Alps Appreciation

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ppCircle

17 Mar 2020, 14:50

Fk-747a Before and after retrobright. (i have to make new shortcuts bar but that gonna take a bit because of that epidemic :cry: )
Love those polish legends in this board.

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Redmaus
Gotta start somewhere

17 Mar 2020, 14:51

ppCircle wrote:
17 Mar 2020, 14:50
Fk-747a Before and after retrobright. (i have to make new shortcuts bar but that gonna take a bit because of that epidemic :cry: )
Love those polish legends in this board.
It honestly looks like the board never got yellowed in the after pic. Well done.

4sStylZ

17 Mar 2020, 15:15

I just get this : Image

3 AEK Azerty ISO white dampened
4 AEK Qwerty ANSI cream dampened
2 ASK ISO salmon alps

BTW I have a theory about cream / white dampened. Seem's that all my French board got White dampened and all my Qwerty board got Cream.

What is the rule for others country ?

Aran.E99

17 Mar 2020, 17:28

4sStylZ wrote:
17 Mar 2020, 15:15
What is the rule for others country ?
I've only had 3 AEKII's (all late model UK/ISO variants, assembled in Ireland) and they all had white damped switches.

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fohat
Elder Messenger

17 Mar 2020, 19:00

My experience was that the 1989 copyright AEK2 was salmon, the 1990 copyrights were dampened cream, and 1995 copyrights were dampened white, but my sample group was not large.

4_404

18 Mar 2020, 00:11

NEC 'Bigfoot'/'AT-101'. ALPS branding on the PCB, NEC style doubleshots for grey/white keys other than number pad, similar to those on the NEC APC 412 Blue oval boards. Coloured keys and numpad looks to be pad printed. Clicky white Alps with slits. Model is SA902A-CAC KB and date on the label is May 1990
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kelvinhall05

18 Mar 2020, 00:26

Those caps are great...interested in selling them?

4_404

18 Mar 2020, 00:34

Not at the moment, plus I'm in Aus so the shipping would likely be pretty bad, but give me a message as I do need to clear out/sell some stuff soon.

I did try making them ANSI with a couple of SGI dyesubs, but unfortunately the different fonts, colours and keycap shapes didn't really work that well together.

kelvinhall05

18 Mar 2020, 00:48

4_404 wrote:
18 Mar 2020, 00:34
Not at the moment, plus I'm in Aus so the shipping would likely be pretty bad, but give me a message as I do need to clear out/sell some stuff soon.

I did try making them ANSI with a couple of SGI dyesubs, but unfortunately the different fonts, colours and keycap shapes didn't really work that well together.
Alright, lmk. Those colourful caps are awesome, and the grey ones are pretty cool, too.

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Redmaus
Gotta start somewhere

18 Mar 2020, 01:29

4_404 wrote:
18 Mar 2020, 00:11
NEC 'Bigfoot'/'AT-101'. ALPS branding on the PCB, NEC style doubleshots for grey/white keys other than number pad, similar to those on the NEC APC 412 Blue oval boards. Coloured keys and numpad looks to be pad printed. Clicky white Alps with slits. Model is SA902A-CAC KB and date on the label is May 1990
That's an exquisite board you got there, never seen any alps caps like that before. Too bad its BAE :(

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Weezer

18 Mar 2020, 01:41

Redmaus wrote:
18 Mar 2020, 01:29
4_404 wrote:
18 Mar 2020, 00:11
NEC 'Bigfoot'/'AT-101'. ALPS branding on the PCB, NEC style doubleshots for grey/white keys other than number pad, similar to those on the NEC APC 412 Blue oval boards. Coloured keys and numpad looks to be pad printed. Clicky white Alps with slits. Model is SA902A-CAC KB and date on the label is May 1990
That's an exquisite board you got there, never seen any alps caps like that before. Too bad its BAE :(
You don't like bae??

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Redmaus
Gotta start somewhere

18 Mar 2020, 01:50

Weezer wrote:
18 Mar 2020, 01:41
You don't like bae??
I don't aesthetics ruined with the asymmetry :geek:

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Chyros

18 Mar 2020, 07:46

Wow, that's a damn nice board =o .

4_404

18 Mar 2020, 08:07

Thanks! Supposedly it's from a New Zealand telecom company. I didn't know where were 'bigfoot' boards with BAE or clicky Alps. Assumed they were white damped until I tried them. The tops of the caps are also extrtraordinarily thick; a couple of the modifiers seem to be at least 3-4mm of solid plastic (not sure what that is in imperial units). It's in great condition as well.

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swampangel

20 Mar 2020, 21:17

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Yesterday I finished replacing the original switch tops (top housing, slider, spring, and click leaf) in my Omnikey 101 with NOS pine white ones.

The originals were maybe 7/10 after years of use so I'm going to clean and keep them for the next project.

With the new switches, I'm reminded why this has been my favourite keyboard over so many years.

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snacksthecat
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02 Apr 2020, 09:50

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