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HP-33S
Message #1 Posted by Michael Mulé on 11 Feb 2011, 8:56 p.m.

Hi All:

I just inherited an HP-33S at work. I don't see any references to the 33S on the site. Does anyone know anything about it? It is older than my 32sII but very similar in the key layout. It has a 2-line display,and its styling is kind of art-deco: angled, satin chrome. Has a contoured shape like my old 25 but larger, which I like better than my 32sII which is very straight-sided.

Cheers, Michael

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Re: HP-33S
Message #2 Posted by Eric Smith on 11 Feb 2011, 9:34 p.m.,
in response to message #1 by Michael Mulé

The 33s is newer than the 32SII.

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Re: HP-33S
Message #3 Posted by Martin Pinckney on 11 Feb 2011, 10:44 p.m.,
in response to message #1 by Michael Mulé

The reason you did not see any references to the 33S on main pages of the site is because it's buried. There is a small mention of it under "Some Interesting Later Models (1986)", then "Other Hewlett Packard Calculators and computers."

Maybe the curator eventually got tired and stopped updating the site with complete descriptions of later models. Or maybe he just doesn't think the later models are that worthy of note in a "museum."

But if you search the Forum archives, you will find lots about the 33s.

Is it really brushed chrome, or just silver-colored plastic?

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Re: HP-33S
Message #4 Posted by Crawl on 11 Feb 2011, 11:05 p.m.,
in response to message #3 by Martin Pinckney

It's really metal, not plastic, but I thought (guessed) it was aluminum.

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Re: HP-33S
Message #5 Posted by Walter B on 12 Feb 2011, 1:29 a.m.,
in response to message #4 by Crawl

I doubt it.

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Re: HP-33S
Message #6 Posted by bill platt on 12 Feb 2011, 3:48 p.m.,
in response to message #5 by Walter B

What do you doubt, Walter? That it is metal? That it is aluminum? Well, it is. I have three of them.

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Re: HP-33S
Message #7 Posted by Walter B on 12 Feb 2011, 4:09 p.m.,
in response to message #6 by bill platt

You're right, Bill. Just found mine again :)

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Re: HP-33S
Message #8 Posted by Gerson W. Barbosa on 12 Feb 2011, 4:22 p.m.,
in response to message #6 by bill platt

The bezel and faceplace feel like brushed aluminum to me. I have two of them, both with at least one bad key, but still working. Have they become rare? I'd like to get a replacement but I couldn't find anything under $50 neither at TAS nor anywhere else.

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Re: HP-33S
Message #9 Posted by John B. Smitherman on 12 Feb 2011, 6:38 p.m.,
in response to message #8 by Gerson W. Barbosa

Hi Gerson. The 33s is still for sale in the US at HP's web site for $40 at 33s

Regards,

John

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Re: HP-33S
Message #10 Posted by bill platt on 12 Feb 2011, 7:23 p.m.,
in response to message #9 by John B. Smitherman

...and it comes with the printed manual. At least the two I just bought did.

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Re: HP-33S
Message #11 Posted by Gerson W. Barbosa on 12 Feb 2011, 7:28 p.m.,
in response to message #9 by John B. Smitherman

Thanks, John! I guess they won't deliver to non-US addresses, but it's good to know they're still available.

Regards,

Gerson.

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Re: HP-33S
Message #12 Posted by Walter B on 12 Feb 2011, 1:27 a.m.,
in response to message #3 by Martin Pinckney

Quote:
Maybe the curator eventually got tired and stopped updating the site with complete descriptions of later models.
I concur. I wrote him twice in the last 5 years asking for a museum update (which will be supported by us for sure) but got no response. Assume he's busy.
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Re: HP-33S
Message #13 Posted by bill platt on 12 Feb 2011, 7:26 p.m.,
in response to message #12 by Walter B

Dave's museum is one of the greatest things ever written to be read as HTML and it is a *museum*. I leave it at that and defer to whatever he wants:-)

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