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IBM/Lexmark Model M15

Posted: 27 Apr 2019, 17:09
by RadRacer203
Just picked up an IBM/Lexmark Model M15 ergo keyboard today, mainly because it was cheap and really strange. Anyone know what these are worth or how rare they are? It has some stuck key but overall is really nice. Pictures will be coming soon.

Re: IBM/Lexmark Model M15

Posted: 27 Apr 2019, 17:13
by Dingster
Super rare and supe valuable. How much did you pay?
Also post some pictures :)

Re: IBM/Lexmark Model M15

Posted: 27 Apr 2019, 17:25
by Findecanor
Congratulations. :)

Here's an earlier discussion about its value:
hammelgammler wrote:
24 Sep 2015, 16:09
Does anyone know what's a good price for a used IBM Model M15?
I may be able to get one, but I don't know what a good price is. :|
Khers wrote:
24 Sep 2015, 18:03
An arm. Maybe throw in a leg as well.
macmakkara wrote:
24 Sep 2015, 20:35
Kidney... i would kill for one...
:lol:

Maybe $600 and up, but those are old numbers and things change with trends.
For a collector's item condition is important. The ball joint could get a lot of stress and it is important that it is not cracked.
The keycaps that are unique to this keyboard should be included, and intact. The others could be replaced from a (much cheaper) IBM Model M2.

A stuck key is possibly a bent spring (which happens easily on the M2, if you pull a key and do not put it back properly). The spring would have to be repaired, and those are not rare. I don't know how easy it is to open it up... I wouldn't dare myself without first reading more about it.
There should be a "chopstick method" to seat a spring from the top...

Re: IBM/Lexmark Model M15

Posted: 27 Apr 2019, 18:31
by RadRacer203
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Well I paid $80 for it. Looks almost brand new, the knob is slightly yellowed though. If they're that rare I think I'll probably sell it to someone who's more into keyboards than me. I like a good buckling spring but I don't think I really want something that valuable sitting around lol. Looks like the backspace, I, N, left left arrow, Z, C, V, and T keys are stuck.

Re: IBM/Lexmark Model M15

Posted: 27 Apr 2019, 19:34
by RadRacer203
After taking off the keycaps and reinstalling them, my m15 now works flawlessly. I'm actually typing this on it right now!

Re: IBM/Lexmark Model M15

Posted: 27 Apr 2019, 19:36
by Dingster
Man congrats, thats an amazing deal. Good luck with your sale :)

Re: IBM/Lexmark Model M15

Posted: 27 Apr 2019, 19:45
by RadRacer203
Dingster wrote:
27 Apr 2019, 19:36
Man congrats, thats an amazing deal. Good luck with your sale :)
I wasn't planning on flipping it but I thought it was just an oddball keyboard. I had no idea they were that rare!

Re: IBM/Lexmark Model M15

Posted: 27 Apr 2019, 20:02
by Dingster
RadRacer203 wrote:
27 Apr 2019, 19:45
Dingster wrote:
27 Apr 2019, 19:36
Man congrats, thats an amazing deal. Good luck with your sale :)
I wasn't planning on flipping it but I thought it was just an oddball keyboard. I had no idea they were that rare!
>If they're that rare I think I'll probably sell it to someone who's more into keyboards than me.
Seemed to me like you were selling, but even better if you are keeping it, its an awesome board ;)

Re: IBM/Lexmark Model M15

Posted: 27 Apr 2019, 20:12
by RadRacer203
I'm absolutely selling, I like it a lot but I can't warrant keeping something that valuable around, especially since I'm a broke college kid! Just posted it in the marketplace actually!