I just stumbled across this site whilst searching for something Amiga related for one of our projects and having read some of the posts, I had to conclude that it has a similar size userbase and atmosphere as a Dutch form (amiga.cafe) we set up a year or two back.. no rules.. just one.. be nice!
What can I tell about myself.. I go by the name Marcel, I have been an Amiga enthusiast since 1987 when my dad bought our first Amiga (the Amiga 2000). This sparked my interest in computer hardware as well and I became one of the youngest re-sellers of Macrosystems in The Netherlands. For those who do not know that brand, they were the creators of the VLab, Maestro, Medusa, Evolution Controller and some other cool products.
Fast forwarding to 2005, I happened to notice that Amiga 1200's were being sold by AmigaKit (Magic Pack) so I bought one and pretty much started to collect whatever I could find such that I could tinker with it. Not having a lot of time due to my consultancy job, I just used my old bedroom at my parents place as a storage up to the point where my dad said that the room is full.. I did not have a small room, so that is when I realized I probably had enough stuff
I left it there.. for many years.. and when I came back from abroad, we wanted to buy or build a new house and in that process I came across a (bigger) hoarder than me.. who also was in need of some money and was done collecting. A long time friend of mine (Paul) also an Amiga guy and myself bought it up.. and we put it in a warehouse with the idea to redistribute it all again.. 40% was Commodore stuff including loads of Amiga's and what-not.. but also PET, MSX, Atari and other things.. It took us about a year to sell 60% of it all and it was the origin of the Amiga 30 Year Anniversary events (in Europe) with the first one in Amsterdam which we both took part in organizing. The warehouse attracted so many people, that word spread fast and we even got the likes like RJ Mical, Dave Haynie, David Pleasance, Jon Hare (Canon Fodder), Mike Dailly (Lemmings), Allister Brimble (Alien Breed) and many many more over.. the event was a success and it sparked the interest in having one in Germany and the UK as well.
Everything went really fast after that.. we never did a second one in Amsterdam as we decided it was a one-of-event and did not want to make sloppy seconds so to say. That does not mean the Amiga 32 in Germany wasn't good.. in fact.. it was a great event.. but also we do not have the time to organize this and do the other things we are involved in..
Those other things are (and were) being part of the Viva Amiga movies.. worked with Zach on that and it was a great time. We now work on a new documentary called Arcadia.. this is about Coin Ups from the 1900 till 2000.. I was in Vegas for that in January and I hope it will be another Epic movie..
What else.. I am an administrator for the Commodore Amiga Facebook group.. same for the Amiga.Cafe forum in The Netherlands and most importantly is my work with Philippe and the other members of A1200.net on Amiga Cases & Keycaps.. that is quite time consuming, but fun to do.
My apologies if this type of sharing here is a bit of an unstructured dump of informational blah-blah.. but hey.. just ask me if anything is unclear.. not going to hang here all-day-every-day.. but I will try to check in once in a while and keep you also informed of A1200.net stuff happening.