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Commodore 64C, Aldi, C64G
In late 1985-86, Commodore repackaged its masterpiece C64 in a sleek new case design, making it look a little more like their new Commodore 128. Along with the new look came a new motherboard. Early C64c computers had a later model C64 board. When production ramped up, however, they came with the new (and less expensive) 'E' boards. Fewer ROM chips and less expensive versions of the SID (8580) were just a few of the "improvements" (there is still much dispute as to whether the new SID is really an upgrade). All versions of the C64C came stock with a brand new GUI operating system from Berkely Softworks called GEOS.
Meanwhile, over in Deutschland, the C64-II (as it was called) was not very well received. The very popular music keyboard overlays did not fit the sleek new cases, and unhappiness prevailed. Commodore therefore decided to placate them with a C64C in the familiar breadbox shape. Dubbed the "C64g" (G for Germany), this computer comes with the same 'E' board as the C64c, and it quieted the outrage of music lovers there.
Following the C64G was another C64 variation that was dubbed the "Aldi" (after the cheap five-and-dime stores they were sold in) by the German 64'er magazine. This derogatory name reflected the magazines feelings about it's design, which does not include the necessary 9V on the user port. The picture on the right shows the old brown breadbox casing with the C64C's white keys.
In Australia, third party companies were scrambling to beat Commodore to the punch. They released their own "upgrade" cases, allowing owners of existing C64s to put their motherboards and keyboards in the sleek new cases.
Personal Note: This line of computers I purchased only for their collectibility, although I do think the new case design is nice. I had many friends with this model when I was younger, and was always impressed by the feel. My C64c was obtained from a local Austin Good Will Computerworks. The C64g came from a German auction site, while the Australian C64 and the C64-II (German) came from an eBay auction. My Aldi was a kind sale from Stefan Walgenbach.
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