Great/Interesting Finds

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Muirium
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29 Mar 2021, 14:19

Someone's going to be mighty peeved when some lousy books and tapes come in the mail! :lol:

thefarside

29 Mar 2021, 15:29

John Doe wrote:
29 Mar 2021, 14:06
COMPUTER IS NOT INCLUDED.

AND $643 ALREADY, GOD.
Ohhhh I didn’t notice that at first. Hopefully the bidders realize what they are getting. Always read the description before bidding!

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snuci
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29 Mar 2021, 17:22

John Doe wrote:
29 Mar 2021, 14:06
COMPUTER IS NOT INCLUDED.
AND $643 ALREADY, GOD.
I know it doesn't interest anyone here but those tapes and manuals are actually worth a lot of money. Hopefully the potential buyer doesn't think the 5100 is in the auction (it is clearly stated) but they could fetch that money and then some.

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ddrfraser1

29 Mar 2021, 18:21

Post from Eric/Riptide666 - a fellow Smashvillian so I thought I'd share. Not sure what switches though. I'm guessing white.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Keyboa ... %7Ciid%3A1

Edit: Says white in the description.

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Weezer

29 Mar 2021, 19:22

To be honest the 5100 tapes are rarer than the system itself.

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hellothere

29 Mar 2021, 21:45

John Doe wrote:
29 Mar 2021, 01:12
https://www.ebay.com/itm/284236884011

We'll see how the 107 will go.
$620. 6 days left. It's now time to sell your 107s, folks!
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hellothere

29 Mar 2021, 21:51

jbtb077 wrote:
28 Mar 2021, 06:59
ddrfraser1 wrote:
28 Mar 2021, 00:19
It’s stupidly difficult to resist the urge to buy this even though I already own 2 🤦🏻‍♂️
It sold :o

I wonder if it was someone on here who bought it.
I strongly considered it. I have two AEK IIs that I swapped the cream damped switches for orange, so I eventually said "skip." It was actually the right choice, as I was able to get two other nice KBs for $50 offers.

Oh. Count me in for another Northgate Omni. And two more Focus KBs.

I've gotta start repairing and selling more stuff.

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ddrfraser1

30 Mar 2021, 16:17

Can we appreciate how IBM uses the Black Badge as their linkedIn photo?

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thefarside

30 Mar 2021, 16:30

Interesting IBM XT style keyboard:
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-IBM-Co ... 3939024495

I couldn’t find any info on it.

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Myoth

30 Mar 2021, 16:44

thefarside wrote:
30 Mar 2021, 16:30
Interesting IBM XT style keyboard:
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-IBM-Co ... 3939024495

I couldn’t find any info on it.
Keytronic foam and foil, mostly commonly known as trash

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TNT

30 Mar 2021, 17:04

You people need to stop hating on F&F. The very early versions can be quite good. Key feel is mostly dominated by the spring, with a "cushioned" bottoming out (given you replaced the pads, of course). But yeah, those Compaq XT boards aren't too great.

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ddrfraser1

30 Mar 2021, 18:52

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30 Mar 2021, 19:00


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ddrfraser1

30 Mar 2021, 19:02

Why do I get the feeling it’s not going to open the pod bay doors?

Rhododendron

30 Mar 2021, 20:32

ddrfraser1 wrote:
30 Mar 2021, 18:52
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400 Dollars. Right.

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ddrfraser1

30 Mar 2021, 20:33

Rhododendron wrote:
30 Mar 2021, 20:32
ddrfraser1 wrote:
30 Mar 2021, 18:52
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400 Dollars. Right.
One for $499 on eBay

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ekeppel

30 Mar 2021, 23:29

Anyone close to Connecticut?

$100 IBM 5150 with monitor and Model F AT keyboard!
Doesn't boot, but that's generally easy to fix.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/274739750977

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ddrfraser1

30 Mar 2021, 23:34

Worth it.
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jbtb077

31 Mar 2021, 03:07

ekeppel wrote:
30 Mar 2021, 23:29
Anyone close to Connecticut?

$100 IBM 5150 with monitor and Model F AT keyboard!
Doesn't boot, but that's generally easy to fix.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/274739750977
Damn... sold already.

vdublove37

31 Mar 2021, 17:36

Not sure if these have been posted here already, but he we go:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Keyboa ... 3518712467

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Quotro ... 3068846739

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Nixdorf-Keyboa ... 4236957089

That Nixdorf looks very interesting, too bad it is not in a layout that I personally would want to mess with!

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TNT

31 Mar 2021, 18:16

Nixdorf looks awesome. Thanks for sharing!

vdublove37

31 Mar 2021, 20:22

It's starting to look like that DC-3014 that went last night for $960 was a legit bid

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Weezer

31 Mar 2021, 20:26

Most of them are legit bids. If they weren't the items would be consistently relisted.

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raoulduke-esq

31 Mar 2021, 20:32

vdublove37 wrote:
31 Mar 2021, 20:22
It's starting to look like that DC-3014 that went last night for $960 was a legit bid
Wow. Blue alps owners: are they $800-900 better than white alps?

vdublove37

31 Mar 2021, 20:39

raoulduke-esq wrote:
31 Mar 2021, 20:32
vdublove37 wrote:
31 Mar 2021, 20:22
It's starting to look like that DC-3014 that went last night for $960 was a legit bid
Wow. Blue alps owners: are they $800-900 better than white alps?
I'd like to point out that the price is indeed insane, but the reason partially is the fact that is like a DC-2014 (great build, Alps doubleshots, NKRO) but in a standard layout. So it seems like kind of a grail board, for blue alps at least.

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zrrion

31 Mar 2021, 21:34

You can get nkro, white alps, ansi, and doubleshot caps from an omnikey 101. I do think the DC-3014 looks better and has nicer caps but definitely not $800-900 better than the omnikey.

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hellothere

31 Mar 2021, 23:21

zrrion wrote:
31 Mar 2021, 21:34
You can get nkro, white alps, ansi, and doubleshot caps from an omnikey 101. I do think the DC-3014 looks better and has nicer caps but definitely not $800-900 better than the omnikey.
The Omni 101s had bottom cases that were plastic. I think the last gen 102 Ultras and/or the Avant Stellars had a metal bottom case, macro functionality, all the fun Ultra extra keywork, a nice looking badge, AND Windows keys. However, simplified white Alps, so yank 'em out and install blues. Or put blues in a bigfoot case, like the Dell 101s. Then you can get custom keycaps from Tai-Hao.

A large percentage of 1st gen gold badge Omni Key 102s (yes, with a space) had blue Alps, but not all, so be wary.

I saw this Chicony 5160 blue Alps 'board the other day. $190 + shipping, so $230 US. I have a blue Alps Chicony 5161, so I can confirm they're nice, even though they have snaps (and screws). Pity the 5160 is missing one key cap because the others have Arabic legends.

If the 5161 I have wasn't in such nice shape, I'd probably put the switches in a OmniKey 102 case. I have a few of those.

Anyhow, I have been experimenting with early white Alps switches and installing 55cN Sprit springs in them. They don't feel exactly like blues, but I think they might be better than whites. It'll be a while before I can complete this experiment. And, even if I can't, no, I don't think blues are $800 better than early whites.

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hellothere

31 Mar 2021, 23:34

vdublove37 wrote:
31 Mar 2021, 17:36
Not sure if these have been posted here already, but he we go:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Keyboa ... 3518712467
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Quotro ... 3068846739
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Nixdorf-Keyboa ... 4236957089

That Nixdorf looks very interesting, too bad it is not in a layout that I personally would want to mess with!
The Quotron has been listed for at least two months. I do think it's pretty, but I'd like to know what kind of switches it has.

I'm really interested to see what the other two go for. Nice finds, vdublove37.

vdublove37

31 Mar 2021, 23:40

hellothere wrote:
31 Mar 2021, 23:34
vdublove37 wrote:
31 Mar 2021, 17:36
Not sure if these have been posted here already, but he we go:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Keyboa ... 3518712467
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Quotro ... 3068846739
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Nixdorf-Keyboa ... 4236957089

That Nixdorf looks very interesting, too bad it is not in a layout that I personally would want to mess with!
The Quotron has been listed for at least two months. I do think it's pretty, but I'd like to know what kind of switches it has.

I'm really interested to see what the other two go for. Nice finds, vdublove37.
Thanks mate! Yeah the Quotron has been up for a while, I tried to find info on the switches but no luck here on DT. The black Focus was originally listed for something like $150 but I guess the seller figured out what he had and relisted at nearly $200 more I believe.

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hellothere

01 Apr 2021, 00:14

vdublove37 wrote:
31 Mar 2021, 23:40
The black Focus was originally listed for something like $150 but I guess the seller figured out what he had and relisted at nearly $200 more I believe.
Yah. When you have something somewhat unique, it's hard to price it, especially if you're trying "Buy it Now."

I really don't like the "grey" lock light sticker and the function key sticker. I wonder if the black lock-light sticker from Unicomp would fit. Maybe there's a thread here telling you how to make one. Hmm.

Oh. If "vdub" is referring to VWs, I've had several. I think think the oldest was a 1960s Type I ("Beetle") and the newest was a 1980s Rabbit diesel. I'm not a gearhead. I've just owned way too many cars.

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