IBM SSK club!

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Redmaus
Gotta start somewhere

01 May 2016, 21:35

clickykeyboards wrote: I agree 100%.. [...]
But there is nothing wrong with protecting equipment when not in day-to-day use.

To appreciate the fine differences among the rich variety of model M keyboards, I rotate among several keyboard variants.

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"This is my keyboard. This is my gun. There are many like it, but this one is mine...
Without me, my keyboard is useless. Without my keyboard, I am useless."
Oh wow nice. I should do something like that with my AR-15. How shined are the M13 caps by now?

Also neat knife, never seen one like that before.

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Halvar

01 May 2016, 22:33

Opinel knife, the one true French classic knife if there is one, very nice!

(and I see an Italian classic from Europe's oldest gunmaker...)

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emdude
Model M Apologist

14 May 2016, 22:03

Finally... :maverick:
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IBM Model M Space Saving Keyboard 1397681
This particular SSK has all one-piece caps. I've heard people say they are better, but I'm not sure if I can tell.

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Muirium
µ

14 May 2016, 22:17

They're nice and level. Which is better. Mine aren't, which really shows in this shot:

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emdude
Model M Apologist

14 May 2016, 22:22

Eh, in day-to-day usage I don't think I'd personally mind. I do like that it will make key caps harder to lose though. :P

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alh84001
v.001

14 May 2016, 23:40

Congrats emdude! Let's see the label :)

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seebart
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14 May 2016, 23:44

Very nice emdude, welcome to the SSK club! Congrats.

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emdude
Model M Apologist

15 May 2016, 00:53

Thanks, Seebart!

@alh84001, here it is:
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After having taken a better look at the 1397681's label, I noticed that its birth date was 9/11/91, which is significant not just because of the month/day (for obvious reasons), but also because my first Model M 1391401 was also made on 9/11, albeit two years earlier. An interesting coincidence! :o

Anyhow, I'm glad I was able to get an SSK that was this young and had a gray label, the springs feel very crisp.

This is its current setup, inspired by that of Mu's Kishsaver:

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Muirium
µ

15 May 2016, 12:35

Red white and Mu! I definitely prefer it over full RGB mods. Something about green shifts doesn't appeal to me. Not on an SSK anyway. The grey shifts work better.

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wobbled

16 Jul 2016, 01:03

Had no idea this club existed since I am relatively new here! :)

Here is my IBM Model M Industrial SSK from 1992
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seebart
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16 Jul 2016, 01:20

Welcome to the club! Your Industrial is more than appropriate, very nice.

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UKKeycaps

18 Jul 2016, 22:29

:D

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adhoc

25 Jul 2016, 08:52

I've got my hands on this beauty for a couple of days. What a great board. I can't imagine it replacing my everyday board, but nevertheless. Although I do have some problems with buckling springs switches, typing at higher WPM (~120) for extended period of time gives me a slight buzz in the fingertips, I'm guessing it's due to the vibration the switches transfer over to keycaps. It's really only noticable at higher typing speeds and after a while, but still. Typing experience wise, I prefer model F over SSK/model M, but form factor and design puts SSK easily in top tier for me. SSK is easily one of my favorite boards I've ever tried.

Here it is - screw modded, removable micro usb cable, custom controller installed. Housing and keycaps are in like-new condition.

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(disregard cables, I had to make an improvisation with internal monitor usb hub because the cable was too short to reach back of the computer for me. also on the disregard list: the artisan, don't really care for it but it came with the board :P )

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shreebles
Finally 60%

25 Jul 2016, 09:18

Very nice. Adding a custom controller is something I wanted to do until idollar's FSSK and Ellipse's Model F keyboards surfaced.
Which incidentally should be perfect for you if you prefer F but the form factor of the SSK. Have you taken a look?

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I also have a hub on the back of my monitor and I also attach my SSK like that :D
But I simply leave an active PS2 USB converter plugged in there. That way, I can quickly connect PS2 keyboards without crawling under the desk and without rebooting.

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adhoc

25 Jul 2016, 09:34

Yeah, maybe one day I'll reach for a FSSK, but right now I simply don't have time for that. It's really compelling to be honest and I wanted to try out model F and a SSK beforehand, which I only got a chance to do in past month.

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alh84001
v.001

04 Sep 2016, 09:50

I sold my Lexmark SSK last week, and new SSK arrived just the other day (after a long 2 month trip)
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Scottex

27 Oct 2016, 22:34

Here it is.
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Sorry for the potato pic.
Keycaps from an IBM Wheelwritter (mostly :D).
Many thanks to shreebles for selling it to me, top tier guy imo :mrgreen: .

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shreebles
Finally 60%

27 Oct 2016, 23:29

Scottex wrote: Here it is.

Sorry for the potato pic.
Keycaps from an IBM Wheelwritter (mostly :D).
Many thanks to shreebles for selling it to me, top tier guy imo :mrgreen: .
Thanks mate!
Looks really lovely with those wheelwriter caps. They're so...clear.
Happy to hear it arrived well!

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ohaimark
Kingpin

28 Oct 2016, 00:22

Oh, yeah, I get to join now! Unless having Lexmark branding disqualifies me... :shock:

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snoopy

28 Oct 2016, 12:22

ohaimark wrote: Oh, yeah, I get to join now! Unless having Lexmark branding disqualifies me... :shock:

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DISQUALIFIED!! :evilgeek:

no, I'm kidding, very nice board. I always wanted a Lexmark branded SSK.

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derzemel

28 Oct 2016, 13:00

ohaimark wrote: Oh, yeah, I get to join now! Unless having Lexmark branding disqualifies me... :shock:

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Somehow that Lexmark logo fits better than the oval/Diagonal IBM logo.

Now if we could have an SSK with square logo...

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wobbled

28 Oct 2016, 18:55

Actually looks really nice with the Lexmark branding. Underneath is there an oval cut-out for the original IBM badge or is it a different top case entirely?

Will post my industrial again with different caps and one of my non-industrials
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ohaimark
Kingpin

28 Oct 2016, 19:23

It appears to be an entirely different top case. The square logo is recessed into the case, making it flush with the top, which tells me that they machined the square hole (making it a different top case, imo) or cast it with the rectangular hole in there.

Dell, GTSI, and perhaps other brands took advantage of the rectangular labels as well.

I'm not willing to remove the label to find out, but if someone gets a cheap rectangular label Model M it might be worth taking a look. :lol:

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Mr.Nobody

21 Dec 2016, 08:56

Mine has just arrived, the package is a little insufficient, thank God nothing goes amiss. Am I in? :D
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edit:After I submitted this post I started to clean the SSK right away. It takes me one and a half hour to clean it up...

Tangtawan

21 Dec 2016, 22:27

Mr.Nobody wrote: Mine has just arrived, the package is a little insufficient, thank God nothing goes amiss. Am I in? :D
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edit:After I submitted this post I started to clean the SSK right away. It takes me one and a half hour to clean it up...
did you order it from Taobao ? if yes, then which store did you ordered from.. i also kinda need an advice here

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depletedvespene

18 Sep 2017, 17:43

Better late than never?
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This has been my daily driver for about eight years. Bought it off e-bay in 2009, before prices went up and off the rockers.

Although a battleship will soon replace it as daily driver, I AM going to use it, with a Bluetooth adapter, to properly type on my phone whenever someone talks to me on WhatsApp and stuff. Unless, of course, my other SSK takes that place (once it gets back to me).

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seebart
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18 Sep 2017, 19:03

depletedvespene wrote: Better late than never?
Absolutely! Nice, I always liked the blue label SSKs. Possibly I should have kept my blue label/beige barrel SSK.

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kokokoy

06 Nov 2017, 04:23

Finally got 1 and it didn’t cost me an arm to get it shipped to SG.
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06 Nov 2017, 06:34

now i have four ssks
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POTV

10 Nov 2017, 13:10

I have finally found the time to convert two of my three SSK's to ISO. Did a screw mod - and made a post about it in the Workshop thread. Love this keyboard!

(The media keys are from Unicomp and I am using adapters from Orihalcon)
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