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Re:Saitek Renaissance with Sparc module
« on: November 28, 2010, 09:46AM »
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Another, possible, source for pieces (really cheap!):

http://www.classicchessandgames.com/ChessPieces.htm

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Re:Saitek Renaissance with Sparc module
« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2010, 01:13AM »
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Nice one Robert, no I hadn't noticed but it still must qualify as the purchase of the year.
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Re:Saitek Renaissance with Sparc module
« Reply #2 on: November 27, 2010, 12:51PM »
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Hey, guys; has nobody noticed, that this thread is nearly one year old?...


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Re:Saitek Renaissance with Sparc module
« Reply #3 on: November 27, 2010, 07:20AM »
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Hi Tibor
Well that must be the purchase of the year when you think how much the SPARC module has changed hands for in recent years, a chess computer you can be proud of.
Hans is correct when he says that some people don't realise how much some of these chess computers change hands for. Within the past fortnight I have managed to buy two fairly rare chess computers here in the UK. The first was a Chess King "Triomphe" then amazingly yesterday I managed to buy another Chess King this time the "Counter Gambit" both for £25 each.
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Re:Saitek Renaissance with Sparc module
« Reply #4 on: November 26, 2010, 09:28PM »
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Hello Tibor,

Congrats on ure cheap buy for the SPARC!
I have so now and then also luck in Holland,as a risc 2500 compleet for 25 euro
Berlin 68000 also compleet 20 euro
Super Expert B for 25 euro,without pieces and powersupply,but that is easy to buy and get
CXG Commander (rare) for 70 euro,as new!
Fid.Mach lll ,with +- 30 chessbooks for 300 euro as new
So i can go on.

The Sparc i bought for the normal price 1200 euro,ore dutch gulden i do not remmember,but that one was a Must have or me.

Well some people do not know what they are selling,
But if someone give me a stamp and is very expensive,i should be the dummy

Kind regards,Hans


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Re:Saitek Renaissance with Sparc module
« Reply #5 on: November 26, 2010, 11:18AM »
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Good suggestion.  Just one refinement:  to guarantee reliable sweeping one-handed captures, Saitek placed the magnets in the black pieces with the opposite polarity to the white pieces.  Hence if white were North-South, black would be South-North.
The fields cancel out momentarily as the pieces move;  otherwise, the fields add up, and you have to stepwise remove one, then place the capturing piece.  A neat invention that Saitek patented.
Worth the time and trouble to get that final refinement as the designers set it up for you?
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Re:Saitek Renaissance with Sparc module
« Reply #6 on: February 1, 2010, 06:28AM »
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try k&jmagnetics .com  acd select disc magnets. the 3/8 x 1/16  type N42 will work very well. make sure when you recess them to have them just about level with the piece surface, before reglueing new felt. by the way Elmers white glue is great for holding magnets and new felts. I have done over 20 sets with no problems. any questions, ask away.
regards and good luck, tony
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Re:Saitek Renaissance with Sparc module
« Reply #7 on: February 1, 2010, 02:07AM »
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Thank you, Peter. You're right, this is what I think too. I'm going to shopping today

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Re:Saitek Renaissance with Sparc module
« Reply #8 on: January 31, 2010, 01:54PM »
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Hi Tibor,

imho the Exclusive pieces are too small for the huge Renaissance board. The cheapest way to get a nice suitable set is:
Buy a wooden set of your choice (9,5-10cm king heigth) at your local chess store, take strong neodym magnets with 1mm and put them on the felted bottom with some glue. Of course you have to cut a little hole in the bottom for the magnet.

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Re:Saitek Renaissance with Sparc module
« Reply #9 on: January 31, 2010, 10:18AM »
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Thank you! I will check these links.

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Re:Saitek Renaissance with Sparc module
« Reply #10 on: January 31, 2010, 09:40AM »
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The user guide is available in German, french and English by Alain Zanchetta' site.

The link with the English one:
[urlhttp://alain.zanchetta.free.fr/docs/Saitek/SparcUS.pdf[/url]

If you are looking for magnetic wooden pieces, you can look for pieces "Mephisto München" in Ebay Germany. Some are for sale right now for 90 euros. You can also buy pieces for "Mephisto Exclusive" as spare parts. They are a bit smaller but they fit well with your board. you can find such pieces in a German store  for 55 euros
http://www.niggemann.com/.
If I remember well, the king height is around 10 cm for a München and 8,5 for an exclusive.

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Saitek Renaissance with Sparc module
« Reply #11 on: January 31, 2010, 04:13AM »
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Dear All,

a few days ago I've bought a beautiful Renaissance board with the Sparc module. No pieces, no user's manual, and the front cover is missing. But the computer is working, and the wooden board itself is in good state (with light scratches, and the other signs of the long usage). There was some contact problems with the LCD module, but I've managed to repair it easily. This deal was the "deal of the century" for me, because the price was very low, about €45 -- the seller didn't know the real value of the board, and I didn't tell him the truth... So I'm really happy now

I'm planning to buy a wooden piece set for my Renaissance, but I don't know, what is the exact size of the original set - don't somebody know the height of the pieces? And, what is your opinion about the style of the pieces? Should I buy a Staunton set, or something else? The other problem is the magnet -- I can't find any suitable piece set with magnets in its base. I think I have to do it myself...

Oh, one more thing: if somebody owns the user manual for the board and the Sparc module (in electronic format, .pdf, or something similar), please share with me -- I would be very grateful for it.

Regards,

Tibor
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