[Photos] Rescuing keyboard puppies from the pound

Hi Guys,
Cindy sent me on an adventure to an metals/electronics recycling center in my area (Chicago).

Long story short;
  • it was a lot of fun
  • it was exhausting
  • luckily it wasn't hot today
  • everyone was very nice and accomodating
  • I know I promised at least five people kishsavers/unsavers but unfortunately that just didn't pan out :lol:
Right now I have a big pile of keyboards sitting in the middle of my living room. Before I pass out for the day, I wanted to get this thread up with some pictures of what I found. In total I picked 39 pieces (all keyboards and one mouse thingy that caught my eye).

Spoiler alert: there's nothing crazy-awesome in here but definitely a lot of pretty cool stuff. I was surprised at the amount of space invader boards that kept popping up (I love the linear space invaders). Also, yes, I accidentally picked two domers.

You guys have some good eyes and much more knowledge of keyboards than I do so I'm just going to dump the pictures here. Feel free to identify something in the thread and I'll edit the post with details. If you have any questions or would like a better picture of something (switch, keycap, etc.), I'm more than happy to oblige.

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#1 G80-11900 (Cherry MX Black)
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#2 Acme KB-108 (Clicky Alps clones)
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#3 IBM Model M, Industrial (Buckling spring)
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#4
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#5
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#6
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#7 Acme KB-108 (Clicky Alps clones)
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#8
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#9 Unknown Hall-Effect keyboard
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#10
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#11
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#12 Apple Keyboard II (Mitsumi)
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#13
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#14 Unknown Typewriter (Buckling springs)
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#15 IBM Model M (Buckling springs)
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#16 Unknown Typewriter (Buckling springs)
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#17
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#18
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#19
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#20
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#21
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#22
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#23 IBM Model M 122 key (Buckling springs)
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#24 IBM Model M (Buckling springs)
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#25 WASD CODE Keyboard (Cherry MX clear)
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#26
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#27 Unicomp Model M, GE/Marquette branded (Buckling springs)
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#28
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#29 Unknown Typewriter (Buckling springs)
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#30
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#31 NTC KB-6251
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#32
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#33
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#34
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#35
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#36 Apple Extended Keyboard II (Alps SKCM White Dampened)
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#37 Dell AT101 (Alps SKCM Black)
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#39
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Finally, thank you Cindy for getting me out of the house :)
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snacksthecat wrote:I know I promised at least five people kishsavers/unsavers but unfortunately that just didn't pan out :lol:

Yeah, right. Kidsh theshe daysh don't know to keep their promishesh... :x :x :x


That said, cool findings! That gray M alone makes it all worth it. ;)
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Very nice. I have never seen so many 122 key space invaders boards in one place before! Would definitely be interested if you are willing to let any of them go.
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One of us! One of us! That's a good start I must say. Cindy pulled through for sure. I love the Space Invader battleships with the different colored switches.
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"Two things in this world can make life meaningful: having the strength to forge your own destiny, to live by your own rules, and not be swayed by the whims and wishes of others; and really sticking it to some stranger on the internet."
I agree, I'd love to find myself an Industrial Gray Model M someday. Going out on these treasure hunts is really one of the most fun aspects of this hobby, IMO.
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Holy guacamole! Awesome! I really want that Marqette M oh my!!! :o
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Damn. Just damn. Good haul.
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that is great :)

number 9 for President cutest doggo of them all

That is one looooooong edge connector :o
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Number 2 is awesome i love it!
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>nothing crazy-awesome
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Wow, well done for saving those.
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Cool finds!

Wonder is there's anything wrong with that WASD Code (number 25) besides the missing Escape key... It's a recent keyboard that could have been repaired. Worst case it's a good chassis for a custom.
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Nice harvest.
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Darkshado wrote:Cool finds!

Wonder is there's anything wrong with that WASD Code (number 25) besides the missing Escape key... It's a recent keyboard that could have been repaired. Worst case it's a good chassis for a custom.

Just tested it and everything works great. Cleaned up real nicely as well!

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Just found this. I'm so glad someone finally got a look at Cindy's Chicago hookup! Great finds!
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#1 is definitely a G80-11900
Great board, too bad about the trackpad, but you can saw off the numpad and have a pretty neat 80%-ish board. There was a how-to on GH for a while, not sure if it's still there, though.
At the very least, you have a nice set of Vintage Blacks there.
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I think #9 is a hall-effect board, judging by the 4 in-line solder points on each switch. I bet it has some SICK caps on it (likely super thick).
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Going to start offloading these pretty soon (the girlfriend says don't even think about doing another recycling center until my apartment is cleared out :lol: ).

I plan on cleaning these up and converting them to usb then posting most on DT. But let me know if you want a dirty/pre-converted one and maybe I can set you up.
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Any chance the caps on that hall-effect board are MX compatible? If so, I'd like to call dibs on that one!

Edit: nevermind, I see they are not. Still gorgeous caps.
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Fixed up a couple of the boards so far:

Clicky Space Invader PC122 "battleship" (w/ internal Soarer's converter)
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WASD Code
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Cherry G80-8113
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snacksthecat wrote:
Clicky Space Invader PC122 "battleship"

That's a particularly nice one, don't you think? I wish it could be converted to ANSI layout.
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We're cleaning all the keepers at once. It's gonna be yuge.

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I'm also around the Chicago Area! I have found like 20 AEK IIs and a few Wyse Vintage blacks with a few other random boards at a place but that's pretty much it. Tried to contact most other recycling places and gets mostly no responses.
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Impressive work ! Nice.
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