Me And My Speccies

 

ZX Spectrum 48k+

 It all started in Christmas 1983 (I remember cos I got Bugaboo The Flea) when I got my first Spectrum 48k rubber keyed computer.
I was only 8 years old and the machine cost £135, which was a lot those days.

ZX Spectrum 128k+ (x2)

 Later my brother and I bought a second hand 128k Spectrum from one of his mates for £60.
Unfortunately I sold this to get funds toward an Amiga 500 in 1991 :{.
Later I realised I didn't have to part with my Speccy and could have had both :{{
Recently I purchased an unboxed 128k+ from Ebay only to get a cheaper boxed on the following week from a car boot fair.

 

ZX Spectrum 128k +2 (Grey)

 Back in September 1995 I purchased a 128k Plus 2 from my Sister-In-Law for just £5 and a pair of jeans.

Now I have found another great source of Speccy finds, car boot fairs are an excellent hunting ground to
find Spectrums and their software.  I've bought a few more spectrums now and have decided to collect
the whole set.  At the fair I've aquired loads of software and peripherals and now own 3 more of them:

ZX Spectrum 48k+ (x3)

I actually have three of these, two have faulty keyboard membranes, but that's easily fixed.
They are different motherboard issues though; the working one is rev 4 and the faulty ones are rev 6a

ZX Spectrum 128k +2a (Black)

One of my mates from University kindly donated to me along with his software collection.

ZX Spectrum 128k +3
 

Got this speccy from a car boot fair for £7, but the floppy drive doesn't work, and although I've
replaced it with a know working one, it still doesn't work. I suspect a dodgy chip somewhere.
Hmm It does now ;-), some of the discs are dodgy though


To bring back all this memorabilia I am use a few ZX Spectrum Emulators on various platforms:

Amiga:

ZXAM V2.0b
x128 68k/PPC
CB Speccy (Not Until Stable 060 version is released)


PC:

R80
x128
Z80 V3.05 (Registered)
ZX32
Real Spectrum


Each emulator has its own value, and excells in areas some do not, it's good to have a choice.