This is still a work in progress; I have finally cleaned it and am now working on converting it to USB. Will probably be a while though as I have a lot of projects
Lots of photos in here:
I like to keep things original but I am probably not experienced enough in electronics to be feeding mains into an all-metal keyboard. Plus 3 of the bulbs were burnt out so I will replace the transformer and bulbs with leds. I was only able to find one visible led strong enough with a low enough beam angle to operate the sensors and they cost an entire dollar each . Because the output of the receiver is so slow i will use schmitt triggers. If I hadnt found those leds I would have used infrared ones and maybe supply my own receivers but thats less fun
With all the stickiness cleaned out I could finally type on it and honestly it kinda sucks. When you press a key light/slow you really feel the tactility but if you press it fast/hard you don't feel it at all. The effect when I type on it is that it feels very inconsistent. Also, because the keys hinge from the top, the ones that are closer to the top feel a lot heavier and have shorter travel distance. The bottom row is about 3x as far from the hinge as the top row so you can imagine the inconsistency.. The upside is smoothness; this is the smoothest key travel I have ever felt. I can't even compare it to other boards, there is just 0 perceptible scratchiness.