'Dryden' Apple-1 computer

In my private collection are these original Apple-1 computer: '#1 Copson Apple‑1', '#2 Dryden Apple‑1', '#3 Duston-2 Apple‑1', '#4 Heathcott / Lee Apple‑1', '#5 Reinemer Apple‑1', '#6 Flatiron Apple‑1', '#7 Burr Apple‑1', '#8 Dreike Apple‑1', '#9 Scardino Apple‑1'. and 1,000+ a other vintage computer. Including the very first prototype of the Kenbak-1 computer. Please contact me, if you have computers made before 1984 to offer.

The Dryden Apple-1 is listed in the Apple-1 Registry as #14.

History of the Dryden Apple-1

The acquisition

The auction was unusual in all respects and its price, when compared to other Apple-1, was incredibly low. The auction took place near me and I was actually only present to buy a beautiful rocket engine as an object for my office. The expected purchase price of the Dryden Apple-1 was very high. I had checked the Apple-1 personally in the auction house and I liked very much what I had seen. The auction started and immediately the first bid was there. Then nothing happened for a long time and the auction faltered unusually. When the auctioneer called "going once, going twice, going twice," I raised my bidding card reflexively. Photographers were there immediately. Again, an unusually long time passed. In the meantime, I was considering a maximum bid. Incredibly, there was no further bidding.

After the auction, I had accidentally contacted two interested parties, who for various reasons did not bid during the auction, but called me offering enormous sums of money. Many owners sell their Apple-1 after a short time and consider the historically valuable device as a fixed asset. Anyway, I'd like to keep my Apple-1 for now.

Quickly there were prophecies of doom and hasty statements, without knowing the reasons for the low revenue. All high prices would only be due to a hype about Steve Jobs and that would be over now.

The opposite happened.

In the same year of 2017, some Apple-1 were auctioned off for three to four times the price. In addition, some of them were offered on the private market and nothing could be done for less than US$350.000.

Soon after the auction, I received my first offer, which was in the now common price range. But as I said before, I am happy to own this computer and I don't want to turn it into gold. I have already given my first Apple-1 to the Deutsches Museum München.

More and more Apple-1 are going to museums. In addition, there are collectors who probably won't give up on their Apple-1 for life. In a few years the market will dry out.

The acquisition will be more difficult and expensive with time. There will always be exceptions and luck for the buyer.

For the time being, this Apple-1 is stored in a bank safe. The Dryden Apple-1 should either go to its own museum or a traveling exhibition.

Exhibition at ZKM Karlsruhe, Germany

From July 14, 2018 till February 10, 2019 at ZKM, Center for art and media, Lorenzstraße 19, 76135 Karlsruhe. ZKM Website (German only, please use online translator). Exhibition was called „Kunst in Bewegung. 100 Meisterwerke mit und durch Medien.“ (Art in motion. 100 masterpieces with and through media).

A custom box was built to protect the mainboard, cassette interface and the keyboard. By special transport it was going to Karlsruhe in June 2018.
The Apple-1 is still in the state first owner of 1976. The first owner added some parts and replaces a socket. I believe after 40+ years this is part of the history and belongs to the board. I preserve this state. Even no cleaning was done. And that’s the way every museum like/want it! Restoration would only done if the artifact is in danger or badly damaged. But this Apple-1 is in working condition and all parts are original. Nothing is changed, no components are added/replaced later (except the keyboard socket and the added parts by first owner in the 70’s).

The in 1976 added electronic are inverters for using a keyboard. The keyboard is homemade like every keyboard used for an Apple-1 in the 70’s. Apple did not offer a keyboard.

The added components (inverter ICs) were necessary to use some keyboards in 1976. Many Apple-1 were modified for auctions in the past. Those added parts were removed and a 1977 or even later Apple II keyboard was attached. The Dryden Apple-1 is still in the 1976 state including the keyboard. Not everyone agree that it is worth to destroy the history of the Apple-1 mainboard and remove 1976 parts necessary to use some 1976 keyboard just to make the mainboard looking “clean” and add much later produced keyboards.


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