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by adamcobabe
26 Sep 2020, 19:46
Forum: Want to buy
Topic: [WTB] ANY KEYBOARD WITH SKCM WHITE/BLUE/MONTEREY BLUE ALPS/SMK
Replies: 4
Views: 209

Re: [WTB] ANY KEYBOARD WITH SKCM WHITE/BLUE/MONTEREY BLUE ALPS/SMK

I've got a Focus FK-2001 with white Alps in good condition that I'll be selling. It's one of the better layouts for a vintage Alps board in my opinion. Can take some pictures if you're interested.
by adamcobabe
03 Aug 2020, 10:59
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Beamspring keycap yellowing
Replies: 7
Views: 438

Re: Beamspring keycap yellowing

I'd say go for it. Don't use the gel peroxide, though. Just submerge it in 10% liquid hydrogen peroxide and expose to UV light for a few hours. Should be fine.
by adamcobabe
14 Jul 2020, 13:00
Forum: Reviews
Topic: SGI "Granite" 9500900 review (Alps SKCM White Dampened)
Replies: 5
Views: 1488

Re: SGI "Granite" 9500900 review (Alps SKCM White Dampened)

Although that off-white coloured space bar, would OCD me to death. Would most probably spray it with a plastic paint coating, so as to make it successfully merge with all the PBT coloured key-caps. The space bars on my two were bothering me as well. I was able to retrobrite them in 10% hydrogen per...
by adamcobabe
13 Jul 2020, 12:31
Forum: Want to buy
Topic: WTB - Beamspring Keycaps
Replies: 4
Views: 1262

Re: WTB - Beamspring Keycaps

I don't want to dash your hopes, but I doubt there are many keycap sets sans keyboard floating around. I could be wrong, but the price would probably be exorbitant if they do exist. Good luck. Edit: I remembered this post showing that Alps SKCC mount caps work well. Might be easier to collect an SKC...
by adamcobabe
09 Jun 2020, 19:46
Forum: Want to buy
Topic: [WTB] Old keyboards for harvesting
Replies: 7
Views: 967

Re: [WTB] Old keyboards for harvesting

In this group, that's like saying, "I recently bought a scalpel and looking for kidneys to harvest." ;)
by adamcobabe
08 Jun 2020, 14:15
Forum: Workshop
Topic: READY - $10 - DIY Through Hole Universal Model F and Beamspring Controller
Replies: 80
Views: 10079

Re: READY - Cheap DIY Through Hole Universal Model F and Beamspring Controller

Very cool. So are you going to adjust the design to not use the SMD resistors and fit the bent through hole ones better too? Why were the footprints so small in this design?
by adamcobabe
24 Apr 2020, 22:44
Forum: Want to buy
Topic: [WTB] IBM 3278
Replies: 4
Views: 528

Re: [WTB] IBM 3278 or other beamspring

Yeah, I like the restoration part too. :)
by adamcobabe
24 Apr 2020, 18:19
Forum: Want to buy
Topic: [WTB] IBM 3278
Replies: 4
Views: 528

Re: [WTB] IBM 3278 or other beamspring

Hey, man. Sub-$1000 shipped is unrealistic, unless the condition is poor. If you want one in good condition you're probably gonna have to pay more. The other option is to wait and gamble on eBay. I may have one for sale soon, but it's fully restored and working well. That will add to the price as re...
by adamcobabe
14 Apr 2020, 11:41
Forum: Want to buy
Topic: Xwhatsit for Beamspring - any available?
Replies: 9
Views: 1322

Re: Xwhatsit for Beamspring - any available?

Orihalcon restocked some Beamspring controllers. They seem to be flying off the shelf, though, so act fast. :)

https://www.ebay.com/itm/274334782948
by adamcobabe
03 Apr 2020, 12:19
Forum: Want to buy
Topic: WTB - IBM SSK
Replies: 19
Views: 1587

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: 289

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: 11
Views: 1422

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: 11
Views: 1422

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: 11
Views: 1422

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: 1097

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: 27
Views: 2125

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: 27
Views: 2125

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: 27
Views: 2125

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: 868

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: 22
Views: 2913

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: 1169

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: 1169

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: 483

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: 1493

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: 5307

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: 1104

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: 3361

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: 644

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 ...

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