Like the Altair 8800, the Scelbi-8H and 8B were innovative in the way they were packaged. They came as a complete, upgradeable units and had enough software tools for hobbyists to program useful applications. Scelbi supported the systems well with interfaces that allowed owners to add a variety of third-party peripherals.
Many of the early computer hobbyists were ham radio operators. They would program the systems to control repeater stations and other ham equipment. Scelbi made a point of targeting hams in its advertising, touting its ability to send Morse code and send/receive data.
Scelbi-8H and 8B systems are rare today and treasured by enthusiasts. The company eventually switched to a software vendor, selling programming tools for 8008 and 8080 systems.
Scelbi-8H (1974, early micro)
Original Retail Price: $695 to $1,249 kit, $750 to $1,295 assembled
Base Configuration: 8008 CPU, 1K RAM (4K max), LED readout, front panel switches
Important Options: cassette, magnetic tape, and oscilloscope interfaces; manual
Scelbi-8B (June 1975, early micro)
Original Retail Price: $499 kit, $849 assembled
Base Configuration: 8008 CPU, 1K RAM (16K max), LED readout, front panel switches, programming manuals
Important Options: cassette, oscilloscope, keyboard, and TTY interfaces; assember; text editor; monitor software