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by orihalcon
21 Aug 2019, 15:14
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Repair Services for vintage Alps boards
Replies: 17
Views: 543

Re: Repair Services for vintage Alps boards

I wouldn't mind doing the actual switch replacement, though cleaning a plate is pretty tedious unless you desolder all of the switches first which is much more time consuming. I don't quite recall NB's rates for repair, but I think it was something like $20 plus a certain amount per switch for gener...
by orihalcon
18 Aug 2019, 19:56
Forum: Want to buy
Topic: [USA][WTB] Looking for Beamspring Solenoid driver board (Xwhatsit?)
Replies: 2
Views: 96

Re: [USA][WTB] Looking for Xwhatsit /other premade beamspring adapters

Hi, I've got some beam spring Xwhatsits that didn't work from the factory, but can't tell you what parts on them don't work. If you have a way to do chase that down, probably would be much easier than actually building from scratch. Let me know if interested. Thanks!
by orihalcon
08 Aug 2019, 18:57
Forum: Other external
Topic: Yahoo! Japan Auctions Thread
Replies: 208
Views: 10407

Re: Yahoo! Japan Auctions Thread

Those are actually genuine ALPS switches, and you are correct, they are a type of modular spring over membrane. The board mine came from was also a Yamaha branded board I believe! Have been meaning to update my switch testers to include them, but haven’t gotten around to it yet.
by orihalcon
08 Aug 2019, 15:33
Forum: News
Topic: Stuff you just bought
Replies: 1764
Views: 94182

Re: Stuff you just bought

All of this: https://abload.de/img/20190717_17410362kej.jpg Just to get these little buggers: https://abload.de/img/20190717_174355jejmg.jpg Such a waste of human resource. Packing it and transport. Why do people are so afraid to take the damn caps off :lol: Still very happy the hunt is finally ove...
by orihalcon
07 Aug 2019, 01:20
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Beamspring Switchplate Restore.
Replies: 18
Views: 612

Re: Beamspring Switchplate Restore.

Orihalcon Is that the Displaywriter that you are selling the caps for on your eBay store? Nope, the keycaps on that one actually didn't have any yellowing iirc. Got that one a long time ago and keep the picture to remind myself that it could *usually* always be worse when I find a board in bad shap...
by orihalcon
06 Aug 2019, 04:54
Forum: For sale
Topic: All Soarer's Converters Back in Stock! 20% OFF this week only!
Replies: 3
Views: 281

Re: All Soarer's Converters Back in Stock! 20% OFF this week only!

I still have the SDL version, but the discount on those is the standard 10% ($42 each after discount) given that I have to make them with expensive SDL parts.
by orihalcon
06 Aug 2019, 04:28
Forum: For sale
Topic: All Soarer's Converters Back in Stock! 20% OFF this week only!
Replies: 3
Views: 281

All Soarer's Converters Back in Stock! 20% OFF this week only!

Hello all! Just wanted to let everyone know that all of my Soarer's Converters are now back in stock! As a promotion, I'll be selling the following Soarer's Converter adapters through PM's received on Deskthority at a 20% discount at $32 each with FREE USA SHIPPING this week only! This includes: AT/...
by orihalcon
05 Aug 2019, 15:52
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Beamspring Switchplate Restore.
Replies: 18
Views: 612

Re: Beamspring Switchplate Restore.

You got lucky! At least yours wasn't like this one I got a while back:
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On yours, You could just put a light coat of rust preventing oil (like something lanolin based, though beware, your beamspring may then smell like a sheep) and wipe off the excess.
by orihalcon
05 Aug 2019, 15:35
Forum: Gallery
Topic: IBM 4704 Model 100 "F50"
Replies: 3
Views: 308

Re: IBM 4704 Model 100 "F50"

Nice specimen indeed! The dating on these is weird, sometimes they'll get refurbished and I've seen F107's with date stickers showing as late as 1996, some of them being internal stickers on the curved backplate. The F107 I listed yesterday (and which promptly sold in less than half an hour) had a d...
by orihalcon
01 Aug 2019, 05:16
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Melted the Stablizer clips on my IBM Model F AT
Replies: 4
Views: 195

Re: Melted the Stablizer clips on my IBM Model F AT

Yep, agree with the above, easiest solution would be just to get a parts model M 101 key and use the "in barrel" stablizer inserts and the keys that go with it. I usually like to preserve the wire stabilizers as they might feel a little bit smoother in the end, but seems like a good compromise in th...
by orihalcon
30 Jul 2019, 02:51
Forum: Reviews
Topic: Ortek MCK-101SX review (Alps SKCM White)
Replies: 6
Views: 464

Re: Ortek MCK-101SX review (Alps SKCM White)

Nice video as usual! I just got one of these myself, though mostly got it for the caps which are doubleshot + pad printed secondaries. Not sure I'm brave enough to put the durability of the pad printing to the test in any sort of heavy use scenario though, but they definitely do spruce up the overal...
by orihalcon
28 Jul 2019, 23:45
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 22635
Views: 1232525

Re: Great/Interesting Finds

All the black M122's I sold a while back had the glitter in them as well, though I didn't really list it as a selling point because you really have to be looking at it right in order to see it. I still have a couple of those M122's I believe if anyone wants one, or just the caps for a more reasonabl...
by orihalcon
24 Jul 2019, 04:07
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Apple Cross Pollination? - East Meets West
Replies: 5
Views: 306

Re: Apple Cross Pollination? - East Meets West

Definitely an interesting idea! I've not come across any Japanese ALPS Apple boards that have oranges that did on the US models, but here's hoping those are indeed oranges :)
by orihalcon
09 Jul 2019, 03:16
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: [Restoration] IBM 4704 F77 FINISHED
Replies: 84
Views: 3261

Re: [Restoration] IBM 4704 F77

Great find indeed! My understanding is not that the F77 was particularly rare to begin with as there were no doubt thousands if not tens of thousands made, it’s just that all 4704’s were supposed to have been destroyed per bank IT policy when they stopped being used. I guess banks worry about bankin...
by orihalcon
30 Jun 2019, 05:23
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Totaly new to DIY keyboard conversions, working on a Model F Bigfoot
Replies: 12
Views: 654

Re: Totaly new to DIY keyboard conversions, working on a Model F Bigfoot

I believe that regular XT innards will fit fine on a Bigfoot? Haven't actually done it myself, but even just getting a capsense PCB with the controller on it should work with the rest of your setup and then you can use your Soarer's converter to convert the XT protocol to USB.
by orihalcon
12 Jun 2019, 05:35
Forum: Reviews
Topic: Leading Edge DC-2014 review (Alps SKCM Blue)
Replies: 6
Views: 633

Re: Leading Edge DC-2014 review (Alps SKCM Blue)

One weak point of this design is the use of rubber spacers/bumpers to isolate the PCB from the case. They sort of snap into holes on the inside of the back of the board. Over time the rubber hardens and becomes brittle. Most of mine have broken in two pieces. I would love to find a replacement for ...
by orihalcon
16 May 2019, 05:05
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Post a picture of your ideal keyboard layout!
Replies: 466
Views: 39192

Re: Post a picture of your ideal keyboard layout!

I've always loved thumb shift keyboards myself:
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Perhaps one day with the help of Wcass, I might bring something like it to life :D
by orihalcon
30 Apr 2019, 19:09
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 22635
Views: 1232525

Re: Great/Interesting Finds

Indeed a nice F107! If anyone needs an unrestored one, PM me. The restore is definitely time consuming, but you'll get to enjoy it for a lifetime!
by orihalcon
20 Apr 2019, 20:26
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: New Beamspring Converters on Ebay
Replies: 13
Views: 855

Re: New Beamspring Converters on Ebay

I saw those as well! Main disadvantage I would say is seemingly being unable to change the layout. I'm half curious as to what the original speaker in a Displaywriter actually sounds like as I've never seen a video with that working with the original system, though probably is one out there somewhere.
by orihalcon
19 Mar 2019, 05:26
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Sold my car... then I made-to-order this IBM SSK
Replies: 10
Views: 997

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

Very nice indeed! I've only seen a Lotus Elise once in a parking lot, and other than the exotic look, the second thing you notice is just how "space saving" of a car it is! I'm glad that you got to experience the car and that you now have an awesome keyboard to commemorate it!
by orihalcon
19 Mar 2019, 03:12
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Loudest EVER Model F XT Proof of Concept with Xwhatsit Controller
Replies: 9
Views: 1055

Re:

Amazing! How did you performed such a clean cut over the areas with the copper mask? Just used a Dremel with a cutting wheel attachment actually. I think you could probably also use a bench grinder, but grinding the entire controller off would probably make a lot more potentially harmful dust ;)
by orihalcon
17 Mar 2019, 02:07
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 22635
Views: 1232525

Re: Great/Interesting Finds

The full size 3277 variant doesn't come up often, but beware, requires a replacement PCB which I believe there are public drawings out there somewhere for: https://www.ebay.com/itm/173838879554 That layout gets a few extra points for the appropriately placed shift keys. The fact that they are steppe...
by orihalcon
01 Mar 2019, 19:13
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Model F XT weird issues
Replies: 7
Views: 627

Re: Model F XT weird issues

Would have to say there's probably some dust causing an issue, so a full restore or at least completely blowing out all the dust with the back cover off and wiping down the capsense pcb with microfiber cloth would be in order. It's kind of a pain to do it because getting the keyboard back together (...
by orihalcon
01 Mar 2019, 08:50
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 22635
Views: 1232525

Re: Great/Interesting Finds

I have one of those Merlin boards, though the top case is cracked that I’ll eventually be posting for sale if anyone is interested. It is indeed Fujitsu leaf spring. The area in the top right corner is actually a small matrix display and the logo has a kind of “foil” look to it in person which is pr...
by orihalcon
25 Feb 2019, 00:31
Forum: Want to buy
Topic: [WTB] IBM 5140 keys and 7u Alps spacebar
Replies: 3
Views: 248

Re: [WTB] IBM 5140 keys and IBM Pingmaster cables

I have full keycap sets for the 5140 if you're interested.

Also have Model 4704 cables which I believe are pretty similar to the NOS Pingmaster cables, but not NOS obviously :-), and I might even have a Pingmaster cable or two as well.

Will PM you.
by orihalcon
11 Feb 2019, 03:37
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Most and least reliable keyboard switch?
Replies: 24
Views: 1493

Re: Most and least reliable keyboard switch?

By the numbers, the most reliable in terms of continuing to work (though feel will definitely be impacted if there's industrial dust present) would be Honeywell Hall Effect. They even work underwater! Most aren't super easy to convert to USB if you are working with vintage hardware, but a lot of pro...
by orihalcon
03 Feb 2019, 16:45
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Packard Bell US ANSI with Blue Alps Switches
Replies: 12
Views: 757

Re: Packard Bell US ANSI with Blue Alps Switches

Can’t forget the blue ALPS M clone!

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by orihalcon
31 Jan 2019, 15:20
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: USB to PS/2 + Soarer's Converter?
Replies: 7
Views: 451

Re: USB to PS/2 + Soarer's Converter?

Hasu makes a USB to USB converter which runs TMK and I believe that it is actually two separate arduinos put together, so it can't run on a single arduino unfortunately. The USB to USB converters I have really only work if the board can support PS/2 output through a USB plug, so really it's just a P...
by orihalcon
25 Jan 2019, 19:26
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Tai Hao Alps modifiers
Replies: 11
Views: 687

Re: Tai Hao Alps modifiers

I haven't really ever built a custom ALPS board, but where does one reliably source Costar stabilizers from?
by orihalcon
25 Jan 2019, 04:33
Forum: Want to buy
Topic: Nut&Bolt / Screwmod IBM for me?
Replies: 3
Views: 201

Re: Nut&Bolt / Screwmod IBM for me?

The problem with bolt modding a specific board is that the shipping to get it to and from the person doing the bolt mod makes it almost more hassle than just buying one that is already bolt modded, but hopefully you'll get lucky and find someone locally that will do it!

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