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by Bitteneite
Today, 07:22
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Problem with stuck/unresponsive key on IBM Model M
Replies: 2
Views: 129

Re: Problem with stuck/unresponsive key on IBM Model M

Unfortunately, I don't know if there's a way to take out the flipper itself without taking apart the whole board. That being said... I tried to resposition it with tweezers and then the key registers, but it ulimately gets out of alignment I'm wondering if you could realign it, then do a "Partial Sc...
by Bitteneite
15 Sep 2021, 09:10
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Buckling Spring Switch Life
Replies: 9
Views: 397

Re: Buckling Spring Switch Life

When enough of a Model M's rivets are broken, the barrel plate can break apart in the folds between the rows of keys and it can no longer be bolt-modded. If you have a ruined soldering iron around, you can easily patch up a cracked barrel plate. It does need a bit of precision, but otherwise, it's ...
by Bitteneite
14 Sep 2021, 19:32
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Buckling Spring Switch Life
Replies: 9
Views: 397

Re: Buckling Spring Switch Life

inozenz wrote:
14 Sep 2021, 17:21
do you know if its becasue of the membrane or the spring itself?
Afaik, it's the membrane sheets that heavily reduced its lifespan.
In practice after 35-ish years though, they aren't usually the cause of death for these Model Ms... ahem cough rivets cough ahem
by Bitteneite
01 Sep 2021, 16:53
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Model M Cushionless Mod
Replies: 16
Views: 856

Re: Model M Cushionless Mod

I would probably cut the cushions away with a needle file instead of clippers. True, it would be slower and a bit tedious, but not as slow as waiting for some replacement flippers to be shipped to me. That could be a wiser method to this mod. Though, as you said, it takes a bit longer. If you can d...
by Bitteneite
26 Aug 2021, 17:25
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Model M Cushionless Mod
Replies: 16
Views: 856

Re: Model M Cushionless Mod

https://i.imgur.com/gLiaEDH.jpeg I read up on an interesting measurement Pandrew posted on the Discord server. He used a "package weighing hook" through his keytester to see just how much force it took to bottom out. He compared an original IBM keycap with a Unicomp keycap. (Of course with a cushio...
by Bitteneite
25 Aug 2021, 16:47
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Model M Cushionless Mod
Replies: 16
Views: 856

Re: Model M Cushionless Mod

That being said, it still feels distinctly like a Model M. Expect a subtle upgrade, not a “transformation”. But I will say that my Wheelwriter 5 which has the cushionless flippers feels pretty much identical to an F, except for in sound. Oh damn, Interesting. I just tried some F caps on my M, but i...
by Bitteneite
25 Aug 2021, 07:17
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Model M Cushionless Mod
Replies: 16
Views: 856

Re: Model M Cushionless Mod

Wow. Nice! Does it change the apparent weight too? Does it make them lighter? If so how do they compare to an F? I am tempted to try this. Unfortunately not. The weighting remains the same. Again, the only thing changing here is the bottom-out feel, which becomes quite similar to an F! :D (Not comp...
by Bitteneite
24 Aug 2021, 21:29
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Model M Cushionless Mod
Replies: 16
Views: 856

Model M Cushionless Mod

The following mod was discovered by Pandrew . Full credits to him for shedding light on this mod and sharing it! I wouldn’t be surprised if this was discussed here before, but I haven’t seen it mentioned anywhere outside of the r/ModelM Discord server, so here’s a guide for awareness! In your averag...
by Bitteneite
07 Aug 2021, 04:46
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Can someone identify this aftermarket Model M controller?
Replies: 17
Views: 1218

Re: Can someone identify this aftermarket Model M controller?

tiltowait wrote:
04 Aug 2021, 20:57
Is there any easy way to buy this in the US?
I had to send it through a proxy, which took a while before I got it in my hands.
by Bitteneite
06 Aug 2021, 20:05
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Choosing clicky switches with the best sound??
Replies: 11
Views: 605

Re: Choosing clicky switches with the best sound??

Would've been a solid comparison if only you mentioned that it's specifically MX-only. Good video otherwise.
by Bitteneite
30 Jul 2021, 04:53
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Smith Corona Leaf Springs aren't actually that bad
Replies: 2
Views: 313

Re: Smith Corona Leaf Springs aren't actually that bad

Someone should put them into those switch testers, so that we can all bask in the utmost Honor & Glory of Pinnacle Keyboard Engineering.
by Bitteneite
30 Jul 2021, 04:34
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: My Model M Restoration Megaguide
Replies: 9
Views: 669

Re: My Model M Restoration Megaguide

Since this is a very detailed and comprehensive Model M restoration guide I just wanted to suggest adding an additional technique which has not been been commonly used, the the "Model M Threaded Insert Mod" - https://deskthority.net/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=22822 I personally think using threaded insert...
by Bitteneite
23 Jul 2021, 03:48
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: My Model M Restoration Megaguide
Replies: 9
Views: 669

Re: My Model M Restoration Megaguide

With flawless and high detailed photos and videos, clear and easy-to-understand texts, well organized and easy to follow steps... A perfect guide to me. Good job! Very comprehensive – great work. Thank you. Thanks a lot! Motivates me to work even more on it :D Brilliant. I have yet to bolt mod my M...
by Bitteneite
21 Jul 2021, 21:44
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: My Model M Restoration Megaguide
Replies: 9
Views: 669

My Model M Restoration Megaguide

Greetings! I've recently compiled all my pictures and tips into one big "Model M Restoration" guide for all the experts & beginners out there. I'm certain bolt/screw-modding is childs play to most people around here, but I thought I could share this to the few people who need a detailed guide with p...
by Bitteneite
04 Jul 2021, 03:47
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Longterm Daily Drivers
Replies: 133
Views: 9684

Re: Longterm Daily Drivers

I always go back to an M, but I recently got my new favourite. One that was really fit for the job of a "daily". https://i.imgur.com/NB0ue0A.png It's just a dirt-cheap Model M; perfect for the job in every single way. I got better Model Ms in general, but this one is THE beater M for a nonchalant 0-...
by Bitteneite
30 Jun 2021, 18:46
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Can someone identify this aftermarket Model M controller?
Replies: 17
Views: 1218

Re: Can someone identify this aftermarket Model M controller?

Go-Kart wrote:
30 Jun 2021, 18:36
Why not be the first yourself :twisted:
(Rolls sleeves)
Just you wait ;)
by Bitteneite
30 Jun 2021, 15:37
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Closest non buckling spring buckling spring alternative?
Replies: 18
Views: 1238

Re: Closest non buckling spring buckling spring alternative?

Bjerrk wrote:
30 Jun 2021, 08:05
Every keypress is an emotional rollercoaster. From depression to hysteresis and back again, it's a make or break world.
Beautiful.
Go-Kart wrote:
30 Jun 2021, 14:04
I can say that the switches don't resemble Buckling Springs in my experience.
Is there a force curve anywhere or a switch that feels similar to them?
by Bitteneite
29 Jun 2021, 22:32
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Closest non buckling spring buckling spring alternative?
Replies: 18
Views: 1238

Re: Closest non buckling spring buckling spring alternative?

I'm sure there are switches that replicate the gradual tactility of buckling springs, but I doubt they're common. As far as common boards, I think I heard some people bring up the Fujitsu FKB4700. Can someone confirm or am I mistaking it for another board? I've heard mixed feelings about them, but I...
by Bitteneite
22 Jun 2021, 22:08
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Question about IBM Model M spacebar spring (picture inside)
Replies: 3
Views: 253

Re: Question about IBM Model M spacebar spring (picture inside)

What is supposed to be in that left hole? I don't think I'm missing any spacers (ie. under certain keys) so is that hole just supposed to be left empty? Some Ms came with split spacebars, like one of these https://i.imgur.com/gCHJXUI.jpeg On the topic of split spacebars, does anyone know if Unicomp...
by Bitteneite
22 Jun 2021, 15:00
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IBM "Shop Date" to "Prod. Date" Calulator Script
Replies: 5
Views: 425

Re: IBM "Shop Date" to "Prod. Date" Calulator Script

raoulduke-esq wrote:
22 Jun 2021, 14:46
Do we know if the factories were open on Saturdays? Wondering if I'll ever find a birthday board...
I've set the weekends to be Saturdays and Sundays, since I guessed that's how it goes in the USA.
Then again, I'm clueless about how jobs work over there.
by Bitteneite
21 Jun 2021, 18:06
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Beamspring daily drivers?
Replies: 21
Views: 1186

Re: Beamspring daily drivers?

I did daily a 5251 full-time for a few months. I did love the keyfeel, solenoid, and the tanky build-quality, but I don't think they'll win your heart when coming from an F, especially a 122. Thing is, as much as people love to glorify them, I don't think the keyfeel is that far off from an F. It fe...
by Bitteneite
19 Jun 2021, 06:19
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Seeking rather specific keyboard recommendations
Replies: 32
Views: 1755

Re: Seeking rather specific keyboard recommendations

Don't get a Dell AT101 (unless you get one of the very early, old logo ones). Contrary to what most people say, I think these are a terrible introduction to Alps, unless you swap the switches, or miraculously get one that isn't bamboo Black. Late Alps tactiles are always worse than pine, and the ta...
by Bitteneite
18 Jun 2021, 13:14
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Playing games on an Acer 6311 is infurating!
Replies: 15
Views: 956

Re: Playing games on an Acer 6311 is infurating!

I am curious though, what exact variant do you have of the Acer? I have a 6311-KW made on 03/26/1996 (MM/DD/YYYY) and it doesn't have and scratchiness that I can detect? Did the quality of the switches drop as production went on? I'm curious because I've been trying to find another one and want to ...
by Bitteneite
17 Jun 2021, 16:26
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Seeking rather specific keyboard recommendations
Replies: 32
Views: 1755

Re: Seeking rather specific keyboard recommendations

Thanks for the suggestions! I have to do some further reading on Alps switches - there are so many that I often get confused. Are the dampening/clicking mods reversible? Any introductory material for the uninitiated? The dampeners are reversible, and I personally find the bottoming out feel extreme...
by Bitteneite
17 Jun 2021, 11:44
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Seeking rather specific keyboard recommendations
Replies: 32
Views: 1755

Re: Seeking rather specific keyboard recommendations

I think this is really one of the best things about damped Alps-style switches. You have a switch that you can, with minimal effort, mod to any combination of damped/undamped and tactile/linear/clicky! Amazing how some would mistake them for domes (I don't blame them) and sell them on eBay for a fe...
by Bitteneite
17 Jun 2021, 11:19
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Seeking rather specific keyboard recommendations
Replies: 32
Views: 1755

Re: Seeking rather specific keyboard recommendations

The dampened cream switches of the AEKII are pretty quiet and a lot of people like them. On top of what Tritian said, you can always undampen them, which should give you a good taste of what tactile Alps feel like. Not sure if this is true, but I've heard that de-dampened SKCM creams feel very simi...
by Bitteneite
16 Jun 2021, 18:31
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Dear Model F owners, can we talk? (Long rant)
Replies: 75
Views: 4370

Re: Dear Model F owners, can we talk? (Long rant)

The M SSK I have tested against is in great shape in it feels "equal" to the F AT in terms of force required. The Brand New Model F but also my original F107 feels "lighter"... Interesting. Frankly, I don't have an AT, but all 3 of my original Fs feel roughly the same, and they're all noticeably li...
by Bitteneite
16 Jun 2021, 17:53
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Dear Model F owners, can we talk? (Long rant)
Replies: 75
Views: 4370

Re: Dear Model F owners, can we talk? (Long rant)

Membrane: https://chart-studio.plotly.com/~haata/179/ibm-membrane-buckling-spring-1989.png Capacitive: https://chart-studio.plotly.com/~haata/200/ibm-capacitive-buckling-spring-f-at.png I've been quite perplexed about these force curves before, since I also find the Model F to be (significantly) li...
by Bitteneite
15 Jun 2021, 01:53
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Playing games on an Acer 6311 is infurating!
Replies: 15
Views: 956

Re: Playing games on an Acer 6311 is infurating!

I don't think I've necessarily got a bad 6311, just not a great one. If I press the keys down straight, it clicks just as good as any clicky Alps would, but as soon as I try to press slightly off-center, I suddenly start feeling the scratches. Still feels great fun, definitely a great starter vint, ...

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