mia wrote:What about a nice vaxstation 4000?
Depends what the OP is going to use it for. The VLC is a nice mini-pizzabox size, and provided that 5VUPS is enough it works well. 4000/60 and 4000/9x are nice machines, but if the OP wants to learn VMS all VAXes are stuck at 7.3, and while VMS is a mature OS and HP fortunately doesn't feel the need to rearrange the UI and add a bunch of SDVs (stuff of dubious value) every couple of years to drive sales there are some differences between 7.3 and 8.3/8.4.
VAX peripherals and add-ins are also harder to come by.
I don't know if I'd classify the VS2000 and 4000/VLC in the same class as Multia. They were both designed as usable standalone machines in their own right, with sufficient memory/disk expansion and computational resources. Keep in mind the 2000, while slow by today's standards, was a mid '80s machine and in the low end of DEC's lineup. Compare it to what you got with a 8088 or 80286.