Seemed to miss this topic, but will add this anyway, my first contact with the spectrum was during an after school computer club around 1983, our school did not have the BBC B, as they thought them too expensive, they had clung on to several Texas TI-99 machines, which absolutely no-one, not even the computer teacher knew how to program, they had a couple of Vic 20 machines, and to keep a bit up to date they purchased a couple of Spectrums, a 16K machine and a 48K one, as long as you made a concerted attempt to program something into the machines for the first half of the club, you were then able to load whatever you like into it in the second hour.
A mate of mine bought Pssst in, and we were bowled over by it, the colour, the speed of the game, it was an incredible sight back then, on the 48k machine we loaded in Urban Upstart, and used to play it week in and week out, until the teacher took a very dim view of it's 'adult' content and banned it.
I did not get my own machine for another year or so, I had convinced myself my parents had bought one for my birthday in 1983, and hid my crushing disappointment when they unveiled a new bike instead.
Finally got hold of one in 1984, just after the Plus had come out, the local electronics store had a clear out of the older models, so my trusty old rubber keyed machine arrived.
My brother bought a 128K Sinclair model, which eventually made it's way into my hands, I bought a plus 2 the year after, and a few years ago my colleague at work was clearing out his loft, he just walked up to me and said 'you collect old computers don't you' and gave me his fully boxed mint +3, refusing to take any money for it, as 'it was only going in the skip if I did not take it', Happy days!!
All of them still work flawlessly, the rubber key machine has had a couple of capacitors replaced, and both the Sinclair Amstrad machines have had new belts fitted.