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by mode1ace
11 Aug 2020, 19:16
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: British Telecom "Leopard" Keyboard
Replies: 5
Views: 285

Re: British Telecom "Leopard" Keyboard

Looks like two of those caps are tripleshot, 3 and 5!
by mode1ace
10 Aug 2020, 08:37
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps Double Shots
Replies: 14
Views: 550

Re: Alps Double Shots

I'd love to find a straight UK ISO board with alps doubleshots, but it'll never happen! I've seen a few european layout boards like the Bull AT102, just never qwerty ISO.
by mode1ace
10 Aug 2020, 08:34
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Smelly Epson KB03 keyboard - Any advice?
Replies: 8
Views: 335

Re: Smelly Epson KB03 keyboard - Any advice?

That looks like a really good improvement! Carefully running a vacuum over the top of the switches may help a bit for the other side, and using a small paintbrush to just clean up around the switches will make it a lot cleaner looking, then use an airduster once that dirt is loose. An airduster alon...
by mode1ace
09 Aug 2020, 12:27
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Smelly Epson KB03 keyboard - Any advice?
Replies: 8
Views: 335

Re: Smelly Epson KB03 keyboard - Any advice?

I'd first just try washing the back of the pcb with isopropyl alcohol, but given the amount of rust on that plate, I'm not sure it'll ever be properly nice without desoldering it, washing the pcb fully, wire brushing the plate down, repainting it then reassembling it.
by mode1ace
06 Aug 2020, 23:55
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps Appreciation
Replies: 3599
Views: 257077

Re: Alps Appreciation

Alps bucking spring?

I'm curious what kind of stabs it uses, I couldn't tell from other photos of that board.
by mode1ace
06 Aug 2020, 09:34
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps Appreciation
Replies: 3599
Views: 257077

Re: Alps Appreciation

Cleaning is def the way to go before buying replacement switches. If the board is not terrible, then it'll probably clean up alright. You just can't make a board that feels flat out awful good. Cleaning up light dirt usually has pretty good results.
by mode1ace
05 Aug 2020, 20:02
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps Appreciation
Replies: 3599
Views: 257077

Re: Alps Appreciation

Got my ARC - Monterey K102 Keyboard today, very nice with white alps. Although it's a little bit hard to press since i'm used to lighter switches i like it , it even has 6key rollover. very nice. i just don't know if the keys are stiff because they are used or if the white alps are really that hard...
by mode1ace
02 Aug 2020, 07:36
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Focus Keyboard Questions
Replies: 6
Views: 362

Re: Focus Keyboard Questions

Simplified clones are a lot more difficult to take apart and reassemble without damaging them while they're still soldered to the board. alps artisans arn't really a thing. You can get pretty cheap sets of the same profile though, as they're a byproduct of switch harvesting. You could pick up practi...
by mode1ace
31 Jul 2020, 19:51
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps Appreciation
Replies: 3599
Views: 257077

Re: Alps Appreciation

Noice, I'd love the ISO version some day, I keep an ebay watch on it. The light blue legends on the numpad just look so nice.
by mode1ace
31 Jul 2020, 18:49
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps Appreciation
Replies: 3599
Views: 257077

Re: Alps Appreciation

DFK192 arrived today, it’s rather exellent! metal mounting plate, n-key rollover with individual switch diodes and the case is really solid. Condition is flawless, borderline NOS other than a scratch on the backspace and some superficial dirt.
by mode1ace
26 Jul 2020, 22:17
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps Appreciation
Replies: 3599
Views: 257077

Re: Alps Appreciation

Polecat wrote:
26 Jul 2020, 21:23
Nice find! Very clean, and from the mold numbers (5x/6x?) those look like very early white Alps switches, not long after the change from blues.
I'm really curious to 1-2 test them next to my blue and amber boards, if they are to blues as salmons are to oranges I'll be quite happy with the board.
by mode1ace
26 Jul 2020, 20:00
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps Appreciation
Replies: 3599
Views: 257077

Re: Alps Appreciation

I went for https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Datacomp-DFK192-Alps-SKCM-Pine-White-Doubleshot-keycaps-See-Description/193593532994?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649 Will probably convert it to USB if I can with a teensy in the case, we'll see. Amazingly this is my first white clicky...
by mode1ace
18 Jul 2020, 17:30
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Going big…
Replies: 20
Views: 1636

Re: Going big…

ddrfraser1 wrote:
17 Jul 2020, 17:06
I envisioned this satirical layout only to quickly find out it was not nearly as far fetched as I thought. :lol:

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Where's the "do" key?

Badly needs one.
by mode1ace
18 Jul 2020, 13:56
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps Appreciation
Replies: 3599
Views: 257077

Re: Alps Appreciation

Got my wife to finish soldering the amber granite up today and the results are to say the least, extremely excellent. This is my new favourite clicky board, and it may be my favourite overall! just a few finishing touches and I’ll post pics and video of some typing. The noise it makes is just sublime.
by mode1ace
13 Jul 2020, 09:27
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Need recommendation for new keyboard
Replies: 9
Views: 688

Re: Need recommendation for new keyboard

Pine alps should be as smooth as a model F. I have both and simply opening up the switches and cleaning them out may make that focus to your liking. Are you sure it's not a clone board?
by mode1ace
13 Jul 2020, 07:41
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Beamspring space bar broken
Replies: 7
Views: 950

Re: Beamspring space bar broken

Do you have the broken off piece? if so, abs welding is the way to go.
by mode1ace
12 Jul 2020, 18:24
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps Appreciation
Replies: 3599
Views: 257077

Re: Alps Appreciation

I took advantage of some nice weather this weekend to wire brush and paint my SGI granite plate. Just gotta finish cleaning up switches for it, but I'm over half way there :)

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by mode1ace
05 Jul 2020, 12:52
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps Appreciation
Replies: 3599
Views: 257077

Re: Alps Appreciation

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I tried mounting a hybrid set of ANSI and ISO-DE keycaps on my ISO granite and It looks alright!

Now I have a kinda weird looking ANSI qwertz set and board, which leaves me wondering if there are any qwertz ansi fans out there who this'd be just the thing for?
by mode1ace
01 Jul 2020, 18:23
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps Appreciation
Replies: 3599
Views: 257077

Re: Alps Appreciation

mcmaxmcmc wrote:
30 Jun 2020, 14:12
Is that really a Granite? The picture looks very yellow if it is.

I'd love to see more pictures! :D
It is, it's just the warm light of the room though, the case isn't yellowed at all. I'll post pics once it's done :)
by mode1ace
26 Jun 2020, 23:00
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps Appreciation
Replies: 3599
Views: 257077

Re: Alps Appreciation

Huh, I won't feel so bad about splitting it up then if it's not as rare as I first thought, I bought to to combine the qwerty caps from an ANSI granite to make an ISO qwerty granite with a spare pcb/case/plate I have along with a full set of SKCM amber.
by mode1ace
26 Jun 2020, 11:56
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps Appreciation
Replies: 3599
Views: 257077

Re: Alps Appreciation

Took delivery of an ISO (qwertz) SGI granite today and it surprised me by having a switch I've never seen before. Bamboo cream damped. The sliders are kinda greasy like pine cream damped, and honestly the board feels pretty nice despite being dirty, very similar if not a bit better than my SKCM pine...
by mode1ace
22 Jun 2020, 20:00
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread
Replies: 4280
Views: 353268

Re: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread

Dunno, are those caps doubleshot? The lettering sure looks sharp.
by mode1ace
14 Jun 2020, 11:21
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Macally slim modifiers with home row keys
Replies: 1
Views: 586

Re: Macally slim modifiers with home row keys

No clue, the board is probably faulty.

As a mac user, there are few nicer authentic options than a restored AEK, especially if you're an ANSI user and you can get an SKCM orange M0115.
by mode1ace
13 Jun 2020, 18:30
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Opening and cleaning SMK blue clicky switchs
Replies: 7
Views: 650

Re: Opening and cleaning SMK blue clicky switchs

I'd really appreciate someone posting a detailed guide on how to open SMK switches. I have some loose and I'd like to look inside one, but I just can't manage it.
by mode1ace
10 Jun 2020, 20:14
Forum: Want to buy
Topic: [WTB] Reasonably Priced ALPS SKCM Blue Keyboard
Replies: 16
Views: 1160

Re: [WTB] Reasonably Priced ALPS SKCM Blue Keyboard

Haha, I turned down an offer on ebay for $180 for a NIB northgate omnikey gold label with confirmed blue alps. Kinda regret it. it was this listing https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/313103252308 Keep an eye out, occasionally they're badly listed and you can cut a deal with some negotiation, just don't get ...
by mode1ace
08 Jun 2020, 19:16
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Switch-Keycap Pairing
Replies: 4
Views: 362

Re: Switch-Keycap Pairing

Good luck getting SA on blue alps. I've done it with nexus sliders, but they didn't work well at all, horrible binding issues. Worked fine with SKCM orange though.
by mode1ace
07 Jun 2020, 13:48
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Great TKL Alps keysets?
Replies: 6
Views: 561

Re: Great TKL Alps keysets?

I sent an enquiry what the cost and minimum order would be to run https://shop.tai-hao.com/products/abs-104-c01bu201 in alps mount. With ISO & 7u bottom row kits too.

Would this not be an ideal set? it's my fav taihao colour way.
by mode1ace
04 Jun 2020, 08:03
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Great TKL Alps keysets?
Replies: 6
Views: 561

Re: Great TKL Alps keysets?

I have no experience with Tai-Hao but from the looks of it they are very thin, similar to the ps2 model at101? They're not much thicker, but they are much nicer than silitek manufactured AT101/102 caps. If I wasn't a die hard ISO user I'd be all over Tai-Hao caps. I wish they'd do a standard ISO set.
by mode1ace
03 Jun 2020, 09:33
Forum: Want to buy
Topic: WTB AT102 PBT or Doubleshot keycaps
Replies: 0
Views: 479

WTB AT102 PBT or Doubleshot keycaps

I have an ISO SGI Granite which had been harvested, I bought the case and plate for a tenner and I really want to put it back together again with some SKCM ambers I have to make the ultimate clickfoot. I just need an ISO AT102 set with the weird ISO enter stem position! I already have a set of thin ...
by mode1ace
30 May 2020, 14:39
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps Appreciation
Replies: 3599
Views: 257077

Re: Alps Appreciation

Spent today cleaning up an Azerty M0118 with SKCM orange, curiously a couple of switches had Salmon springs, slightly heavier and gold coloured, not shiny silver like the rest. It's hardly like springs fail so I'd be surprised if it didn't come from the factory like this. https://i.imgur.com/fXrlJ2A...

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