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motoko

17 Apr 2021, 01:06

Laser branded VTCL. Not sure what switches but we think SMK Cherry mount?

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Unused-LASER-V ... SwRYJgegLY

Yeah a variant of wiki/VTCL_2269 as https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=74367.0

MMcM

17 Apr 2021, 01:26

IBM 129 keyboard

https://www.ebay.com/itm/194040778228

Those connectors are crazy.

MMcM

17 Apr 2021, 16:22

MMcM wrote:
13 Apr 2021, 18:19
4_404 wrote:
13 Apr 2021, 14:29
Looks a lot like Hi-Tek to me
My bet is on grid as well. These are the same model as the single one discussed a bit above from the same seller.

The SR100 is the rebranded SRI/Century after Burroughs bought Systems Research Incorporated in '81.
They are indeed Key Tronic linear, so a bunch of repair work before trying to get anything electronic working.

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17 Apr 2021, 18:08

MMcM wrote:
17 Apr 2021, 01:26
IBM 129 keyboard

https://www.ebay.com/itm/194040778228

Those connectors are crazy.
That seller is reasonably well known to the DT and the vintage computing communities. He purchased a warehouse that I think had previously been mentioned on here. Pricing is okay, but hardly what I'd call a bargain for anything he's got. This seller sets pricing by looking at eBay completed listings. :evil: :x

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17 Apr 2021, 18:10

motoko wrote:
17 Apr 2021, 01:06
Laser branded VTCL. Not sure what switches but we think SMK Cherry mount?

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Unused-LASER-V ... SwRYJgegLY

Yeah a variant of wiki/VTCL_2269 as https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=74367.0
Exactly right. Dibs please. If I get this one, I'll gladly give a discount on some not brand new but still quite nice similar boards.

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hellothere

18 Apr 2021, 00:22

XMIT wrote:
17 Apr 2021, 18:10
motoko wrote:
17 Apr 2021, 01:06
Laser branded VTCL. Not sure what switches but we think SMK Cherry mount?

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Unused-LASER-V ... SwRYJgegLY

Yeah a variant of wiki/VTCL_2269 as https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=74367.0
Exactly right. Dibs please. If I get this one, I'll gladly give a discount on some not brand new but still quite nice similar boards.
You might have a bit of competition to buy it :P.

Mind you, the shipping is $65, so maybe not much competition.

vdublove37

18 Apr 2021, 00:32

XMIT wrote:
17 Apr 2021, 18:10
motoko wrote:
17 Apr 2021, 01:06
Laser branded VTCL. Not sure what switches but we think SMK Cherry mount?

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Unused-LASER-V ... SwRYJgegLY

Yeah a variant of wiki/VTCL_2269 as https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=74367.0
Exactly right. Dibs please. If I get this one, I'll gladly give a discount on some not brand new but still quite nice similar boards.
I was planning on going for this one but since I snagged the ITW board I would be a bit greedy to get both!

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hellothere

18 Apr 2021, 01:03

Am I missing something in this ad for Apple Keyboard IIs? 132 sold at $99 each, with shipping in the US for $30. They might be Alps mount, but they don't have Alps switches. Is everyone confusing them with the Apple Desktop Bus KB?

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raoulduke-esq

18 Apr 2021, 01:15

That guy with the IKEA shower curtain for the backdrop routinely has some of the most inflated prices on eBay, yet he consistently makes sales. Not sure who is paying that much for that bull...

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18 Apr 2021, 01:17

vdublove37 wrote:
18 Apr 2021, 00:32
XMIT wrote:
17 Apr 2021, 18:10
Exactly right. Dibs please. If I get this one, I'll gladly give a discount on some not brand new but still quite nice similar boards.
I was planning on going for this one but since I snagged the ITW board I would be a bit greedy to get both!
Oh, well, if you really want it, have at it. The seller said they'd charge actual shipping and refund any overage, in case that's what's stopping you.

Which ITW board did you grab?

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18 Apr 2021, 01:18

hellothere wrote:
18 Apr 2021, 01:03
Am I missing something in this ad for Apple Keyboard IIs? 132 sold at $99 each, with shipping in the US for $30. They might be Alps mount, but they don't have Alps switches. Is everyone confusing them with the Apple Desktop Bus KB?
132 unhappy customers. :lol:

I pass on these when I see them because the key feel is so awful. But lots of people are just looking for a keyboard for their vintage Mac restorations and these fit the bill nicely.

vdublove37

18 Apr 2021, 01:21

XMIT wrote:
18 Apr 2021, 01:17
vdublove37 wrote:
18 Apr 2021, 00:32
XMIT wrote:
17 Apr 2021, 18:10
Exactly right. Dibs please. If I get this one, I'll gladly give a discount on some not brand new but still quite nice similar boards.
I was planning on going for this one but since I snagged the ITW board I would be a bit greedy to get both!
Oh, well, if you really want it, have at it. The seller said they'd charge actual shipping and refund any overage, in case that's what's stopping you.

Which ITW board did you grab?
The AT&T giveaway one by Dr. Lipschitz, it's in the process of being converted. I've been thinking of filling out a nice vintage clicky collection for bringing to meetups, but unsure if I'm willing to splash the cash for Alps SKCP, a Model F, SMK, Space Invader, etc.

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18 Apr 2021, 02:51

vdublove37 wrote:
18 Apr 2021, 01:21
The AT&T giveaway one by Dr. Lipschitz, it's in the process of being converted. I've been thinking of filling out a nice vintage clicky collection for bringing to meetups, but unsure if I'm willing to splash the cash for Alps SKCP, a Model F, SMK, Space Invader, etc.
I'd focus on boards that people are much less likely to see. What's been missing from the meetups you've been to? I'd do a Fujitsu Leaf Spring (FLS) clicky before a Model F, for example.

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18 Apr 2021, 03:03

XMIT wrote:
17 Apr 2021, 18:08

This seller sets pricing by looking at eBay completed listings.
That's what I do, if you mean "sold items". Isn't that pretty much the standard for "going rate"?

vdublove37

18 Apr 2021, 03:11

XMIT wrote:
18 Apr 2021, 02:51
vdublove37 wrote:
18 Apr 2021, 01:21
The AT&T giveaway one by Dr. Lipschitz, it's in the process of being converted. I've been thinking of filling out a nice vintage clicky collection for bringing to meetups, but unsure if I'm willing to splash the cash for Alps SKCP, a Model F, SMK, Space Invader, etc.
I'd focus on boards that people are much less likely to see. What's been missing from the meetups you've been to? I'd do a Fujitsu Leaf Spring (FLS) clicky before a Model F, for example.
That's true, I actually haven't been to a meetup yet, I'm still pretty new to the hobby. I figured it could be cool to have an offering of the big clicky vintage boards for people who might only be used to MX boards. The Model F is more for me because that was my first board and one I kind of miss. I would love to try a clicky FLS though, I didn't like the linear one I tried. I wonder what the tactility is like on those, if it has any.

thefarside

18 Apr 2021, 04:20

Space Cadet going for some big money:
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Rare-VTG-Compl ... 4815576309

motoko

18 Apr 2021, 04:53

raoulduke-esq wrote:
18 Apr 2021, 01:15
That guy with the IKEA shower curtain for the backdrop routinely has some of the most inflated prices on eBay, yet he consistently makes sales. Not sure who is paying that much for that bull...
That guy also didn't pay on my auction until I raised an unpaid case. Blocked him

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raoulduke-esq

18 Apr 2021, 05:28

motoko wrote:
18 Apr 2021, 04:53
Blocked him
Good call. He probably just wanted to flip anyway, hence the things like $225 for an ADB converter or $130 for an Apple Design keyboard. Not as bad as the clown that cuts holes in iBooks and paints them garish colors and tries to pass them off as special prototypes for $1500- but close.

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hellothere

18 Apr 2021, 19:49

XMIT wrote:
18 Apr 2021, 01:18
hellothere wrote:
18 Apr 2021, 01:03
Am I missing something in this ad for Apple Keyboard IIs? 132 sold at $99 each, with shipping in the US for $30. They might be Alps mount, but they don't have Alps switches. Is everyone confusing them with the Apple Desktop Bus KB?
132 unhappy customers. :lol:

I pass on these when I see them because the key feel is so awful. But lots of people are just looking for a keyboard for their vintage Mac restorations and these fit the bill nicely.
You might have a point. Back in the late 80s and through the 90s when I owned my own Mac, I probably did buy the cheapest KB available, because almost always Apple parts = pretty expensive. I also knew nothing about mechanical keyboards then. The dude selling has 100% positive feedback on 9213 sales/buys.

I recently paid about $20 more for an iPad because the seller had more buys/sells and slightly better positive feedback than the other seller I was looking at. This buy worked out for me and the front screen has no scratches at all. Seller mentioned and took pics of some scratches on the back. IRL, the scratches were as pictured and I bought a case to cover them up, so no problem.

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20 Apr 2021, 00:05


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raoulduke-esq

20 Apr 2021, 00:58

motoko wrote:
20 Apr 2021, 00:49
Xerox 65DB brown alps
Shame to think someone's probably going to buy that to shuck the switches and resell or use for an AEK64 or similar :cry:

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zrrion

20 Apr 2021, 02:38

they're probably after neon greens and their disappointment will be pretty high when they find out they massively overpaid on browns

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raoulduke-esq

20 Apr 2021, 02:41

Somebody on r/mm is moving one with Neon Greens if anyone is looking for a way to spend $3k...

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JP!

20 Apr 2021, 19:46


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JP!

20 Apr 2021, 19:48

Perhaps an unpopular opinion but I do not see the appeal of blue Selectric keys on these 3278/3279 boards. The standard white ones look so nice already.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-IBM-32 ... SwSyNgfwxy

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dcopellino

20 Apr 2021, 21:46

Ahahah, when ergonomics was just an opinion, even though such computer systems were so wide spread in '80s sci-fi TV series.

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JP!

21 Apr 2021, 01:27

Burroughs TD 830 Series
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Large- ... 4050174769

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raoulduke-esq

21 Apr 2021, 06:05

Ok- this HAS to be money laundering right? Sold very quickly at an insane price unless square badge became the Hermes Apple Watch of keyboards overnight and I missed it...
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zrrion

21 Apr 2021, 08:51

that was sold with an offer, not at listed price. If you make an offer on a listing with that available you'll get an email from ebay saying what it actually sold for. I'll sometimes send 3.50 offers even though I know it'll get auto declined just to see what the actual sale price is. I didn't do it for this board but I kinda wish I had

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