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by SpacemanToby
07 Sep 2019, 23:09
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread
Replies: 3750
Views: 199208

Re: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread

I have no idea but I like that name morse-a-keyer
by SpacemanToby
05 Sep 2019, 14:10
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps Appreciation
Replies: 3264
Views: 150313

Re: Alps Appreciation

Alps mount? Dang those might be the coolest alps caps I've ever seen.
by SpacemanToby
05 Sep 2019, 14:01
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread
Replies: 3750
Views: 199208

Re: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread

I saw this on craigslist, anyone know what it has under the caps?

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I got a message from the seller. It's an Alps SM-101, which is their buckling spring board.
by SpacemanToby
27 Aug 2019, 18:45
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 22649
Views: 1252229

Re: Great/Interesting Finds

Literally all Dell Quietkeys...
by SpacemanToby
26 Aug 2019, 20:04
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 22649
Views: 1252229

Re: Great/Interesting Finds

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I saw this lot for sale on craigslist and I'm going to look at it tomorrow. These are the best pictures they have. Send me your positive mechanical keyboard vibes.
by SpacemanToby
06 May 2019, 23:05
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: 'Mechanical' Electronic Typewriters/ Word Processors
Replies: 13
Views: 819

Re: 'Mechanical' Electronic Typewriters/ Word Processors

Oh sorry, I thought you meant which model of switch. I got all my mitsumi switches from old swintec typewriters. I can see if I still have the actual model numbers somewhere.
by SpacemanToby
06 May 2019, 14:51
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: 'Mechanical' Electronic Typewriters/ Word Processors
Replies: 13
Views: 819

Re: 'Mechanical' Electronic Typewriters/ Word Processors

What switches exactly? Mitsumi standard mechanical switches. Can you give me some examples of what models? I love Mitsumi switches. They're all Type 1, although I have a few different housing colors. https://deskthority.net/wiki/File:Mitsumi_std_1_momentary_--_top.jpg I have a few of the double act...
by SpacemanToby
05 May 2019, 15:27
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: 'Mechanical' Electronic Typewriters/ Word Processors
Replies: 13
Views: 819

Re: 'Mechanical' Electronic Typewriters/ Word Processors

abrahamstechnology wrote:
03 May 2019, 19:38
SpacemanToby wrote:
03 May 2019, 13:47
I have like 1000 of those switches if anyone wants some.
What switches exactly?
Mitsumi standard mechanical switches.
by SpacemanToby
03 May 2019, 13:47
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: 'Mechanical' Electronic Typewriters/ Word Processors
Replies: 13
Views: 819

Re: 'Mechanical' Electronic Typewriters/ Word Processors

I got into the mechanical switch world by finding cheap electric typewriters and converting them. You can find some good stuff, but they mostly used heavy linears. There's a sharp typewriter that pops up every once in a while that has alps skcl greens on it. Mitsumi is the most common I've found. I ...
by SpacemanToby
19 Feb 2019, 16:43
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: What's Wrong with a Thrift Shop?
Replies: 16
Views: 1011

Re: What's Wrong with a Thrift Shop?

My area has a store called The Grid, which is like a gamestop but owned by goodwill. Every goodwill around me sends all their computer/video game stuff to The Grid, but since they want to brand themselves like a gamestop, they won't sell any keyboards older than usb. All the older stuff just gets re...
by SpacemanToby
12 Feb 2019, 22:20
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: SKCM Alps Orange: Pinging After Cleaning Help
Replies: 24
Views: 1082

Re: SKCM Alps Orange: Pinging After Cleaning Help

Have any pictures of the board?
by SpacemanToby
06 Dec 2018, 20:34
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 22649
Views: 1252229

Lol, $4k eBay listing for a Beamspring. This is becoming the new Bitcoin. https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F143040925703 No, it's just this seller in particular being a dick as they have done in the past just to troll us "keyboard kids". They have an i...
by SpacemanToby
07 Nov 2018, 02:54
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Anyone interested in retro/older/refurbishing computers?
Replies: 25
Views: 4039

Let me know. I have a decent Apple II collection and am always looking for certain models. Definitely. I've already bought a IIe from the guy in really rough condition (picture below), but I'm excited to see if I can bring it back to its former glory. He says he has a couple more, maybe older, and ...
by SpacemanToby
07 Nov 2018, 02:45
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Anyone interested in retro/older/refurbishing computers?
Replies: 25
Views: 4039

I've recently gotten into restoring vintage computers in a pretty big way, and it was all because of my searching for keyboards. I came across a big lot of computers and computer parts that I bought solely because I saw there was a Leading Edge DC-3014 in the mix. I figured I would just resell every...
by SpacemanToby
28 Sep 2018, 04:52
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 22649
Views: 1252229

Found this at a thrift store. Victor 660 adding machine with alps SKCC cream switches.

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by SpacemanToby
13 Sep 2018, 18:40
Forum: For sale
Topic: Keyboard parts
Replies: 19
Views: 2001

PM'd
by SpacemanToby
30 Aug 2018, 13:02
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps Appreciation
Replies: 3264
Views: 150313

That was the first group buy I've been seriously tempted by, as I tend to mostly use 60% boards. I didn't end up pulling the trigger in the end though. Too rich for my blood.
by SpacemanToby
28 Aug 2018, 15:44
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Magnavox VideoWriter keyboard (cleanup and conversion)
Replies: 28
Views: 2208

My assumption was that he bought it for the switches. I guess if he's actually going to use the videowriter keyboard as a usb keyboard it wouldn't make sense.
by SpacemanToby
28 Aug 2018, 13:42
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Magnavox VideoWriter keyboard (cleanup and conversion)
Replies: 28
Views: 2208

You could always replace the switches with matias or something. It would still work the same.
by SpacemanToby
17 Aug 2018, 02:11
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Help debugging why random keys won't work on an old pcb
Replies: 14
Views: 689

It's definitely a hit at the office. Many memos are getting printed and distributed. Also it's fun to feed different kind of paper through and try to line up what you're printing. I prints surprisingly well on paper towels.
by SpacemanToby
15 Aug 2018, 04:02
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Help debugging why random keys won't work on an old pcb
Replies: 14
Views: 689

Thanks for the help! I was able to figure out that all the problem keys were in the same column, and there was one with a bad solder. I resoldered that pin and it works again! Such a cool machine, I'm glad I didn't break it.
by SpacemanToby
14 Aug 2018, 20:35
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Help debugging why random keys won't work on an old pcb
Replies: 14
Views: 689

Anyone have a good guide on how to map out keyboard matrixes? I've done a lot of handwiring, but I have next to no experience with pcbs.
by SpacemanToby
14 Aug 2018, 18:02
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Help debugging why random keys won't work on an old pcb
Replies: 14
Views: 689

Thanks for taking a look! 60, 65, and 71 look bad because alps mashes down the pins on some of the switches, and I accidentally messed up the solder pads that connect to the trace during the de-soldering process. I i had to expose some of the trace copper and wired the pin directly to the trace. Tho...
by SpacemanToby
14 Aug 2018, 16:56
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Help debugging why random keys won't work on an old pcb
Replies: 14
Views: 689

I've tried briefly to follow the trace, but that is tough to do. I'll have to spend more time on it.
by SpacemanToby
14 Aug 2018, 15:50
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Help debugging why random keys won't work on an old pcb
Replies: 14
Views: 689

That is is one thing I have done, and my multimeter beeps on the continuity setting when I press the key down.
by SpacemanToby
14 Aug 2018, 15:09
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Help debugging why random keys won't work on an old pcb
Replies: 14
Views: 689

Help debugging why random keys won't work on an old pcb

Hey guys. Does anyone have some tips or links to reading on how to debug old pcbs? I got a video writer the other day, and I wanted to replace the alps brown switches with greens so the unit could remain operational. After replacing them, a couple won't work. I've tested all the switches, and a coup...
by SpacemanToby
09 Aug 2018, 04:53
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps Appreciation
Replies: 3264
Views: 150313

Gambled on a videowriter and it paid off. It's a very complete unit, with the original box, instructions, floppy disks, and extra ribbons. I'm thinking about replacing the switches with skcl greens or something and trying to find someone who really wants a complete functional videowriter. https://i....
by SpacemanToby
04 Aug 2018, 13:26
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps Appreciation
Replies: 3264
Views: 150313

Some yellowing shows character. Some is just gross.
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by SpacemanToby
03 Aug 2018, 04:35
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: My Pingmaster SKCC keycaps woes!
Replies: 6
Views: 562

Zrrion is correct. I have a Zenith Ztx-1 terminal that has the same profile. Another cheapish skcc keyboard is the Texas Instruments T99 4a computer. But again, it won't be the same cap profile.
by SpacemanToby
03 Aug 2018, 02:24
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: My Pingmaster SKCC keycaps woes!
Replies: 6
Views: 562

Dude tell me about it. I was so disappointed when I saw that mitsumi caps sit crooked on skcc. The two switches even fit in the same plate. I have a mitsumi typewriter conversion and I was super excited that I could just trade out the switches.

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