[FS] IBM Beam Spring: DISPLAYWRITER

The keyboard is a 1983 IBM Displaywriter. It is cleaned and with the switches working flawlessly. It is not converted to USB though and thus does not ship with an xwhatsit board. The layout is Spanish ISO (includes a ñ character). I've removed the original cable (It'll make the package lighter and the shipping a bit cheaper, but I can include it as well).




I'm willing to hear offers, and might be open to trade as well.

Have a nice day!


EDIT: As some have asked me what would I be willing to trade it for, I'm looking for either an HHKB or a Model F 4704 (except the 50-key). And the price is 185 E.
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Must....resist....I'm saving my beamspring virginity for a US layout one.
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alh84001 wrote:Must....resist....I'm saving my beamspring virginity for a US layout one.

It's looks way nicer than mine, the spanish layout is rare for sure.
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Damn I$ would be all over this wouldn't he ?!
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Wodan wrote:Damn I$ would be all over this wouldn't he ?!

I don't remember if he owns one or not. I know he could make the best of this beauty with his crafty skills.
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But my year end bonus doesn't come til January 27th!? Gahhh
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Holy shit man, I already have 5251 and 3279 but this is so tempting.
I'll keep an eye on it in case I get some money to spare but I think there was some users looking for one
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this is a beautiful keyboard. Wish I could buy it
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I wish it were with german caps..
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That's a beautiful specimen. Not a spot of rust and no visible marks. I would love to become the next custodian, but any bonus payments past or future are spent already on rebuilding the bathroom. Sigh.

It seems to me as if some keys along the bottom row are upside down, such as the left-shift, Z, X, and N. Maybe I need new glasses...
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tigpha wrote:That's a beautiful specimen. Not a spot of rust and no visible marks. I would love to become the next custodian, but any bonus payments past or future are spent already on rebuilding the bathroom. Sigh.

It seems to me as if some keys along the bottom row are upside down, such as the left-shift, Z, X, and N. Maybe I need new glasses...



You're right! Fixed it
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Oh man, that's a beauty, especially with the Spanish layout.
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Very nice... I could make some good use of that "Ñ" (I'm spanish) but I'm pretty sure I don't have enough money to buy it so...
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alh84001 wrote:Must....resist....I'm saving my beamspring virginity for a US layout one.

Same here...
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alh84001 wrote:Must....resist....I'm saving my beamspring virginity for a US layout one.

Same here...

And im for an ISO-DE one..
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You could try to get DE keycaps from a Selectric Typewriter ...

Hehehehhehehehehehehe

Muhahahahahahah

And now someone buy it before i do
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I have a beam spring with DE caps... I also have a set of selectric caps...

I mixed and matched them. The result was fine, but they have different finishes (one is glossy and the other one rough, I think) so it looks a little weird.
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Wodan wrote:And now someone buy it before i do

I mean..I'm socked it's still up for grabs..this is one of my dream boards.
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Wodan wrote:And now someone buy it before i do

I mean..I'm socked it's still up for grabs..this is one of my dream boards.

Then buy it! Displaywriters are great boards, you won't regret it. :D
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Sounds like we need a Spanish member to grab this beautiful Displaywriter.
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Or someone with a bit of extra money laying around in January - a rare thing indeed.
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Menuhin wrote:Sounds like we need a Spanish member to grab this beautiful Displaywriter.

I think, There are spanish members, like me, having a look continuously at this thread from day 0, I guess by watching your comments

for me, It's not that I don't have the money. It's that I'm also interested in watches, cameras, vintage hi-fi, etc. And In the end I don't get anything gorgeous as my enthusiasm gets diluted on everything. Plus, the hype it is getting, makes me feel a bit embarrased just to ask approximately how much is it worth. I'm quite novice on keyboards, specially on vintage ones and this is the first time I came across this keyboard.

By the way, What does it need to be pluged into a regular computer and be used? Any adapter?

Suerte con la venta!
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Menuhin wrote:Sounds like we need a Spanish member to grab this beautiful Displaywriter.

I think, There are spanish members, like me, having a look continuously at this thread from day 0, I guess by watching your comments

for me, It's not that I don't have the money. It's that I'm also interested in watches, cameras, vintage hi-fi, etc. And In the end I don't get anything gorgeous as my enthusiasm gets diluted on everything. Plus, the hype it is getting, makes me feel a bit embarrased just to ask approximately how much is it worth. I'm quite novice on keyboards, specially on vintage ones and this is the first time I came across this keyboard.

By the way, What does it need to be pluged into a regular computer and be used? Any adapter?

Suerte con la venta!




You'd need to get the xwhatsit beamspring converter (either from xwhatsit himself, which is pretty hard, or from OSHpark, which would make the board on-demand and ship it to you. Being open hardware, a third option would be to build it yourself.). Installing it should be easy: xwhatsit has got you covered. He made a super-useful guide, which you can find right here http://bit.ly/2jetSbj

Espero haber echado un poco de luz en el asunto.
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z3ta wrote:or from OSHpark, which would make the board on-demand and ship it to you.

To clarify: OSH Park only sells bare PCBs. You'd have to solder the parts on yourself, which is quite a challenge if you haven't done much surface mount soldering before.
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z3ta wrote:or from OSHpark, which would make the board on-demand and ship it to you.

To clarify: OSH Park only sells bare PCBs. You'd have to solder the parts on yourself, which is quite a challenge if you haven't done much surface mount soldering before.

Or use a solder oven. But still not the easiest thing compared to soldering larger items.
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I _think_ that regular xwhatsit would work with Displaywriter. It has enough of column/row pins, it's just a matter of mapping them properly, and not just soldering the controller directly.
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Yes. The only special things about the Displaywriter xwhatsits are that they already have the correct edge connector and the correct pinout. With a bunch of wiring and hand soldering you can use a more common, easier to find xwhatsit.
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