I'm trying to avoid getting every keyboard I can find, maybe every other keyboard? It should be noted that even though the dell is my first mechanical switch board, I am a keyboard ****. I've owned everything from the Apple aluminum (GF has it now), the Saitek and Saitek II, several other dell keyboards (including one bluetooth which was very disappointing), etc...
I guess the advice I'm looking for is two fold, first what is similar to but "better" than the AT101 (seems the M1 may fit that bill, at least enough to pick one up and test), and second what is a general good "starter" board. I will likely pickup a unicomp next month, as everyone should own a BS keyboard and I can get those NIB.
There are a lot of different switches, and even more boards, and as you said the "feel" will always be subjective. I'm just looking for a starting point based upon a board I am familiar with (the dell).
Out of curiousity, why are so many of the companies who make mechanical switch keyboards located out of the US? Also, why don't most of them have "normal" import chains to the US?
Thanks for the welcome, and the advice/information so far.