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by mode1ace
17 Oct 2020, 08:18
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Model M's lighter then White Alps???
Replies: 7
Views: 410

Re: Model M's lighter then White Alps???

Yeah, bamboo alps are a little stiffer generally than buckling spring. Pine white alps are marginally lighter, there's not much in it though. It was just odd to me. I have used black alps extensively in the past without an issue. The weighting feels quite similar after I dug out my AT101 to compare...
by mode1ace
16 Oct 2020, 07:38
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Model M's lighter then White Alps???
Replies: 7
Views: 410

Re: Model M's lighter then White Alps???

Yeah, bamboo alps are a little stiffer generally than buckling spring. Pine white alps are marginally lighter, there's not much in it though.
by mode1ace
14 Oct 2020, 07:17
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Hunter DFK191WB93P on eBay
Replies: 5
Views: 390

Re: Hunter DFK191WB93P on eBay

Probably alps clones or even SKBM given it's a rebranded later model datacomp DFK191 Were it winkeyless it might have SKCM white.

wiki/Datacomp_DFK191
by mode1ace
08 Oct 2020, 08:14
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 24033
Views: 1988562

Re: Great/Interesting Finds

zzxx53 wrote:
08 Oct 2020, 03:39
F122
2 hours into the bidding and we're already at over $300; wondering how high this one will go.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/114451160363?_ ... fresh=true
I really hate that the pictures were taken where they were, surely that stone will scratch it up?
by mode1ace
06 Oct 2020, 15:19
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: ISO PBT double shot key caps?
Replies: 7
Views: 491

Re: ISO PBT double shot key caps?

pbt does not doubleshot well, you usually only see pbt doubleshots with shine through lettering.

if you want opaque doubleshots you’ll need abs, or just accept dyesubs.
by mode1ace
04 Oct 2020, 07:34
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IDENTIFY THE KEYSWITCH thread
Replies: 258
Views: 32718

Re: IDENTIFY THE KEYSWITCH thread

Dogak wrote:
04 Oct 2020, 07:06
Do you know what this switch is?
How does this feel?

s-l500.jpg
Dome with slider, there is no switch, just a slider through the plastic plate which will hit a membrane behind.
by mode1ace
25 Sep 2020, 22:48
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps Appreciation
Replies: 3612
Views: 293031

Re: Alps Appreciation

probably a coincidence, though if the tai haos are a bit taller than the original keycaps then that will make the scratchyness more apparent. Give then a clean, you can take the switch tops off with toothpicks, separate out the parts and brush out the dust from the switch tops, they'll be much impro...
by mode1ace
11 Sep 2020, 19:38
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Post your keyboards that went to hell (and hopefully back)
Replies: 18
Views: 1094

Re: Post your keyboards that went to hell (and hopefully back)

I'd post my old Matias, which last I used it, typed like "ttthhhhiiissssss". But that never came back, it got chucked when every single key had chatter, and the companies response via email was basically "mechanical keyboards aren't for reliability" which I still have in my inbox because of the abs...
by mode1ace
09 Sep 2020, 08:06
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: [Find & Restoration] IBM 5281 Beamspring loot
Replies: 24
Views: 3024

Re: [Find & Restoration] IBM 5281 Beamspring loot

Really nice work mate :)
by mode1ace
08 Sep 2020, 07:43
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: SMK 2nd Gen MX Mount Clickies
Replies: 4
Views: 322

Re: SMK 2nd Gen MX Mount Clickies

Good luck with that! they rapidly went out of stock after chryosran22 put out a positive review of a Laser board with them.
by mode1ace
07 Sep 2020, 20:41
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: SMK 2nd Gen MX Mount LInears
Replies: 3
Views: 255

Re: SMK 2nd Gen MX Mount LInears

This surprises me, mine's perfectly smooth. No idea if it's lubed, but it's in no way scratchy.
by mode1ace
07 Sep 2020, 20:39
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: SMK 2nd Gen MX Mount Clickies
Replies: 4
Views: 322

Re: SMK 2nd Gen MX Mount Clickies

Sweet, I wish you could still get them. I have a bag of 100 NOS. They're super smooth, smoother than 1st gen alps, the click is a little more lightweight in sound and tactility though.

They're a really nice switch.
by mode1ace
06 Sep 2020, 22:10
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Shit, I fell for it
Replies: 41
Views: 1884

Re: Shit, I fell for it

Anj is somewhat shady, but, the bottom line here is read the description.

I got burned by him a while back "pristine switches no cleaning or lubing necessary" == filled with dust, mediocre condition, some wear that no amount of cleaning will fix.
by mode1ace
06 Sep 2020, 14:24
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: SMK 2nd Gen MX Mount LInears
Replies: 3
Views: 255

Re: SMK 2nd Gen MX Mount LInears

I have one as a loose switch. They're pretty smooth. Not a fan of linear though tbh, only bought them as I was curious if you could swap in alps mount SMK click leaves. I just can't for the life of me open them reliably.
by mode1ace
04 Sep 2020, 23:30
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: What Cherry MX emulates Alps Amber?
Replies: 10
Views: 631

Re: What Cherry MX emulates Alps Amber?

Blue, but, they will be very disappointing, in your shoes I’d swap in some box jades or navies. that’s as close as you’re going to get, but it won’t be much like ambers.
by mode1ace
31 Aug 2020, 09:09
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps Appreciation
Replies: 3612
Views: 293031

Re: Alps Appreciation

What the hell happened to that thing? Lucky none of those thick "cherry" keycaps are damaged.
by mode1ace
11 Aug 2020, 19:16
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: British Telecom "Leopard" Keyboard
Replies: 4
Views: 438

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: 950

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: 7
Views: 473

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: 7
Views: 473

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: 3612
Views: 293031

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: 3612
Views: 293031

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: 3612
Views: 293031

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: 4
Views: 454

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: 3612
Views: 293031

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: 3612
Views: 293031

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: 3612
Views: 293031

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: 3612
Views: 293031

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: 21
Views: 2630

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:

Image
Where's the "do" key?

Badly needs one.
by mode1ace
18 Jul 2020, 13:56
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps Appreciation
Replies: 3612
Views: 293031

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.

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