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by kshopper2084
30 Dec 2020, 16:01
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: New Matias Keyboards
Replies: 7
Views: 665

Re: New Matias Keyboards

Interesting. Perhaps the bigger news is they also extended the warranty on the Ergo Pro to 2 years.

Love the keyboard and use it everyday but went through hell with 3 different units over the years with switches dying, one controller chip failing, etc.
by kshopper2084
19 Dec 2020, 15:13
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Matias Tactile Pro 4 Problem
Replies: 8
Views: 477

Re: Matias Tactile Pro 4 Problem

FYI you can use the main PBT caps from your ASK on the ergo. That's what I did and it works out well.

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Unfortunately the bottom row command key, etc. will still be shiny with use.
by kshopper2084
16 Dec 2020, 21:01
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Matias Tactile Pro 4 Problem
Replies: 8
Views: 477

Re: Matias Tactile Pro 4 Problem

I'm still thinking about replacing all the switches in my Matias Ergo with Alps cream damped. ... I've written to Matias to buy new key caps for my Ergo and they don't return my e-mails. Rather rude for a Canadian company :D. Do it! Everyday I get the satisfaction of typing on my Ergo Pro with Salm...
by kshopper2084
01 Dec 2020, 17:33
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: What's the best modern tactile/clicky switch?
Replies: 17
Views: 1019

Re: What's the best modern tactile/clicky switch?

From my experience with Matias Quiet Click switches, they were completely unreliable and would fail within months of daily use. Apparently if you have the dexterity of surgeon you can clean them and fix them but I just replaced them, over and over until I gave up and swapped them all out for vintage...
by kshopper2084
15 Nov 2020, 15:11
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps Lubricant FOUND!
Replies: 231
Views: 16033

Re: Alps Lubricant FOUND!

I'm no expert but yeah, a tiny bit goes a long way with this stuff. Re: "seasoning" the lube, I would recommend you use the keys initially to ensure the lube is spread across the areas where friction occurs. I don't think leaving the switch idle is going to do anything, any benefit from time would b...
by kshopper2084
22 Jul 2020, 16:49
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Vintage findings - keyboards, brochures, typewriters etc
Replies: 17
Views: 2514

Re: Vintage findings - keyboards, brochures, typewriters etc

Thank you all! I really like the brochures too! I was planning to scan all the paper documents before selling them. I don't want them to get lost or destroyed during shipping. If somebody wants to help me put them up on the deskthority wiki after scanning I'd appreciate it! Perfect! I have to say i...
by kshopper2084
06 Jul 2020, 21:17
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps Appreciation
Replies: 3679
Views: 331431

Re: Alps Appreciation

Yesterday I finalized my AT102DW with all SKCM Orange, my daily driver now. 210 solder spots to remove, 105 switches to remove, 210 solder spots to reapply. Ouch. It paid off to invest in a TS100 soldering iron (temp control, big ass tip from a 9-tip set), a Soldapullt desolder pump and braided wic...
by kshopper2084
13 Jun 2020, 17:29
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Recent Matias Switch Reliability
Replies: 9
Views: 906

Re: Recent Matias Switch Reliability

Addressing the question on Matias, though, I'm currently typing this on a Matias Ergo Pro 2 keyboard (2017 or 2018, I think). It's got four or five switches that need to be replaced. However, considering that the number is less than 10, I'll buy some new Matias switches. If it goes above 10, I migh...
by kshopper2084
25 Apr 2020, 16:30
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: The World is going Pro
Replies: 16
Views: 2429

Re: The World is going Pro

The spacebar sounds good... :)
by kshopper2084
23 Mar 2020, 23:15
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Linear switch for autoimmune arthritis: light or heavy?
Replies: 24
Views: 2217

Re: Linear switch for autoimmune arthritis: light or heavy?

Not glamorous, but Kinesis Freestyle 2 boards with the original domes (not mechanical) have a very light activation force and have read others with your condition found them helpful.
by kshopper2084
14 Mar 2020, 17:12
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Keyboards for Mac...
Replies: 34
Views: 8774

Re: Keyboards for Mac...

by kshopper2084
05 Mar 2020, 21:06
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Matias Ergo Pro w/ Salmon ALPS & PBT caps
Replies: 6
Views: 1900

Re: Matias Ergo Pro w/ Salmon ALPS & PBT caps

I'm glad you shared this. I had contemplated doing similar, but the micro usb port went on my Ergo Pro and I had to work around it like this: https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=90274.msg2666708#msg2666708 That experience frustrated me AND the repaired board is still a little flaky (sometimes does...
by kshopper2084
04 Feb 2020, 21:16
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Keyboards banned from work
Replies: 29
Views: 3608

Re: Keyboards banned from work

I have not, but it is a bit ironic to think that this business computer keyboard is no longer suitable for use in a business office.
I think it says *a lot* about the suitability of modern office spaces with their lack of visual and noise privacy. :)
by kshopper2084
17 Dec 2019, 20:43
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps Appreciation
Replies: 3679
Views: 331431

Re: Alps Appreciation

h.parks wrote:
17 Dec 2019, 17:13
I think I got the plate cutouts just about right.
Looks very interesting. I'm loving my Ergo Pro with salmon ALPS switches installed.

There is something sublime in using a modern ergonomic keyboard design with 30-year old switches on it. 8-)
by kshopper2084
20 Nov 2019, 23:48
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: AEK keycaps suck.
Replies: 13
Views: 1851

Re: AEK keycaps suck.

Can't comment on the apparent fragility incidents experienced by the OP, but the durability and feel of the PBT keycaps are far superior IMHO to ABS. ABS shine is terrible. The 30 year old M0116 caps on my Ergo Pro washed up to as new with dish soap and feel fantastic. Whereas the ABS caps on start ...
by kshopper2084
05 Nov 2019, 19:10
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Matias Ergo Pro w/ Salmon ALPS & PBT caps
Replies: 6
Views: 1900

Re: Matias Ergo Pro w/ Salmon ALPS & PBT caps

I'm using a micro-usb cord without that annoying 90 degree angle to try to reduce any tension on the port as well. But with these boards you're always waiting for the other show to drop. :( Keep an eye out on Ebay you might find a decent replacement for far less than retail. I did snag a used ergo ...
by kshopper2084
05 Nov 2019, 16:02
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Matias Ergo Pro w/ Salmon ALPS & PBT caps
Replies: 6
Views: 1900

Re: Matias Ergo Pro w/ Salmon ALPS & PBT caps

I'm glad you shared this. I had contemplated doing similar, but the micro usb port went on my Ergo Pro and I had to work around it like this: https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=90274.msg2666708#msg2666708 That experience frustrated me AND the repaired board is still a little flaky (sometimes does...
by kshopper2084
04 Nov 2019, 23:11
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Matias Ergo Pro w/ Salmon ALPS & PBT caps
Replies: 6
Views: 1900

Matias Ergo Pro w/ Salmon ALPS & PBT caps

Just thought I would post-up my recent Ergo Pro project. Sorry for the length but thought someone might find it interesting. TLDR; I replaced the stock switches in my Matias Ergo Pro with vintage SKCM Salmon complicated ALPS and white PBT keycaps from a donor Apple M1066 board and it blew my mind. a...
by kshopper2084
02 Nov 2019, 23:22
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Would it be possible for someone to recreate the SKCM blue alps switch?
Replies: 60
Views: 6957

Re: Would it be possible for someone to recreate the SKCM blue alps switch?

From what I understand you could produce SKCM tactile, clicky, and linear variants using virtually the same parts as well. So you'd get three best-in-class switches from one set of tooling.

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