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I found the Holy Grail and I didn't even need to fight the inexplicably French knights at the Castle Aarrgh to get it.

 

Was browsing around a few weeks ago and came across a rather strange looking SE/30:

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Someone had clearly put a lot of work into the machine and though the style isn't exactly my cup of tea something caught my eye:

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Could it be?

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YES, YES IT IS!

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And now my SE/30 is complete, with speedy 50MHz grayscale goodness :cool:

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The paint job on the SE/30 reminds me of a couple of SE/30s a guy knew refurbished about 15 years ago. He was using textured spray paint as a cheap way of covering up yellowing plastic on the case. He definitely didn't have any of that sweet hardware. Nice stuff!

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I think that was likely the same paint I used in the 90s to make Halloween decorations.  I'd take flat boxes, spray them with that paint and make them into tombstones.  Fun stuff.

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Thanks guys!  There certainly was a whole lot of luck involved with joining the grayscale club.  Now I need to start loading some SW on my SE/30 more than just System Software and basic utilities.

 

10 hours ago, nglevin said:

I uh, kind of really like that Asphalt paint job on the SE/30.

5 hours ago, Von said:

That case is graytastic?!? What is inside is epic. What Bolle said...

The case has quite a bit of texture to it and a fair amount of pink.  Best way I can describe it is like a spray in bed liner or stone chip paint.  Whoever did the paint job did a very nice job too, no overspray on the labels and even went inside the bucket but left the signatures intact.  You can kind of see how deep the texture is in the third picture where it's chipping off.

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14 hours ago, EvilCapitalist said:

I found the Holy Grail and I didn't even need to fight the inexplicably French knights at the Castle Aarrgh to get it.

 

Was browsing around a few weeks ago and came across a rather strange looking SE/30:

Yeah, I remember seeing that on eBay too. Lucky nice find!

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Great find! The XCEED is definitely my favorite SE/30 upgrade. Absolute crying shame they didn’t make more of them.

 

Not a huge fan of the paint, but I’m interested to see how well the paint preserved the case. Brake fluid might work to strip it.

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16 minutes ago, PB145B said:

Great find! The XCEED is definitely my favorite SE/30 upgrade. Absolute crying shame they didn’t make more of them.

My first was actually a reproduction form a guys selling them several years back. I think it was about $100 when I got it (you needed to have the compatible Micron PDS card) when I got it.  It works great.  I thought I saw one earlier this year selling for ~$400.

 

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Sweet! Congratulatiions, I love the notion of internal grayscale, but not looking to join that exclusive club. Grayscale TPD or FPD next to the SE/30 would be more like my thing, but Micron/internal does take up a lot less space  .  .  .

 

As for the paint, marbleizing , woodgaining and granitizing (your specimen) was a customization thing back in the day. Not a fad, but something folks paid money to have done to their Macs and peripherals.

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16 hours ago, Bolle said:

Welcome to the grayscale club. 8-)

Someday, I will become a member of this very exclusive club!

 

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Wow congrats, saw that on eBay also (you don't forget a paint job like that) and never occurred to me there'd be any magic inside.  Nicely done!

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I do wish my SE/30 had some tricks up its sleeve but sadly I'm not lucky or rich enough to give it any, so it remains completely uncool aside from having a network card.

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Wow great find!

 

I hate to say it, but I like the paint scheme on the donor computer.  Reminds me of early Silicon Graphics machines of the era... very late 80's/early 90's!

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12 minutes ago, travistouchdown said:

Wow great find!

 

I hate to say it, but I like the paint scheme on the donor computer.  Reminds me of early Silicon Graphics machines of the era... very late 80's/early 90's!

 

As an SGI O2 owner, can definitely agree. Almost like this SE/30 was in a (successful) design shop that had these as commodities, thus individuals were allowed to do what they wished to them. 

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Did you remove the grey scales? (get it? Greyscale / Grey Scales on the case?). I'm sorry, I couldn't resist.

 

Aside from the pretty awful pun, that's a great find you got there. I remember seeing this machine on eBay a couple of months ago. Nobody wanted it. You definitely hit the jackpot with this thing. The DA-15 connector looks a little odd though. Wasn't that Exceed supposed to have a switch on the back?

 

My SE/30 is also pretty much pimped out but it's not quite finished. I need to find a proper SE/30 Radius Colour Pivot and a ROM-inator II. I've already got the accelerator and NIC. It's quite a beast.

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The XCeed card that does not have the grayscale option does indeed have a switch, the real deal comes without a switch.

The grainy texture of the bezel and the round-ish cutout usually is the thing you want to look for.

 

Mine:

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On a sidenote I think I saw a similar painted SE/30 for sale here in Germany as well a few months back as well...

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