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by Khronokrator
01 Mar 2018, 23:59
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
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Maybe I am being a bit harsh. To be fair, I never got into modern keyboards. I've tried them, but never got interested in them because my first mechanical keyboard was a full size M. You are right, there are different focuses in this hobby and I, along with most of the people on here, much prefer t...
by Khronokrator
23 Oct 2017, 01:06
Forum: Marketplace Help
Topic: Price Check: How much is my _____ worth?
Replies: 4509
Views: 451471

I would complain about how the videos drove the prices, but I would never have gotten into the scene were it not for those videos. Always fantastic and well-made, and persuasive to boot. Absolutely, I mean no disrespect of chyros. Without his videos randomly popping up in my feed back in early 2015...
by Khronokrator
22 Oct 2017, 06:18
Forum: Marketplace Help
Topic: Price Check: How much is my _____ worth?
Replies: 4509
Views: 451471

Same. I wasn't really part of the community until early 2015-ish, which was right around the time that chyros was publishing his first videos. Of those, the one which had *by far* the most views was his review of his ridiculously pristine mint KB-101A. :P After that, I and everyone else on the inter...
by Khronokrator
22 Mar 2017, 21:40
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
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I have offered 110 he replied 250. I offered 150 he has not replied yet. Let's see. 150 is too much I reckon. People shouldn't really be buying blue Alps boards in conditions like this IMO. Agreed, it just feeds into the hype and grossly over-inflated prices that have been a constant for the past y...
by Khronokrator
21 Mar 2017, 00:05
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Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
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Considering the state of that keyboard, $300 is a tad much, IMO. Alps switches don't weather dust all that well.
by Khronokrator
14 Feb 2017, 23:48
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
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+1 to everything that Harshmallow said. I actually had the same experience with an FK-5001 last month myself; I got it for a good price on eBay and though the board itself is in materially good shape (minus yellowing on the keys themselves) the typing experience is pretty awful. Lots of binding, and...
by Khronokrator
14 Feb 2017, 22:47
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
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I'd beware of all that dust. If there's that much dust around the switch, there's probably an equal amount of dust *inside* of it.

And Alps switches do not respond well to dust, at all.
by Khronokrator
14 Feb 2017, 22:40
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 24347
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No sure if this has been discussed here or not. I had a pretty bad experience buying keyboards from him. I purchased a keyboard advertised as having APL keycaps. He sent a regular Model F, and did not reply emails for more than two weeks that I had to open a case on ebay against him. He then said h...
by Khronokrator
05 Sep 2016, 04:22
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
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I think he'd have more luck just running a bidding war; that's where all of the major Blue Alps sells of the last few months went. Wouldn't be surprised if he got up to at least half of his asking price. ;)

(Make no mistake, I'd love to own it, but I couldn't really afford that either.)
by Khronokrator
05 Sep 2016, 03:26
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 24347
Views: 2200230

NIB DC-3014 for a cool $700:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/DC-3014-LEADING ... 2170527500?

I feel like this one was posted before, and it turned out the board actually came with White Alps switches.
by Khronokrator
02 Sep 2016, 04:45
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
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Don't know if anyone else has noticed, but elecplus' (former?) Model F supplier has been repeatedly relisting his "APL" Model F, using apparently the same sets of pictures, every time one of them gets bought: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-IBM-1435036-Clicky-Keyboard-APL-Model-F-1985-EXTREMELY-RARE...
by Khronokrator
25 Aug 2016, 09:07
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Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
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here's some cheap, normal ones (not 83 key, not sure where the seller got that from): http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-IBM-Model-F-83-Key-Mechanical-Clicky-Spring-PC-Keyboard-6110347-/112107795001 As was pointed out, the seller "clarified" the sale and also added an exorbitant $40-50 for CONUS shipp...
by Khronokrator
02 Jul 2016, 19:21
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
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Yep, this is going to go up to $400 at the current rate. I wish eBayers would realize that early bidding like this does nothing more than drive the price up to levels only crazy Korean collectors can afford. :P
by Khronokrator
01 Jul 2016, 07:00
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 24347
Views: 2200230

I was so pissed off when a certain member of a certain forum won my Monterey K101 for $220 and said "I didn't expect to win" and told me he planned on buying another board instead. Get the hell out of here, that's not how you bid on items, dude. You do not bid unless you can (or intend to) pay for ...
by Khronokrator
18 Jun 2016, 08:34
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Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 24347
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I've really got to thank Chyros for mentioning that mint Omnikey this week. It arrived in absolutely beautiful condition, and it's the first time I've gotten to experience old SKCMs on a genuine bigass metal backplate. It's basically in as good a condition as my Ultra TP at literally less than 1/3 o...
by Khronokrator
15 Jun 2016, 20:29
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Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
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I'm with Chyros... I love the Omnikey/Focus layout myself. The bigass enter is awesome and I like that it still has a full-sized backspace key (my #1 complaint with layouts like Chicony's). As I generally don't use the forward facing slash, having it shoved off to the bottom row doesn't bother me. I...
by Khronokrator
31 May 2016, 05:33
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Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 24347
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The Chicony looks really clean. If someone wants to give white Alps a go, that's one you could get :) . P.S. It's said those Ortek boards have doubleshot PBT, but no-one's been able to confirm or disprove it xD . I saw that Chicony as well. It's a very clean board--very nearly NIB condition in fact...
by Khronokrator
21 Apr 2016, 02:39
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 24347
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Yeah, that's E3E's board.
by Khronokrator
18 Apr 2016, 10:04
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 24347
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And i just got a non-working FK9000 for 20 bucks on a whim. What are these restoration methods you speak of? :D Edit: read in a thread where you mentioned it basically just needs a fresh battery. Duly noted, i'll make sure to try that before pestering you. Yeah, I was just going to say this as well...
by Khronokrator
16 Apr 2016, 09:36
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 24347
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Those late-generation FK-2001s are most likely clone switches, if I had to guess.
by Khronokrator
15 Apr 2016, 21:21
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 24347
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Scarpia wrote: Actually he's probably not. But the buyer sure is.
Right. Someone should update the K104 entry on the wiki to warn people of the danger of Mitsumi switches. :lol:
by Khronokrator
15 Apr 2016, 09:00
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Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 24347
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A NIB Monterey K104: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Rare-Find-VTG-New-Old-Stock-In-Box-MTEK-Monterey-Clicky-Keyboard-Model-K104-NOS-/222080751016 Before anyone celebrates, I asked the seller to pull a keycap. While he wouldn't do it for this one (he claimed he wanted to 'preserve' its NIB status) he also c...
by Khronokrator
14 Apr 2016, 00:10
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 24347
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That KB-5161 is nice, but it's not $100 + $30 shipping nice. From the same seller, another FK-9000, albeit at twice what I paid for mine: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Key-Pro-FK-9000-Vintage-Mechanical-Keyboard-Clicky-White-ALPS-/201561077438? The seller claims it "works perfectly" and then says "I have ...
by Khronokrator
07 Apr 2016, 22:02
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 24347
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I was wondering if anyone else saw that. THE Blue Alps. :lol: I feel like the sellers are getting just a bit greedy, no? After finding out those troll bidders weren't going to pay $500 for their keyboards, they relist them at well over 3x what the actual market value is. I implore everyone (users an...
by Khronokrator
07 Apr 2016, 03:22
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 24347
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Looks like the Acer auction fell through? The seller seems to have relisted it with a BIN price of $315. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Acer-6011-Blue-Alps-Vintage-Keyboard-/111960419627 Still a bit too rich for my tastes. Edit: Panbabis' Datatech from a few weeks ago is also relisted now, with a BIN price...
by Khronokrator
05 Apr 2016, 09:57
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 24347
Views: 2200230

Ah man, it figures that Chyros would have seen or owned the rare MCK-142 that came with actual Alps switches. :P All the ones I've seen--which granted is not a huge sample size--have been simplified Alps. I bow before your superior Alps knowledge, however, Chyros. ... On topic: http://www.ebay.com/i...
by Khronokrator
05 Apr 2016, 07:15
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 24347
Views: 2200230

That is a lot to be asking for just for the keycaps, although they are quite cool.
by Khronokrator
05 Apr 2016, 04:39
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 24347
Views: 2200230

Ah, the Ortek battlecruiser! Not cheap for the condition it's in, but genuine Alps and it's a cool board, and almost as big as a battleship :D . Not sure about "genuine" Alps, Chyros. I have a working theory all Ortek 142s shipped with SKBM Simplified switches, and I think this one's no exception--...
by Khronokrator
02 Apr 2016, 22:45
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 24347
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Somehow, that figures. Oh, Focus. :lol:
by Khronokrator
02 Apr 2016, 22:09
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 24347
Views: 2200230

I have an FK-9000, but I actually haven't tested it thoroughly beyond the basics once I finally got it working (the switches need cleaning/replacing). It has the star nav cluster with the diagonal arrows... but IIRC the keyboard tester that everyone uses online actually picks them up as two keystrok...

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