My hunt for Olivetti keyboards made by Cherry is ongoing. So far the only model I spotted is the KBD 2812, which was made in 1990. This proved to be a specially interesting model, because apparently it's hard to find two of them that are identical. Indeed under the case of a 2812 you may find white or black cherry mys, or even vintage mx blacks. Not to mention the keycaps, which can be either blue infilled doubleshots or blue labelled dye subs with weird, previously unseen stabilizers. And all those different boards were made in a few months, between spring an summer 1990!
My guess is that Cherry had to rush the production up and just tried to supply Olivetti with anything they could, be it mx blacks or shitty mys. Or even german sets disguised in italian layout.
Enter my most recent found. This keyboard is MY blacks with dye subs. Like all the others, it seems very lightly used. But here's a catch. Do you notice the weird Q and Y? And why is the return textless, as it usually says "invio"?
And where is the handbag on this label?
Take a look at the right control. You can see a strg legend emerging from underneat! And what about that zero?
So Cherry just took a german dye sub set and overprinted the language specific keycaps with italian legends!
You can easily tell which caps are overprinted. This is quite lousy as an italian set. The good new is, the coating is coming apart on some keycaps, showing intact dye subs underneat. So if I could remove the coating from all the printed keycaps I would have a perfectly preserved german set
. Any suggestions on how to do it?EDIT
: Not really. Only the two Controls and the Zero are overprinted dye subs. The rest of italian specific keycaps, as well as some random keycaps like "m" or "q", are just abs pad printed.