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just_add_coffee

09 Jan 2018, 08:52

//gainsborough wrote: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Japanese-Pingm ... 2a9b8190f8

@just_add_coffee Brooooooooo, what is this price?! You can literally buy these boards NIB for less than $50 shipped US: http://meci.com/ibm-6112884-japanese-ke ... yping.html
I purchased the Japanese Pingmasters from Mendleson's via Ebay, and the price was about $80 each (Ebay isn't letting me go far enough back in my purchase history to find out the exact price.)

Copy pasta from my post on GH ...

The breakdown of my costs goes like this:
Keyboard: $80-ish (shipping was about as much as the keyboard itself)
Teensy 2.0: $16
Braided Cable: $10

That leaves $73 to cover other materials and equipment, my time, learning to do this, printing and cutting the labels to fit the relegendable keys, and Ebay and PayPal fees.

One other point: I believe that the way that this keyboard can be configured is a bit simpler than using an external Hasu converter, especially for people who've used an ErgoDox or ErgoDoxEZ.

One other other point: If you can do this shit yourself, then you absolutely should. And all of us here certainly will. That's why we're in this crazy hobby. However, not everyone owns or wants to own a soldering iron, believe it or not. I made this for people who don't want to or don't have the time to do it themselves, but want a really nice keyboard.

(And in my experience, green Alps SKCC switches are the smoothest switches that I've ever encountered. Opinions can vary. But if the compatible keycaps were readily available, I'd use these switches where ever I could before anything Cherry, Gateron, Zealio, etc.)

(Some of the new Kailh switches are pretty nice also. I won't disparage them.)

And as I said over there, I'm trying to raise some money for a decent oscilloscope, and there are plenty of sillier ways to spend $200+ on mechanical keyboards.

tl;dr ... If you're here, then you should NOT buy this keyboard. If you're not here, then you'd be crazy to not buy this keyboard. :D

Edit:
Within the US, ordering a Japanese Pingmaster directly from meci.com costs $50.14 ...
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... I didn't know that at the time.

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depletedvespene

09 Jan 2018, 10:59

//gainsborough wrote: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Japanese-Pingm ... 2a9b8190f8

@just_add_coffee Brooooooooo, what is this price?! You can literally buy these boards NIB for less than $50 shipped US: http://meci.com/ibm-6112884-japanese-ke ... yping.html
180USD is what I paid to buy THREE Pingmasters shipped to Chile (not counting customs, which was ~40USD, but still). And, frankly, I find the BIN price (350) to be outright absurd.

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depletedvespene

09 Jan 2018, 11:10

just_add_coffee wrote: I purchased the Japanese Pingmasters from Mendleson's via Ebay, and the price was about $80 each (Ebay isn't letting me go far enough back in my purchase history to find out the exact price.)
Sorry, but I don't believe this for a minute - you ARE inside the USA, aren't you?

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seebart
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09 Jan 2018, 11:11

The Mendelsons price is low&fair to begin with considering these are NIB. In light of what some other USED keyboards are selling this is still a fair deal and the seller does not determine shipping prices. I really wonder how many of these he had.

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depletedvespene

09 Jan 2018, 11:12

Nice looking F122: https://www.ebay.com/itm/282802632531/

I am well covered in regards to battleships, so someone else here should take this one.

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seebart
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09 Jan 2018, 11:14

depletedvespene wrote: Nice looking F122: https://www.ebay.com/itm/282802632531/

I am well covered in regards to battleships, so someone else here should take this one.
Well there you go, that's more than for your THREE pingmasters. Still nice.

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depletedvespene

09 Jan 2018, 11:15

seebart wrote:
depletedvespene wrote: Nice looking F122: https://www.ebay.com/itm/282802632531/

I am well covered in regards to battleships, so someone else here should take this one.
Well there you go, that's more than for your THREE pingmasters. Still nice.
Oh, and you'll point me to a cache of 90+ NIB F122 keyboards that some liquidator has around for sale?

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seebart
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09 Jan 2018, 11:21

depletedvespene wrote:
seebart wrote:
depletedvespene wrote: Nice looking F122: https://www.ebay.com/itm/282802632531/

I am well covered in regards to battleships, so someone else here should take this one.
Well there you go, that's more than for your THREE pingmasters. Still nice.
Oh, and you'll point me to a cache of 90+ NIB F122 keyboards that some liquidator has around for sale?
Nope. Now just imagine what one NIB F122 would fetch...

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depletedvespene

09 Jan 2018, 11:31

seebart wrote:
depletedvespene wrote: Oh, and you'll point me to a cache of 90+ NIB F122 keyboards that some liquidator has around for sale?
Nope. Now just imagine what one NIB F122 would fetch...
Hopefully a high yet reasonable price and not the absurd 1975USD the Unsaver fetched...

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seebart
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09 Jan 2018, 11:32

depletedvespene wrote:
seebart wrote:
depletedvespene wrote: Oh, and you'll point me to a cache of 90+ NIB F122 keyboards that some liquidator has around for sale?
Nope. Now just imagine what one NIB F122 would fetch...
Hopefully a high yet reasonable price and not the absurd 1975USD the Unsaver fetched...
No, not that much but not "reasonable" for sure. :|

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just_add_coffee

09 Jan 2018, 12:48

depletedvespene wrote: 180USD is what I paid to buy THREE Pingmasters shipped to Chile (not counting customs, which was ~40USD, but still). And, frankly, I find the BIN price (350) to be outright absurd.
I am not selling stock Pingmasters. If you do not think what I've done to this Pingmaster is worth it, then you should not submit a bid. I wouldn't expect you to anyway because you are a DIYer.

As far as what I paid, I probably didn't read very closely and the default shipping option wasn't the absolute cheapest. I was excited to be getting the Japanese version of the Pingmaster after they had disappeared for a while.

And you really should find a better use of your whining. There are far worse atrocities on Ebay than this.

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seebart
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09 Jan 2018, 12:54

just_add_coffee wrote: There are far worse atrocities on Ebay than this.
That's the point.

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depletedvespene

09 Jan 2018, 13:14

just_add_coffee wrote: There are far worse atrocities on Ebay than this.
You admit that this is an atrocity. Good. Case closed.

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fohat
Elder Messenger

09 Jan 2018, 14:25

seebart wrote:
Now just imagine what one NIB F122 would fetch...
I think that there was one a couple of years ago and it sold in the $500-$600 range.

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kbdfr
The Tiproman

09 Jan 2018, 16:29

How to get 105 brand new MX blue switches, a bunch of relegendable caps and a set of nice spherical doubleshot numeric caps fpr cheap:
https://www.ebay.de/itm/192414176768

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seebart
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09 Jan 2018, 16:38

kbdfr wrote: How to get 105 brand new MX blue switches, a bunch of relegendable caps and a set of nice spherical doubleshot numeric caps fpr cheap:
https://www.ebay.de/itm/192414176768
Not my "cup of tea" but not bad at all... :P

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09 Jan 2018, 21:06


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DustGod
Yet another IBM snob

09 Jan 2018, 21:46

kbdfr wrote: How to get 105 brand new MX blue switches, a bunch of relegendable caps and a set of nice spherical doubleshot numeric caps fpr cheap:
https://www.ebay.de/itm/192414176768
Maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaacropad

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stormbourne

10 Jan 2018, 05:40

1986 IBM model M (1390131) - Made by IBM on 18 Nov 1986

https://www.ebay.com/itm/122906355090

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JP!

10 Jan 2018, 06:00

These come up a fair bit. $200 is too much imo.

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seebart
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10 Jan 2018, 09:53

JP! wrote: These come up a fair bit. $200 is too much imo.
These can go for a bit more in Europe if in really good condition. I sold mine for less though.

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Chyros

10 Jan 2018, 13:15

Alps board w/ spherical doubleshots and presumably SKCL green - expensive but they have a best offer available: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Alps-Electri ... Sw4EhaVHgk even uses what seems like an audio jack somehow!

Honeywell / Micro Switch board with what APPEARS to be a 5-pin DIN plug of some description - could this possibly be an AT/XT Hall effect board? =o https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Vintage-Hone ... SwKXdaVMTo

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ohaimark
Kingpin

10 Jan 2018, 13:18

Nah. That's probably a Micro Switch ST variant: wiki/Micro_Switch_ST_Series

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Chyros

10 Jan 2018, 13:51

ohaimark wrote: Nah. That's probably a Micro Switch ST variant: wiki/Micro_Switch_ST_Series
Ah, that might explain the strange keycaps, yes.

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Gnohio

10 Jan 2018, 17:48

Recent bid that ended for a 1390653 model M https://www.ebay.com/itm/IBM-Clicky-Key ... 1438.l2649

Looked in pretty good condition and had all the caps but it was missing the metal badge. Im not up to date on what these specific models sell for but $358 seems like a bit too much for me.

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fohat
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10 Jan 2018, 18:58

Gnohio wrote:
but $358 seems like a bit too much for me.
Industrials are always desirable but the square black metal badge in one of the most eye-catching pieces.

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seebart
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10 Jan 2018, 19:16

fohat wrote:
Gnohio wrote:
but $358 seems like a bit too much for me.
Industrials are always desirable but the square black metal badge in one of the most eye-catching pieces.
Too bad it's missing the badge.

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JP!

10 Jan 2018, 20:10

seebart wrote:
fohat wrote:
Gnohio wrote:
but $358 seems like a bit too much for me.
Industrials are always desirable but the square black metal badge in one of the most eye-catching pieces.
Too bad it's missing the badge.
The silver badge looks good on these as well and are fairly easy to acquire. Of course most would prefer the black badge.

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seebart
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10 Jan 2018, 20:23

JP! wrote: The silver badge looks good on these as well and are fairly easy to acquire. Of course most would prefer the black badge.
True, I think webwit owns this one, I got a lucky break finding mine.
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snuci
Vintage computer guy

10 Jan 2018, 21:03

seebart wrote:
JP! wrote: The silver badge looks good on these as well and are fairly easy to acquire. Of course most would prefer the black badge.
True, I think webwit owns this one, I got a lucky break finding mine.
Sorry but it's gotta be black badge or nothing. Silver just doesn't look right.

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