Alps Appreciation

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abrahamstechnology

17 Apr 2019, 15:06

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Chyros

17 Apr 2019, 15:28

Indeed! Also interesting to see SKCM Cream with a logo, don't think I've seen that before. Also fairly rare to see a non-NeXT with them in!

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Drclick

17 Apr 2019, 17:20

Chyros wrote:
17 Apr 2019, 15:28
Indeed! Also interesting to see SKCM Cream with a logo, don't think I've seen that before. Also fairly rare to see a non-NeXT with them in!
In the Wiki there is a photo with logo, but I'm don't know where that came from.

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Damonskv

17 Apr 2019, 18:57

Chyros wrote:
17 Apr 2019, 15:28
Indeed! Also interesting to see SKCM Cream with a logo, don't think I've seen that before. Also fairly rare to see a non-NeXT with them in!
Here you are
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Chyros

17 Apr 2019, 23:09

Oof. That is luvleh :D .

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BloodyKafir

17 Apr 2019, 23:28

Im in love with brown alps, but I need to sell some of mine. I hoarded about 600 of them, and just dont need the extra boards lol.

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zrrion

18 Apr 2019, 02:14

Family photo with all but 2 of my SKCC boards:
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I still want to get a Nabu and Morrows SKCC board so maybe in the future I can retake this with even more boards.

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//gainsborough
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18 Apr 2019, 03:04

zrrion wrote:
18 Apr 2019, 02:14
Family photo with all but 2 of my SKCC boards:
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I still want to get a Nabu and Morrows SKCC board so maybe in the future I can retake this with even more boards.
Awwww yeah! Man, that is such a unique ALPSaver - very cool. The custom legends you put on it are awesome! Is that upper left one a logo for something?

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ZedTheMan

18 Apr 2019, 03:45

zrrion wrote:
18 Apr 2019, 02:14
Family photo with all but 2 of my SKCC boards:
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I still want to get a Nabu and Morrows SKCC board so maybe in the future I can retake this with even more boards.
Wow, you've got a lot of SKCCs!
Do you think they are as susceptible to dust and wear as the SKCL/SKCM line?

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zrrion

18 Apr 2019, 06:36

@gains: The symbol is the logo for JEOL. I use it as a windows key and it has an external coil spring to prevent accidentally pressing it when I miss backspace.

@Zed: I haven't really done too much with bad ALPS switches in general, the SKCM/SKCL switches I've had are generally in decent enough shape and SKCC have also been pretty good. I do like opening SKCC more, and since SKCC only has 2 things that can vary between switches, tall/short and light/heavy, as long as the board can be externally cleaned you can get switches from a pingmaster to transplant fairly easily. I don't really like harvesting like that, and you generally shouldn't have to in my experience unless you break a stem or a housing tab.

I find that a lot of the SKCC boards I've come across are older and were usually from a work environment, and not from someone's personal computer, and as such I feel like they were usually treated more like expensive tools than SKCM/SKCL boards were. The exception being the M0110, which are from personal computers making them both more common and more likely to be in bad shape. They also have the least interesting caps so I tend to pass on them. As a result I rarely need to do all that much to the switches besides opening them and blowing the switches out. They probably are similarly susceptible to wear though given how similar the design and materials are.

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Obscure

19 Apr 2019, 14:36

Just new to the forum, I want to say hello.
See my contribution here (how I cleaned the contacts): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0Aml8VihQM
Nothing spectacular - it won't save the world, but it healed my board.

the_ambyguous

Yesterday, 05:51

Drclick wrote:
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I got these two boards months ago, they are from HP R/332 Instrument Controller.
There are two varieties: undamped SKCM Creams and SKCM Blacks, like NeXT Non-ADB keyboards.
Creams have the "ALPS" logo on the top, pretty smooth and feel good to use, but Blacks feel a bit sandy.
I can't see any difference between these two with caps, so if you want to purchase one, make sure they are creams. :D
this is incredible. whats even more incredible is how sparse these boards are. did HP decide to put alps on only two different models of their products? man tech must have just been one crazy cluster fuck in the 80's. a quick browse through the red print HP keyboards on ebay and you discover HP not only manufactured keyboards in singapore, malaysia, and japan, but the US as well. oof.
undampened creams remain an elusive alps switch i have yet to try. ive heard its superior to skcm orange's. i dont doubt it

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fohat
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Today, 21:44

Sorry for a silly newbie-esque post, but I want to order some Alps caps, a Tai Hao Dolch set, maybe something else, and a couple of CapsLocks that will fit vintage boards like AT101 and Omnikey.

I live in the US, is it best to order from Tai Hao or somewhere in the West? Looking at Mechanical Keyboards I don't see the CapsLock and the Alps selection looks scarce. Am I just not doing it right?

Thanks

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