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by Brett MacK
19 Feb 2020, 01:51
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Leading Edge 2214 vs Northgate Omnikey 102 Gold? Which blue Alps keyboard is rarer or more expensive?
Replies: 10
Views: 867

Re: Leading Edge 2214 vs Northgate Omnikey 102 Gold? Which blue Alps keyboard is rarer or more expensive?

Honestly most of the gold badges that are out there are in pretty rough shape, the boards were built to last, but the plastic yellows very quickly and if any moisture gets into the housing, they will rust like no tomorrow. I have owned 5 gold badge Omnikeys and only one that I found felt as good as ...
by Brett MacK
19 Feb 2020, 01:36
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Convert&Restoration project of IBM 3742 beamspring keyboard
Replies: 40
Views: 6322

Re: Convert&Restoration project of IBM 3742 beamspring keyboard

I know i'm late to the party here, but wonderful restoration, I feel most of the built in beamers don't get the restoration they deserve.
by Brett MacK
19 Feb 2020, 01:29
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Typing Demo XL - The Everything Keyboard (GMMK with 103 different switches)
Replies: 1
Views: 240

Re: Typing Demo XL - The Everything Keyboard (GMMK with 103 different switches)

I don't notice any difference compared to a normal cherry board :D
by Brett MacK
03 Feb 2020, 13:43
Forum: Want to buy
Topic: Looking for some vintage boards
Replies: 8
Views: 775

Re: Looking for some vintage boards

I have 3 Zenith project boards availible on ebay if that's the kind of thing you are looking for. Shipping might be a tad expensive across the pond sadly.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/254500388010
by Brett MacK
17 Jun 2018, 02:21
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Beamspring Registry
Replies: 5
Views: 634

Beamspring Registry

I have always thought it would be a cool idea if there was a public database where you can document beamspring keyboards, and possibly other extremely rare keyboards. It would be a really interesting way we could get a better scale for how many of these keyboards are out there. At the same time comp...
by Brett MacK
14 Jun 2018, 04:11
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 23363
Views: 1600251

I'm not sure why those videowriter boards go for so much more than other Brown ALPS boards. Are they easily converted to USB and then using them, or are people harvesting switches? I honestly believe the one that I sold at auction is a 1 off deal. I would be really surprised if this one sells for t...
by Brett MacK
10 Jun 2018, 01:45
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 23363
Views: 1600251

Rare board for all of the Omnikey boys out there.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Northgate-Omni ... SwvjBbHGLI
by Brett MacK
10 Jun 2018, 01:34
Forum: Marketplace Help
Topic: Price Check: How much is my _____ worth?
Replies: 4464
Views: 336140

hammelgammler wrote: Does anyone know what a fair price for a Beamspring 5251 and Beamspring Displaywriter (with rare wrist rest) is? I might want to sell both, although I'm not quite sure.
A fair price would be 700-800. If selling on ebay I would say 1250 for the 5251, and 1100 for the displaywriter.
by Brett MacK
08 Jun 2018, 03:30
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Big Zenith Keyboard Haul
Replies: 26
Views: 1838

Official sale thread. Get 'em while they are hot!
for-sale-f55/zenith-lot-sale-thread-z-1 ... 19164.html
by Brett MacK
04 Jun 2018, 16:59
Forum: Workshop
Topic: NEC PC-8801 (Davey's first blue alps experience)
Replies: 47
Views: 5419

Oh hey that's the one I sold. But I'll sneakily sneak out before I start getting decried again. :lol: I thought that one went to Brett - did you have multiple boards? In any case, these boards are lovely! Yeah he had told me that at one point he had 3 or 4. The one that snacks has is in a little bi...
by Brett MacK
02 Jun 2018, 01:43
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 23363
Views: 1600251

waldorf120 wrote: Not sure if this one has been posted yet. Honeywell monstrosity shipping from Greece:

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I have already bought one of these, and it is quite nice. The switches could probably use a good cleaning, but a very interesting keyboard.
by Brett MacK
31 May 2018, 23:55
Forum: Gallery
Topic: IBM Model M Ninja M modification process
Replies: 19
Views: 1964

As someone who normally isn't into heavily modified vintage keyboards, this is an amazing keyboard. Very impressive work. He payed attention to every little detail, and it really payed off with the finished project.
by Brett MacK
30 May 2018, 18:32
Forum: Gallery
Topic: //gainsborough's wild Ti Adventures!
Replies: 26
Views: 2968

Absolutely incredible find. The slider is just like all of the double action switches I have seen. That also might be one of the best sounding linear switches that I have heard. I love the bottoming out sound. #dta2018 For sure.
by Brett MacK
25 May 2018, 01:02
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 23363
Views: 1600251

Get your wallets out boys https://www.ebay.com/itm/RARE-Vintage-Hot-Wheels-Desktop-Computer-SYSTEM-KEYBOARD-MOUSE-SPEAKER-PC-GRAIL/332662708440?_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20160908105057%26meid%3D7ab95bfd0d9544dc9d84e6873aac1460%26pid%3D100675%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D15%26sd%3...
by Brett MacK
23 May 2018, 13:06
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Brett's Blue Alps Collection
Replies: 14
Views: 1481

Don't forget that the NEC I sold you has PBT dyesubs for the alphanumerics! ;) How could I forget, not many alps boards like that. Those caps probably attribute to the unique sound of the keyboard. //gainsborough Now we need to see your alps collection. I know It will be a couple weeks to take pict...
by Brett MacK
23 May 2018, 04:19
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Brett's Blue Alps Collection
Replies: 14
Views: 1481

Brett's Blue Alps Collection

After seeing Gainsborough's collection post, and Nathen Kim's videos, I wanted to try my hand at it. So here is my blue alps keyboards that I have amassed, and a typing demo of each. I do not have a huge collection, as my favorite part of the hobby is restoring keyboards, along with browsing eBay al...
by Brett MacK
19 May 2018, 02:56
Forum: Workshop
Topic: FXT's IBM 4704 107 key restoration
Replies: 20
Views: 1827

The best restoration of an F107 100%. Love how you are keeping it original. Looking forward to the finished product :)
by Brett MacK
15 May 2018, 12:50
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 23363
Views: 1600251

https://www.ebay.com/itm/273210926877?rmvSB=true Where is this guy getting his keyboards from? Remember that rusted to hell Alps SKCM Blue keyboard? This is the same seller. I've talked to that seller on numerous occasions, and his source for all of these keyboards is a huge storage unit/building h...
by Brett MacK
15 May 2018, 02:57
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Big Zenith Keyboard Haul
Replies: 26
Views: 1838

Alright after cleaning up the first board, I have some good news and some bad news. The bad news is under everyone of the packing labels is 30 year old adhesive stuck to every key. This stuff seemed to be impossible to get off at first glance. The good news is found a way to get it off. I first scru...
by Brett MacK
14 May 2018, 15:46
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 23363
Views: 1600251

You already saw this one ? https://www.ebay.de/itm/163030220747 https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/7GcAAOSw3uFa6s0Z/s-l1600.jpg I am the lucky winner of this auction, went much cheaper than expected If you ever want to get rid that ole boy let me know. I’d give you an arm and a leg for it :) https://de...
by Brett MacK
14 May 2018, 03:48
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 23363
Views: 1600251

A few M122s this seller has sold have APL caps: https://www.ebay.com/itm/RARE-VINTAGE-IBM-Model-M-1389162-with-Orange-Characters-Keyboard-NOV-1-1988-/282961849105?hash=item41e1d72b11%3Ag%3A1uQAAOSwKA1a9ef8&nma=true&si=Niw4vMGQco1sgb4cr%252Bt%252FCF7cVkA%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2...
by Brett MacK
12 May 2018, 17:29
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Big Zenith Keyboard Haul
Replies: 26
Views: 1838

Alright so the restoration process starts today. The keyboards that people have dibs on already with be restored first. I am debating what to do with the red badge board. I think the plan is to swap the case and caps to the insides of a white badge one that the case is damaged. Let me know what you ...
by Brett MacK
11 May 2018, 13:01
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Big Zenith Keyboard Haul
Replies: 26
Views: 1838

That one looks like the 4 that I had - looks like it has the spray on stuff over the switches. No idea why anyone would think that was a good idea.... still an awesome looking board though, even if it can’t be desolder we! You are right, it has a weird matte coating over the switches and backplate....
by Brett MacK
11 May 2018, 01:18
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Big Zenith Keyboard Haul
Replies: 26
Views: 1838

Wow, so glad you got the haul. That's the dream find right there. Put me down as interested in one of the white label Z-150's (or more) when the time comes for the sale. :) After finding out about the military contract they had, I have been looking like crazy for somebody with a lot of surplus stuf...
by Brett MacK
10 May 2018, 23:43
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 23363
Views: 1600251

A 700€ Nixdorf board https://www.reddit.com/r/mechmarket/comments/8ieko7/eude_h_nixdorf_keyboard_nixies_switches_with_og? Edit: Never mind, it is sold. I am pretty excited, the guy who ended up buying it is going to sell the pcb and chassis to me! Unfortunately I couldn't convince him to part with ...
by Brett MacK
10 May 2018, 23:39
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Big Zenith Keyboard Haul
Replies: 26
Views: 1838

Big Zenith Keyboard Haul

As some of you guys might know, Zenith had a contract with the US air force in the 80's. They supplied them with lots of their computer's and laptops. The contract came out to be 242 million dollars for 90,000 desktop computers. Lots of these desktop computers came with Zenith Z-150's and Z-KB2's. S...
by Brett MacK
10 May 2018, 02:23
Forum: Marketplace Help
Topic: Price Check: How much is my _____ worth?
Replies: 4464
Views: 336140

I would say between 400-500 each. Used ones go for 200-250.
by Brett MacK
06 May 2018, 16:18
Forum: Reviews
Topic: Zenith KBD17 / 163-73 review (Alps SKCL Yellow)
Replies: 10
Views: 1105

Nearing the end of the Zenith timeline! Great video.
by Brett MacK
03 May 2018, 12:49
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Reproduction logo badges for Model M 122
Replies: 17
Views: 1718

Wow that you be really useful to have! I would be up to grab one, so many model m's I didn't buy because it was missing the badge.

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