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mcmaxmcmc

23 Feb 2019, 00:08

Lbibass wrote:
22 Feb 2019, 14:44
Quite a nice set! Too bad about there being no homing keys. How are the Hirose Clears in there?
They are so nice! Extremely smooth, a nice sound to boot because of the stem. Feels very comfortable to type on too because of the light progressive springs. They're awesome.

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depletedvespene

24 Feb 2019, 17:12

mcmaxmcmc wrote:
22 Feb 2019, 08:23
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Cool. :D

I mean, Cool. ツ

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Laser
emacs -nw

10 Mar 2019, 14:05

Why I don't need a Realforce R2 :P

(Novatouch with 55g Topre domes, silenced with KBDFans rings, Leopold dye-sublimated keycaps)
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Drclick

14 Mar 2019, 20:10

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ESA-3000HAGUO

Where is UO: ?
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Myoth

14 Mar 2019, 22:30

I think (all thanks to @ball00n haha) that this is actually HAGU0. Which makes the list of ESA keyboards : HAGD0, HASR0 and HAGU0.

I think the most interesting part is that it's HAGU0 ... ESA boards are weird :?

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snacksthecat
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17 Mar 2019, 01:25

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The problem with having lots of keycaps is that you never have enough.

I'm doing the dual task of reorganizing/re-matching incomplete sets and looking for some candidates for my custom. I'll be posting some close up photos of some of the more interesting keycaps in my modest arsenal.

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snacksthecat
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17 Mar 2019, 04:00

Here's my Alps keycap 12 course meal / sampler platter.

#1 - White on gray doubleshots
This is a really cool set from what I presume was a typewriter or word processor. Some of the keycaps have front-printed blue sub legends.
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#2 - The out-of-towner
These caps are actually from an Alps buckling spring keyboard that was the center of my frustration for several months. I think they're a really good example of pad printing done well. The legends and the profile are a bit bland for me, though.
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#3 - White on gray pad prints
This is a pretty high quality set which is also pad printed pretty well. The keycaps are decently thick and feel like PBT to me, but I could be wrong about that.
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#4 - Blue on gray doubleshots
These are also from a typewriter. If the profile was a little bit taller, I'd really like these.
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#5 - Fun caps
This set is from some sort of video editing machine. The colors are really cool and there are even a few more colors to the set (but I'm too lazy to grab the board those are on).
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#6 - (not so) Fun caps
Now this is my example of really bad pad printing. I can appreciate the thickness of the caps themselves but the printing on them is unforgivable :(
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#7 - (even less so) Fun caps
And here is probably the worst set I own. These feel so cheap, it's difficult to describe. Any attempt at a description falls shortof how terrible these are.
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#8 - The Chameleon
This set I included because I love the color. They look good with almost anything!
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#9 - Xerox Docutech
These are really cool and have some fun legends on some of the keycaps. All of them are dyesub except for the "STOP" key which is doubleshot in a cool orange color. That keycap looks amazing up close but unfortunately the color combination doesn't translate very well at a distance.
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#10 - Sculpted and boxy
This is another typewriter set. I used the alphas on a keyboard with SKCM undampened creams and they feel amazing. Lots of funky shapes and some of the keycaps are flat, which I found interesting. Seems like whatever these came on was probably an expensive item at the time.
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#11 - See through
These are from an old Matias board that I got as my secret santa gift. I'd never seen see-through alps keycaps, nor had I ever seen SKBM switches!
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#12 - NExT
Finally, caps from a NExT keyboard. There aren't many white on black Alps keycaps and these are certainly a nice specimen. I don't care for some of the funky symbols like the "power" keycap but perhaps someone out there likes those. Unfortunately, I have the majority of this set out on loan to someone trying to design a kit for a group buy. Hope to get them back soon and put them to good use!
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hansichen

20 Mar 2019, 11:27

A little upgrade for my HHKB :)
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zslane

20 Mar 2019, 18:03

I love seeing HiPro keycaps on HHKBs.

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tron

23 Mar 2019, 20:12

IBM 3278 and 5251 boards. Out of these I find myself using the full size 3278 the most (basically a tkl after adjusting the layout).
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darkcruix

23 Mar 2019, 21:35

tron wrote:
23 Mar 2019, 20:12
IBM 3278 and 5251 boards. Out of these I find myself using the full size 3278 the most (basically a tkl after adjusting the layout).
Always wonderful to see those next to each other. I also have my full size 3278 as my primary keyboard, but modified it so it also has a num-pad available. Initially I thought, I could never get into a block-nav, but over time I started to like it more and more. A lot of it is probably just how you are used to a specific layout ;)
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Prelim

24 Mar 2019, 12:28

also nice Gesture and monitor stands! :) can stand models are those?

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tron

24 Mar 2019, 15:27

Thanks, IMO the Gesture has the most adjustable arms for typing comfort. The stands are Isoaccoustics Iso series -http://www.isoacoustics.com/iso-155-isolation-stands/

Ideally you would use this calculator to match your monitor size but it's possible to go down a size if you're looking to save a few bucks- http://isoacoustics.com/calculator

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Myoth

24 Mar 2019, 15:35

tron wrote:
23 Mar 2019, 20:12
IBM 3278 and 5251 boards.
and I thought one was one too many :lol:

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Prelim

24 Mar 2019, 22:03

tron wrote:
24 Mar 2019, 15:27
The stands are Isoaccoustics Iso series -http://www.isoacoustics.com/iso-155-isolation-stands/
thanks, but the IsoAcoustics ISO-155 (for 5'' monitor) cost more than 100€ @@ I guess my Equator angled foam stands will serve me for the time being lol

benredikfyfasan

26 Mar 2019, 10:18

Here's a Model M I picked up from ChewDrebby here on Deskthority! Some keycaps are not placed correctly, because I took these photos before cleaning up the caps and case and putting them back correctly, sorry about that!
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After opening up the case, it turns out it's a genuine 1386716 model, manufactured in the UK in 1987!
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Sadly it didn't come with the original keycaps, so this is currently featuring a german layout, with some missing caps, like the right arrow key, but I'll see if i can find some UK caps to replace them with.
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It's in a pretty good shape, fully functional with just a few broken pieces on the inside of the case and about 15 of the plastic rivets loose. Will consider doing a bolt modification on this in order to take proper care of it!

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depletedvespene

26 Mar 2019, 10:28

1386716 is the part number for the plate, not the keyboard as a whole. The keyboard's part number should be on the back of it, not inside (and I suspect it should be 1390133). Do remember that Model M units manufactured for the European market were made in the UK, so the fact that this one has German keycaps does not mean they're not "authentic" (they probably are the original ones; except for Pause and Numpad Enter, that is).

benredikfyfasan

26 Mar 2019, 10:38

depletedvespene wrote:
26 Mar 2019, 10:28
1386716 is the part number for the plate, not the keyboard as a whole. The keyboard's part number should be on the back of it, not inside (and I suspect it should be 1390133). Do remember that Model M units manufactured for the European market were made in the UK, so the fact that this one has German keycaps does not mean they're not "authentic" (they probably are the original ones; except for Pause and Numpad Enter, that is).
Thank you for clarifying that, now I know!

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depletedvespene

28 Mar 2019, 00:47

New keycap set. You may know what it's about.
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Ansi Model M. After installing the new caps.
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Left side.
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Full post soon.

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depletedvespene

28 Mar 2019, 00:55

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kokokoy

29 Mar 2019, 09:04

Bought parts of a harvested Novatouch last week so that I can ansi-d mine. Ended up having two with all keys functioning. :D
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The top board’s right shift also doesn’t have the slider. I rarely use it anyway.

* edit: forgot to add info. The cherry top housing are super glued to the plate sideways (making it snug vertically) and the stem's protruding parts (don't know what its called but it's the center pole for the spring) were simply cut

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Laser
emacs -nw

29 Mar 2019, 11:55

So, you have an MX top housing and stem (cut) pressing on a Topre dome, and also functioning alright? :shock: How does it feel?

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depletedvespene

29 Mar 2019, 13:11

Testing out the concept of a leftside numpad, a simple one didn't suffice (will do a post on it).

so I finally did what I wanted to do when I first got the M50 and installed it as leftside numpad PLUS extras. Still a work in progress, but I'm liking this setup so far (bezel excess notwithstanding).

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SSK (Iberoamerican) + leftside M50.
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Tias

29 Mar 2019, 13:39

depletedvespene wrote:
29 Mar 2019, 13:11
Testing out the concept of a leftside numpad, a simple one didn't suffice (will do a post on it).

so I finally did what I wanted to do when I first got the M50 and installed it as leftside numpad PLUS extras. Still a work in progress, but I'm liking this setup so far (bezel excess notwithstanding).
Awesome and interesting looking setup you've got there! It is like an Ibm version of the Epson Business Full keyboard. The IBM BFK! :D

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depletedvespene

29 Mar 2019, 13:56

Tias wrote:
29 Mar 2019, 13:39
depletedvespene wrote:
29 Mar 2019, 13:11
Testing out the concept of a leftside numpad, a simple one didn't suffice (will do a post on it).

so I finally did what I wanted to do when I first got the M50 and installed it as leftside numpad PLUS extras. Still a work in progress, but I'm liking this setup so far (bezel excess notwithstanding).
Awesome and interesting looking setup you've got there! It is like an Ibm version of the Epson Business Full keyboard. The IBM BFK! :D
This is commonly known as an "M50", which is the Model M version of the 50-key pad in IBM 4704 keyboard line. That said, yes, I was inspired a bit by the BFK; I set up the rightmost block as a (partially mirrored) numpad, then I set the center block to be a nav+ cluster. I'll post the KLE layout and Soarer's converter's mapping when I do the full post for this thing.

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kokokoy

29 Mar 2019, 14:01

Laser wrote:
29 Mar 2019, 11:55
So, you have an MX top housing and stem (cut) pressing on a Topre dome, and also functioning alright? :shock: How does it feel?
Yup it works. Wobbly as hell. Lol. Sometimes it feels like your just balancing the stem on top of the dome during press. The further the stem goes the more wobble you get since there’s no more guide/rail after the plate. But surprisingly it returns fine.

Anyway those keys never get used. Also, seems a waste to have them just as parts.

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Laser
emacs -nw

29 Mar 2019, 15:19

Heh :) Maybe you could further frankenstein a Topre slider bottom with that MX bottom-cut stem and make something more non-wobbly somehow. But, if it doesn't bother you too much, I guess it's good as is.

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Myoth

03 Apr 2019, 15:25

Simple, elegant, my MX endgame. I love it.

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Chyros

03 Apr 2019, 15:39

That does look very nice, actually. Very classy. What MX switches does it use?

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Myoth

03 Apr 2019, 15:41

thanks ! it uses "vintage" MX Clears

I will have to take more pictures soon, to show the other two builds for it :mrgreen:

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