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The Oracle Answers
The Oracle Answers

The Keyboard Oracle
Thy wish is to buy a mechanical keyboard, but eternal doubt is eating éow irrelevant mortal soul? The Leopold with Cherry MX Blue…

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Retrobright: The Yellow Strikes Back
Retrobright: The Yellow Strikes Back

Muirium
Retrobright is awesome. We've all seen the spectacular before and after pictures where a deep yellowed plastic case or set of caps is…

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Alps :  Guangdong  vs   Matias  ?
Alps : Guangdong vs Matias ?

sprit1
. Alps : Guangdong Alps vs Matias Alps ? After lunch, got some pics for comparison Guangdong Alps vs Matias Alps - 1.jpg …

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Strange problem with Tesoro keyboard

PossumMX
Hi folks, I hope you can help me with this, because I've run out of ideas. The keyboard is A Tesoro Durandal G1N (not illuminated) with Cherry Browns. All of a sudden the Delete key stopped…

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KBT Race II (my 1st mechanical keyboard)
KBT Race II (my 1st mechanical keyboard)

Max
Hey guys, so almost a month (21 days) ago, I came here asking for some advice/tips on basically and left-handed TKL. Anyways I ended up ordering the…

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Looking for rare RealForce 103UB 55g (SE02C0)

Dracarnion
Hi - Please let me know if you have this keyboard and are looking to sell or if you know where I can get one. I understand they are discontinued and it looks like it may be available on some…

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TULIP branded G81-3246HAF strange azerty
TULIP branded G81-3246HAF strange azerty

vsev
Its coming from belgium so think this is flemish layout, but still 5 colors caps that's uncommon !! Lasered, maybe but seems to be pretty…

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Are there EU residents here that have bought keyboards from GMarket?

derzemel
Are there EU residents here that have bought keyboards from GMarket Korea? http://global.gmarket.co.kr/Home/Main Can you write a few words regarding you experience? I am planning to get this…

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SUGGESTIONS NEEDED: Buckling Spring ANSI/EBCDIC/ASCII/APL Layout
SUGGESTIONS NEEDED: Buckling Spring ANSI/EBCDIC/ASCII/APL Layout

Ace
I'm getting pretty close to home. Any suggestions for improvements? http://i.imgur.com/rMIAUkC… Extra Info: I'm using a…

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Switch type/construction details of Key Tronic KB5150?

dramsey
I just picked up a Key Tronic KB5150 keyboard (eBay). It's an early IBM Model F clone using a variant of the XT layout. Despite what I read in the WIki, it uses linear switches-- they feel rather like…

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Debunking a legend about languages and keyboard layouts

Sigmoid
So far when I have asked about keyboard layout suitability and non-English languages, most people usually just shrug, some say one should stick to QWERTY or an equally bad old modified…

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Interesting History of Key Tronic

mr_a500
I just came across this interesting history of Key Tronic. (don't know why Wikipedia or Key Tronic's own website has nothing like this): http://www.fundinguniverse.… …

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Hi-Tek Corp. History

Dmiloh
All, just ran across your site during a search for any references to Hi-Tek Corp. My father founded Hi-Tek in the early 60's, began manufacturing the Hi-Tek keyboard in the early 70's, and…

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Topre switch / Cherry MX compatible
Topre switch / Cherry MX compatible

CM Bram
Thoughts? http://i.imgur.com/lSRg709… Japanese Topre 45g with cherry MX key cap compatibility. Tenkeyless low profile…

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Topre PBT Spacebars

Hypersphere
It seems there are currently no sources for PBT spacebars for Topre keyboards such as Realforce or HHKB Pro 2. How might interest be generated for this product? Could a company like…

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IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread

Prelim
Hi guys, I've search the forum but I can't find a thread for keyboards identification... so I thought the best was to create one by myself. Here's the first one since I have no clue of…

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Model F XT refurbishing
Model F XT refurbishing

Sigmoid
Hey :) I've gotten a well-preserved XT keyboard off eBay, and I intend to return it to its full glory. :) Some pics below... Anyway, I…

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Topre Realforce 87U ANSI or JIS?

derzemel
Hello, I have a friend in who is in Tokyo until Monday, and Sunday he will have the whole day to himself. I want to ask him to get me a 55g Topre Realforce 87u Silent. I am wondering now, what…

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IBM multi-wide key anatomy

Sigmoid
While refurbishing the XT I have, I have started looking at later Model F boards. The XT uses very uncommon, center-stem stepped keys that are no longer manufactured, and a single barrel & pad per…

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Something I did not expect..

photekq
So, as we know, Cherry has a few types of keycaps. ⋅ Thick ABS doubleshots ⋅ Thick PBT dyesubs ⋅ Thick PBT lasered ⋅ Thin PBT lasered ⋅ Thick…

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Inside the Varmilo VA87M?

wafflepc
Hey, I dont currently have a mechanical keyboard, but i am working on that, and have tested switches, and i want a Blue/Green KB, with blues for the letters numbers, maybe functions, arrow keys, but…

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Do you think Topre Realforce Keyboards need LED backlight function?

eldorange
I just visited the Facebook page of Topre Realforce Keyboards and found the post: Do you think Topre keyboards need LED backlight function? https://m2.facebook.com/story.php?stor… Hopefully…

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Blocked by Cherry G80-2551 Ebay seller

derzemel
There is a Cherry G80-2551 (one of the most attractive keyboards ever made) on ebay and I wanted to place a bid on it: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Cherry-PC-Tast… I sent a mail to the…

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Matias 60 Choices
Matias 60 Choices

Hypersphere
I am considering ordering a Matias 60 keyboard, despite the strange configuration of the bottom row. There are two layout choices: PC and…

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Wang 725-7951
Wang 725-7951

seebart
I got this from webwit recently. While it looked quite clean from the outside it was nasty filthy internally. This keyboard is AT/ XT switchable. The…

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Towards an ErdoDox keycap set with legends
Towards an ErdoDox keycap set with legends

trauring
I've long wondered why there has never been a set of keys for the ErgoDox that have legends. Without getting into the argument for blank keycaps, some…

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Model F key failure

dramsey
After using Mod Ms for years, the commercialization of Soarer's Converter finally prompted me to try a Mod F. Needless to say, it was love at first type. I found two very nice units,…

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Help finding perfect Arabic/English layout!

Ace
Now looking for a layout template for the Cherry G81-3000SAA. Is it somewhere in the database? :?: :| I’m sure you’ve all heard of Etsy making superb keycaps over at the…

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Can you tell me more about this keyboard?
Can you tell me more about this keyboard?

Bitsquid
I'm still trying to figure out what kind of switches I actually prefer. I really wanted to try blue alps (because I almost like cherry MX blues...…

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Identify this switch!
Identify this switch!

Chyros
Hiya guys, anyone know what this is? It's a dome with slider design, and it accepts Alps caps, though the caps that come with it have wider bars than…

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Bottom case color for IBM Model F PC/XT

prdlm2009
Okay, the metal bottom case part on my IBM Model F PC/XT was rusting in a few places, so I stripped away all the paint, removed the rust, and now I have bare metal. I would like to repaint the plate…

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Saved this Model-M from the junk yard
Saved this Model-M from the junk yard

PMKFTW
Long story short, I found this 1994 Model M while cleaning out a shared storage unit last night. The owner of the board said liquid was spilled on it…

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Ergodox Layout Compedium

squarefrog
Hi all. After discussions with Matt3o and jdeblese, it was decided that it would benefit group buy organisers if we could compile a giant list of Ergodox layouts. This list can then be…

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fixing loose fitting IBM caps

elRetto
I recently noticed that a couple of the caps on my Model M come loose when I tap them quickly. When you compare the stems of the affected key with others theres a noticeable difference in width. I…

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What layout do you use?

z3ta
I was just wondering what is the most spread keyboard layout between mechanical keyboard enthusiasts. So, what is yours, and, most importantly, why? :D EDIT: I use colemak because it is (for…

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