Hello all! After reading an article on the subject on tomshardware, I've been shifting my feet and looking at the essentials of Mechanical Keyboards for a few months now (Difference in feel of switches, modding, nothing specific to any one brand or keyboard. Really basic stuff.) I've always enjoyed the "clicky" feel and sound of a mechanical keyboard but I could never place exactly why until i started reading up more and more on it. I'm thinking "this is for me" but I had never taken the ~80 dollar leap for a keyboard.
Today, however, as so often happens, I stumbled upon a pretty incredible opportunity. I was digging through a pile of old PS2 Keyboards when, right at the bottom, I saw a really old looking, thick and fat keyboard. I tapped the keys on the numpad a couple times and, lo and behold, clickity clack.
I pulled it out and read the model off the back. It's a KB-5181 but it's not branded Chicony (or rather, lack of brand) it's got a distinct ARS brand in the top left corner and on the sticker on the back.
Firstly, Does anybody have any history with this keyboard
Secondly, it's rather filthy, and i'd like to clean it up. Is there a disassembly guide somewhere for this model, is it very straightforward (ie, just take it apart, clean it up, and put it back together) I'm fairly experienced with cleaning electronics. some 409 and soapy water on plastics, alcohol on PCBs, that sort of stuff.
Thirdly, As far as modding goes, I've seen simple ones like replacing caps and switches. Being so new that i can't identify the switches on sight (nor have i tried) i've seen allusions that it's an Alps switch, but i've also seen "BLUE" in the header for some similar ebay auctions, which i assume would be meaning Cherry Blue switches but i assume this is wrong as the keyboard apparently was manufactured in the late 80's early 90's, and i'm not sure if cherry was even in existance yet, never mind widely used.
*EDIT: Gee, or maybe the "blue" refers to a blue alps switch. Sorry, still getting the hang of this, guys.*
So, basically, no hard and fast issues, just looking for a point of ingress into the whole mechanical keyboard niche, as I think it's really really cool.
Thanks for your time and I look forward to hearing back!