dss wrote: ↑
01 Sep 2019, 00:08
Check out this keyboard I picked up NIB from ebay recently...
A Monterey K104 with a Northgate (!!) badge.
It has SKCM White Alps and feels really excellent.
In fact I'm not sure I could tell the difference between these switches and the Blue Alps in my Northgate 102.
My Northgate 102 is in excellent condition but I suppose its not new like this one.
Nice! I saw that one listed, very glad it went to someone here. And thanks for the photos; the ones in the ebay listing were pretty bad. The early K104 is a really top notch keyboard.
The paper label matches the ones seen on Northgate models from other vendors, and this supports my previous guess that these labels were added by Northgate once the keyboards were delivered. And that also explains why the manufacturer's serial numbers don't correspond to the ones on the paper labels. I'm not sure what the "555" was about, but Northgate seemed to triple-up the digits on the vendor numbers, at least on the early models. Gen1 have a vendor number of 111, Gen2 was 222, 333, or 777. Some of the internal parts (PC board, etc) on Northgates seem to have numbers beginning with "555", so perhaps that was their designation for "keyboard" or the starting prefix on all their part numbers?
Like the Northgate-branded Liteon/Silitek 0002 I found this was probably supplied with a system rather than being sold separately like the Omnikeys. The "90" in the Monterey serial number is probably the year, 1990. The big (Datacomp) arrow keys means it probably has double shot caps. Your feelings about the early white Alps switches agree with mine; all else being equal I can't tell them from blues.