL (ultimate 1 meg upgrade, external SD storage, etc) - pure nostalgia, first computer I ever owned.
Enhanced Mega ST4 (Adspeed, etc) - dedicated to running my BBS.
Falcon, 060 upgrade, SuperVidel, recased, etc - this is my "high end" Atari.
And finally, my tricked out STacy with all of its upgrades - gives me the ability to take my ST stuff "on the road". I
actually use this machine at work when its slow, which is totally awesome.
I do have a few non-working machines that, like others have indicated, I keep for spares, experimentation, etc.