IBM 6715 Typewriter

hypkx
Chasing the Dream

05 Aug 2016, 00:41

Some days ago I received my IBM buckling spring typewriter, here some pictures from the breakdown.

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IBM badge

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Stabelized enter key

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Metall plate

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keyboard

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Cherry switch

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seebart
Offtopicthority Instigator

05 Aug 2016, 14:58

Very interesting to see one of these in detail, good work, thanks for sharing. Love the layout.

hypkx
Chasing the Dream

05 Aug 2016, 18:53

I love also the layout, a bit like a model F XT or a 60% keyboard. Its also the first time I got my hands on a buckling spring enter keycap with a stabelizer wire, a very interesting experience.

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seebart
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05 Aug 2016, 18:58

Just from your pictures I can see IBM built these extremely well.

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emdude
Model M Apologist

05 Aug 2016, 19:13

Very nice, thanks for sharing. A friend's grandparents has one of these, they would use it to write their yearly Christmas letters. I am not sure if they are still using it, but for now I think it is collecting dust underneath a cloth cover. I don't think they've ever owned a computer as well.

Hopefully I can save it if they ever decide to toss it or something. It's a pretty great piece of equipment, love the key caps and the Code key. :D

gianni

01 Sep 2017, 14:17

If only this could be connected to a pc with an adapter....

hypkx
Chasing the Dream

01 Sep 2017, 20:42


orihalcon

04 Sep 2017, 05:00

gianni wrote: If only this could be connected to a pc with an adapter....
I highly recommend using a Model F Xwhatsit, just run short jumpers to the original membrane connectors that have been desoldered from the original controller/pcb to the rows and columns on the Model F Xwhatsit. It's perfect because there are 16 columns and 8 rows which fits the membranes of all Wheelwriters and SSK's! Super easy to program, and you can optionally add a solenoid :)

See here, this was an SSK, but same concept Applies to wheelwriters: https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=69394 and scroll to the last post showing photos.

Video here of the M with solenoid:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYIDDoRS25Y

Sorry the video is so crappy :/

keyboardist

12 Jul 2020, 02:19

What is that long black and white switch exactly?

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zrrion

12 Jul 2020, 02:37

that is a cherry M9 switch. I've seen TA and Royal typewriters use them like that but never a wheelwriter before

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