Cherry MX Keys to Alps SKCC

cjmegatron81

19 Mar 2019, 02:07

I bought an IBM Pingmaster recently which has Alps SKCC Green switches. I have some nice key caps I want to use with them but they are for Cherry MX switches.

Are there any adapters available out there?

Thanks!

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zrrion

19 Mar 2019, 05:03

I am not aware of any adapters. Due to the design of SKCC switches I would thing an adapter would be too tall to be usable.
What would be better would be a replacement slider with MX mount but these don't exist yet either. You would have to design a solution yourself basically.

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Nuum

19 Mar 2019, 16:25

The Alps SKCC cross mount is actually kinda close to the Cherry MX mount. The thickness of the cross arms is almost on point, all you would need to do is shorten the arms a bit. I tried this once with an SA profile keycap and it worked quite good.
So if you are ready to modify your switches this might be a solution, just try it on a spare switch and keycap first!

cjmegatron81

20 Mar 2019, 02:58

Nuum wrote:
19 Mar 2019, 16:25
The Alps SKCC cross mount is actually kinda close to the Cherry MX mount. The thickness of the cross arms is almost on point, all you would need to do is shorten the arms a bit. I tried this once with an SA profile keycap and it worked quite good.
So if you are ready to modify your switches this might be a solution, just try it on a spare switch and keycap first!
Do you have a picture of what it looks like after you did it?

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Nuum

20 Mar 2019, 09:05

Here is a crappy smartphone pic. You'd actually need to shave the arms down a bit more and the fit is quite tight, so be careful if you attempt this!
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cjmegatron81

21 Mar 2019, 01:35

Nuum wrote:
20 Mar 2019, 09:05
Here is a crappy smartphone pic. You'd actually need to shave the arms down a bit more and the fit is quite tight, so be careful if you attempt this!
IMG_20190320_090250_070.jpg
Thanks for taking the picture!

cli

24 Mar 2019, 19:44

cjmegatron81 wrote:
19 Mar 2019, 02:07
I bought an IBM Pingmaster recently which has Alps SKCC Green switches. I have some nice key caps I want to use with them but they are for Cherry MX switches.

Are there any adapters available out there?

Thanks!

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Ever tried SKCM Alps switches? Let me tell you, theyre one of the finest tactile typing experiences on the planet. These switches have always been the exotic at the meetups; Theyre fantastic to type on but a pain in the ass to find caps for.

Those days are over. The Nexus slider and Nexus Housing allow you to convert your favorite Alps SKCM and SKCL switches to MX compatibility.


.. check the prices, $10 for 5 sliders, yikes.

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Darkshado

27 Mar 2019, 14:31

^ also not the same kind of Alps as op's

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