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by adamcobabe
12 Feb 2020, 00:44
Forum: Want to buy
Topic: WTB/WTT For a WANG 724/725 keyboard with Alps SKCM
Replies: 9
Views: 363

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: 15
Views: 751

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: 671

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: 671

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: 239

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: 642

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: 18
Views: 1566

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: 573

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: 40
Views: 1794

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: 377

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: 4996

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: 239

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: 239

[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: 46
Views: 2067

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: 4442
Views: 304795

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: 9728

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: 9728

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: 199

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: 15
Views: 751

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.
by adamcobabe
05 Nov 2019, 11:57
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Would it be possible for someone to recreate the SKCM blue alps switch?
Replies: 60
Views: 3955

Re: Would it be possible for someone to recreate the SKCM blue alps switch?

I have to say I have never seen an alps switch in person so my opinion will have to be taken with a grain of salt. Everyone assumes that an mx/alps hybrid will have the nexus slider and that causes the stability concern. But what if there was an alternative, expand the rail system in size so that a...
by adamcobabe
23 Oct 2019, 13:32
Forum: Marketplace Help
Topic: Price Check: How much is my _____ worth?
Replies: 4442
Views: 304795

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

How much is a IBM 3101 in this condition worth? Note: that's a sticker on the enter key, it is not worn. Probably a $1000 at auction on ebay, I've been looking for one of these. Best of luck selling/trading it! :) I just recently bought a 3101 on ebay in much better condition for ~$850, So in that ...
by adamcobabe
17 Sep 2019, 18:33
Forum: Group buys
Topic: Round 5 and Round 6 kits for sale!
Replies: 15474
Views: 1083866

Re: Round 5 and Round 6 kits for sale!

I'm looking for few caps from round6. Blue (white legends) Tsangan caps, I believe they are called: 2x 1.5u CTRL 2x 1.5u ALT 2x 1u Win or something like that Anyone have some of these? Best of luck. I spent a lot of time trying to track down those keys as well from 7bit's leftovers. I'm still looki...
by adamcobabe
06 Sep 2019, 15:32
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Some bolt modding questions
Replies: 54
Views: 4283

Re: Some bolt modding questions

I highly recommend using a soldering iron with an old sharp tip to melt some pilot holes for the drill. I have tried that method, but it pushes up a rim of plastic that may or not be balanced. Easier and more precise is to use the smallest spherical burr tip in your Dremel. What do you think about ...
by adamcobabe
06 Sep 2019, 15:11
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Some bolt modding questions
Replies: 54
Views: 4283

Re: Some bolt modding questions

I highly recommend using a soldering iron with an old sharp tip to melt some pilot holes for the drill. I have tried that method, but it pushes up a rim of plastic that may or not be balanced. Easier and more precise is to use the smallest spherical burr tip in your Dremel. Nice! If you have a Drem...
by adamcobabe
06 Sep 2019, 14:08
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Some bolt modding questions
Replies: 54
Views: 4283

Re: Some bolt modding questions

If you're only doing a partial mod, then a partial disassembly is obviously the only way. Full disassembly gives you the ability to clean the barrel plate better. It also makes it possible to cut the leftover rivets flush. Super dusty specimens are hard to clean between all the barrels. Blue badge m...
by adamcobabe
06 Sep 2019, 13:20
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Some bolt modding questions
Replies: 54
Views: 4283

Re: Some bolt modding questions

If you decide to do a bolt mod, I highly recommend using a soldering iron with an old sharp tip to melt some pilot holes for the drill. Use the tip to melt a bit of the plastic for each hole. If you don't, it's very easy for the drill to slip off the smooth plastic and make a janky shredded-up, poor...
by adamcobabe
17 Aug 2019, 13:57
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Beamspring Switchplate Restore.
Replies: 18
Views: 1778

Re: Beamspring Switchplate Restore.

701c wrote:
17 Aug 2019, 04:45
I found a couple of places that will strip off the zinc, and then re-plate it for around $140.
Has anyone had any experience in getting their beamspring plates re-plated in zinc?
No, but I'm also looking for a shop that will do that here in London. Will let you know if I figure it out.
by adamcobabe
11 Aug 2019, 22:12
Forum: Want to buy
Topic: Non wire-stabilized buckling spring keycaps
Replies: 8
Views: 870

Re: Non wire-stabilized buckling spring keycaps

Yes! Can you part with them? Hopefully we can work out a deal. :)
by adamcobabe
11 Aug 2019, 16:19
Forum: Want to buy
Topic: Non wire-stabilized buckling spring keycaps
Replies: 8
Views: 870

Re: Non wire-stabilized buckling spring keycaps

ISO versions of the standard model M also sometimes have these legends, at least according to my Googling. The wire is irrelevant, with the exception of the spacebar. They just need to have the stem that goes into the insert. Found some more images of M122s with the caps off and they definitely have...
by adamcobabe
11 Aug 2019, 15:14
Forum: Want to buy
Topic: Non wire-stabilized buckling spring keycaps
Replies: 8
Views: 870

Re: Non wire-stabilized buckling spring keycaps

Nah, I've seen them on Model M-122 boards for sure. I'm just unsure if they are the wire stabilized versions of the keycaps. Sounds like probably not?

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