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by consideringquiet
21 May 2018, 03:44
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: A few questions
Replies: 2
Views: 229

A few questions

So, after finally finding time to myself I decided that I finally wanted too through with a build. This would be sort of a primer to the one I discussed waaaay far back about SKCC Alps, as I want to familiarize myself with soldering after a long while of not practicing. Anywho, as I was testing my o...
by consideringquiet
20 May 2018, 21:10
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread
Replies: 3974
Views: 252815

Last one for today to try and satisfy my curiosity :)
by consideringquiet
20 May 2018, 20:47
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread
Replies: 3974
Views: 252815

Anybody have an idea what this is?

https://i.imgur.com/LViNLUU.jpg
by consideringquiet
27 Jan 2018, 03:13
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: SKCC Alps Project
Replies: 37
Views: 1691

macboarder wrote: If you're still looking for switches and/or caps, check your inbox :)
!!! :D
by consideringquiet
26 Jan 2018, 19:44
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: SKCC Alps Project
Replies: 37
Views: 1691

Would you happen to have any more information? I'm quite interested in adding a solenoid to one of my boards but I haven't been able to find any information about anyone adding a solenoid that wasn't from an IBM board. I've seen a few on alliexpress, my trouble is finding one that i could somehow w...
by consideringquiet
26 Jan 2018, 19:38
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Finding Actuation Forces Sources!
Replies: 5
Views: 339

Finding Actuation Forces Sources!

So, I'm working on a compilation of data and was wondering if anyone could point me in the right direction! For one of my projects at school, I've taken it upon myself to try and make things interesting and make my project about keyboards. The gist is: does actuation force increase/decrease over tim...
by consideringquiet
12 Jan 2018, 19:24
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: SKCC Alps Project
Replies: 37
Views: 1691

Solenoids are pretty standard components, and all they do is jackhammer against the case. Technically you could use other solenoids as well. Would you happen to have any more information? I'm quite interested in adding a solenoid to one of my boards but I haven't been able to find any information a...
by consideringquiet
09 Jan 2018, 17:52
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: SKCC Alps Project
Replies: 37
Views: 1691

Chyros wrote: It's not cheap, but certainly not extortionate. For NOS vintage switches that aren't otherwise easy to get hold of I'd say it's pretty decent.
Is there a similar way of buying solenoids?
by consideringquiet
07 Jan 2018, 01:24
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: SKCC Alps Project
Replies: 37
Views: 1691

It was on eBay for a while, I think they're on Taobao now. I don't have a link myself, but I'm sure someone here does :) . Thanks a million! https://www.ebay.com/itm/ALPS-Vintage-Keyboard-Switch-SKCCAF002A-New-Original-Macintosh-Cream-New-100-pc/182551024398 Same seller has other auctions for diffe...
by consideringquiet
07 Jan 2018, 01:21
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread
Replies: 3974
Views: 252815

Chyros wrote: I've had four Futaba boards. None of them were pristine, but all of them were nightmarishly scratchy.
Maybe they are really, really, really sensitive to dirt. Like Alps but more sensitive by an order of magnitude!

Or they could just be naturally awful like leaf springs.
by consideringquiet
07 Jan 2018, 00:45
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread
Replies: 3974
Views: 252815

Chyros wrote: Looks like Futaba linears. Extremely horrible in my experience xD .
They feel really scratchy, I dunno if its from how dirty the thing is or if it's just the switches :lol:
by consideringquiet
07 Jan 2018, 00:41
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: SKCC Alps Project
Replies: 37
Views: 1691

Chyros wrote: You can buy SKCC NOS, there's an enormous stock of them left.
Really? From where? :o
by consideringquiet
07 Jan 2018, 00:31
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: SKCC Alps Project
Replies: 37
Views: 1691

The name does kinda make you think the board isnt as great as it is Exactly! The name is not worthy of such a great keyboard. Of course it does "ping" like many vintage KB's. :roll: I might very well just use the switches from the TRS-80, they seemed to be in pretty fair condition anyhow, the backp...
by consideringquiet
07 Jan 2018, 00:22
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps Appreciation
Replies: 3409
Views: 187509

I have no idea. He has not been around DT for a while now. :roll: I was about to say the same but I checked his account and it said he was active today. He just lurks lately. Oh, but there's no reason for him to lurk. :roll: But it's a free world, or should I say a free internet. Not for long in th...
by consideringquiet
07 Jan 2018, 00:20
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread
Replies: 3974
Views: 252815

Well, this thing is not a keyboard, its a calculator. I know what it is, its a Victor 1665, but the switches are whats weird to me. Any ideas? Sorry the pictures are awful, its basically cross mount black switches. Definitely not MX, for sure. https://imgur.com/gallery/lE7qo Sorry can't tell you fr...
by consideringquiet
07 Jan 2018, 00:01
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread
Replies: 3974
Views: 252815

Well, this thing is not a keyboard, its a calculator. I know what it is, its a Victor 1665, but the switches are whats weird to me. Any ideas? Sorry the pictures are awful, its basically cross mount black switches. Definitely not MX, for sure.

https://imgur.com/gallery/lE7qo
by consideringquiet
06 Jan 2018, 23:58
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: SKCC Alps Project
Replies: 37
Views: 1691

I also own the IBM "Pingmaster" (hate that name) but I could never sacrifice any part of it for anything else but I like the idea of your project! https://deskthority.net/keyboards-f2/ibm-part-no-6112884-t11815.html?hilit=IBM%205954339%20Part%20No.%206112884 The name does kinda make you think the b...
by consideringquiet
06 Jan 2018, 23:54
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: SKCC Alps Project
Replies: 37
Views: 1691

Right, I'm not saying either are "easy" to deal with. There are people who can do that much better than others. Aw I'm just joking around. I'm not willing to test my luck with disassembly though. The TRS 80 didn't look too dirty when I got it, though. Just a bit stiff overall, but I think that has ...
by consideringquiet
06 Jan 2018, 23:51
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: SKCC Alps Project
Replies: 37
Views: 1691

They can be disassembled like SKCM. Nope, not in the same way. Much more tedious to open them. Close to impossible for many like myself. You and consideringquiet may be able to do so with "ease" on the other hand. ;) I actually might end up taking out some SKCC Greens from an IBM Pingmaster that I ...
by consideringquiet
06 Jan 2018, 23:49
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: SKCC Alps Project
Replies: 37
Views: 1691

They can be disassembled like SKCM. Nope, not in the same way. Much more tedious to open them. Close to impossible for many like myself. You and consideringquiet may be able to do so with "ease" on the other hand. ;) Nope, not me! I had to take apart an Orange Alps switch because of a broken off ke...
by consideringquiet
06 Jan 2018, 23:47
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: SKCC Alps Project
Replies: 37
Views: 1691

Also used SKCC switches can feel really shitty and cannot be cleaned like SKCM. S Why can they not be cleaned? They can be disassembled like SKCM. I think he means that they cant be disassembled while still soldered in. Or that they are incredibly difficult to put back together. I don't have much l...
by consideringquiet
06 Jan 2018, 23:44
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps Appreciation
Replies: 3409
Views: 187509

I'm curious to know what you think about plate springs, I have tried out one of the IBM laptops with plate springs and thought it was too odd feeling to use. It has the same issue that all plate springs seem to have which is the up stroke is louder and snappier then the down stroke. It reminds me o...
by consideringquiet
06 Jan 2018, 23:38
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: SKCC Alps Project
Replies: 37
Views: 1691

Chyros wrote: Please note that SKCC caps use a different mount from MX caps, so sourcing nonstandard ones will be tricky ;) .
Oh I'm just gonna use the cross mount caps from the TRS-80 :)
by consideringquiet
06 Jan 2018, 23:32
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: SKCC Alps Project
Replies: 37
Views: 1691

Also used SKCC switches can feel really shitty and cannot be cleaned like SKCM. So you better find new ones or be sure they are clean which might not be easy. Sounds like a cool project, good luck! I actually might end up taking out some SKCC Greens from an IBM Pingmaster that I have, new old stock...
by consideringquiet
06 Jan 2018, 22:29
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps Appreciation
Replies: 3409
Views: 187509

I'm curious to know what you think about plate springs, I have tried out one of the IBM laptops with plate springs and thought it was too odd feeling to use. It has the same issue that all plate springs seem to have which is the up stroke is louder and snappier then the down stroke. Which IBM Lapto...
by consideringquiet
06 Jan 2018, 22:19
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: SKCC Alps Project
Replies: 37
Views: 1691

Also, I happen to be doing a school project based on comparisons of keyswitches. So, stay tuned for that!
by consideringquiet
06 Jan 2018, 22:14
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: SKCC Alps Project
Replies: 37
Views: 1691

SKCC Alps Project

Hey deskthority! This is officially my first ever post on here, though I've been meaning to make an account on here for a while. I wanted to ask for some help on a project of mine, thats been going on for a while now. Mostly due to shipping times from Alliexpress and doubtfulness. So, just like I re...

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