[Photos] Very good haul (19 boards, 2 wheelwriters)

I saw a post on craigslist made by an older gentleman who had been operating an electronics recycling business for 25 years who was wanting to sell all the junk he had so that he could sell the property he was on. I could see a compaq branded g80-whatever in one of the pictures and figured I'd check it out.

Here is a link to the album, and here are a few choice pics:

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I ended up with 19 keebs and 2 wheelwriters, several old games, an oscilloscope that says `BAD` on top but works just fine, and a CB radio mic. My significant other continues to be an incredible good luck charm.
We got black and brown MX (with some vintage black in the mix), brown, pine white, orange, salmon, black, and compact green alps, short cream SKCC alps, (I think) white nec oval, some kind of hall effect microswitch, buckling spring, and some pre-keyboard cherry switches. Not a bad haul for $133 which is about what the same as the keyboard I'm typing on right now.
This is my first Model M and it is completely functional! it is only missing the hat for the down arrow.
Im an alps guy so I'm a bit more attached to that stuff but the cherry boards will probably be cleaned and find new homes.
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Holy shit, that is an excellent haul, congrats! :D
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zrrion wrote:[…] I ended up with 19 keebs and 2 wheelwriters, several old games, an oscilloscope […] and a CB radio mic. […]

You should have also mentioned the keyboards :mrgreen:
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zrrion wrote:[…] I ended up with 19 keebs and 2 wheelwriters, several old games, an oscilloscope […] and a CB radio mic. […]

You should have also mentioned the keyboards :mrgreen:

Didn't the word "19 Keebs" cover that designation ;) ?

It's what ALL youngster's use these days, shorten the description instead of expanding upon it.
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That is a sweet haul!
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zrrion wrote:[…] I ended up with 19 keebs and 2 wheelwriters, several old games, an oscilloscope […] and a CB radio mic. […]

You should have also mentioned the keyboards :mrgreen:

Didn't the word "19 Keebs" cover that designation ;) ?

It's what ALL youngster's use these days, shorten the description instead of expanding upon it.

Thanks for the explation.
So obviously a Clack is a Cadillac :lol:

Reminds me of my son seeing a police (German: Polizei) officer and mumbling "posei" when he was 3 or so :lol:
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Maybe I should shorten it to boards instead of keebs to keep the old timers from getting confused and offended. :P
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Maybe not? I don't think any offense was taken. Grumpy ;-)
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zrrion wrote:Maybe I should shorten it to boards instead of keebs to keep the old timers from getting confused and offended.

Sorry if you don't enjoy typing the full word. Guess you investing in keyboards to type even less :o
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Really nice find, congratulations! Good to see that you wanna keep the videowriter as a working piece together! Too many of them get killed for their switches.
Also a nice collection of early Cherry switches!
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Great haul :)
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[...] some kind of hall effect microswitch [...]

These are ITW Magnetic Valve, see here for reference:
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I seen one of those sell on eBay not tool long ago. Now I know what switches it likely had. Absolute unit of a keyboard.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Rare-1970s-Mod...663.l10137

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Great haul. Nice pics. Bad language.
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zrrion wrote:Maybe I should shorten it to boards instead of keebs to keep the old timers from getting confused and offended. :P

Yeah but this ole timer got the update from his minions, ages ago.

They all know what the new tech is and aren't afraid to let me know about it constantly :( .
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I always use "boards" instead of "keebs", although I don't mind either term.

I reserve my dislike for Imperial units instead :twisted: .
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Thank you very much for the rare pictures of WW2 veteran keyboards.
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Everytime someone uses the word keeb god kills a kishsaver...
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Today I tried out the Brown alps and the system they go with and I am not a fan of the switches. They might grow on me but since the system won't print I don't have any reason to use it all that much. The Videowriter itself is pretty easy to use and I like it for what it is. I might actually have a reason to use it if it printed.
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TwistedPair wrote:Thank you very much for the rare pictures of WW2 veteran keyboards.

Good thing I don't believe in God then. Kishsavers are nice "keebs." :D
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zrrion wrote:The Videowriter itself is pretty easy to use and I like it for what it is. I might actually have a reason to use it if it printed.

Ah, that glowing text reminds me of my earliest computer days. (Mine was later but lower end. 1980s, ALL CAPS and NO BOLD.) Definitely got a retro magic to it, though difficult to think of any practical use in this day and age. I mean, the best that comes to mind is this:

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And I doubt Lynx is even feasible on a Videowriter.

This is why I’m into vintage keyboards, not vintage systems. Hook a vintage keyboard up to something contemporary and the world’s your oyster. Plug a vintage computer into the mains, and, uh…
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I have a similar opinion about vintage systems, but if they work I would like to make sure that wherever they end up going is going to be nice to them. Vintage keyboards are one of the only parts of old computers that are still relevant anymore outside of a few historically important systems.
I do have a few things I do where recording text would be useful but when you use a computer people think you aren't engaging appropriately/they think that you are goofing around but something like a typewriter is too loud to not be distracting for everyone else. The Videowriter would be good in those situations since it is quieter in operation and printing can be done later when noise is not a concern so it doesn't matter that it is loud when it prints. Shame the print mechanism is broken though.

EDIT: I'm working on the NEC board now and one of the switches was pulled out of the PCB! This has broken the tabs that hold it to the plate as well as the rivets on the switch itself. I imagine this switch breakage is why it was at the recycler in the first place. After cleaning the switch and verifying that it still worked it is glued together and glued to the plate. I'm not super happy that I had to glue it but I don't exactly have spate switches so we are making do. Apart from that the board is very clean internally and I will only need to clean the top case and the keys. It also looks like there is no controller and the ribbon cable on the back outputs the matrix so external conversion should be super easy. the one IC on the board is made by TI instead of NEC. The flip out feet do not lock in place on this board which is its only major flaw.
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