The Grandstand Tutor Series
Last modify 17 September 2005.
As many of the mysteries about the Tutor's past are solved, particularly
with respect to its origins and cousins in
Japan, its British ancestors now become the obscurities of note.
For that reason, I have started to publish this stub in hopes of
fleshing out this entry in the future.
of the Grandstand Tutor in the UK computer magazine Your Computer
graciously furnished by Chris Stratford, is the only major reference in the
literature to the UK Tutors. From the review, which you can read at the link
above, we can draw the following conclusions or at least strong implications:
What we don't know:
- There are two distinct Grandstand Tutors, the earliest version, and
the later version reviewed in the article. The very earliest Grandstand
Tutor appears to have been based on the original Japanese Pyuuta firmware, but presumably
translated to English ("In its initial version the Grandstand computer
contained only GBasic [sic]" -- the original Pyuuta did not have
Tomy BASIC). This version of the firmware probably
falls somewhere between the Pyuuta's and the Pyuuta Jr.'s, which came out
late 1983. There is the faint implication that the first Grandstand was only
a demonstration model for the UK importers, who, as the article states, sent
it back for upgrading.
- The second Grandstand Tutor appears to be the same firmware as the American
Tutor (except for being PAL), as it seems to act the same as the Tomy Tutor
on the article's description. Likely, this upgraded UK Tutor preceded the
American Tutor too since it seems from this review that it was Adam Imports'
complaint that spurred the inclusion of Tomy BASIC; it could be potentially
inferred that the American Tomy Tutor was based on this second Grandstand
revision after the changes were incorporated into the BIOS.
- The description of the Grandstand Tutor "56 raised rubber keys" seems to
match that of the Tutor, not the Pyuuta Mk II, so it likely uses the same
case and layout.
This entry needs to get fleshed out. If you have information to contribute,
especially magazine articles or literature references, please send it to
- How the unit was badged. The review hints that the "full name" is
the Tomy Tutor, so it may also be simply badged "Tomy Tutor" without any
'Grandstand' in the name at all (or the box simply said Grandstand and
the computer's name badge said Tomy Tutor; or none of the above!).
- Whether any were sold. I do have reports of PAL Tomy Tutors from a few
Europeans, but that doesn't mean they were Grandstand Tutors.
- Whether both revisions reached market, if any did at all.
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