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by adamcobabe
23 Jun 2019, 19:52
Forum: For sale
Topic: Beamspring with NUMPAD!
Replies: 9
Views: 351

Re: Beamspring with NUMPAD!

Not really, no. Ridiculously overpriced.
by adamcobabe
17 Jun 2019, 00:50
Forum: Want to buy
Topic: Xwhatsit for Beamspring - any available?
Replies: 3
Views: 145

Re: Xwhatsit for Beamspring - any available?

Yeah, I need one too. Orihalcon told me he would have more in about 4 weeks, about 4 weeks ago. So, we should follow up with him.
by adamcobabe
09 Jun 2019, 18:30
Forum: Reviews
Topic: Leading Edge DC-2014 review (Alps SKCM Blue)
Replies: 6
Views: 433

Re: Leading Edge DC-2014 review (Alps SKCM Blue)

Chyros, do you have a link for setting up that Pro Micro converter?
by adamcobabe
08 Jun 2019, 16:14
Forum: Workshop
Topic: IBM 5251 restoration (rebuilding phase)
Replies: 38
Views: 2138

Re: IBM 5251 restoration (rebuilding phase)

I had an issue with the 5251 where the Xwhatsit would slide side to side and contact the wrong trace pads, though that was more of a columns issue. Long shot, but I am wondering if maybe the plating is affecting the capacitance as nickel is ferromagnetic. I'm not an expert in physics though so, mayb...
by adamcobabe
08 Jun 2019, 15:46
Forum: Reviews
Topic: Leading Edge DC-2014 review (Alps SKCM Blue)
Replies: 6
Views: 433

Re: Leading Edge DC-2014 review (Alps SKCM Blue)

One weak point of this design is the use of rubber spacers/bumpers to isolate the PCB from the case. They sort of snap into holes on the inside of the back of the board. Over time the rubber hardens and becomes brittle. Most of mine have broken in two pieces. I would love to find a replacement for t...
by adamcobabe
08 Jun 2019, 15:38
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IBM 5251 beamspring spacebar
Replies: 5
Views: 312

Re: IBM 5251 beamspring spacebar

Thanks, I'll give that a try.
by adamcobabe
05 Jun 2019, 11:26
Forum: Workshop
Topic: IBM 5251 restoration (rebuilding phase)
Replies: 38
Views: 2138

Re: IBM 5251 restoration (rebuilding phase)

Interesting. Seems a little risky to me given there is minimal stock to replace them if you mess up (from Orihalcon at $10 each). Did you bend the fly plate in the image?
by adamcobabe
04 Jun 2019, 15:47
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 22491
Views: 1159948

Re: Great/Interesting Finds

https://www.ebay.com/itm/IBM-MODEL-M-MECHANICAL-KEYBOARD-PART-NO-1394946-Brand-new-still-in-the-box/372683413839?epid=74134337&hash=item56c5a9994f:g:AlMAAOSwP41c9ZzK [Edit] - and it's gone! I think you can still order spare Industrial cases from Unicomp and put your own Model M assembly/guts inside...
by adamcobabe
04 Jun 2019, 01:32
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IBM 5251 beamspring spacebar
Replies: 5
Views: 312

IBM 5251 beamspring spacebar

Oh, man. My newly restored IBM 5251 spacebar is rattly! I've heard they were bad, but the 3278 isn't as horrible. Do the standard tricks work for silencing? Some Super Lube, band-aid? Or are there some specific tricks for beamsprings? Anyone have good success with a method? I'm kind hesitant to slat...
by adamcobabe
02 Jun 2019, 19:22
Forum: Workshop
Topic: IBM 5251 restoration (rebuilding phase)
Replies: 38
Views: 2138

Re: IBM 5251 restoration (rebuilding phase)

I've had good success with 2mm neoprene foam from eBay. I've found that EVA craft foam eventually accepts the pressure of the switches and stops pushing back enough. Probably won't have that problem with 3mm+, though. ;)
by adamcobabe
30 May 2019, 14:03
Forum: Want to buy
Topic: IBM Beamspring keyboard of any kind
Replies: 12
Views: 518

Re: IBM Beamspring keyboard of any kind

Requires patience. The 'ol eBay is going to be the best way I think. Occasionally they pop up for auction rather than Buy it Now. That is probably going to be your best chance to get something below $1500. Really rough looking specimens sometimes go for a sub $1000 price, but even that is rare these...
by adamcobabe
28 May 2019, 01:25
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Low profile Beamspring project
Replies: 15
Views: 901

Re: Low profile Beamspring project

Very cool. I'm loving the attention beam springs are getting in the community lately.

The mount for the Selectric keycaps seems potentially fragile if it's going to be make of plastic. MX mount example you made seems super solid, though.
by adamcobabe
26 May 2019, 13:12
Forum: Workshop
Topic: IBM 5251 restoration (rebuilding phase)
Replies: 38
Views: 2138

Re: IBM 5251 restoration (rebuilding phase)

Xo-xK4C-UVs Wow, the shop did a fantastic job with this. Shout out to Tom at Griffin Plating in Bucktown (Chicago). Definitely going to be returning in the future! Oh, man. I'm definitely going to do something like this with my restoration. It's so shiny. Thanks for the inspiration. I'll probably t...
by adamcobabe
17 May 2019, 13:46
Forum: Workshop
Topic: (Model MF) Remodeling the Model M (aka.. the Mara)
Replies: 2077
Views: 102928

Re: (Model MF) Remodeling the Model M (aka.. the Mara)

What are you guys most looking forward to doing when you get your Mara? I want to assemble my own, so I imagine unboxing them from the custom shipping/storage boxes, and laying out all the individual parts. Then putting together the first SSK: turning the satisfying torx screws, applying the sticke...
by adamcobabe
10 May 2019, 15:01
Forum: Workshop
Topic: 60%/65%/TKL Beamspring "Thousand MonKeys"
Replies: 19
Views: 972

Re: 60%/65%/TKL Beamspring "Thousand MonKeys"

It is from my german "IBM 196C" ("Selectric II" in English-speaking areas i think) and compatible with beamspring switches. I need get replacement somehow tho, as the typewriter is almost mint condition inc. cover and has all extras etc. ... too nice to be torn apart for keycaps^^. Nice. They're cy...
by adamcobabe
10 May 2019, 12:19
Forum: Workshop
Topic: 60%/65%/TKL Beamspring "Thousand MonKeys"
Replies: 19
Views: 972

Re: Beamspring TKL Mod

I settled for lasercutting some steel and started working on the CAD files. I now and need to make a final decision concerning the layout, too... in the beginning i wanted to make a TKL but a 65% or 60% beamspring board would be nice, too^^. ATM i like the 60% most i think. layout.png Is the ISO-li...
by adamcobabe
06 May 2019, 05:37
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Help me choose my next project please
Replies: 10
Views: 606

Re: Help me choose my next project please

Somewhere along the way I decided that I'd also like to do a Wang 724. I'm going to design an Alps TKL PCB for this build. Would anyone be interested in a copy of the PCB? If so, what features and layouts should I do? I'm keen. I would love to be able to put a simple alps pcb into a modern aluminum...
by adamcobabe
05 May 2019, 15:20
Forum: Workshop
Topic: 60%/65%/TKL Beamspring "Thousand MonKeys"
Replies: 19
Views: 972

Re: Beamspring TKL Mod

Like a phoenix rising from the ashes!
by adamcobabe
03 May 2019, 11:11
Forum: Group buys
Topic: [GB] NOS Alps SKCM White | Round 2
Replies: 54
Views: 3766

Re: [GB] NOS Alps SKCM White

bujorc wrote:
02 May 2019, 19:20
adamcobabe wrote:
01 May 2019, 18:37
I received mine yesterday too. Thanks, lsoelxi.
And, first impression? :)
Fantastic. Nice consistent click from those loose switches that I have tried. There's a tiny bit of oxidation on the pins, but that's to be expected I think. Will put some in a board soon and give them a proper test.
by adamcobabe
01 May 2019, 18:37
Forum: Group buys
Topic: [GB] NOS Alps SKCM White | Round 2
Replies: 54
Views: 3766

Re: [GB] NOS Alps SKCM White

I received mine yesterday too. Thanks, lsoelxi.
by adamcobabe
26 Apr 2019, 16:29
Forum: Marketplace Help
Topic: PANASONIC BUSINESS PARTNER KEYBOARD
Replies: 7
Views: 462

Re: PANASONIC BUSINESS PARTNER KEYBOARD

Some blue alps boards go pretty high, but generally around $200-250. Best way to learn the average market value is to just let the auction run its course, right?
by adamcobabe
24 Apr 2019, 19:47
Forum: News
Topic: Modern Beamspring? - The Silo Beam Switch
Replies: 36
Views: 2131

Re: Modern Beamspring? - The Silo Beam Switch

I am puzzled why they compromise their design with legacy constraints like the Cherry body pattern and stem design, when the latter is identified as making the unit taller than it needs to be. It appears to be an admission that the keycap tail is wagging the dog and resulting in a lesser design. Yo...
by adamcobabe
24 Apr 2019, 11:59
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Resources /guides for beamspring maintenance? Are there any?
Replies: 4
Views: 269

Re: Resources /guides for beamspring maintenance? Are there any?

Yeah, I would suggest a full restoration too. There are many good beamspring restoration logs on Deskthority. Just do a search.The main things you need to do are remove rust and replace the foam which has usually turned into a sticky tar. One suggestion that I would add is to be careful removing rus...
by adamcobabe
23 Mar 2019, 02:37
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps Appreciation
Replies: 3156
Views: 127680

Re: Alps Appreciation

Interesting, what is the spacebar from?
by adamcobabe
22 Mar 2019, 11:56
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Magnavox VideoWriter keyboard (cleanup and conversion)
Replies: 28
Views: 1932

Re: Magnavox VideoWriter keyboard (cleanup and conversion)

I'm very interested too. Please elaborate, snacks. :) What do you remove, what do you add? Is there a way to get rid of the long wire under the Teensy? Thanks.
by adamcobabe
21 Mar 2019, 11:37
Forum: Workshop
Topic: (Model MF) Remodeling the Model M (aka.. the Mara)
Replies: 2077
Views: 102928

Re: (Model MF) Remodeling the Model M (aka.. the Mara)

Nice. It is a goal to have these compatible with old boards as well? Won't having both the XT and AT style "alignment notches" mean the barrels can't be used without modification? Lots more XT boards out there, but AT style seems cleaner. More importantly, AT would reduce the number of holes and the...
by adamcobabe
18 Mar 2019, 15:26
Forum: Group buys
Topic: [IC] NOS Alps SKCM White, Futaba MA41
Replies: 22
Views: 1144

Re: [IC] NOS Alps SKCM White, Futaba MA41

If a large quantity is ordered, the price may go down. How many white Alps switches are available? I would buy more if there are a lot, but I don't want to be greedy if there are others interested. There are more than 5000. Do not worry. Nice. Maybe I'm overestimating the interest, but I don't thin...
by adamcobabe
18 Mar 2019, 11:41
Forum: Group buys
Topic: [IC] NOS Alps SKCM White, Futaba MA41
Replies: 22
Views: 1144

Re: [IC] NOS Alps SKCM White, Futaba MA41

lsoelxi wrote:
18 Mar 2019, 02:01
If a large quantity is ordered, the price may go down.
How many white Alps switches are available? I would buy more if there are a lot, but I don't want to be greedy if there are others interested.
by adamcobabe
17 Mar 2019, 21:09
Forum: Group buys
Topic: [IC] NOS Alps SKCM White, Futaba MA41
Replies: 22
Views: 1144

Re: [IC] NOS Alps SKCM White, Futaba MA41

I would like some White Alps too. 220 would be amazing.
by adamcobabe
16 Mar 2019, 18:03
Forum: Workshop
Topic: (Model MF) Remodeling the Model M (aka.. the Mara)
Replies: 2077
Views: 102928

Re: (Model MF) Remodeling the Model M (aka.. the Mara)

lot_lizard wrote:
15 Mar 2019, 20:25
So if we can potentially squeeze something in without impacting overall schedule, we MIGHT. Plus it’s something to yik-yak about while we watch paint dry :)
Sounds great. Thanks for the clarification.

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