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Offline Bruce

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« on: Thu, 01 July 2010, 14:27:54 »
Hi All

Im proud to announce that we have signed an agreement with Topre to make their high quality Realforce keyboards available to the European Market.

In the first instance, we will look to stock a printed 105 model in three or four language varieties. For widest appeal.

Were polishing up a few details right now and I would hope to have stock in by October 2010.

Bruce

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« Reply #1 on: Thu, 01 July 2010, 14:30:56 »
Congrats.  Well done, Bruce.


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« Reply #2 on: Thu, 01 July 2010, 15:49:14 »
87U or 88U would be my favorite too but we felt we'd have most appeal to most people with the full size model.
I did check numbers with some people and it seems about 70/30 in favour of full size in Japan.
Tenkeyless is certainly in my thoughts.

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« Reply #3 on: Fri, 02 July 2010, 04:54:57 »
Sweet news !

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« Reply #4 on: Fri, 02 July 2010, 07:04:59 »
Are you going to have any all-30 or all-45g. models in ANSI?


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« Reply #5 on: Fri, 02 July 2010, 08:32:43 »
Looks like an oven... or a morgue.


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« Reply #6 on: Fri, 02 July 2010, 10:01:54 »
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Looks like an oven... or a morgue.

Yeah, and iirc the rent is higher than for a 100m2 flat in my country, lol!

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« Reply #7 on: Fri, 02 July 2010, 10:05:59 »
Good news. The only thing I'm worried about after seeing the other European Distributor prices is that the price will be just as high as buying one in USD+shipping.

Anyway, Maybe I will be proven wrong.

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« Reply #8 on: Fri, 02 July 2010, 10:25:07 »
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Good news. The only thing I'm worried about after seeing the other European Distributor prices is that the price will be just as high as buying one in USD+shipping.

Anyway, Maybe I will be proven wrong.


Even if it is like that , at least you don't have to worry about extra taxes at customs.
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« Reply #9 on: Fri, 02 July 2010, 12:00:39 »
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Even if it is like that , at least you don't have to worry about extra taxes at customs.

And it's ISO \o/

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« Reply #10 on: Sun, 04 July 2010, 15:21:15 »
Excellent news!

I had excellent service from The Keyboard Company when I ordered a G80-3000 a few months ago and I will be happy to send more money their way (in exchange for a keyboard, of course).
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« Reply #11 on: Sun, 04 July 2010, 16:00:49 »
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Good news. The only thing I'm worried about after seeing the other European Distributor prices is that the price will be just as high as buying one in USD+shipping.

Anyway, Maybe I will be proven wrong.
Even if it is like that , at least you don't have to worry about extra taxes at customs.
Seconded: it effectively does away with the customs lottery meaning you can get your keyboard sooner.
The downside is that the price is what it is, it will include import taxes in some way or another.

I'm still undecided whether to pick an ANSI or UK ISO model but this is pretty good news nonetheless.
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« Reply #12 on: Mon, 05 July 2010, 04:30:43 »
105 are already long time for sale in Europe from verkkokauppa.com. IMHO 87U is much interested model.

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« Reply #13 on: Mon, 05 July 2010, 06:33:17 »
Well, some people don't talk Finnish (if I'm not mistaken), and may find it hard to navigate in that site (and some translaters don't cope well with sites where you buy stuff).
And those keyboards seems limited to Finnish anyway.

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« Reply #14 on: Mon, 05 July 2010, 08:42:06 »
Just as long as no one tries to make an ISO version of the HHKB, everything will be ok...

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« Reply #15 on: Mon, 05 July 2010, 09:44:42 »
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Looks like an oven... or a morgue.


Or something worse:


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« Reply #16 on: Mon, 05 July 2010, 09:44:58 »
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make an ISO version of the HHKB

That would actually be interesting, but might be a pain for those layouts (like french of course) where you have to use shift to access the numbers row... same reason that makes tenkeyless layouts a bit less desirable, size notwithstanding.

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« Reply #17 on: Mon, 05 July 2010, 11:06:52 »
It would also screw up a lot of the advantages of the HHKB layout. The Japanese HHKB is sort of like what an ISO HHKB would be like, but I don't see why you'd bother...

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« Reply #18 on: Mon, 05 July 2010, 15:16:29 »
Quote from: Bruce;198365
Hi All

I’m proud to announce that we have signed an agreement with Topre to make their high quality Realforce keyboards available to the European Market.

In the first instance, we will look to stock a printed 105 model in three or four language varieties. For widest appeal.

We’re polishing up a few details right now and I would hope to have stock in by October 2010.

Bruce

I've started a thread a few days ago about getting a HHKB pro 2 (plain, non-japanese version) in the Netherlands, and I personally would feel more comfortable ordering from a UK company instead of a US or Japanese one - even if it's just to get shipping and tax sorted out before ordering. Is this deal for RealForce only or are you also looking into HHKB boards?

Edit: good on you for doing this, by the way. It's hard enough getting decent keyboards over here, so even if you stick with "just" the 105 Realforce boards it's a definite improvement. Though personally, I'm really leaning towards 10-keyless or smaller form factors at the moment, hence my asking about the HHKB.
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« Reply #19 on: Tue, 06 July 2010, 09:46:24 »
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Hi All

Im proud to announce that we have signed an agreement with Topre to make their high quality Realforce keyboards available to the European Market.

In the first instance, we will look to stock a printed 105 model in three or four language varieties. For widest appeal.

Were polishing up a few details right now and I would hope to have stock in by October 2010.

Bruce



Never mind that expensive crap, get the Filco Tenkeyless UK sorted out !!


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« Reply #20 on: Mon, 19 July 2010, 04:30:46 »
Great news,
even though I'm most interested in a tenkeyless version - hope you'll be getting those as well sooner than later - or a HHKB (if that's gonna happen..).

Keep up the good work,
cheers!!

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« Reply #21 on: Fri, 30 July 2010, 14:44:59 »
Very cool, here's my vote for offering ANSI as well though. I live in the ISO world, but hate it.
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« Reply #22 on: Thu, 05 August 2010, 10:18:34 »
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Were polishing up a few details right now and I would hope to have stock in by October 2010.

That's also for me good news. I hope it is also available than in white/gray instead of only black (Topre Realforce 105U, Model No. WE1100).
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« Reply #23 on: Thu, 05 August 2010, 11:11:46 »
I just wanted to give another vote to the Spanish layouts :D. I would definitely buy any topre or filco with spanish layout.

Keep up the your good work!

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« Reply #24 on: Sat, 14 August 2010, 07:56:26 »
One vote for an AZERTY layout for french people.
Thanks.

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« Reply #25 on: Sat, 14 August 2010, 10:33:54 »
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Very cool, here's my vote for offering ANSI as well though. I live in the ISO world, but hate it.


Isn't US International the de facto standard layout for the Netherlands?

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« Reply #26 on: Sat, 14 August 2010, 10:58:22 »
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Isn't US International the de facto standard layout for the Netherlands?


I was under the impression that the vertical enter key means ISO, but upon reading up it appears not to be so.

But anyway, what I don't like is the vertical enter key that is very common here. People think it's trivial, but I can't stand it. Before I learned about mechanical keyboards I even imported rubber domes for this reason.
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« Reply #27 on: Thu, 30 September 2010, 04:18:15 »
It's almost october!
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« Reply #28 on: Thu, 30 September 2010, 07:41:16 »
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It's almost october!


I'm really looking forward to seeing what they have, because I'm going to England in December. If they have something I like, I'll order it and pick it up when I get there!

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« Reply #29 on: Thu, 30 September 2010, 10:59:41 »
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Never mind that expensive crap, get the Filco Tenkeyless UK sorted out !!


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Seconded, I'm looking to buy just that myself.