[Photos] Teletype 40K 103 RCB keyboard

I must say, this is a pretty cool keyboard. It is very similar to the Teletype 40K 104 DAB but I'm guessing the "RCB" of this model versus the "DAB" of Haata's model defines different options. There are distinct differences but since mine has "Patent Pending" versus the actual patents listed om the rear label, mine must be older and the "721 A?" stamp may be a date stamp.

The construction is the same as the DAB but this one has a single yellow dual action switch which appears to be different than the DAB model. Dual action, in this case is that it can be pressed with clicky response but you can then press it harder for a second click. Haata mentioned that this may be for auto repeat. This one also have washers between the key stem and the key cap on some of the keys. Not sure if there is a pattern.

Please refer to this forum post for pictures of internals. [Photos & video] Teletype 40K 104 DAB

Anyway, here are some pics:
Teletype 40K 103 RCB - angled view.JPG
Teletype 40K 103 RCB - angled view


Teletype 40K 103 RCB - top.JPG
Teletype 40K 103 RCB - top


Teletype 40K 103 RCB - bottom.JPG
Teletype 40K 103 RCB - bottom


Teletype 40K 103 RCB - front.JPG
Teletype 40K 103 RCB - front


Teletype 40K 103 RCB - back1.JPG
Teletype 40K 103 RCB - back


Teletype 40K 103 RCB -Patent pending and datecode of 1972.JPG
Teletype 40K 103 RCB -Patent pending and datecode of 1972


Teletype 40K 103 RCB - rear connector.JPG
Teletype 40K 103 RCB - rear connector


Teletype 40K 103 RCB - angled view without case.JPG
Teletype 40K 103 RCB - angled view without case


Teletype 40K 103 RCB -front case removed.JPG
Teletype 40K 103 RCB -front case removed


Teletype 40K 103 RCB - keycap close up.JPG
Teletype 40K 103 RCB - keycap close up


Teletype 40K 103 RCB - white and green key switches.JPG
Teletype 40K 103 RCB - white and green key switches


Teletype 40K 103 RCB - black caps lock key switch.JPG
Teletype 40K 103 RCB - black caps lock key switch

Teletype 40K 103 RCB - white yellow and green key switches.JPG
Teletype 40K 103 RCB - white yellow and green key switches


Teletype 40K 103 RCB - underside of key caps.JPG
Teletype 40K 103 RCB - underside of key caps


Teletype 40K 103 RCB - red lit key cap and switch.JPG
Teletype 40K 103 RCB - red lit key cap and switch


Teletype 40K 103 RCB - lit key switches and key caps.JPG
Teletype 40K 103 RCB - lit key switches and key caps
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Most badass Knight Rider style keyboard I've ever seen. Real beauty! Thanks for sharing
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Yeah I remember this, congrats on finding one.
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Wow that is slick!
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Beautiful photos!

Thanks for sharing.
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I saw this on eBay and was going to get it until I saw the UPS shipping. Did you get screwed on the customs?

I love the keycaps on this thing. It's a pity that they're a bit yellowed.
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mr_a500 wrote:I saw this on eBay and was going to get it until I saw the UPS shipping. Did you get screwed on the customs?

I love the keycaps on this thing. It's a pity that they're a bit yellowed.

The yellowing just makes it look cooler :D
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Yeah, it's not really bad yellowing. I've seen far worse.

I still would have got it if it wasn't for the shipping. Seeing it was gone was a bit like a kick to the groin.
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Hey mr_a500. Welcome back!

This was shipped via USPS and the shipping was reasonable (I expect high prices these days). The keyboard is almost 9 lbs at a hair under 4 kg plus additional weight due to packing material would make it weigh more so I didn't question the shipping; especially since my best offer was accepted.

By the way, yellowing is almost imperceivable. The pics were taken with bad light so the arrows don't even look like the right colour. But in this case, any yellowing ads to the provenance of age so it looks great.
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You're lucky he shipped by USPS. The listing said UPS - and when I see that, I just forget it.

Ah well... it's not like I needed another keyboard. :D
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mr_a500 wrote:You're lucky he shipped by USPS. The listing said UPS - and when I see that, I just forget it.

Ah well... it's not like I needed another keyboard. :D

Now a days, USPS to Canada is so high that UPS plus the fees sometimes works out the same or less. If you get charged Customs on USPS, UPS will be less.
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I ALWAYS get charged customs by UPS. It feels like a scam.
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j0d1 wrote:I ALWAYS get charged customs by UPS. It feels like a scam.

There is always a brokerage fee plus taxes, Via USPS, on the other hand, Canada Customs let's it go by more often than not depending on the declared value.
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What really annoys the hell out of me:

Australia mail import limit before fees: $1000 AUD
US mail import limit before fees: $800 US ($2000 on some items)
Canada mail import limit before fees: $20 CAD (and this is currently $14.87 US!!)

What the fuck?
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