Best relic or discovery 2015

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webwit
Wild Duck

27 Nov 2015, 21:57

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Please suggest nominees for the Best relic or discovery in 2015. You have to give a short motivation for each suggestion. It is allowed to show off and nominate your own relics.

By voting in the third round of this category, you can win an Ergo Pro or a Secure Pro keyboard from Matias!

The first round ends on Thursday 3 December, 00:00hrs UTC.

Current suggestions (this list is frequently updated):
  • IBM 29 Keypunch keyboard / Univac 1701
  • Visual terminal board with SKCL browns
  • photekq's Olivetti SBU
  • vsev's NIB Goupil dye-subs + prism-style case
  • ettasian's G80-0081 / Berthold ADS 3000 keyboard
  • XMIT's Texas Instruments 914 board
  • Andrewjoy's Final Cut keyboard
  • XMIT's Delta Data Systems - Hall effect sculpted
  • Engicoder's ITT Courier 1700 keyboard
  • Engicoder's Kroy 190
  • larryniven's IBM 5110
  • seebart's Micro Switch 68SD15-1-E
  • seebart's Key Tronic Corp. No.19790
  • seebart's Alphameric Type 140-1595
  • seebart's Micro Switch 800210/68
  • snuci's Otrona Attache keyboard
  • snuci's IBM 5100 Beam spring keyboard
  • snuci's Intel iPDS - Stackpole
  • snuci's Apple Lisa Keyboard
  • scottc's 10x NIB Cherry G81-3000SATs
  • HaaTa's find of Cherry 01APBSW switches
  • Muirium's/HzFaq's NeXT boards
  • Keypocalypse/elecplus' Two-Eyed White Space Invaders keyboard with ANSI layout
  • Keypocalypse/elecplus' HP 98203B terminal keyboard
  • Keypocalypse/elecplus' Sperry/Unisys spherical terminal keyboard, foam and foil
  • Keypocalypse/elecplus' Cherry G80-1080HAU/13
  • Keypocalypse/elecplus' Micro-Term ERGO301 - vintage Alps T-mount white, sculpted spherical key caps
  • Keypocalypse/elecplus' Tandem terminal keyboard - extremely heavy, double shot sphericals, foam and foil
  • Keypocalypse/elecplus' CPT Model 8500 88 Keyboard - magnetic valve, sculpted spherical
  • Keypocalypse/elecplus' ITW/Cortron Japanese Kana keyboards
  • IBM Model F 122-key model 6110346 with original APL key caps
  • HaaTa's HP 15254A Keypad

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seebart
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27 Nov 2015, 22:03

I'd like to nominate the IBM 29 Keypunch keyboard / Univac 1701 because it's a great discovery and so unusual even for a relic from a technical standpoint:

http://deskthority.net/keyboards-f2/ibm ... ?hilit=ibm
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Visual terminal board with SKCL browns

http://deskthority.net/photos-f62/heret ... own%20alps
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ramnes
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28 Nov 2015, 01:26


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XMIT
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28 Nov 2015, 01:59

I'm putting in a vote for my Texas Instruments 914 board. (MICRO USA Hall effect, incandescent backlit keys, 1974)

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http://deskthority.net/photos-f62/texas ... 11114.html

andrewjoy

28 Nov 2015, 11:45

I vote for the final cut keyboard

https://goo.gl/photos/QPQ6N3kTJ2vQnuqU8

Alps ave never felt so crap! ( still better than any keyboard apple make)

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ramnes
ПБТ НАВСЕГДА

28 Nov 2015, 13:13

Please, no. :(

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Chyros

28 Nov 2015, 15:06

andrewjoy wrote: I vote for the final cut keyboard

https://goo.gl/photos/QPQ6N3kTJ2vQnuqU8

Alps ave never felt so crap! ( still better than any keyboard apple make)
That's Matsushita dome with slider, no Alps Oo .

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seebart
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28 Nov 2015, 15:16

XMIT wrote: I'm putting in a vote for my Texas Instruments 914 board. (MICRO USA Hall effect, incandescent backlit keys, 1974)
I am also voting for XMIT's Texas Instruments 914 board.

I'd also like to vote for XMIT's Delta Data Systems - Hall effect sculpted:

http://deskthority.net/photos-f62/delta ... 11163.html
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Also I am voting for Engicoder's ITT Courier 1700 keyboard:

http://deskthority.net/keyboards-f2/itt ... 11225.html
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and Engicoder's Kroy 190:

http://deskthority.net/keyboards-f2/kro ... 11088.html
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also IBM 5110 by larryniven:

http://deskthority.net/photos-f62/ibm-5110-t10804.html
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Last edited by seebart on 29 Nov 2015, 17:21, edited 1 time in total.

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SL89

28 Nov 2015, 15:49

Is there a picture of Intelli78's Triumph-Adler Dario on DT?

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ramnes
ПБТ НАВСЕГДА

28 Nov 2015, 15:55

I would also like to nominate seebart's Micro Switch 68SD15-1-E (damn, those colors):
http://deskthority.net/keyboards-f2/mic ... 11720.html
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seebart
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28 Nov 2015, 21:03

Since our chief duck webwit will allow nominations for our own stuff in this category here I go:

Key Tronic Corp. No.19790

http://deskthority.net/keyboards-f2/key ... o%20switch
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Alphameric Type 140-1595

http://deskthority.net/keyboards-f2/alp ... alphameric
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Micro Switch 800210/68

http://deskthority.net/photos-videos-f6 ... 70-30.html
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Micro Switch 68SD15-1-E (as nominated by ramnes)

http://deskthority.net/keyboards-f2/mic ... o%20switch
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andrewjoy

28 Nov 2015, 21:06

If my crappy final cut wins everyone who voted is nominated for a ping award

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seebart
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28 Nov 2015, 21:09

andrewjoy wrote: If my crappy final cut wins everyone who voted is nominated for a ping award
Very good Andy! :lol: Then again you never know. And you know this won't be the end of it here, there are a few particular people missing sofar.

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seebart
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28 Nov 2015, 23:00

Sorry but I need to nominate these also, all of them are awesome in their own right, all of them are snuci's:

Otrona Attache keyboard

http://deskthority.net/keyboards-f2/otr ... 11728.html
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IBM 5100 Beam spring keyboard

http://deskthority.net/photos-f62/ibm-5 ... 11796.html
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Intel iPDS - Stackpole

http://deskthority.net/photos-f62/vinta ... 11870.html
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Apple Lisa Keyboard

http://deskthority.net/photos-f62/apple ... 12064.html
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Last edited by seebart on 28 Nov 2015, 23:16, edited 1 time in total.

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photekq
Cherry Picker

28 Nov 2015, 23:06

In my mind (yes, a very Cherry-centric mind) there are two finds that are right at the top.

One of them is the Olivetti SBU that ramnes posted (I wouldn't have nominated myself) since that is the one and only full ANSI Olivetti original Cherry dyesub set in the hands of a collector.

The other find is scottc's 10x NIB Cherry G81-3000SATs. The pics speak for themselves. The keyboards he found make up about 91% of the G81-3000SATs in the hands of collectors today. :

http://deskthority.net/photos-f62/cherr ... 10138.html
http://deskthority.net/photos-f62/cherr ... 10353.html

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seebart
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28 Nov 2015, 23:10

Yes in the Cherry universe those two are quite supremish. I had forgotten about scottc's NIB Cherry G81-3000SATs.

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scottc

28 Nov 2015, 23:45

It feels so surreal for my find to be nominated for an award, thanks photekq!

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ramnes
ПБТ НАВСЕГДА

28 Nov 2015, 23:49

But it's well deserved!

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photekq
Cherry Picker

28 Nov 2015, 23:51

scottc wrote: It feels so surreal for my find to be nominated for an award, thanks photekq!
I would have nominated it for best discovery of all time too, not just within 2015. At least within DT & GH anyway.. :mrgreen:

mtl

30 Nov 2015, 01:34

HaaTa's find of Cherry 01APBSW switches: http://deskthority.net/photos-f62/the-o ... 11362.html

Their action looks really sweet.

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7bit

30 Nov 2015, 09:53

Any of HaaTa's finds and this:
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Berthold G80-0081
:ugeek:

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DanielT
Un petit village gaulois d'Armorique…

01 Dec 2015, 12:54

I just have to nominate Mµ/HzFaq again now for the NeXT boards. That one was a amazing find and he managed to organise also a mini GB/proxy action.
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These keyboards share an important role in computer/input devices history 8-) And best of all these are functional usable boards, and in my book these are better than any other :D
Edit: credited HzFaq as the original spotter ;)
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Muirium
µ

01 Dec 2015, 13:24

HzFaq gets a credit as the one to tip me off. I suspect we haven't much of a chance against HaaTa's horde and Snuci's stash (ever get the feeling the real collectors just open the doors on old finds right around awards season…) but the nice thing about the NeXT's is sharing the fun of course. There will be several happy NeXT owners come spring.

http://deskthority.net/other-external-f ... ml#p258689

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snuci
Vintage computer guy

01 Dec 2015, 16:45

I can take some pics of both NeXT keyboards if there is no current photos. I have two NeXT Cubes and two NeXTstations too :)

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Muirium
µ

01 Dec 2015, 16:50

Sounds like a job for… The Wiki!

http://deskthority.net/wiki/Category:Keyboards_by_brand

No NeXT there. And it'll be a while before I have my hands on those. You can beat me to it! The NeXT keyboards we bought are all the same kind, in a few different languages. That's one of them in the photo above.

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snuci
Vintage computer guy

01 Dec 2015, 16:53

I take the photos, Seebart puts them in the Wiki, if he agrees. I have some extras too so I'll check if they are all the same.

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XMIT
[ XMIT ]

01 Dec 2015, 16:54

I got my NeXT boards locally for, well, a very good price. (Sorry if I outbid anyone - I only wanted one but my sniper bought two!)

I'm surprised by just how much I like them. They're delightful in an almost perfect layout. I wish there were an extra key under "Power" since I do use the "End" key fairly often. The photos don't really do them justice: they are a wonderful dark charcoal gray, not black, and extremely solid, well built little boards. Somehow black Alps feel better in this board than an AT101.

I've got some other boards at home. Let me see if I can dig through my Keypocalypse archives and get some good photos since time is running out. :evilgeek:

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Muirium
µ

01 Dec 2015, 17:01

A mad winter's rush is basically what the DTAs are all about!

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XMIT
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01 Dec 2015, 17:16

I looked through the Keypocalypse spreadsheet for some interesting finds. Maybe some of these aren't so new but these are the gems of the Keypocalypse haul from elecplus.

8 keyboards below.

Two-Eyed White Space Invaders keyboard with ANSI layout (now andrewjoy's)

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HP 98203B terminal keyboard

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Sperry/Unisys spherical terminal keyboard, foam and foil (andrewjoy has one of these as well)

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Cherry G80-1080HAU/13
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Micro-Term ERGO301 - vintage Alps T-mount white, sculpted spherical key caps
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Tandem terminal keyboard - extremely heavy, double shot sphericals, foam and foil
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CPT Model 8500 88 Keyboard - magnetic valve, sculpted spherical
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ITW/Cortron Japanese Kana keyboards
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:evilgeek:

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Muirium
µ

01 Dec 2015, 17:24

Lucky Andy getting that ANSI space invader. Not to turn this into a sales thread, but if you're looking for a home for the old Cherry, I may have ideas for it…

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