as usual ripster, you are too funny.
you know what? i tend to wear out dye sub faster than good laser. i don't think it is so much my funky hands as abrasion that wears them out. then of course the laser would last longer. since you have to wear down the whole key past the grrove to wipe out the legends. yeah, they put some on top outside of the groove to make the contrast higher. i wear that off in a couple of weeks. my dye subs just rub off whereas the lasers fade but retain the complete legend.
i guess different strokes for different folks then. i do maintain i prefer blue cherrys though. so the das quickly wen't back on my tray. buckling springs and topre's are not really mechanical switches which i just seem to prefer.
as for the cherry's getting full of hair. there are a lot of cat's around here and i am my own serviceman as well. the cherry's are very serviceable and individually replaceable. as are the keycaps of course. overall, with work a mx board can stay in service much longer than a ibm/unicomp or topre imo. when one key fails on the other boards afaik ,game over. this is important to me because i use these boards like a monkey eats bananas. please, no monkey joke ripster!