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Title: Compact centronics to edge adapter
Post by: abalore on 17:28, 07 March 22
As promised, here is my centronics to edge adapter. Suitable for Plus2CPC / Play2CPC or any other edge expansion.

(https://abalore.com/images/centronics_adapter.jpg)

PRICE: 12 € + shipping
Title: Re: Compact centronics to edge adapter
Post by: eto on 17:57, 07 March 22
LIKE! I was JUST 2 days ago thinking about exactly that. Where do you get the Centronics connectors? I didn't find an acceptable source. 
Title: Re: Compact centronics to edge adapter
Post by: abalore on 18:06, 07 March 22
Quote from: eto on 17:57, 07 March 22LIKE! I was JUST 2 days ago thinking about exactly that. Where do you get the Centronics connectors? I didn't find an acceptable source.
The source is me, how many do you need? :D
Title: Re: Compact centronics to edge adapter
Post by: deepfb on 18:59, 07 March 22
I would need a pair of those, please :D
Title: Re: Compact centronics to edge adapter
Post by: abalore on 19:24, 07 March 22
Quote from: deepfb on 18:59, 07 March 22I would need a pair of those, please :D
I set a price of 12€ each, does it fit your expectations?
Title: Re: Compact centronics to edge adapter
Post by: deepfb on 19:49, 07 March 22
Quote from: abalore on 19:24, 07 March 22
Quote from: deepfb on 18:59, 07 March 22I would need a pair of those, please :D
I set a price of 12€ each, does it fit your expectations?
Sure. Please let me know how should I no pay you and how much are the shipping costs. Thank you!
Title: Re: Compact centronics to edge adapter
Post by: eto on 20:45, 07 March 22
Quote from: abalore on 18:06, 07 March 22The source is me, how many do you need?

just the one for the Play2CPC I already said I want one ;-) No, I mean, the 50pin Centronics in general, for other projects. I was thinking about a project, but 50 pin Centronics connectors are rare.
Title: Re: Compact centronics to edge adapter
Post by: abalore on 00:42, 08 March 22
Quote from: eto on 20:45, 07 March 22
Quote from: abalore on 18:06, 07 March 22The source is me, how many do you need?

just the one for the Play2CPC I already said I want one ;-) No, I mean, the 50pin Centronics in general, for other projects. I was thinking about a project, but 50 pin Centronics connectors are rare.

What I mean is that they are a custom model after four months of negotiating with the manufacturer, waiting them to be done and waiting for them to arrive (also with the condition of buying large quantities). They are not standard connectors you can buy on Aliexpress or other sites. So actually the only way to get them is from me unless you want to start all the process again by yourself.
Title: Re: Compact centronics to edge adapter
Post by: Bryce on 10:27, 08 March 22
Quote from: eto on 20:45, 07 March 22
Quote from: abalore on 18:06, 07 March 22The source is me, how many do you need?

just the one for the Play2CPC I already said I want one ;-) No, I mean, the 50pin Centronics in general, for other projects. I was thinking about a project, but 50 pin Centronics connectors are rare.
https://www.ebay.de/itm/175035991744

Bryce.
Title: Re: Compact centronics to edge adapter
Post by: abalore on 11:47, 08 March 22
Quote from: Bryce on 10:27, 08 March 22
Quote from: eto on 20:45, 07 March 22
Quote from: abalore on 18:06, 07 March 22The source is me, how many do you need?

just the one for the Play2CPC I already said I want one ;-) No, I mean, the 50pin Centronics in general, for other projects. I was thinking about a project, but 50 pin Centronics connectors are rare.
https://www.ebay.de/itm/175035991744

Bryce.

Congratulations, you know how to search on ebay, I guess eto didn't think about that ;)

Sadly, none of those connectors will work for a compact adapter, because they are cable mounted, to begin with.
Title: Re: Compact centronics to edge adapter
Post by: eto on 12:23, 08 March 22
Quote from: abalore on 11:47, 08 March 22I guess eto didn't think about that
to be honest, this particular one I didn't see previously. probably because of the price, which imho is quite high. 
Title: Re: Compact centronics to edge adapter
Post by: Bryce on 14:38, 08 March 22
Quote from: eto on 12:23, 08 March 22
Quote from: abalore on 11:47, 08 March 22I guess eto didn't think about that
to be honest, this particular one I didn't see previously. probably because of the price, which imho is quite high.

€5 is not expensive for a 50way Centronix connector.

Bryce.
Title: Re: Compact centronics to edge adapter
Post by: TotO on 20:27, 08 March 22
For information, the last Centronics connectors I have bought was 7.90€ each... Because no cheapest stock at the moment. Now, I have secure them for us and because today it is less expensive, I can't sell under.
Title: Re: Compact centronics to edge adapter
Post by: abalore on 16:09, 12 March 22
Last call before putting the remaining units on eBay. If someone is interested please send a PM.


(https://abalore.com/images/centronics_adapter2.jpg)
Title: Re: Compact centronics to edge adapter
Post by: Philippe Lardenois on 17:16, 12 March 22
Hi, interested in 2 please. PM if it's ok for you.
Cheers
Title: Re: Compact centronics to edge adapter
Post by: Neurox66 on 08:58, 13 March 22
Hi Abalore, I'm interested in two of these for my 6128 Plus.
Regards,
Paolo
Title: Re: Compact centronics to edge adapter
Post by: GUNHED on 16:43, 16 March 22
Would be awesome to have it the other way around too.  :)
Means to get from edge to Centronics. Because a Centronics connection is way more stable, the edge connections are usually very dodgy it's enough to bump on the desk to get into troubles. Just my opinion due to experiences.  :)
Title: Re: Compact centronics to edge adapter
Post by: TotO on 17:14, 16 March 22
What is the interrest to have Edge to Centronics adapter, except to plug this one on it? :D

If I understand well, the goal of this Centronics to edge adapter is to be able to plug all the existing expansions released for the Amstrad CPC that was not originally designed to use the Centronics connectors (dk'tronics, amstrad, ...) but that can be already connected to a standard CPC.

Have you CPC expansions using Centronics without a ribbon cable? (curious)
Title: Re: Compact centronics to edge adapter
Post by: GUNHED on 22:13, 17 March 22
Well most of my (non-Mother X4) expansions plug to the CPC using the Centronics plug. That's great so far.
But at their 'end' (the far side if you want so) provides only an edge PCB. So adaptors are needed to connect another Centronics expansion at the back side of the first one.
Title: Re: Compact centronics to edge adapter
Post by: abalore on 21:32, 18 March 22
Quote from: GUNHED on 22:13, 17 March 22Well most of my (non-Mother X4) expansions plug to the CPC using the Centronics plug. That's great so far.
But at their 'end' (the far side if you want so) provides only an edge PCB. So adaptors are needed to connect another Centronics expansion at the back side of the first one.
If I understand well, that's a poor design for those expansions, having a Centronics as main connector and an edge for daisy chain. What expansions are those?
Title: Re: Compact centronics to edge adapter
Post by: GUNHED on 15:25, 20 March 22
Yes, that's true. They have a Centronics plug for the CPC6128 and an 'through-bus' ending in an edge connector.
(In Germany the 6128 was sold with Centronics, and it was so reliable that they kept it for the 6128plus. Good idea imho, but also a factor of difference).
There are many of them. What I have in access here is: Dobbertin 224 KB EPROM card, Dobbertin 512 KB RAM expansion, Dobbertin HD20 Hard-disc controller, Schneider serial Interface (Z80-STI), PACE serial interface (maybe specific for Germany), BTX module and others.

Example picture:
https://www.cpcwiki.eu/index.php/File:Dobbertin_EPROM_224_Top.jpg
Title: Re: Compact centronics to edge adapter
Post by: ComSoft6128 on 16:20, 20 March 22
Quote from: GUNHED on 15:25, 20 March 22Yes, that's true. They have a Centronics plug for the CPC6128 and an 'through-bus' ending in an edge connector.
(In Germany the 6128 was sold with Centronics, and it was so reliable that they kept it for the 6128plus. Good idea imho, but also a factor of difference).
There are many of them. What I have in access here is: Dobbertin 224 KB EPROM card, Dobbertin 512 KB RAM expansion, Dobbertin HD20 Hard-disc controller, Schneider serial Interface (Z80-STI), PACE serial interface (maybe specific for Germany), BTX module and others.

Example picture:
https://www.cpcwiki.eu/index.php/File:Dobbertin_EPROM_224_Top.jpg

Yes, the VIDI device I received recently from Germany has this arrangement.
Title: Re: Compact centronics to edge adapter
Post by: abalore on 23:39, 24 March 22
Now available in black

(https://abalore.com/images/centronics_black.jpg)
Title: Re: Compact centronics to edge adapter
Post by: Skunkfish on 10:25, 26 March 22
Smart piece of engineering, I really like this.
Title: Re: Compact centronics to edge adapter
Post by: Apollo on 15:27, 30 March 22
Are there still some available for order?
Title: Re: Compact centronics to edge adapter
Post by: abalore on 00:42, 31 March 22
Quote from: Apollo on 15:27, 30 March 22Are there still some available for order?
Yes!
Title: Re: Compact centronics to edge adapter
Post by: HigashiJun on 12:53, 02 April 22
I have received the black version and it's a nice piece of hardware.

Very compact and well built.

Good-bye to Centronics to edge adapters with a flat cable.

:)
Title: Re: Compact centronics to edge adapter
Post by: leexus on 10:14, 16 May 22
Hi,
I want to buy one (with grey enclosure if its possible).
my email address: scaba.toth@gmail.com
Thanks
Title: Re: Compact centronics to edge adapter
Post by: PCWMan on 19:04, 21 June 22
Hi There!

Do you have any of these left?
Title: Re: Compact centronics to edge adapter
Post by: abalore on 21:11, 21 June 22
Quote from: PCWMan on 19:04, 21 June 22Hi There!

Do you have any of these left?

Hello, there is some queue for this item, but it can be still purchased. Please send me a PM
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