Great/Interesting Finds

MMcM

13 Dec 2020, 20:39

Rayndalf wrote:
11 Dec 2020, 01:02
catlady195 wrote:
10 Dec 2020, 20:33
Rayndalf wrote:
03 Dec 2020, 22:34

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-GEAC-l ... 3720375622

Offered $35, free shipping and the seller took it. Took a bit of time to ship, but came in a massive box with tons of bubblewrap.
Followed your lead and offered 35, shipped pretty quick but with less bubble wrap in a smaller package

Overall it seems much dirtier than yours but the only broken key is the spacebar. True luck of the draw it seems
Interesting, the red key on your has white instead of black lettering. The top shell easily comes off with 4 screws. Warm soapy water + a toothbrush followed by rubbing alcohol and eventually brass got mine pretty clean, but I still need new rubber feet.

Does your caps lock actually lock? Mine seems broken.

Luckily most of those marks and grime will clean up, shame about the spacebar (I might just be really dirty, I'm not sure how to lube these switches yet).
I grabbed one of these GEACs, too.

The yellowing is pretty amazing. Did you need to put on sunscreen to go to this library?

Case needed Super Green and it's still kinda grayish. The logo is a bit different: the ɑ seems to have been filled in. I don't know with what color, since it was dirt colored when it arrived and now after scrubbing it's (darker) grayish.

Most of the switches have broken corners. Maybe a third seriously.

Caps lock seems to lock. Rubber feet haven't decomposed. (Of course, since I have some spares here. I last used one on a KT F&F where, oddly enough, the foam was fine in the switches but the feet had melted.)

There doesn't seem to be any processor on this board. So maybe the protocol will turn out to be interesting.

catlady195

13 Dec 2020, 22:44

MMcM wrote:
13 Dec 2020, 20:39

I grabbed one of these GEACs, too.

The yellowing is pretty amazing. Did you need to put on sunscreen to go to this library?

Case needed Super Green and it's still kinda grayish. The logo is a bit different: the ɑ seems to have been filled in. I don't know with what color, since it was dirt colored when it arrived and now after scrubbing it's (darker) grayish.

Most of the switches have broken corners. Maybe a third seriously.

Caps lock seems to lock. Rubber feet haven't decomposed. (Of course, since I have some spares here. I last used one on a KT F&F where, oddly enough, the foam was fine in the switches but the feet had melted.)

There doesn't seem to be any processor on this board. So maybe the protocol will turn out to be interesting.
I feel like the terminals were directly facing an eastern or western window... That or directly under a skylight

I cleaned mine off with just some dawn and a toothbrush for now, it didn't get everything off but it's mostly clean. And still gray.

As for the logo there were definitely variations since the one rayndalf recieved had gold lettering and mine was unpainted, but mine also had pencil markings filling all the letters probably from some bored kid studying in 1988, so that may also be why the a was filled on yours.

Only the spacebar on mine was cracked to the point of inoperability but at least 50% of the rest are cracked more minorly.

If you crack the code (or lack thereof) on the protocol make sure to keep us updated. I'd love to get this board up and running but with my skills it would probably end up being a fire hazard that only works 40% of the time

John Doe

14 Dec 2020, 00:00

Polecat wrote:
12 Dec 2020, 20:25
John Doe wrote:
12 Dec 2020, 12:34
https://www.ebay.com/itm/254805426436

Avant Stellar, wonder whats the connection with Omnikey?
Avant Stellar is a rebranded Gen4 Northgate Ultra-T. Programmable and Windows keys, but the EEPROM that holds the programming is supposedly prone to trouble. Switches are simplified Alps (SKBM), at least on mine, which is black like ddrfraser1's.

There was also an Avant Prime, which is a rebranded Gen4 Northgate 101. BAE and Windows keys, programmable, not sure if the Prime was available in black, or in beige only. The Avants are heavily built, just like Northgates, with a metal base and plate. But the keycaps are printed, not doubleshot. Good candidates for earlier Alps switches, and better caps if you can cobble together a set to match the odd layout. I ANSIfied mine, and used most of a Tai Hao Dolch cap set.
Thanks for you reply to light.

Don't know it they worth that much as they used simplified alps switches, normally I'll think they can't compare with the complicated alps in typing feeling but I'm no expert tho. Probably will try to get one as I really like the back metal case and metal plate, especially when most alps kbds I came across were with common crisp plastic cover and base. :?

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Polecat

14 Dec 2020, 01:59

John Doe wrote:
14 Dec 2020, 00:00

Thanks for you reply to light.

Don't know it they worth that much as they used simplified alps switches, normally I'll think they can't compare with the complicated alps in typing feeling but I'm no expert tho. Probably will try to get one as I really like the back metal case and metal plate, especially when most alps kbds I came across were with common crisp plastic cover and base. :?
I prefer early SKCM switches myself, but it's easy to swap those on the Northgates/Avants. If you're not in a hurry just wait for a cheaper one. They come up on ebay all the time. I think I paid $45 for mine. But then I'm cheap, I've never paid more than $50 for a keyboard. There are a lot more options for the layout on the Northgates. Avant had only the two models.

John Doe

14 Dec 2020, 03:40

Polecat wrote:
14 Dec 2020, 01:59
I prefer early SKCM switches myself, but it's easy to swap those on the Northgates/Avants.
That means all or most alps switches could be swapped by re-desoldering them? :P

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Polecat

14 Dec 2020, 04:42

John Doe wrote:
14 Dec 2020, 03:40

That means all or most alps switches could be swapped by re-desoldering them? :P
Yep, but it takes years to learn how to close one eye and hold your mouth just right to make it work.

John Doe

14 Dec 2020, 05:10

Polecat wrote:
14 Dec 2020, 04:42
Yep, but it takes years to learn how to close one eye and hold your mouth just right to make it work.
boring even imagine

Jan Pospisil

14 Dec 2020, 13:17

An interesting Sony kb in Germany, for a few bucks atm:
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Sony-Alphanu ... 4558374078?


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hellothere

14 Dec 2020, 19:09

I have a keyboard with these switches. Linear, unless they're really bad tactiles :). Cherry MX compatible. Well, at least for the cheap Cherry keycaps I have lying around.

I like the big metal bottom case in this example.

Jan Pospisil

14 Dec 2020, 19:16

hellothere wrote:
14 Dec 2020, 19:09
I have a keyboard with these switches. Linear, unless they're really bad tactiles :). Cherry MX compatible. Well, at least for the cheap Cherry keycaps I have lying around.

I like the big metal bottom case in this example.
Cool, maybe document this for the wiki? This switch is described only in one model, even though we've encountered it in other ones.

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hellothere

14 Dec 2020, 22:13

I'm planning on it. I've been wanting to get some keycaps -- I'm missing 5, I think -- and clean it up before I put it in the Wiki.

EDIT: I did add the USw LMBW02 switch to the NTC KB-6151 page. Based on experience, if the keyboard is an NTC, it could have just about any switch.

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TNT

14 Dec 2020, 23:42

https://www.ebay-kleinanzeigen.de/s-anz ... 2-225-1296

For all my fellow germans. Unfortunately the seller seems to be adamant about not wanting to send it via postal service.
Most probably comes with these switches: wiki/Ericsson_RMD_973_series

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kbdfr
The Tiproman

15 Dec 2020, 06:53

TNT wrote:
14 Dec 2020, 23:42
https://www.ebay-kleinanzeigen.de/s-anz ... 2-225-1296

For all my fellow germans. Unfortunately the seller seems to be adamant about not wanting to send it via postal service.
Most probably comes with these switches: wiki/Ericsson_RMD_973_series
Info there:
viewtopic.php?f=2&t=24522
and there:
viewtopic.php?f=2&t=13820

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ddrfraser1

15 Dec 2020, 15:59

xxhellfirexx wrote:
14 Dec 2020, 18:22
Katano switches
Someone needs to make 'a hipro silenced orange' variant so that we can have an Ahsokatano switch...
Spoiler:
...and then get their asses sued by Disney #worthit

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digital_matthew

15 Dec 2020, 16:49

ddrfraser1 wrote:
15 Dec 2020, 15:59
xxhellfirexx wrote:
14 Dec 2020, 18:22
Katano switches
Someone needs to make 'a hipro silenced orange' variant so that we can have an Ahsokatano switch...
Spoiler:
...and then get their asses sued by Disney #worthit
I smell a marketing opportunity. Disney is not shy about putting "Star Wars" on anything and everything that can be consumed.

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inmbolmie

15 Dec 2020, 17:23

digital_matthew wrote:
15 Dec 2020, 16:49
ddrfraser1 wrote:
15 Dec 2020, 15:59
xxhellfirexx wrote:
14 Dec 2020, 18:22
Katano switches
Someone needs to make 'a hipro silenced orange' variant so that we can have an Ahsokatano switch...
Spoiler:
...and then get their asses sued by Disney #worthit
I smell a marketing opportunity. Disney is not shy about putting "Star Wars" on anything and everything that can be consumed.
Maybe they already realized.... https://www.razer.com/gaming-keyboards/ ... 40800-R3M1

There is much nicer money in putting a Star Wars sticker to your regular shit than inventing anything with new switches.

xicanoink

16 Dec 2020, 16:22

do people still go crazy for these keycaps? https://www.ebay.com/itm/LOT-OF-3-Desko ... 2af9d8386d

Rayndalf

16 Dec 2020, 23:07

xicanoink wrote:
16 Dec 2020, 16:22
do people still go crazy for these keycaps? https://www.ebay.com/itm/LOT-OF-3-Desko ... 2af9d8386d
Those are the later lasered keycaps (maybe the RGB mods aren't). The ones with Cherry doubleshots or probably Cherry dyesubs (with sublegends) are more desireable.

Thes looks pretty neat though
https://www.ebay.com/itm/KSI-Vintage-Me ... 3823005033

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hellothere

17 Dec 2020, 00:20

Datacomp DFK 122 SPBA11 $40. $15 shipping to me.
Futaba MA inverse cross mount. Rather uncommon because it's a black keyboard with black keycaps and orange legends on the top row (not dirty; there's an example in the Wiki). Spanish layout. I'd buy it if I weren't waaaaaaay over budget this month.
Spoiler:
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hellothere

17 Dec 2020, 00:33

inmbolmie wrote:
15 Dec 2020, 17:23
digital_matthew wrote:
15 Dec 2020, 16:49
ddrfraser1 wrote:
15 Dec 2020, 15:59


Someone needs to make 'a hipro silenced orange' variant so that we can have an Ahsokatano switch...
Spoiler:
...and then get their asses sued by Disney #worthit
I smell a marketing opportunity. Disney is not shy about putting "Star Wars" on anything and everything that can be consumed.
Maybe they already realized.... https://www.razer.com/gaming-keyboards/ ... 40800-R3M1

There is much nicer money in putting a Star Wars sticker to your regular shit than inventing anything with new switches.
OK, y'all have won the thread.

John Doe

17 Dec 2020, 01:36

https://www.ebay.com/itm/293902922758/

an ibm model f with part No 4010504, as the title said. My first time to see an fat with, emmm, without using an black solenoid cable?

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ddrfraser1

17 Dec 2020, 02:48

That cable, wow.

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digital_matthew

17 Dec 2020, 15:36

Pretty awesome:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Rare-Vintage-M ... SwVO1f2vKp
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xxhellfirexx

17 Dec 2020, 20:29


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ekeppel

17 Dec 2020, 20:31

Dirty Model F AT, missing keycaps and a cut cord, but the price is right at $125 plus shipping.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/264980503340

"We have the technology. We can rebuild him" :-)

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dcopellino

18 Dec 2020, 14:23

Model f Bigfoot here in Egypt
https://www.ebay.com/itm/124488196588
Quite pricey. I'am still eating my hand finger nails for having missed one for 80€ in November here in Italy :oops: :cry:

cakeanalytics

18 Dec 2020, 18:35

Another F AT from the same seller, similar condition, auction this time
https://www.ebay.com/itm/293906993427

thefarside

18 Dec 2020, 23:51

I was wondering if someone could shed some light on a keyboard auction that is commanding a high price. It looks like a NOS NCR k440. I couldn’t find anything in the Wiki or much online, other than it might be a Cherry switch based. It’s way out of my budget but I was curious why it’s seems to be so valuable.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/373391714170

xxhellfirexx

19 Dec 2020, 00:05

thefarside wrote:
18 Dec 2020, 23:51
I was wondering if someone could shed some light on a keyboard auction that is commanding a high price. It looks like a NOS NCR k440. I couldn’t find anything in the Wiki or much online, other than it might be a Cherry switch based. It’s way out of my budget but I was curious why it’s seems to be so valuable.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/373391714170
People want the industrial color case and doubleshot OG Cherry keycaps. The PCB and Cherry MY switches will be swapped out.

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