Question for everyone with a Focus FK-555 (need info)

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Chyros

14 Apr 2019, 17:30

Could everyone with a Focus FK-555 please tell me what kind of cable and connector theirs uses, as well as which switches? I'm trying to work something out for a video.

Cheers! :D

Polecat

14 Apr 2019, 19:55

I don't own one of these, but I have seven FK-555s in my Focus database, including one that's Northgate-branded. Six of those have blue Alps SKCM switches; the seventh has cyan Omron B3G-S. I didn't save cable or connector information, but I'd be surprised to see anything other than a DIN5 and a coiled cord.

Wazrach

14 Apr 2019, 20:34

I'm looking forward to that video! :D

c.p

14 Apr 2019, 21:20

Hi T. I own a focus FK-555,it has DIN 5-pin connector.

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Chyros

14 Apr 2019, 21:22

Polecat wrote:
14 Apr 2019, 19:55
I don't own one of these, but I have seven FK-555s in my Focus database, including one that's Northgate-branded. Six of those have blue Alps SKCM switches; the seventh has cyan Omron B3G-S. I didn't save cable or connector information, but I'd be surprised to see anything other than a DIN5 and a coiled cord.
You'd be surprised xD . That's why I'm asking!

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Chyros

17 Apr 2019, 15:27

Need a bit more data for this, guys! Please let me know the connector and switch type if you have an FK-555 :) .

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ZedTheMan

17 Apr 2019, 16:56

Well, the one I WAS going to get before the mail lost it had blue Alps and a DIN plug, so, standard AT connector with AT/XT switch. Coiled cable. Pad printed caps.

c.p

17 Apr 2019, 22:49


c.p

17 Apr 2019, 22:52

I have the keyboard disassembled, is there something else you need know?

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Chyros

17 Apr 2019, 23:10

Well, if you have it disassembled anyway, could you post a picture of the quality assurance sticker? :D Thanks for the detailed pictures!

EDIT: the QC sticker on the PCB, I mean.


c.p

18 Apr 2019, 02:02

1987. It must be 1st gen. of blue alps if i'm correct. If there is such thing as first gen.

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Chyros

18 Apr 2019, 07:58

Awesome, thanks mate :D . This board is SO complicated and has so much story behind it xD .

c.p

18 Apr 2019, 08:29

:) I'm gonna feel sad when i'll sell it. Damn money.

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Noobmaen

18 Apr 2019, 12:23

Here's mine with skcm blue, caps are pad printed as well:
https://imgur.com/a/5AnD5pN
Edit: seems like mine has an external ROM unlike c.p's

keyboard Kultist

20 Apr 2019, 01:40

c.p wrote:
18 Apr 2019, 08:29
:) I'm gonna feel sad when i'll sell it. Damn money.
You're going to sell it? I'm starting to have a real thing about blue alps. It's all Chyros fault....(thanks Tom :-) )

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//gainsborough
ALPSの日常

20 Apr 2019, 22:42

Here's some pics of mine:

https://imgur.com/a/5zs71oq

Mine uses a 5-pin DIN connector and has blue alps. The original caps are pad printed, but I switched the alphas with PBT caps from a 5140.
Last edited by //gainsborough on 20 Apr 2019, 23:00, edited 1 time in total.

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Chyros

20 Apr 2019, 22:58

Noice, cheers! Yet another model xD .

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//gainsborough
ALPSの日常

20 Apr 2019, 23:01

Nice!

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26 Apr 2019, 07:34


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abrahamstechnology

26 Apr 2019, 17:58

How do you find these? I can't seem to find used keyboards on Taobao.

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ZedTheMan

26 Apr 2019, 21:48

I wish I could see the price of shipping or if they ship internationally. At a first glance that actually seems like a really good deal.

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swampangel

26 Apr 2019, 23:27

ZedTheMan wrote:
26 Apr 2019, 21:48
I wish I could see the price of shipping or if they ship internationally. At a first glance that actually seems like a really good deal.
I used taobao agent Superbuy to buy a couple of AT101s in the fall and it cost about $80CAD to have them shipped to Canada. Worked out to about $65CAD/board total, which is sadly pretty competitive.

Supposedly it will be cheaper if you buy direct, but I haven't tried it http://www.howtotao.com/buy-from-taobao/

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Chyros

07 May 2019, 11:24

Thanks for the info everyone! The video on the FK-555 is coming out this week :) .

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