IT'S ALIVE! Post your xwhatsit-resurrected beamspring/kishy

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snoopy

09 Jan 2015, 23:34

no more resurrections? :)

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scottc

09 Jan 2015, 23:37

Send me a Kishy and I'll resurrect it ;)

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Muirium
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09 Jan 2015, 23:38

No more light! The only thing I can take pictures of this time of year is lightbulbs.

I should have something to show in a few months.

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mr_a500

10 Jan 2015, 16:47

What is it with you and sunlight? Ever heard of... artificial lighting?

My award.. losing photo was taken at night.

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Halvar

10 Jan 2015, 16:58

snoopy wrote: no more resurrections? :)
... still waiting for my Model F controller from Ellipse to find it's way to me. I suspect the customs office ... :x

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cookie

10 Jan 2015, 17:01

What is so special about a Kishy, Model F?

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Muirium
µ

10 Jan 2015, 17:23

You must be new here

(Yes they're Model F. Nice sharp, light clicky buckling spring goodness, with native NKRO and an excellent modern controller thanks to Xwhatsit, which you can program with macros and layers in a GUI. They've even got 3 mods each side of the spacebar, which makes them a more modern layout than the later SSK. Kishsavers are the ultimate IBM for those of us into 60%s, or even TKLs if you can find the even rarer 77 key. Amazing boards.)

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Madhias
BS TORPE

10 Jan 2015, 20:30

cookie wrote: What is so special about a Kishy, Model F?
Probably also the weight / size ratio! For that size it is very, very heavy and feels therefor super sturdy!
I need one, so someone could drop me a PM :)
snoopy wrote: no more resurrections? :)
Today i started to resurrect my beamspring! It seems to be in good condition, no rust as far as i see. One problem is that one key is missing, and my plan is A) to get another beamspring or B) make a 3D printed or CNCed keycap or C) someone has a spare - which is probably the most unrealistic option.

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scottc

10 Jan 2015, 20:35

I don't have a spare key of the correct size, but I do have loads of new 1U tripleshot J/4 keys. Want one to fill the gap temporarily, Madhias?

I have the German version of this board and it's really sublime. Such a solid board.

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Madhias
BS TORPE

10 Jan 2015, 20:57

One 1U cap would be great meanwhile! I'll send you a PM :)

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Nuum

10 Jan 2015, 21:13

@scottc: Where did you get those keycaps from? Could you post a photo of them?
Not that I need one, I don't even have a Beamspring, just out of interest.

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scottc

10 Jan 2015, 21:18

Cindy sent them to me with my first SSK from her. Apparently they're a load of spares from some other IBM machine. I don't remember which one.

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Madhias
BS TORPE

16 Jan 2015, 23:07

Can't resist to show the progress so far!

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There are some more things to do, so far everything's working. I forgot to plugin the solenoid, stupid me, and the front "door" is not fixed because there is missing one part of the door mount on the left side, which broke of. The case is now powder-coated - without the barrier between the caps on the left and on the right! Unfortunately the case was not really in a good shape, and the 'wall' on the right side had a missing part, and was bent. I tried to fix it, but it was not that good.

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Thanks to scottc for the J/4 cap, which is now in use :)

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scottc

16 Jan 2015, 23:14

Wow, looking great Madhias! That board looks so pristine. Did you have to do much work for the restoration? You're very welcome for the cap. :D

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guk
1896 Vintage Reds

16 Jan 2015, 23:15

Madhias wrote: Can't resist to show the progress so far!
Thank you for giving in. What a beauty!

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Madhias
BS TORPE

16 Jan 2015, 23:38

scottc wrote: Wow, looking great Madhias! That board looks so pristine. Did you have to do much work for the restoration? You're very welcome for the cap. :D
The interior is in really good condition, no rust on the steel plate, only a little bit on the stems for caps. The top case is cleaned with sandblasting and afterwards powder-coated with some beige RAL color. It's a glossy finish, unfortunately no structure because the colors with structure just did not fit. It cost €78, by the way, at a local company.

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scottc

16 Jan 2015, 23:44

Excellent, really nice. I hadn't really considered re-painting mine but it's in nowhere as good condition as yours.

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Madhias
BS TORPE

16 Jan 2015, 23:45

Is it dirty or rusty or damaged?

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scottc

17 Jan 2015, 00:06

Quite rusty on the inside, and the exterior has lots of flaky and broken paint. Unfortunately, some of the keys had old stickers on them that the adhesive wouldn't completely come off of. Still, it has its character, I don't mind. Such an excellent keyboard!

xwhatsit

17 Jan 2015, 00:23

Looks quite sleek without those dividers. Although they don't really interfere with typing they do clutter up the visuals somewhat—not necessarily a bad thing, but with them missing the keyboard now looks a decade more modern. Lovely job :D

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Touch_It

22 Jan 2015, 22:27

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Can't ever post enough pictures lol.

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snoopy

22 Jan 2015, 22:56

me2 :D

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snoopy

09 Apr 2015, 15:28

Who is using a Beamspring daily? How are your (kind of longtime) experience?

And we need more pics. Please post pics of Beamspring/4704/... on your desk.

I need kind of an impulse... I'm still undecided if I should start to resurrect my Beamspring or not. Should I put time and money in a board that I may not use...? argh... help... it's so big....

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XMIT
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09 Apr 2015, 17:30

Resurrect it! You'll thank yourself later.

Getting an xwhatsit Beam Spring board is a little pricey still so I may hack my own solution with an edge connector.

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0100010

09 Apr 2015, 22:01

I need to get better pictures of mine, or at least current. I have changed out a few caps.

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snoopy

09 Apr 2015, 22:10

is it just the pic or is it bent?

xwhatsit

09 Apr 2015, 23:29

snoopy wrote: Who is using a Beamspring daily? How are your (kind of longtime) experience?
Me and good :)

I start feeling carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms when I use a Model F or any other keyboard that isn't a beamspring (or 7-row Thinkpad keyboard). This may however just be keyboard Stockholm syndrome (my 3727 is large, heavy and threatening).

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0100010

10 Apr 2015, 04:30

snoopy wrote: is it just the pic or is it bent?
Just the pic.

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Touch_It

10 Apr 2015, 04:56

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Please ignore the messy desk.

For reference all my monitors are 23 inches.

andrewjoy

10 Apr 2015, 10:27

the 107 is growing on me i did not like it at first but now i think about it as a 122 without the top function row , still i think my order of preference for model F is still 62>77>104>122>107>XT>AT and i only have 122 xt and AT :(

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