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Posted: 01 Aug 2018, 11:50
by Muirium
Laser wrote: I agree maybe we should hunt for the groupbuy details somewhere else, if there is such a place. Or, send an email to kbdfans directly? Actually, they have a chat system, connected to FB messenger - that could be used alright.
Fun fact: I don’t social media. And I can’t find a contact email address on their store either. Goddamn Shopify pile of shite! So apparently I can’t ask them.

As the fella once said: “Ain’t that a kick in the head?”
I’ve already a spare Topre original set of white HHKB caps so the last thing I need is even more redundant alphas. Well, second to last. Because even worse would be HHKB mods denied!! Gah.

Posted: 01 Aug 2018, 11:52
by Laser
I just updated the previous post with the pic of the HHKB KIT (which yes, includes the alphas ...). The KBDFans email is that used after any order - if you still want/need to ask something, I can PM it to you.

Posted: 01 Aug 2018, 11:56
by Muirium
Thanks. I want to cover the Realforce too, mind. Could you ask them if the BASE kit include the HHKB mods? If it does, easy but for me. If not, then multi dimensional kit chess…

I’m down for the colourful SPACEBAR kit and JP-2. It’s the main keys that are perplexing.

Posted: 01 Aug 2018, 12:04
by Laser
I'll ask (it may take some time until I get an answer though, time zone difference etc.), although I'm pretty sure the base kit includes those mods, simply because there's no kit name to account only for the modifiers, if the picture would miss a heading (i.e. split picture, base + ???).

Posted: 01 Aug 2018, 12:07
by Muirium
Indeed. BASE should be, as we say, The Actual Bone Fide Bollocks. But this is my Realforce and HHKB on the line so I want to be certain and then some. Thanks Laser!

Posted: 01 Aug 2018, 12:08
by Laser
You're welcome, let's just hope the keys will be good quality stuff :)

Posted: 01 Aug 2018, 13:19
by Muirium
Yup. They look good in pictures. Let’s hope they live up to that.

Know how canny these guys are about customs fees? I’d likely wind up paying $50 on tax and processing in our delightful, stable genius U.K. if it’s declared correctly. I’ll order it via elsewhere if necessary.

Posted: 01 Aug 2018, 13:33
by Laser
In the past, and that information is based on what I've read somewhere, or heard from a friend, they were canny - "under-declarative", so there is hope. Also splitting bought stuff into batches of higher-than-40-bucks-but-close-to-that helps if the customs don't look at small taxes (40$ is the KBDFans lower limit for free shipping).

Posted: 01 Aug 2018, 13:35
by Muirium
Sadly, £15 is the limit when customs kicks in here. Down from £30 last I encountered it. So I may have to get a little geographically creative.

Posted: 01 Aug 2018, 21:22
by wobbled
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/IBM-Displayw ... oard&rt=nc
Sadly I'd consider this a reasonable price nowadays

Posted: 01 Aug 2018, 21:53
by j0d1
Cheap F AT in Montreal: 65$CAD (50$ USD)

https://www.kijiji.ca/v-souris-claviers ... 1373335773

I already have one and I don't have the time for another restoration project or simply to go get it so... enjoy whoever lives in this area ;)

Posted: 02 Aug 2018, 01:04
by TheInverseKey
Here what looks to be a NMB RT101 based on that case switches are unknown.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/312204897900/

Posted: 02 Aug 2018, 02:25
by Laser
Muirium wrote: Could you ask them if the BASE kit include the HHKB mods?
Just found the KBDFans' accompanying blog post for the GB: https://kbdfans.cn/blogs/interest-check ... ub-keycaps

.. and there it is:

Code: Select all

BASE KIT 50SET  125keys       69USD
.. so the HHKB mods are included, if one counts the keys in the BASE picture :)
Spoiler:
Don't forget to use the ILOVEKBDFANS coupon when you order (-2$)

Posted: 02 Aug 2018, 07:26
by Darkshado
j0d1 wrote: Cheap F AT in Montreal: 65$CAD (50$ USD)

https://www.kijiji.ca/v-souris-claviers ... 1373335773

I already have one and I don't have the time for another restoration project or simply to go get it so... enjoy whoever lives in this area ;)
Nabbed it within two hours of the ad being posted, which was pretty nice given that day's earlier dead end. :D

Turned out I had bought my Model Ms from the same seller two years ago. Seems he gets occasional supply from somewhere, though he did comment old IBM boards were getting scarce.

Posted: 02 Aug 2018, 14:17
by Riceball
Not quite sure were to put this, but it might be a good opportunity for any Australians around Sydney.

Posted: 02 Aug 2018, 14:22
by j0d1
Darkshado wrote:
j0d1 wrote: Cheap F AT in Montreal: 65$CAD (50$ USD)

https://www.kijiji.ca/v-souris-claviers ... 1373335773

I already have one and I don't have the time for another restoration project or simply to go get it so... enjoy whoever lives in this area ;)
Nabbed it within two hours of the ad being posted, which was pretty nice given that day's earlier dead end. :D

Turned out I had bought my Model Ms from the same seller two years ago. Seems he gets occasional supply from somewhere, though he did comment old IBM boards were getting scarce.
Nice! Next time I'll try to PM you directly for Montreal finds ;)

Posted: 02 Aug 2018, 14:30
by green-squid
Riceball wrote: Not quite sure were to put this, but it might be a good opportunity for any Australians around Sydney.
I myself also saw some nice keyboards there. But many of them belong to some pretty rare computers. It would be better if they stayed with their original computers.

I urge everybody to spread the word of this so that all this doesn't go to the recyclers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :o :evil:

Posted: 02 Aug 2018, 14:36
by Riceball
green-squid wrote:
Riceball wrote: Not quite sure were to put this, but it might be a good opportunity for any Australians around Sydney.
I myself also saw some nice keyboards there. But many of them belong to some pretty rare computers. It would be better if they stayed with their original computers.

I urge everybody to spread the word of this so that all this doesn't go to the recyclers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :o :evil:
Yeah, hopefully someone can archive some of the technical documents, but with only a week left on their lease they're running out of time fast.

Posted: 02 Aug 2018, 14:38
by Myoth
Riceball wrote: Not quite sure were to put this, but it might be a good opportunity for any Australians around Sydney.
holy shit, just someone raid this place already, I saw an IBM JX keyboard and an F122, countless Wyses and other stuff...

Australia, someone must scavenge this !

Posted: 02 Aug 2018, 14:53
by Bass
Seems likely that there are (or were) beamsprings there too, as I saw a bunch of 3278 terminals in that video (albeit with the keyboards detached).

Posted: 03 Aug 2018, 01:56
by zrrion
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Toshib ... 2728501796

Its alps (of some kind, don't know what kind) and the caps look pretty cool.

Posted: 03 Aug 2018, 02:42
by Gnohio
Low bid F XT for the Leafs out there.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-IBM-Mo ... 0005.m1851

Posted: 03 Aug 2018, 16:34
by green-squid
Myoth wrote:
Riceball wrote: Not quite sure were to put this, but it might be a good opportunity for any Australians around Sydney.
holy shit, just someone raid this place already, I saw an IBM JX keyboard and an F122, countless Wyses and other stuff...

Australia, someone must scavenge this !
http://bitsandpixels.com.au/2018/08/03/ ... m-society/
This is when I noticed what others were doing. I saw at least 2-3 people walk in, take a few items, and leave. They didn’t speak with the volunteers or john. Someone walked in looking for buckling spring keyboards, took one that I found earlier and placed it in plain sight, but was after another. He told me the location had been posted on a keyboard lovers forum, i assume with a note of “take what you need”. He was going to take another model F keyboard that had most of its keys missing “for parts”. I don’t know if it wasn’t made clear enough, i mean I had to ask John what was going on when I entered, but if someone read online to come take what they wanted they could have done so without john noticing at all. And that’s what was happening.
:shock:

Posted: 03 Aug 2018, 17:36
by Bass
green-squid wrote: :shock:
I saw something else equally important at the beginning of the article:
Yes, what you’re looking at is the current entrance to the Australian Computer Museum Society, located in the depths of Sydney. When I first called John, I didn’t know what to say. A friend had sent me a document revealing that the museum is having trouble relocating. They are running out of time as their current location is set to be demolished in two weeks. It said that the society had run out of funds and was looking for people to take their pieces of history home. However, when John spoke with me, he said that wasn’t exactly true.

“That’s not exactly right”, said John, treasurer of the society. “We’re looking for people to home these items until we have a permanent location.” Being a collector of antique computers, I became more interested in the situation and asked a couple of questions. And I was more than happy to hold onto some computers until the museum found it’s feet.
So I take it that means they are not selling / giving their stuff away but expecting people who walk in to eventually return what they took?

Re: Great/Interesting Finds

Posted: 03 Aug 2018, 21:05
by Techno Trousers
Wow, what a mess.

Posted: 03 Aug 2018, 21:08
by Myoth
green-squid wrote:
Myoth wrote:
Riceball wrote: Not quite sure were to put this, but it might be a good opportunity for any Australians around Sydney.
holy shit, just someone raid this place already, I saw an IBM JX keyboard and an F122, countless Wyses and other stuff...

Australia, someone must scavenge this !
http://bitsandpixels.com.au/2018/08/03/ ... m-society/
This is when I noticed what others were doing. I saw at least 2-3 people walk in, take a few items, and leave. They didn’t speak with the volunteers or john. Someone walked in looking for buckling spring keyboards, took one that I found earlier and placed it in plain sight, but was after another. He told me the location had been posted on a keyboard lovers forum, i assume with a note of “take what you need”. He was going to take another model F keyboard that had most of its keys missing “for parts”. I don’t know if it wasn’t made clear enough, i mean I had to ask John what was going on when I entered, but if someone read online to come take what they wanted they could have done so without john noticing at all. And that’s what was happening.
:shock:
oh shit, welp, that's what I get for opening my mouth quickly ... I'm sorry :cry:

Posted: 04 Aug 2018, 01:10
by JP!
Myoth wrote: oh shit, welp, that's what I get for opening my mouth quickly ... I'm sorry :cry:
:shock:
Spoiler:
Image

Posted: 04 Aug 2018, 01:13
by Myoth
sorry

Posted: 04 Aug 2018, 01:23
by Chalba
Beamspring alert, now which one of yall..
https://www.ebay.com/itm/NICE-IBM-Vinta ... Sw3opbYjSx

Posted: 04 Aug 2018, 01:39
by Chalba
Ee sry for a double post, but is there a reason someone hasn't snatched this for $40 shipped?
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Mechan ... 3380667341