1 Year of Spectrum Collecting

Doesn’t time fly when you’re having fun? It was around this time last year that I got fed up of having someone else’s Spectrums to look after for a bit after which I had to part with them never to be seen again. Or when I did have them I decided to sell them and never stopped regretting it later on. So I’ve decided to get my own and keep it.

I’ve started off with a list of 3 Spectrums I wanted to get: 2 of which I foolishly sold in the past and 1 of which was someone else’s and I was denied keeping it to myself.
One year on and so far I’ve managed to tick 2 out of 3 off my wishlist: Spectrum with shielded case and Yellow Issue 3B Spectrum. I’m still desperately trying to find the 3rd one, it’s proving more difficult than I had imagined it would be! Maybe next year…

Of course my collection or my wishlist doesn’t limit to 3 Spectrums any more. On my journey I have stumbled across and got to know countless interesting and exciting Spectrums, and I’m not talking about “R@Re” Issue One’s either.

At the moment of writing (February 2017) I estimate my collection to comprise approx. 50 Spectrums, half of which are rubber-key models. As you can imagine it’s incredibly difficult to keep tabs on all of them and sometimes I’m not entirely sure what I have and what I don’t have especially when some are dotted around the house and not kept together in a dedicated place.
Since my Speccies have been breeding at such a rapid rate it has been notably strenuous to locate a particular Spectrum when I needed to have a look at it for some reason. So I thought I’d try to bring a relative order into my collection and label every Spectrum on the shelf for quick and easy identification.

If you’re paranoid about seeing Spectrums stacked on top of one another you should probably look away…


Hopefully at some point later on this year I will be able to organise my entire collection properly and find a suitable place for the rest of my Spectrums to reside – including Pluses, Toastracks, and +2s.


Speccy Makeover

Time has come to freshen up the look of My Spectrum.
It’s been almost 2 years since I put various bits of Spectrum together and customised it so it was in dire need of a new lease of life. Fitting a new keymat seemed like a brilliant idea since they’ve recently became available to buy, although a new lick of paint wouldn’t go amiss either but that requires a lot more time and effort.

My SpeccyMy Speccy

The keymat doesn’t only look amazing during daytime but also at nighttime thanks to its fluorescent properties. Reminds me of 1980s Trimphones lumionous dials which would glow at night, except the keymats don’t contain any radioactive substances like the old Trimphone dials so are 100% safe to put inside your Spectrums.

My Speccy

Spectrum+ with V01 serial number

This one is for my own collection. I’ve been hunting for a V01 serial number Spectrum ever since I found out it existed while perusing a database of Spectrum serial numbers.

I’ve not seen many of them – this is the first one I’ve seen in real life, but I’ve heard mentions of several others before. It is fairly unusual however, given how few examples have been reported compared to other serial numbers.

I don’t know the story, I don’t know where it’s been made or what the V01 prefix stands for. Hopefully if I’m ever lucky enough to come across another I’ll have some useful info.


It has issue 4S motherboard, which are known to have been made by Samsung not Sinclair. They usually come in a Samsung-made cases with Samsung own serial numbers (S01) and are fitted with a European made keyboard membranes, which this isn’t. In other words, it’s odd finding this board inside this Spectrum, but until I examine another V01 Spectrum I can’t be certain whether it belonged there originally or not.


Otherwise it looks to be a standard Spectrum 48+, the keyboard plate is a bit different to most and the silver screws are rather unusual – the plate is normally held by black screws.

UPDATE: I have met a couple of other Spectrums with “V01” serial numbers. And they all seem to have one thing in common (apart from the number prefix) – they provide a home for motherboards which had previous life elsewhere. In this case, the 4S motherboard would originally belong to an “s01” serial case, made in Korea by Samsung. Something has happened in its life, whether to the motherboard or to the Samsung Spectrum+ case that has caused it to be rehoused. So expect some motherboards to show signs of repairs even if you owned it from new and never tinkered with it yourself.