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by tron
20 Apr 2019, 22:17
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: New Beamspring Converters on Ebay
Replies: 9
Views: 339

Re: New Beamspring Converters on Ebay

I thought he was using the older controller/converter (I don't remember the name). What do you mean with drops? It does look like the 3278 in his review video used an older Xwhatsit controller but I'm not sure what changed between revisions. According to Mog genius 120 wpm is the max speed he can h...
by tron
20 Apr 2019, 21:28
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: New Beamspring Converters on Ebay
Replies: 9
Views: 339

Re: New Beamspring Converters on Ebay

Also stock beamsprings don't have a very slow scan rate or something like that? I remember that Chyros was complaining about something like that in his first beamspring review. I'm pretty sure the voltage wasn't set properly in Chyrosran's 3278 review video (check out the comments calling out the d...
by tron
19 Apr 2019, 18:09
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: New Beamspring Converters on Ebay
Replies: 9
Views: 339

New Beamspring Converters on Ebay

Just noticed this new converter shipping from China. Looks like it uses the stock connector- https://www.ebay.com/itm/IBM-Beam-Spring-6580-USB-Converter/163653459543?hash=item261a819e57:g:FWQAAOSw57Zctt5F https://www.ebay.com/itm/IBM-Beam-Spring-3101-USB-Converter/163653435634?hash=item261a8140f2:g:...
by tron
13 Apr 2019, 19:32
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The 2019 Keyboard Meme Contest
Replies: 50
Views: 2896

Re: The 2019 Keyboard Meme Contest

Congrats mcmaxmcmc! I had fun with this contest, thanks for hosting it Snacks :-)
by tron
10 Apr 2019, 21:49
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The 2019 Keyboard Meme Contest
Replies: 50
Views: 2896

Re: The 2019 Keyboard Meme Contest

Take-two
by tron
08 Apr 2019, 18:59
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The 2019 Keyboard Meme Contest
Replies: 50
Views: 2896

Re: The 2019 Keyboard Meme Contest

I know people are looking for deals so hopefully this isn't too controversial.
by tron
31 Mar 2019, 04:48
Forum: Group buys
Topic: F62+F77 orders now open! New Kishsaver+Industrial Model F Keyboards
Replies: 3955
Views: 357673

Re: F62+F77 orders now open! New Kishsaver+Industrial Model F Keyboards

My bad. I should have looked at the renders a bit closer. It’s better to use the F versions if they have a slightly different style. Unfortunately I don’t have an F122 on hand.

BTW- Thanks for including such cool icons, they really make the board look vintage :ugeek:
by tron
31 Mar 2019, 03:29
Forum: Group buys
Topic: F62+F77 orders now open! New Kishsaver+Industrial Model F Keyboards
Replies: 3955
Views: 357673

Re: F62+F77 orders now open! New Kishsaver+Industrial Model F Keyboards

I'd love to see these two keys added to the icon pack. Since we have an icon style insert, why not add an icon style "rub out" key and the solenoid toggle key from the IBM 3278. I know a lot of people will be using solenoids in the classic cases :D
by tron
30 Mar 2019, 15:37
Forum: Gallery
Topic: IBM Beamspring 3278 and 5251 adjustments
Replies: 9
Views: 422

Re: IBM Beamspring 3278 and 5251 adjustments

These turned out great. What do you think of the 5251 compared to the 3278? Any issues powder coating the 3278 flip out door? Did you reuse the stock plastic door or have a steel version made? First of all - the 3278 is (in my humble opinion) superior. With the adjustments to the keycaps and progra...
by tron
30 Mar 2019, 15:08
Forum: Group buys
Topic: F62+F77 orders now open! New Kishsaver+Industrial Model F Keyboards
Replies: 3955
Views: 357673

Re: F62+F77 orders now open! New Kishsaver+Industrial Model F Keyboards

My vote goes to Utility 10CPI. Thanks for dialing in these small details, I'm looking forward to reading your book about the project.
by tron
30 Mar 2019, 14:54
Forum: Gallery
Topic: IBM Beamspring 3278 and 5251 adjustments
Replies: 9
Views: 422

Re: IBM Beamspring 3278 and 5251 adjustments

These turned out great. What do you think of the 5251 compared to the 3278? Any issues powder coating the 3278 flip out door? Did you reuse the stock plastic door or have a steel version made?
by tron
27 Mar 2019, 15:43
Forum: Group buys
Topic: [GB] NOS Alps SKCM White
Replies: 28
Views: 1707

Re: [GB] NOS Alps SKCM White

Signed up for 140. Thanks for running this group buy :D
by tron
24 Mar 2019, 15:27
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Post your keyboard/keycaps!
Replies: 2705
Views: 184841

Re: Post your keyboard/keycaps!

Thanks, IMO the Gesture has the most adjustable arms for typing comfort. The stands are Isoaccoustics Iso series -http://www.isoacoustics.com/iso-155-isolation-stands/ Ideally you would use this calculator to match your monitor size but it's possible to go down a size if you're looking to save a few...
by tron
23 Mar 2019, 20:12
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Post your keyboard/keycaps!
Replies: 2705
Views: 184841

Re: Post your keyboard/keycaps!

IBM 3278 and 5251 boards. Out of these I find myself using the full size 3278 the most (basically a tkl after adjusting the layout).
by tron
20 Mar 2019, 14:50
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Post your desktop.
Replies: 1658
Views: 124500

Re: Post your desktop.

Wow, the powder coat turned out really nice. Looks like it's fresh off the assembly line 8-)
by tron
18 Mar 2019, 20:54
Forum: Group buys
Topic: [IC] NOS Alps SKCM White, Futaba MA41
Replies: 22
Views: 874

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

Mark me down for 180 White SKCM Alps.
by tron
13 Mar 2019, 21:23
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 22270
Views: 1108937

Re: Great/Interesting Finds

Five IBM 5251 beamspring boards for $5 bucks each :lol:

https://www.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyb ... time_deal/
by tron
11 Mar 2019, 21:59
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Sold my car... then I made-to-order this IBM SSK
Replies: 10
Views: 709

Re: Sold my car... then I made-to-order this IBM SSK

Would love to see a modern low profile beamspring case with conservative styling :D
by tron
08 Mar 2019, 17:57
Forum: Gallery
Topic: IBM 3278 powder coat color
Replies: 18
Views: 987

Re: IBM 3278 powder coat color

Thanks darkcruix. That looks very close to the original color and gloss level. I think the slight warm/yellow tint is important for preserving the vintage aesthetic IMO. I'm still waiting on a few more samples but I think this color is definitely a front runner.
by tron
06 Mar 2019, 23:26
Forum: Gallery
Topic: IBM 3278 powder coat color
Replies: 18
Views: 987

Re: IBM 3278 powder coat color

Thanks guys. One of my full size 3278 shells is really chipped up so I don't have much to loose if the powder doesn't turn out nice. I think it's worth mentioning an option Orihalcon suggested to me a while back. I'll make a sample swatch to compare with the powder options. Base- https://www.homedep...
by tron
06 Mar 2019, 19:42
Forum: Gallery
Topic: IBM 3278 powder coat color
Replies: 18
Views: 987

Re: IBM 3278 powder coat color

JP! wrote:
06 Mar 2019, 19:29
Looking good. I did have an issue getting all these pictures to finally load though. Seems like there are quite a few large sized images in this thread. I would recommend using a photo editor to resize images a bit or maybe use a spoiler tag.
Sorry about that. I resized all the images.
by tron
06 Mar 2019, 19:17
Forum: Gallery
Topic: IBM 3278 powder coat color
Replies: 18
Views: 987

Re: IBM 3278 powder coat color

Quick update. I received a second round of swatches from Prismatic's color matching department. I'm still waiting on a few swatch samples to come back in stock before throwing in the towel and exploring other powder manufacturers and textured urethane paint. The internal white river is pretty close ...
by tron
05 Mar 2019, 01:15
Forum: Gallery
Topic: IBM 3278 powder coat color
Replies: 18
Views: 987

Re: IBM 3278 powder coat color

It might be worthwhile to look into this page of official ibm corporate colours. https://www.ibm.com/design/language/elements/color#color-families Specifically looking at this one listed there. https://www.color-hex.com/color/d7d2cb https://www.pantone.com/color-finder/Warm-Gray-1-C It seems awfull...
by tron
01 Mar 2019, 20:46
Forum: Gallery
Topic: IBM 3278 powder coat color
Replies: 18
Views: 987

Re: IBM 3278 powder coat color

$1k for a custom powercoat...damn. Sounds like that $1k was their "I don't really want to do it price" because it's such a small job and disrupts other more important jobs in their workflow. If custom color matching is a must and while still being economical check out some paint shops instead of po...
by tron
01 Mar 2019, 19:18
Forum: Gallery
Topic: IBM 3278 powder coat color
Replies: 18
Views: 987

Re: IBM 3278 powder coat color

Seems this is a fascinating work full of patience and tricks, I also need some restoration to do for my coming beam, hope this's the best reference so far. Thanks. I think finding a close matching stock powder color/texture would help a lot of people looking to match the originals. Stock colors are...
by tron
01 Mar 2019, 18:25
Forum: Gallery
Topic: IBM 3278 powder coat color
Replies: 18
Views: 987

Re: IBM 3278 powder coat color

Seems this is a fascinating work full of patience and tricks, I also need some restoration to do for my coming beam, hope this's the best reference so far. Thanks. I think finding a close matching stock powder color/texture would help a lot of people looking to match the originals. Stock colors are...
by tron
01 Mar 2019, 18:09
Forum: Gallery
Topic: IBM 3278 powder coat color
Replies: 18
Views: 987

IBM 3278 powder coat color

Trying to get a close match to the original IBM 3278 beige color and texture (color, texture and shine varied from batch to batch). Age and environment probably darkened the plastic doors and powder coat based on the images I've seen. I'll have order a few more swatches based on the first batch. It ...
by tron
22 Feb 2019, 23:25
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Yet another beamspring refurb (5251)
Replies: 46
Views: 3138

Re: Yet another beamspring refurb (5251)

Looks like it's in great condition 8-) You may want to consider making a dust cover for it now that the contamination shield is removed. I had a seamstress make a couple prototypes including the one below. When my schedule clears up I'll have another one made like a tight fitting shell (without the...
by tron
21 Feb 2019, 05:06
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Yet another beamspring refurb (5251)
Replies: 46
Views: 3138

Re: Yet another beamspring refurb (5251)

Looks like it's in great condition 8-) You may want to consider making a dust cover for it now that the contamination shield is removed. I had a seamstress make a couple prototypes including the one below. When my schedule clears up I'll have another one made like a tight fitting shell (without the ...
by tron
09 Feb 2019, 20:26
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: IBM beam spring and vintage computing prices in general - speculators?
Replies: 23
Views: 3643

Re:

[OT] Does anyone remember the ballpark figures of what a replacement beam spring unit used to cost back in the 70's and early 80's? I remember seeing like a catalog scan or something like that here in DT, but can't find it anymore :( [/OT] This is the 3101 ad I posted a while back- https://imgur.co...

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