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by Invisius
26 Mar 2020, 03:36
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Raytheon
Replies: 11
Views: 521

Re: Raytheon

Nice board and teardown. It has that classic chunky look, and those ITW switches make it worth converting for sure. I wonder what the reason is for all the different colored sliders in random spots. Were they replacements? Variable weighting? Maybe it's just what they happened to have on hand given ...
by Invisius
22 Mar 2020, 04:21
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Beamspring from Hell Restoration Log
Replies: 18
Views: 834

Re: Beamspring from Hell Restoration Log

Wow :shock: This reminds me of the abandoned beam springs left in a textile factory in Italy. That was the first thing I thought of when I saw that pic, so many great machines just wasted. Glad at least one piece could get rescued. Nice work on the cleaning it up so far, this one made the Rustmaste...
by Invisius
22 Mar 2020, 00:47
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: new KB! Beamspring
Replies: 18
Views: 976

Re: new KB! Beamspring

It might have been a later production thing for certain factories. This rusted 5251 from 1978 had blue housings and angled stems, while the 3278 from 1977 had black housings and angled stems.
by Invisius
22 Mar 2020, 00:25
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: new KB! Beamspring
Replies: 18
Views: 976

Re: new KB! Beamspring

You really lucked out with the lack of rust! I think the humidity is what eats up the foam on these, those I've seen that were stored in barns and garages were much worse off. The blue housings are still a mystery to me- I've seen every beamspring variant with both blue and black versions. They don'...
by Invisius
19 Mar 2020, 21:45
Forum: Group buys
Topic: F62+F77 orders now open! New Kishsaver+Industrial Model F Keyboards
Replies: 4659
Views: 535689

Re: F62+F77 orders now open! New Kishsaver+Industrial Model F Keyboards

Well done on the dye subs, they truly look up to spec with original IBM quality. I can see these becoming more popular than Unicomp replacements if you decide to produce them after the new-F runs are done!
by Invisius
25 May 2018, 02:50
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: request: IBM Model F weights
Replies: 15
Views: 1322

Got 5.3lb (2.4kg) from a 4704-F50 made in 6/88
by Invisius
30 Apr 2017, 04:16
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Univac Sperry Rand Model f1308-00
Replies: 21
Views: 3405

Really crisp sounding, must feel like a dream to type on. I'd be doing everything I could to hack up a converter for this!
by Invisius
29 Apr 2017, 05:08
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Best Tactile Switch?
Replies: 47
Views: 10785

I also like the MX clears much more than browns, tried the Gaterons and thought they were pretty similar. I've since moved onto using SKCM browns when I'm not in the mood for something clicky. Nice smooth and pronounced bump without being too stiff.
by Invisius
29 Apr 2017, 03:52
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Univac Sperry Rand Model f1308-00
Replies: 21
Views: 3405

I don't have any other info to add, but this one looks to be in great shape! I really like the intact toggle switches, gives it that 60s radio equipment feel.

How are those magnetic switches to type on?
by Invisius
29 Aug 2016, 01:33
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: HERMES Rocketeer (SA) keyset proposal
Replies: 116
Views: 11036

Looks very similar to my Model D typewriter! Definitely a cool late 50s-early 60s color for something different.

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by Invisius
26 Aug 2016, 19:27
Forum: Group buys
Topic: Xwhatsit Beamspring + MODEL F Controller [FORM REOPENED]
Replies: 165
Views: 12478

Absolutely in for a few, had a hard time finding just 1 and I keep having to swap it around between boards.

I'll go with 5 for the meantime, maybe more if we can get the per-unit price down.
by Invisius
21 Aug 2016, 21:50
Forum: Group buys
Topic: OshPark Replacement Badge for IBM Model M
Replies: 189
Views: 11504

Looks great Snuci, I'm definitely in on the SSK group buy when you all are ready.
by Invisius
21 Aug 2016, 21:48
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 23181
Views: 1505580

Some NIB Focus keyboards with a clicky spring over membrane switch that looks interesting. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Focus-Electronics-EZ-MMX-Multimedia-Keyboard-AT-Vintage-Spring-Switches-NIB-NOS-/322234235118? https://www.google.com/patents/US5442152 Hmm, looks like a peerless clone. With ALPS comp...
by Invisius
21 Aug 2016, 21:45
Forum: Gallery
Topic: IBM 3276 Data Entry Keyboard
Replies: 46
Views: 6297

Hope this guy comes through for you all, these are just awesome keyboards all around. I think both the switch and case designs are one of the all-time greats from IBM. I'd buy one of the displays, but it'd probably cost 200+ in shipping to the US. I don't trust DHL with fragile items, either, after ...
by Invisius
21 Aug 2016, 21:40
Forum: Reviews
Topic: Fold-2000 flexible keyboard review
Replies: 4
Views: 787

Hah, I use a black one of these in my garage for looking up stuff or making notes. Just plug it into my laptop out of the way so I can throw tools around and not worry about getting grease/oil on it. You're spot on about the awful mushy-boob feeling. I'd probably have purple fingertips after a week ...
by Invisius
10 Aug 2016, 23:27
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What are you listening to at the moment?
Replies: 1487
Views: 119819

That classical metal is a real cool mix of styles! Definitely like me some instruments in between screaming sessions 8-) I've been listening to a lot of music from the same era as my keyboards (early 70s-early 80s) 6aSclpcEsuk Z3Q-FrHtg2U Guilty pleasure has to be the cheesy 80s synth stuff :lol: 7a...
by Invisius
10 Aug 2016, 22:44
Forum: Workshop
Topic: (Model MF) Remodeling the Model M (aka.. the Mara)
Replies: 2093
Views: 136324

Wow! Looks as professional as a factory original. Impressed at how far this has come in such a short time.

My SSK case is just begging for these. :)
by Invisius
10 Aug 2016, 22:25
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: My experience with keyboards and the community so far
Replies: 6
Views: 582

Really cool story, I could never bring myself to sell anything unless it's to another member that really appreciates it.
Sounds like you moved from new/popular keyboards to collecting unusual vintage switches. Can definitely relate to that!
by Invisius
28 Jul 2016, 21:04
Forum: Workshop
Topic: IBM Beamspring 5251/Great White low profile alternative shell
Replies: 45
Views: 4063

snuci wrote: I was originally thinking polished stainless steel but that might be pushing it.
Well maybe not if we can find a few different shops to give us quotes on the metalwork. Wish I had a buddy with access to a CNC machine right about now. :lol:
by Invisius
28 Jul 2016, 20:33
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IBM Model F XT buildlog [Complete]
Replies: 6
Views: 751

Wow that came out great, very unique look with the black and red. Boy do those rusty plate shots look familiar to my 5251 project. Did you end up spraying the plate and case with a real paint sprayer, or just rattle cans?
by Invisius
28 Jul 2016, 20:21
Forum: Workshop
Topic: IBM Beamspring 5251/Great White low profile alternative shell
Replies: 45
Views: 4063

Really love this idea, I've grown fond of the 5251 layout after using it for some time. The bottom plate does raise the board up quite a bit, so I think doing a full case vs just the top plate would be a lot easier to make standard across all the different models. Either way, I'm definitely interest...
by Invisius
07 Jul 2016, 20:07
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: A new US Republican thread 2016
Replies: 1690
Views: 82849

I think those three (especially Gingrich) would put a huge dent in his "outsider" appeal to his voters. I think this is one of the reasons he's so quiet about it, anyone even the slightest bit underhanded/establishment could throw that all out the window.
by Invisius
05 Jul 2016, 21:07
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: The Oracle Answers
Replies: 1533
Views: 138020

Oracle and anyone else with experience on this- I'm trying to get the solenoid working on my 5251, but am unsure if the driver board is defective or the solenoid itself. It's putting out only 4-5v according to my multimeter, but it should be 9v, right? Can I quickly tap the solenoid leads to a 9v ba...
by Invisius
05 Jul 2016, 20:08
Forum: Group buys
Topic: OshPark Replacement Badge for IBM Model M
Replies: 189
Views: 11504

Add me to the received list. Just got them today and agree that they really came out fantastic!

We should definitely do more rounds with the SSK design. Big thanks to everyone involved in the project.
by Invisius
05 Jul 2016, 19:43
Forum: Gallery
Topic: IBM 3277 keyboard with Micro Switch key switches
Replies: 12
Views: 1940

Wow, it's bizarre how similar this is to the beamspring variant on the surface. Even the part number matches the "66-Key EBCDIC" style beamspring from the 327x maintenance manual. Makes me wonder how many of these were actually made. The Honeywell switches look dead-on identical to my Data General k...
by Invisius
05 Jul 2016, 19:27
Forum: Reviews
Topic: Focus FK-727 review (Cyan Omron B3G-S)
Replies: 33
Views: 3591

I didn't realize they put any Omron switches in their boards, especially cyan ones. This 727 is really unique! I actually forgot how nice the amber Omnoms felt, but these look nice and subdued in comparison. Does the tactile bump still feel as pronounced?

Great review as always.
by Invisius
05 Jul 2016, 19:15
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Most Overrated/Underrated Switch or Keyboard?
Replies: 145
Views: 12088

Great found. I knew this Chinese keyboard with the FCCID very much! This keyboard was made by YANTAI. Called [AT][CN]海成CT-110. This company was famous to make the YANTAI switch(which copy the omron B3GS switch) And this FCCID have sharing for different Chinese keyboard with Alps mount or clone swit...
by Invisius
01 Jul 2016, 04:46
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Brexit: The DT Poll
Replies: 1058
Views: 36295

I feel like an observer of a world going mad. Or it's always been this way and I'm only becoming aware of the situation. I blame the 24-hour cable news and the Internet. The world has always been mad, and knowledge and transparency are the path out of it. 24-hour news and the internet would/could/s...
by Invisius
01 Jul 2016, 04:25
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: More Topre clones on Ebay
Replies: 49
Views: 4363

Didn't even notice the seller location. :lol: Aliexpress is also much stricter about clone and knockoff products, and removes them pretty quickly now. Yea Taobao is much more of a wild west, but there's some good stuff to be found. https://world.taobao.com/item/532230604655.htm https://world.tmall.c...
by Invisius
01 Jul 2016, 03:44
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: More Topre clones on Ebay
Replies: 49
Views: 4363

I've noticed these on Aliexpress and Taobao at $90-130 for a while now, about time resellers over here got a hold of them.
I wonder if they're actually half decent clones. At that price I'd actually want one for quiet work!

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