Re: I've got the real thing
"awful 1980 tv sets with the tuner missing"
Wasn't that Tandy's approach to a computer monitor?
I remember a similar rush to get access to The Big PET at school: in hindsight I have no idea if it was a higher-spec than the others but it had a bigger screen which though still monochrome was more desirable. Because it was bigger.
We didn't have much in the way of computers, just three PETs and a 380Z that used to roam around the science labs on a trolley with the huge* colour telly that was usually already preoccupied showing videos. Some of the latter were relevant, others were Michael Jackson's Thriller, for some reason.
* Probably 24" or something: insanely gigantic, anyway, we've never seen its like since.