I'm more interested in getting an AY/YM anyway, but I'll keep an eye out for "parts or repair" C64s.
The rest of the system isn't worth much without the SID
I mean, that's where the chips are coming from. The alternative is a microcontroller clone for about $30.
glancing on ebay people seem to be selling c64s with games + accessories for as low as about £40
you can buy and gut a c64 for less than that SID price surely...
AY PSG and variants (YM2149+) are a lot more reasonable at around $10 a piece. The clones are cheaper.
I was looking for some old audio chips earlier today while considering building little hardware players for each platform. Original SID chips are really expensive. like, $50 to $150 depending on version.
haven't seen <nobr> for a long long time