MSX2 in the UK?

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By valkyre

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01-04-2018, 19:51

I'm sure that info is in one of the issues of games machine. I do remember that the msx machine was the only machine stolen, the office had everything from c64, spectrum, Atari st, Amiga etc . The thieves must have had good tastes!

By djh1697

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01-04-2018, 20:55

JVC imported a few hundred MSX2 machines into the UK. Some dealers had stock of Sony & Philips MSX2 machines. I have a Sony MSX2, used to have a turboR, but had to sell it because I came on hard times. Having said that there is very little English language MSX2+ or TurboR software. eBay sometimes has some MSX2 machines, but they need importing from the EU. *IF* you do buy an MSX2 I would recommend the Carnivore 2 or MegaFlash SCC+SD cartridge. I tried both of them today on a Toshiba HX10, neither would boot correctly Sad

By rderooy

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02-04-2018, 00:09

djh1697 wrote:

JVC imported a few hundred MSX2 machines into the UK.

Are you sure about that? Victor (aka JVC) made three MSX2 systems, the HC-80, HC-90 and HC-95. All of them Japanese models. No "western" models seem to exist. So any 'JVC' MSX2 systems would either have been Japanese Victor systems or something else entirely.

By djh1697

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02-04-2018, 15:54

Yes, the HC95 and HC80 are featured in the JVC price list from 1985/6. Their UK MSX man Peter Glas introduced them to the UK market, they where expensive and overpriced at the time. The June/July 1986 edition of MSX also features an article about the release.

By rderooy

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02-04-2018, 16:54

Is this price list online somewhere, as a scan? I would like to see it. Also which June/July 1986 edition are you talking about? Is that "games machine"?

By valkyre

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02-04-2018, 17:48

The jvc article and prices are in the june/July msx computing magazine pg5. Also in may 1988 there was an outlet in Coventry selling a lot of Philips msx stuff.the nms8280 package was £977.50. I have the price list if you want it.

By djh1697

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02-04-2018, 22:05

The list was a "Trade Price" list, so no it is not available. I worked for a JVC dealer at that time, the dealer was offered HC7's at a good price, they would have sold them for £79.99, but had to purchase 20+

By mars2000you

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02-04-2018, 22:28

@djh1697: do you know by any chance if this MSX1 computer has ever been released, especially in the UK : https://www.msx.org/wiki/Hitachi_MB-H80 ?

It was announced in a few magazines, but the only one picture available on the net is very small and probably extracted from one of these magazines. I've never seen this machine on eBay, so I have doubts about its release.

By djh1697

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02-04-2018, 23:03

I do not recall Hitachi releasing any MSX computers in the UK

By Manuel

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02-04-2018, 23:10

I can't even recall any Hitachi MSX ever getting released in Europe at all... Did I miss something?

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