EPSON Q103A

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TheInverseKey

03 Feb 2019, 03:19

So I came across this keyboard in the local classifieds recently and I noticed that I couldn't find any information about it. I knew that there was another one that sold on ebay a while ago from this thread.

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emdude wrote:
14 Dec 2016, 07:08
Epson Q103A (Sold): http://www.ebay.com/itm/Rare-Vintage-Ep ... 2062073608

Couldn't find any info on it, but the LED positions tell me it's Alps, probably linears (SKCL Greens?). In which case whoever bought it got a very decent deal.

NIB IBM RT 6247440: http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-IBM-6247440 ... 2269062027

The rubber dome version I think, and not the proto-Topre one. Still very nice.
Well it turns out it was an Alps keybaord but it's not SKCL Greens but rather SKCL Creams! The whole board is SKCL Creams except for the lock lights which are SKCL Greens which I found was interesting. Also this keyboard's caps looked like they could be dye subs because of the condition but it actually came with old Alps doubleshots in decent condition.
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Epson Q103A
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Model Sticker
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The board uses a weird NEC controller and it doesn't work with Soarer's because of the clock cycle. It does work however with a normal 5 pin din to PS2 connector in the back of a PC because this board is AT.
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NEC Controller
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Here are the SKCL Cream switches
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SKCL Cream Switch
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Here are the SKCL Green switches
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SKCL Green Switch
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Alps Doubleshots
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Alps Double Shot Caps
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Caps Lock Double Shot Cap
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Thanks for having a look.

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snacksthecat
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03 Feb 2019, 03:31

Dude, what a score! SKCL creams and those beautiful Alps doubleshots?!

Lbibass

03 Feb 2019, 03:37

Wow. Incredible. I think I saw that board somewhere... Maybe it was ebay?

The caps are almost NCR like.

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TheInverseKey

03 Feb 2019, 03:42

snacksthecat wrote:
03 Feb 2019, 03:31
Dude, what a score! SKCL creams and those beautiful Alps doubleshots?!
Yeah I was surprised that they were not as yellowed as the case to be honest. Also they are very nice.

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TheInverseKey

03 Feb 2019, 03:42

Lbibass wrote:
03 Feb 2019, 03:37
Wow. Incredible. I think I saw that board somewhere... Maybe it was ebay?

The caps are almost NCR like.
Ahh I found this one on Kijiji but maybe it was posted there as well?

Menuhin

03 Feb 2019, 12:56

I love the non-green SKCL switches, they’re among the rarest Alps finds.
How does these creams compare to the greens? Heavier? Lighter?

Congrats!

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TheInverseKey

03 Feb 2019, 16:32

Menuhin wrote:
03 Feb 2019, 12:56
I love the non-green SKCL switches, they’re among the rarest Alps finds.
How does these creams compare to the greens? Heavier? Lighter?

Congrats!

I would have to say that they are on the heavier side of greens but not by much. Something around 5-10g heavier.

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