The FR4 PCB is an option that I was offered by Filco for my 88TKL models. It is only used on these right now. It made sense for me to do this because there was some re-design going on anyway. I cannot say when it will be made available on other models but customer feedback will play a role.
It does have distinct advantages, mainly better feel and durability. It is similar to those used by Topre, I am told. All European 88TKL models use this board, those that I flew in early as well.
Incidentally - the feel thing is also why Filco stick with lighter keytops, any more robust keytops tended to detract from the feel of the keyboard, many were tried and are still being tried but none have yet been found that don’t compromise the typing experience which Filco hold sacred above all else. A decision has been made to stay with the existing keytop until or unless a more durable replacement is found that does not compromise feel.
I have been specifically requested by Diatec Management to convey to you all that they are 100% committed to providing the best possible service to Filco customers - wherever they may be.
The situation with EK happened suddenly. Majestouch did a great job, was uniquely suited to the situation and will be a hard act to follow, I think we can all agree on that. We owe him our gratitude, and I know him as a gentleman.
But things didn’t work out and we are where we are. Filco did not plan for this to happen and did not have a Plan B with regards to USA distribution. Companies are approaching them for distribution rights but they need time to be sure of any new partnership and are anxious not to jump from frying pan to fire.
The Keyboard Company will be partnering Diatec to address the situation and there will be news within weeks about Filco availability in USA. Please be patient, this is closer than you think. But I can say no more for now.
In the meantime, we are supporting USA customers from here in the UK quite successfully and are more than happy to ship accross the pond. It all works on http://www.keyboardco.com
and your credit card or Paypal will be gratefully accepted.