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by adamcobabe
03 Apr 2020, 12:19
Forum: Want to buy
Topic: WTB - IBM SSK
Replies: 20
Views: 1044

Re: WTB - IBM SSK

I have an extra SSK with Displaywrite keycaps that has been bold modded. I'll be selling it soon. Not sure I can let it go for less than $200, though. Let me know if you are interested.
by adamcobabe
14 Mar 2020, 23:03
Forum: Want to buy
Topic: [WTB] SGI Granite Bigfoot keyboard
Replies: 3
Views: 171

Re: [WTB] SGI Granite Bigfoot keyboard

Sent a PM.
by adamcobabe
12 Mar 2020, 18:31
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Looking for a very specific setup
Replies: 5
Views: 270

Re: Looking for a very specific setup

debo wrote:
12 Mar 2020, 16:25
Thanks a lot for all the info, also, now I hate a little bit... Rama's products are insane, love them, but expensive and also super sold out :D
They'll be back again soon enough. I'd also check out the ASK55 if you're an Apple user.
by adamcobabe
12 Mar 2020, 15:21
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Looking for a very specific setup
Replies: 5
Views: 270

Re: Looking for a very specific setup

Hey adamcobabe, thanks a lot for your reply and whoopsie... I didn't realise it was specific for vintage keyboard, I thought it was a covering all spectrums... do you know of any forum who might be more focused to modern keyboard by any chance? If the rules allow sharing of course. Thanks a lot. Do...
by adamcobabe
12 Mar 2020, 14:02
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Looking for a very specific setup
Replies: 5
Views: 270

Re: Looking for a very specific setup

DIY, man. Hotswap, aluminium, 65% with Mac theme caps = custom. I'd look at Rama's M65-B with Oblique caps. Would be super expensive, but his boards are engineered very well. That said, this forum is mostly focused on vintage keyboards. You could try a vintage Mac keyboard like the Apple M0116. ;) h...
by adamcobabe
26 Feb 2020, 11:56
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Help! Retrobrite fail on Apple keyboard
Replies: 10
Views: 700

Re: Help! Retrobrite fail on Apple keyboard

I'd avoid the creams and gels. Seems like maybe the first pass (with cream in saran wrap), lightened it unevenly. I think the bright spots are where it has been bleached in addition to being un-yellowed. Might be hard to come back from that unless you bleach everything. I've had the best results wit...
by adamcobabe
24 Feb 2020, 20:01
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Oily Blue ALPS
Replies: 28
Views: 1494

Re: Blue ALPS stock lube question

Fkazim wrote:
24 Feb 2020, 19:40
Luckily not all the switches have oil in them only about 4. And those 4 have so much oil inside them that the click leaves cannot move to click at all.

I will start speaking to the seller also We will see what he has to say.
Sounds like maybe he was lubing something else... :?
by adamcobabe
24 Feb 2020, 19:30
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Oily Blue ALPS
Replies: 28
Views: 1494

Re: Blue ALPS stock lube question

I may have one to sell, if your are interested. It's all cleaned up and has a usb conversion.
by adamcobabe
24 Feb 2020, 19:28
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Oily Blue ALPS
Replies: 28
Views: 1494

Re: Blue ALPS stock lube question

The rubber feet on that keyboard are often falling apart, so that at least is normal. Too bad about the switches. How invested are you in making it work? Could probably salvage them with a desolder and deep clean. It's not going to be a small task, though. As long as you are open about the condition...
by adamcobabe
12 Feb 2020, 00:44
Forum: Want to buy
Topic: WTB/WTT For a WANG 724/725 keyboard with Alps SKCM
Replies: 10
Views: 605

Re: WTB/WTT For a WANG 724/725 keyboard with Alps SKCM

Sorry, I don't have one to sell, unfortunately. But, have to tell you about this one I just finished restoring. I've been looking for one for a long time too. There was a NOS Wang 725 on eBay recently that got away. Just about killed me. I found this one a couple of weeks later. It surprises me how ...
by adamcobabe
07 Feb 2020, 15:16
Forum: Workshop
Topic: [Interest Check] FK-5001/9000 calculator replacement
Replies: 18
Views: 1245

Re: [Interest Check] FK-5001/9000 calculator replacement

The edge showing on the side would really bother me. I want it to look good from the outside even if that mean I have to mod the case inside. Thanks for the effort either way. :)
by adamcobabe
02 Feb 2020, 16:43
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: How Rare is my Keyboard (CHICONY 5181 with SMK "Monterey")
Replies: 14
Views: 834

Re: How Rare is my Keyboard (CHICONY 5181 with blue alps)

Yeah, some people consider them to be one of the better clicky switches. White (clicky) SMK's are nice because they have Cherry-style mounts so work with more modern keycaps. You can buy many of the switch variants NOS from China, so not really rare. Blue ones are harder to find, I think. https://de...
by adamcobabe
02 Feb 2020, 16:24
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: How Rare is my Keyboard (CHICONY 5181 with SMK "Monterey")
Replies: 14
Views: 834

Re: How Rare is my Keyboard (CHICONY 5181 with blue alps)

I'm sorry to break it to you, but those are clicky SMK "Monterey" switches, not blue Alps. They are nice switches, though, I really like them. Keyboard is probably worth about ~$50 USD. :)
by adamcobabe
18 Jan 2020, 14:30
Forum: Want to buy
Topic: [WTB] IBM Model F XT Cable
Replies: 3
Views: 284

Re: [WTB] IBM Model F XT Cable

Bump
by adamcobabe
18 Jan 2020, 14:13
Forum: Reviews
Topic: IBM 5291 Model F "Bigfoot" keyboard review (capacitive buckling springs)
Replies: 9
Views: 779

Re: IBM 5291 Model F "Bigfoot" keyboard review (capacitive buckling springs)

Nice review. As soon as I find a nice XT cable, I'm going to swap the Lexmark-ish assembly with the NOS F XT assembly I got from Redmaus, which feels very crisp.
by adamcobabe
17 Jan 2020, 12:09
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Honest opinion on beamspring boards?
Replies: 19
Views: 2192

Re: Honest opinion on beamspring boards?

You need to try one to really know. There are obvious reasons the design isn't used anymore as others have mentioned. They're fickle switches. However, they are my favorite boards--fun to restore and use, but expensive! The IBM 3278/9 is probably the best choice for daily use. It's mostly made of me...
by adamcobabe
13 Jan 2020, 20:33
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Looking for 3178 manual.
Replies: 15
Views: 709

Re: Looking for 3178 manual.

I've got one, but haven't scanned it. Would be quite a job as it's like 80-100 pages.
by adamcobabe
08 Jan 2020, 16:48
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IBM Model M keyboard search
Replies: 41
Views: 2275

Re: IBM Model M keyboard search

Is £180 a lot for 1987 white label screw-modded refurbished keyboard? Kind of, yeah. Screw mod is the easier of the mods and arguably worse than the bolt mod IMHO. I bought a very early NOS square silver badge Model M for about that price. I'd recommend trying to find one of those. Basically, the o...
by adamcobabe
08 Jan 2020, 12:52
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Retrobrighting keycaps when it's cold and dark outside
Replies: 7
Views: 442

Re: Retrobrighting keycaps when it's cold and dark outside

Living in London means I can't really retrobrite with the sun. Haven't seen it in weeks. I bought two reptile basking lights. UV bulbs vary greatly on the amount of UV rays they actually put out. Most don't put out much, but the reptile bulbs are one of the stronger options. They don't last forever ...
by adamcobabe
06 Jan 2020, 02:57
Forum: Group buys
Topic: [IC] ASK55 - Alps 14.5u Keyboard (Photos & Pre-Launch IC)
Replies: 35
Views: 5371

Re: [IC] ASK55 - Alps 14.5u Keyboard (NEW IC & PHOTOS)

pizza_is_a_lie wrote:
03 Jan 2020, 15:03
Pre-launch IC is now UP! Please make sure you register your interest so we can accurately gauge numbers ready for a February launch!
If we have previously filled out an IC form, do we need to do it again?
by adamcobabe
10 Dec 2019, 14:54
Forum: Want to buy
Topic: [WTB] IBM Model F XT Cable
Replies: 3
Views: 284

Re: [WTB] IBM Model F XT Cable

Muirium wrote:
10 Dec 2019, 11:56
As far as I remember, that’s specifically an XT cable.
Yes, I need it for an XT board. I've edited the subject to be more specific. :)
by adamcobabe
08 Dec 2019, 21:45
Forum: Want to buy
Topic: [WTB] IBM Model F XT Cable
Replies: 3
Views: 284

[WTB] IBM Model F XT Cable

I'm looking to buy a nice IBM Model F XT cable for a type 2 board, the kind that connects to the blue connector in the image. Thanks for looking.

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by adamcobabe
05 Dec 2019, 21:23
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Keyboard Photogrammetry
Replies: 72
Views: 3841

Re: Keyboard Photogrammetry

These are fun. I would second the suggestion to use a lazy susan type device. It doesn't need to be automatic, though that's nice. Just add some clock ticks on the edge and rotate it by hand. I work in visual effects and I've seen the capture people use that method. I'd also suggest getting rid of t...
by adamcobabe
03 Dec 2019, 22:49
Forum: Marketplace Help
Topic: Price Check: How much is my _____ worth?
Replies: 4456
Views: 320270

Re: Price Check: How much is my _____ worth?

Hello Guys How much is this IBM Model M50 worth?? https://imgur.com/gallery/3HskMLC It's in NIB condition Unicomp just sold a handful of them in NIB condition for Black Friday. I don't remember the exact price, but it was under $100, I believe. Granted that was a promotion to give Unicomp some good...
by adamcobabe
24 Nov 2019, 05:18
Forum: Group buys
Topic: [IC] xwhatsit Beam Spring controllers
Replies: 81
Views: 10427

Re: [IC] xwhatsit Beam Spring controllers

Does anyone know where the original BOM lists can be found for the xwhatsit beamspring and solenoid controllers? Where did the parts list above come from? I don't think they exist in the zip files on OSH Park. The original xwhatsit post doesn't seem to exist anymore. I can use the list above for th...
by adamcobabe
24 Nov 2019, 03:52
Forum: Group buys
Topic: [IC] xwhatsit Beam Spring controllers
Replies: 81
Views: 10427

Re: [IC] xwhatsit Beam Spring controllers

Does anyone know where the original BOM lists can be found for the xwhatsit beamspring and solenoid controllers? Where did the parts list above come from? I don't think they exist in the zip files on OSH Park. The original xwhatsit post doesn't seem to exist anymore. I can use the list above for the...
by adamcobabe
23 Nov 2019, 19:07
Forum: Want to buy
Topic: Want to buy Chicony KB-5161
Replies: 0
Views: 229

Want to buy Chicony KB-5161

I'm looking for an excellent condition Chicony KB-5161 with ANY Alps-style switches. I have a nice blue Alps version, but my case is pretty yellowed. I want to swap the internals.
by adamcobabe
15 Nov 2019, 00:46
Forum: Workshop
Topic: [Interest Check] FK-5001/9000 calculator replacement
Replies: 18
Views: 1245

Re: [Interest Check] FK-5001/9000 calculator replacement

No offline, not a deal breaker.
Would pay more to avoid modding the case.
I only own the newer fk-5001 and an fk-9000.

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