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by Daniel Beardsmore
18 Apr 2018, 00:04
Forum: Group buys
Topic: Alps SKCL Switches (Round 2)
Replies: 237
Views: 12125

I actually bought these a few months ago and they are indeed alps branded. However, when I bought them the listing was: "Supply of imported original ALPS WKUES1B010 mechanical keyboard button switch" NOW the listing is: "Supply of imported original similar ALPS WKUES1B010 mechanical keyboard button...
by Daniel Beardsmore
17 Apr 2018, 19:39
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Guy finds rare Alps SKCC Radio Shack TRS-III keyboard unit
Replies: 17
Views: 659

Any info on this? (not my find) The wiki pages for SKCC Cream and Alps integrated dome both mention it with references. The SKCC version was mentioned here in 2014 (per the reference on the SKCC Cream page): https://deskthority.net/keyboards-f2/keyboard-mystery-alps-12kc018a-for-trs-80-model-iii-t9...
by Daniel Beardsmore
17 Apr 2018, 09:54
Forum: Group buys
Topic: Alps SKCL Switches (Round 2)
Replies: 237
Views: 12125

does he have any other types of NOS Alps? 8-) Ugh. Was anyone able to get these? https://item.taobao.com/item.htm?id=558118276592 Typical China — the moron seller created a listing with a bunch of random photos and sells whatever he feels like from it. After sending back a link to the specific phot...
by Daniel Beardsmore
16 Apr 2018, 23:35
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread
Replies: 3614
Views: 170912

consolation wrote: … unless there's a big surprise.
Here, there are no end of surprises.
by Daniel Beardsmore
16 Apr 2018, 22:44
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread
Replies: 3614
Views: 170912

Aren't foam and foil? Look at the spring, Also I remember other Amkey boards with weird foam and foil switches If anything, they remind me of [wiki]Stackpole torsion spring[/wiki], but they won't be if they are Amkey branded. They do bear more than a passing resemblance to the switch in one of Amke...
by Daniel Beardsmore
15 Apr 2018, 14:56
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread
Replies: 3614
Views: 170912

Curious, the first two are BTC 53 Series foam and foil. I didn't recognise them.
by Daniel Beardsmore
15 Apr 2018, 12:55
Forum: Deskthority wiki talk
Topic: Why can't the wiki recognise and prioritise search strings properly?
Replies: 2
Views: 476

The search box at the top right provides autocomplete on page titles, but it is case-sensitive from the second character onwards (i.e. you can type "chicony KB-5161" or "Chicony KB-5161" but not "chicony kb-5161"). I generally use that box, rather than run full searches. You can use quotes around se...
by Daniel Beardsmore
14 Apr 2018, 02:43
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Has anyone ever...?
Replies: 30
Views: 1119

I recommend a Nan Tan FMA3300 or FMA3500. I saw one at a radio rally years ago, and pulled off a keycap to find the highly rare [wiki]Alps ultra low profile[/wiki] switches. I should have bought the machine, but I didn't want something that bulky, and I didn't write down the model of computer. I jus...
by Daniel Beardsmore
13 Apr 2018, 19:46
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread
Replies: 3614
Views: 170912

So, I found this keyboard for sale, but I don't know what switches it has. https://image.ibb.co/gEQvcS/IMG_20180413_153102_1.jpg https://image.ibb.co/cRnK47/IMG_20180413_153114_1.jpg Reminds me of topre and since the board was made in japan it could be a clone of some sorts. Round mount was a commo...
by Daniel Beardsmore
13 Apr 2018, 00:47
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread
Replies: 3614
Views: 170912

A terminal keyboard, apparently. I'm pretty sure I've seen that picture in this thread before but can't find it now. Any info? Thanks! Some kind of DEC LK-201 clone. Usually rubber domes or MX Blacks, though I've seen others like green Alps too. I saw a variant on Geekhack recently where that ribbe...
by Daniel Beardsmore
12 Apr 2018, 23:39
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Stackpole switch 3D printed slider replacement by YT user AkBKuku
Replies: 4
Views: 254

I'm pretty sure those are Hi-Tek High Profile, not Stackpole.
by Daniel Beardsmore
12 Apr 2018, 23:38
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread
Replies: 3614
Views: 170912

The only type for which I could not find any part numbers or subseries names!
by Daniel Beardsmore
12 Apr 2018, 02:16
Forum: Group buys
Topic: Alps SKCL Switches (Round 2)
Replies: 237
Views: 12125

The white you're seeing is linear, not clicky. It's the three types Tai-Hao currently offer.
by Daniel Beardsmore
11 Apr 2018, 23:48
Forum: Group buys
Topic: Alps SKCL Switches (Round 2)
Replies: 237
Views: 12125

Do you have Tai Hao blue and green Alps-mount by the way? Also found those online. Yes. The type I need is white clicky, and I ordered the last ones from Mechanical Keyboards, but it got lost in the post. I can't reorder, as there is no more stock and they are no longer manufactured. Yes, it's clic...
by Daniel Beardsmore
11 Apr 2018, 20:01
Forum: Group buys
Topic: Alps SKCL Switches (Round 2)
Replies: 237
Views: 12125

My order arrived today. They are ALPS linear yellow switches( SKCLFQ ). SKCLAR. The series is structured: SKCL A x : Momentary linear, no LED SKCL F x : Momentary linear, factory-fitted LED SKCL J x : Alternate action SKCL K x : Double action SKCM A x : Momentary tactile SKCM B x : Momentary tactil...
by Daniel Beardsmore
10 Apr 2018, 09:20
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread
Replies: 3614
Views: 170912

https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/uWIAAOSwBOlab0MT/s-l1600.jpg https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/u7MAAOSwvktab0M9/s-l1600.jpg Does anyone know about either of these? The pcb of the bottom one has "Mistumi 56 8152 a" on it but I wasn't able to find any info on that. Bottom one, hard to tell. Many Mitsumi ...
by Daniel Beardsmore
10 Apr 2018, 00:56
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Vintage LGI
Replies: 21
Views: 814

The questionable caps had "BTC" inside, maybe this helps a bit? I am not sure I have ever seen branding on (well, inside) a keycap before! I was looking at the keycaps and noticing that the typeface is a lot like Key Tronics, which seemed an odd company to make a keyboard with Cherry switches. Howe...
by Daniel Beardsmore
08 Apr 2018, 22:49
Forum: Deskthority wiki talk
Topic: Taking on "Alternative keyboard layouts"
Replies: 28
Views: 2211

You can't just destroy all the page contents in the hope that one day you might do something with them — you may not ever get around to it, and in which case who else would know where all the material went? However, I will leave you to butcher it however you please. It's not my responsibility.
by Daniel Beardsmore
08 Apr 2018, 22:38
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread
Replies: 3614
Views: 170912

Which reminds me, somewhere there were photos of a Cherry keyboard where they inherited the tooling from Honeywell (where the domes were on webbing). I also found this very suspect "Cherry" PDF that shows that webbing system as being Cherry NTK, and I can't recall if I ever saw that in a G83 keyboar...
by Daniel Beardsmore
08 Apr 2018, 20:07
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Allen Bradley 1784-T50 Industrial Terminal keyboard
Replies: 13
Views: 849

Oh, of course, this probably uses a PCB inside, so having LEDs within keys isn't difficult. Fujitsu had special LEDs that connected to the matrix for the FKB4700, to allow in-key LEDs to operate from a membrane.
by Daniel Beardsmore
08 Apr 2018, 20:05
Forum: Deskthority wiki talk
Topic: Taking on "Alternative keyboard layouts"
Replies: 28
Views: 2211

It's clearly not worth me wasting any more time on this as no-one's paying attention. The entire of the text for AdNW is gone. Malt is gone. BEAKL is gone. A large part of the page has just been summarily obliterated with no explanation. I have no idea why anyone would want to destroy so much inform...
by Daniel Beardsmore
07 Apr 2018, 23:04
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: FK-2001 Dust Cover
Replies: 14
Views: 619

I'd like some spare working switches if you get rid of them, I don't have a single T1 at all. So long as they're in good condition and not full of white goo anyway.
by Daniel Beardsmore
07 Apr 2018, 21:14
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread
Replies: 3614
Views: 170912

Latching keys are the ones that stay down when pressed. Since they were probably never used on any PC keyboard, I have no idea why the manufacturer would bother to state that. (Apple used latching alternate action switches for Alpha/Shift/Caps Lock for years, up until the AppleDesign Keyboard, which...
by Daniel Beardsmore
07 Apr 2018, 18:48
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: TOP 10 WORST mechanical keyboard switches of all time
Replies: 18
Views: 981

I realise that the presentation is not serious, but if those are not your actual worst top ten, then that was a pretty worthless video. However, the video still suffers from the same confusion of age and wear vs design. Besides, Cherry ML in some keyboards is really good. I have two, one really good...
by Daniel Beardsmore
07 Apr 2018, 14:19
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: TOP 10 WORST mechanical keyboard switches of all time
Replies: 18
Views: 981

My first encounter with Alps integrated dome (the small blue ones) led me to believe they were mechanical, as they were sharply tactile and had a metallic ping. I was quite surprised when I opened a switch. With any rubber-based keyboard (including MEI T-15) you have to consider the state of the rub...
by Daniel Beardsmore
07 Apr 2018, 13:05
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps Appreciation
Replies: 3156
Views: 127735

You are going to "buy new springs" … for what, exactly? Blue Alps's feel comes from not one but three springs: a helical return spring, a leaf spring for the click and tactile feel, and a leaf spring that works the contacts. The contacts are also springy: you have a flat plastic prong that applies p...
by Daniel Beardsmore
07 Apr 2018, 12:48
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread
Replies: 3614
Views: 170912

This one is even worse: http://www.johnwolff.id.au/calculators/Tech/Logos240/Logos240.htm#Keyboard Cherry M7 (as it was later known) came out around 1970. I'm not clear what would have been around in the late 60s — I can only think of Micro Switch SW Series. What would have been more cost effective,...
by Daniel Beardsmore
07 Apr 2018, 12:42
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Allen Bradley 1784-T50 Industrial Terminal keyboard
Replies: 13
Views: 849

That looks to be [wiki]Maxi Switch dome with slider[/wiki] then. Keycaps … Comptec I suppose.

What do the 1-unit LED switches look like?
by Daniel Beardsmore
06 Apr 2018, 09:26
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: FK-2001 Dust Cover
Replies: 14
Views: 619

It depends what you mean by "those clones", since there are a variety of clone types that look similar or identical. Focus is known for using OA2 and T1, yes — I just wasn't sure if these were T1 or not. They do seem to be.
by Daniel Beardsmore
06 Apr 2018, 09:11
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: FK-2001 Dust Cover
Replies: 14
Views: 619

I guess that's within expectation for those now.

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