Sharp MZ-700 Briefcase

A company called ACE made a suitcase specifically for the MZ-700. It came in a beautiful burgundy color, fits perfectly around the MZ-700, and has the MZ-series logo on the case.

I’ve seen them now and again, but either end too expensively on Yahoo, or are in gnarly condition on Mercari, but then this popped up on Mercari yesterday. It sure looked good in the photos, and came with a handful of extras, which helped make the price a little easier to swallow (although this was by far the best bargain I’ve seen thus far). So I took the chance. Due to the amazing courier service in Japan, it arrived in under 24 hours and it is as good in person as it looked in the photos.

Barely a scratch on it, no rust on the locks or other hardware, and still with the keys and bag manufacturer’s introduction card. If I hadn’t bought it on Mercari and someone said “Oh, look at my new briefcase,” I’d definitely be all “Hey that’s a nice new briefcase you got.” Sorry some shots are darker than others, I was kinda playing with my new phone’s camera features.

I am no bag expert, but I noticed that in several places, they took care that the internal pouches wouldn’t get stretched. The big center pouch has two latches on the side to hold it in place, and they’re adjustable in case you have more stuff to stow inside. And the two smaller pouches have a loop for each button so it can move without stressing the pouch itself depending on the shape of the contents.

The machine itself works and it came with some extras: a user manual, an MZ-700 programming book, a bound copy of a Turtle graphics software package user’s manual, and some printer hardware. This is also the first time to receive a set of plotter pens. Surely they’ve dried out by now but maybe I’ll give them a shot.

Over the last couple of months, I’ve picked up five MZ-700s. Basically I get them to convert the tapes to wav files, maybe keep a couple of original tapes, sell on the system, etc. I definitely don’t need five MZ-700s! But of all these lots, one thing that’s still managed to evade me is a clean user’s manual. This is the nearest I’ve gotten, it’s pretty clean but there’s a giant crease in the front cover. And while there’s a plastic film protecting the cover that can be cleaned up well, this has a bit of dirt that actually seemed to have penetrated the film and just won’t clean up.

Pasopia Goodies

There was a small bundle of items related to Toshiba Pasopia on Mercari for a while. The price would go down, then the seller would find some more related items, so the price would go up, and then back down. Eventually it hit a pretty sweet spot and the guy agreed to a small discount, so I bought it.

My Pasopia doesn’t get a whole lot of love because software is rare and expensive, and it doesn’t have much of a fanbase like its peers such as PC-8001 or (maybe?) FM-8, so even searching for software online is not a very fruitful endeavor. So this was a pretty unusual collection of treasure. It has two games: The Golf and Pro Racer, the original system demo tape, and a T-BASIC reference card.

Pro Racer is the only game that is actually completely new to me. The demo tape and The Golf I had already found online. Pro Racer is a very simple game that makes use of the primitive graphics available on the system. Still, fun to play around with once in a while.

X1 Widget

I saw this thing on Yahoo Auctions a few months ago. I was interested, but it was kinda expensive, it ended up going for 7500 yen. I passed. But it suddenly showed up on PayPay Flea Market for 500 yen, including shipping! So it was a no-brainer.

But what on Earth IS this, you demand to know? Well, it’s made out of a really nice glass and crystal hybrid by Koshida Glass, a company with some international recognition. It has a nice weighty feel to it. Looks sharp (pun actually not intended, but recognized and not removed)! And it’s in the shape of the X1 logo.

Yeah, but what on Earth IS this, you still demand to know? Well, I’m not sure. I thought it was a business card holder at first, but when I put a business card in it, it fell right out of the little wedge. Maybe it’s a business card repeller? But someone suggested it might be a pen holder.

It seems to work as such. I am used to pen holders being vertical and holding multiple pens, not this horizontal, single-pen holder. It’s probably for someone who has nice pens. My favorite pen (not the one pictured, but this is my most aesthetically pleasing pen) costs like 500 yen. But it looks pretty nifty, anyway!