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//gainsborough wrote:https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Leading-Edge-Computer-DC-3014-keyboard-Not-tested/152913623572?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649

Huh.... so DC-3014s can come with white alps. Noted.

It's theoretically possible that someone switched out the switches at some point in the board's history.


yeah i had thought too. I also considered the possibility that those two switches were replaced at some point in the boards life - but the probability of that happening to the exact two switches he/she pulled seems like it would be crazy low.

And that board is pretty grimy too, i'm sure even if they were blues I wouldn't want to type on them. It is strange though you would think that if they were to come white white alps they would for sure be pine alps, but I don't see slits on those.
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Brett MacK wrote:
And that board is pretty grimy too, i'm sure even if they were blues I wouldn't want to type on them. It is strange though you would think that if they were to come white white alps they would for sure be pine alps, but I don't see slits on those.


The slits are there - it's just so grimy/dusty that it's hard to see, hahaha. It's easiest to see the left slit on the right switch.
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//gainsborough wrote:https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Leading-Edge-Computer-DC-3014-keyboard-Not-tested/152913623572?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649

Huh.... so DC-3014s can come with white alps. Noted.

Not surprised. My DC-2214 came with white SKCM (no slits) and I believe those were concurrent with the 3014.
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//gainsborough wrote:
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And that board is pretty grimy too, i'm sure even if they were blues I wouldn't want to type on them. It is strange though you would think that if they were to come white white alps they would for sure be pine alps, but I don't see slits on those.


The slits are there - it's just so grimy/dusty that it's hard to see, hahaha. It's easiest to see the left slit on the right switch.

You're right there was just some hair and fuzz covering it :lol:
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Brett MacK wrote:
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And that board is pretty grimy too, i'm sure even if they were blues I wouldn't want to type on them. It is strange though you would think that if they were to come white white alps they would for sure be pine alps, but I don't see slits on those.


The slits are there - it's just so grimy/dusty that it's hard to see, hahaha. It's easiest to see the left slit on the right switch.

You're right there was just some hair and fuzz covering it :lol:

Well if you want a keyboard with cleaner white Alps switches, then look no further than this:
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-WHITE-...SwQwdai1Xi
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JP! wrote:Beat me to the post. At least they could include free shipping. I messaged the seller and received this response:

"Honestly, I post at high prices because I enjoy reading love notes from keyboard kids.

Anyone is free to "Make an Offer", and as this was just listed, the price is intentionally high as to not undersell, and will be adjusted as needed."

That's actually pretty funny. Lighten up guys :lol:
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Brett MacK wrote:You're right there was just some hair and fuzz covering it :lol:

Perfect for Seed Propagation ;) .

You have to love certain keyboards that literally provide a ready made serving tray for seedlings. Growing some good stuff here and using some crusty old keyboard with 'junk' can be easily used at my place.
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digital_matthew wrote:Well if you want a keyboard with cleaner white Alps switches, then look no further than this:
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-WHITE-...SwQwdai1Xi

I would personally disembowel this keyboard for the switches.

Even my 5 year old is nauseous looking at the colour and shape :cry: .
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Elrick wrote:
digital_matthew wrote:Well if you want a keyboard with cleaner white Alps switches, then look no further than this:
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-WHITE-...SwQwdai1Xi

I would personally disembowel this keyboard for the switches.

Even my 5 year old is nauseous looking at the colour and shape :cry: .

You could harvest the caps too. ;) Get some unique alps mount caps for future builds, especially the octagon/stop sign escape key. :lol:
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Polecat wrote:
Not surprised. My DC-2214 came with white SKCM (no slits) and I believe those were concurrent with the 3014.

Correction, memory error, the white Alps in my DC-2214 *do* have the slits.
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Elrick wrote:
digital_matthew wrote:Well if you want a keyboard with cleaner white Alps switches, then look no further than this:
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-WHITE-...SwQwdai1Xi

I would personally disembowel this keyboard for the switches.

Even my 5 year old is nauseous looking at the colour and shape :cry: .

The yellow OR blue keycaps on their own actually aren't that bad... It's the combination of yellow and blue that makes it so nauseating.
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https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre...3509283841
Model M industrial. From the same seller as the model F. I have a feeling my wallet might take a hit lol.
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Brett MacK wrote:https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F263509283841
Model M industrial. From the same seller as the model F. I have a feeling my wallet might take a hit lol.

From $0.99 to $113.61 in fifteen minutes... :shock:
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Brett MacK wrote:https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F263509283841
Model M industrial. From the same seller as the model F. I have a feeling my wallet might take a hit lol.
Two bidders. 26 bids... WHY??!!
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Ortek MCK 142Pro NIB W/ White Alps. These are really neat.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Ortek-MCK-142P...SwXEdajJ8V
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Techno Trousers wrote:
Brett MacK wrote:https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F263509283841
Model M industrial. From the same seller as the model F. I have a feeling my wallet might take a hit lol.
Two bidders. 26 bids... WHY??!!

Because it was posted here ;)
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Brett MacK wrote:https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F263509283841
Model M industrial. From the same seller as the model F. I have a feeling my wallet might take a hit lol.
Two bidders. 26 bids... WHY??!!

P.E.
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Does anyone know why this is worth so much?

https://m.ebay.com/itm/VINTAGE-SILICON-...SwWEZahgco
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xxhellfirexx wrote:Does anyone know why this is worth so much?

https://m.ebay.com/itm/VINTAGE-SILICON-...SwWEZahgco

Hint: It's not.
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The same reason the Displaywriter that went for a ton of money went for a lot. More money than brains.
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xxhellfirexx wrote:Does anyone know why this is worth so much?

https://m.ebay.com/itm/VINTAGE-SILICON-...SwWEZahgco
I expected that to top out at around $100. Not sure what's going on there. Damped cream Alps are not that great, IMO.
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orihalcon wrote:Will someone please explain how this escalated so quickly?
https://www.ebay.com/itm/IBM-Display-Wr...3497295650

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So this appears to be a "normal" bidding war.

Wow... :shock: I'm definitely stunned by the bidding on this.

I was hoping for it to reach around the $800 mark, but not till near the end of the auction. As a long-time eBayer, this high early bidding defies logic, but I'm certainly not complaining. :)

Well, well. Look the message I just received in my inbox with only hours to go:

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Not cool. :evil:
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ekeppel wrote:Well, well. Look the message I just received in my inbox with just hours to go:

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Not cool. :evil:


That's not nice but keep in mind that the buyer's name should remain hidden to other people.
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hansichen wrote:That's not nice but keep in mind that the buyer's name should remain hidden to other people.

Maybe so, but I'm kinda ticked right now, sorry about that.

EDIT: Took care of it.
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hansichen wrote:That's not nice but keep in mind that the buyer's name should remain hidden to other people.

Maybe so, but I'm kinda ticked right now, sorry about that.

EDIT: Took care of it.

I think this guy is your high bidder now after the bid retraction :lol: :

https://www.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyb...d/dudoxy9/
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I think this guy is your high bidder now after the bid retraction :lol: :

https://www.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyb...d/dudoxy9/

Funny, he said he got too competitive and was hoping to be outbid in his reddit post. Wonder what sort of chain reaction that one bad bidder will cause now? :?:
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Wonder if he'll win or if somebody else will bid higher at the end. I missed out on an auction recently because somebody outbid me by a dollar with 4 seconds left in the auction.
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People seem to be more aware of things in Japan now too. I used to pay between $50-100 for Sharp keyboards and I could easily get $150-200 for them here in the US. I recently just bid on about ten and nine of them went above $150/ea, way over my snipe of $90. Sniping has probably saved me hundreds if not thousands over the years, by keeping me out of bidding wars.
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It's getting to the point that a keyboard production run, with new components made from new injection moulding tools, based on vintage designs, is viable commercial proposition. The spiralling price trend is not abating, yet.
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tigpha wrote:It's getting to the point that a keyboard production run, with new components made from new injection moulding tools, based on vintage designs, is viable commercial proposition. The spiralling price trend is not abating, yet.

I'd personally love a reproduction Alps SKCM Blue switch but I don't see that happening anytime soon. :lol:
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