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Title: [GB] Pearl 40% R1 Complete - www.pearlboards.com - Thank you!
Post by: Koobaczech on Wed, 25 October 2017, 00:57:41
146 Total R1's made
Current Orders Form
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1trW8PJpHkyteALfXAiS5D8cX3kRTD3I15ippUzGAb20/edit?usp=sharing


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About the Pearl
Hello sir/mam, Koobaczech here. Hope you join my group buy, stay active on my thread and support my work! If all goes well, ill have a beautiful Pearl for you in a few months! Thank you so much!
Interest check thread here - https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=91363.0



Where to buy!?
In my website. Will remain open for a month (DEC 1st closes)
www.pearlboards.com (http://www.pearlboards.com)


For PAYPAL only orders, please use the mechkeys.ca proxy
mechkeys.ca (https://mechkeys.ca/collections/group-buys/products/pearl-40)


Timeline and Price - Subject to change before Nov 1st
Free shipping within CONUS. Respective international shipping prices added at checkout.
A single purchase (Case, Weight, PCB, Diffuser, Plate, 10ft cable, Screws, Plastic feet) costs $280 USD

Each extra PCB costs $35 USD
Each extra Diffuser costs $15 USD
Each extra Plate in either brass or aluminum costs $35 USD
Expected to be shipped TO YOU during March


Whats Included
PCB
Top and Bottom Case parts
Brass/Alu Switchplate
RGB Diffuser
Brass numbered Weight
Clear feet
14 plate screws 2 weight screws 4 case screws
10 foot USB-C Cable
Other extras


Important clarifications
You can choose the color and material of your plate individually from your case color
The plate will be a single universal plate
PCB comes presoldered and with gold contacts
u/jetpacktuxedo is working on porting QMK to the PCB as we speak
Entry to buy a Pearl is free for anyone and not done via a raffle or limited at all
THE WEBSITE HAS MORE INFORMATION FOR YOU


Main features
Secondary features
Definite NO's in this project

Full picture albums
https://imgur.com/a/rsh4z
https://imgur.com/a/mNt1k
https://imgur.com/a/Wviec


More about me

Special thanks to
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Opens November 1st until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Koobaczech on Thu, 26 October 2017, 18:51:09
FAQ

What's with the diamond vs. the name Pearl?
The Diamond is my logo, and Pearl is the series/name of this board. A future 60% could also be named Pearl, but it would be referred to as the Pearl 60% for example. Logo vs. board name.

Do prices differ if you choose an ALU or BRASS plate?
No, prices are the same :)

Does this come assembled or what?
You get all the parts to assemble it yourself, switches and keycaps not included. If you want it assembled I suggest TURBOKEYS.US

What is the weight of the Pearl, and can it be built without the brass weight?
A fully built Pearl with caps is 2.6lbs (POUNDS). The weight alone is about 1lbs. Building without the weight does not affect functionality at all and brings the total weight down to 1.6lbs.

Does a brass plate affect feel/sound?
Very much so. Its sturdier, less flex, heavier, and "clicks" sound more pingy. Its a deeper richer sound and a firmer feel. But the ALU looks brilliant when it shines through the caps, and acrylic is the quietest and softest.

Do you have any proxies set up?
None, unfortunately. You need to understand this isn't a GMK set that comes prepackaged in a tray and just gets sent out via the individual proxies. I need to inspect every board, package it, throw in my business cards and extras and be responsible for each board. Especially on my first ever GB.

Why are the indicator lights in a corner vs. the top, and what's with the positioning?
I'm a big SA fan. Putting the indicator lights on the top left or right corners would have blocked them due to SA caps being so tall. I then decided to move them down to a blocker, and positioned them in the lower 2/3'ds of the right blocker.

What stabs work, and do holtites work?
Any cherry PCB mounted stabs work, including Zeal's screw in stabs. And holtites should work. Costar stabs work too.

What options do you recommend for the Pearl?
My endgame build would be a CYAN Pearl + brass plate with SA Pulse mods, SA Calm Depths alphas, 2u Backspace, split R-Shift and 6.25u Spacebar. Then id throw blue leds all over the board, and red leds for the indicator lights. Probably box whites.

Other cool builds are lubed linears with acrylic playes. That to me is incredible.
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Opens November 1st until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Puddsy on Thu, 26 October 2017, 19:16:08
glwgb
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Opens November 1st until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: lordgiblite on Thu, 26 October 2017, 19:47:15
I'm excited...(insert heavy breathing)
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Opens November 1st until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Koobaczech on Fri, 27 October 2017, 10:30:32
glwgb
Puddsy, thank you so much. Do also please forgive me for not getting back to that pm. Been running around like a headless horse!

I'm excited...(insert heavy breathing)
Woot me too my friend. Way more scared than excited but nonetheless happy to think about getting a pretty board in peoples hands.
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Opens November 1st until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Jedi on Fri, 27 October 2017, 11:49:12
Excited for you and definitely wanting in on this.  :thumb:
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Opens November 1st until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Puddsy on Fri, 27 October 2017, 13:47:09
glwgb
Puddsy, thank you so much. Do also please forgive me for not getting back to that pm. Been running around like a headless horse!

no worries

i know how it gets with GBs
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Opens November 1st until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: ojrask on Fri, 27 October 2017, 17:22:31
Going to be a difficult decision picking a color. Cyan and yellow look awesome but black, gray, or silver would be more compatible with stuff.
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Opens November 1st until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: kmba on Fri, 27 October 2017, 22:51:54
Silver most compatible IMO.  Any set with light alphas works wonderfully.  Black second most, as any set with dark mods or dark alphas looks nice.  Gray I have mixed feelings about.  I know it's probably the most popular case color, but I think it really particular sets to work with.. I think my gripe is that gray mods (like half the sets around?) that  don't contrast enough or aren't well color matched irks me :D

Am I brave enough to do a yellow case with Nautilus? (only one single key will be off profile with nautilus due to it's good 40% support.. either caps or enter).  Or maybe blue. 


Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Opens November 1st until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: vladko95 on Sat, 28 October 2017, 00:45:04
Love the case, im debating whether I should get the orange case for GMK yuri. Do you think it will match with the blue and fiery orange? or is a lighter orange?
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Opens November 1st until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: kmba on Sat, 28 October 2017, 08:42:50
Love the case, im debating whether I should get the orange case for GMK yuri. Do you think it will match with the blue and fiery orange? or is a lighter orange?

I suspect it will be a lighter orange than Yuri.
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Opens November 1st until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: foxlive on Sun, 29 October 2017, 05:47:56
Canít wait to join this groupbuy! I am deeply confused about which color to pick since I will soon receive two keyaet: Budapest SA and Dasher SA..
it would be rose gold for Budapest SA, cyan or orange for Dasher SA!! Life dilemma  :p
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Opens November 1st until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Kalopsia on Sun, 29 October 2017, 10:35:26
Canít wait to join this groupbuy! I am deeply confused about which color to pick since I will soon receive two keyaet: Budapest SA and Dasher SA..
it would be rose gold for Budapest SA, cyan or orange for Dasher SA!! Life dilemma  :p

Im in the same boat, althugh I already got Budapest and Dasher so im most likely getting the rose gold and blue  for those :D Im thinking calm depths with cyan!
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Opens November 1st until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Perfex on Sun, 29 October 2017, 17:41:02
Hmm... trying to decide what color would suit Jukebox aka Futurama best.

I don’t think I’ve seen a group buy with so many anodizing choices.
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Opens November 1st until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: captainish on Sun, 29 October 2017, 17:45:05
I've had my eye on this for a while. Hope I can find a spot  :thumb:
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Opens November 1st until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: mattgrimes on Mon, 30 October 2017, 02:47:05
If I wanted to do a  1.25U right shft and a 1U Fn to the right of it (Rather than having the 1U on the left and the 1.25U to the right) would it work, or would it be offset?
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Opens November 1st until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: kmba on Mon, 30 October 2017, 07:01:31
If I wanted to do a  1.25U right shft and a 1U Fn to the right of it (Rather than having the 1U on the left and the 1.25U to the right) would it work, or would it be offset?

The plate would support it, but the PCB does not.  You wouldn't be able to fit a 1.25U cap on the left.

(https://i.imgur.com/yf81nqK.jpg)
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Opens November 1st until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: SuperBo on Mon, 30 October 2017, 08:36:52
Some question. Following FAQ, I need PCB-mounted stab to build this keyboard, what about switch. I guess switch is plate mounted.
Therefore PCB-mounted stab and plate-mounted switch, is this right?

Does these stab work? https://zealpc.net/collections/halloween-trick-or-treat-sale/products/zealstabilizers
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Opens November 1st until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Koobaczech on Mon, 30 October 2017, 09:31:18
Great seeing you guys mentally prep for a good color scheme! There are so many options i honestly had a hard time choosing for my 4 prototypes. Was so conflicted!!

Thanks tameone for answering his question! On a split right shift only 1u-1.25u works.

Some question. Following FAQ, I need PCB-mounted stab to build this keyboard, what about switch. I guess switch is plate mounted.
Therefore PCB-mounted stab and plate-mounted switch, is this right?

Does these stab work? https://zealpc.net/collections/halloween-trick-or-treat-sale/products/zealstabilizers
Yes those will work and yes you are right! On a side note, PCB mounted switches will work just as fine if not better, since they also mount to the plate and PCB. PCB mounted switches are the same as plate mounted but they have little legs that poke into the PCB. So you are getting double the tightness per switch if you go with those.

Also getting some small physical color samples today after work. Will post those up when i get them!
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Opens November 1st until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: lordgiblite on Mon, 30 October 2017, 10:45:10
Also getting some small physical color samples today after work. Will post those up when i get them!

OH YEAAH! Let's see them colors koob! Thankfully I at least know what set I'm using with the pearl so it only comes down to how the cases look themselves! (I only wish I could get more than one)
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Opens November 1st until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: eyedrop on Mon, 30 October 2017, 11:11:53
Honest question, what would you do for a return key?  Just thinking if you have to go to a layer for a return key, it would be annoying since that is used quite often.
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Opens November 1st until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Puddsy on Mon, 30 October 2017, 11:19:39
Honest question, what would you do for a return key?  Just thinking if you have to go to a layer for a return key, it would be annoying since that is used quite often.

just because it doesn't say return on it, doesn't make it not a return key

that |\ would make a nice one
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Opens November 1st until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Calza on Mon, 30 October 2017, 11:26:46
What is the weight of this fully manufactured?
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Opens November 1st until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Koobaczech on Mon, 30 October 2017, 13:30:20
2.6lbs fully built with keycaps. Brass weight is 1lb alone.
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Opens November 1st until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: eksuen on Mon, 30 October 2017, 13:35:10
You are awesome for offering so many colors (especially green), but god damn it'll be hard to choose.
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Opens November 1st until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Koobaczech on Mon, 30 October 2017, 13:44:50
Haha thanks! Im actually losing money by doing so. So many extra colors up the charge. Anodizing follows the same principles of economies of scale as all the other parts. Its like if you buy a gallon of milk but only pour a glass. Im paying for the whole gallon just to be able to offer you all something nice and extra. Fingers are crossed that it all goes well, and if all said and done i can ship you all some pretty boards, that will put a smile on my face
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Opens November 1st until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: mattgrimes on Mon, 30 October 2017, 15:40:05
If I wanted to do a  1.25U right shft and a 1U Fn to the right of it (Rather than having the 1U on the left and the 1.25U to the right) would it work, or would it be offset?

The plate would support it, but the PCB does not.  You wouldn't be able to fit a 1.25U cap on the left.

Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/yf81nqK.jpg)


Thanks! If I wanted to throw a JD40 PCB in there, would the case/plate support it?
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Opens November 1st until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: xondat on Mon, 30 October 2017, 15:48:12
If I wanted to do a  1.25U right shft and a 1U Fn to the right of it (Rather than having the 1U on the left and the 1.25U to the right) would it work, or would it be offset?

The plate would support it, but the PCB does not.  You wouldn't be able to fit a 1.25U cap on the left.

Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/yf81nqK.jpg)


Thanks! If I wanted to throw a JD40 PCB in there, would the case/plate support it?

This uses USB-C so I doubt it.
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Opens November 1st until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Koobaczech on Mon, 30 October 2017, 16:54:17
If I wanted to do a  1.25U right shft and a 1U Fn to the right of it (Rather than having the 1U on the left and the 1.25U to the right) would it work, or would it be offset?

The plate would support it, but the PCB does not.  You wouldn't be able to fit a 1.25U cap on the left.

Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/yf81nqK.jpg)


Thanks! If I wanted to throw a JD40 PCB in there, would the case/plate support it?

Hey buddy, the JD40 PCB has one less column than Pearl. Its a 4x12 matrix vs. my 4x13 matrix. Not only that, the bottom row is centered on Pearl (about 1mm to the right more).  And Row 2 is staggered differently than any 40% in existence as well (few mm's to the right). So in no way would any other 40% pcb fit. I could design a plate for the JD45 pcb, but I have to see that the usb clears and also i you might have some tiny gaps on the sides of the bottom rows..Ill check tonight how it looks!

I wrote a super interesting article on Pearls layout if you would like to read up on it here - https://www.pearlboards.com/blogs/news/pearls-unique-key-layout
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Opens November 1st until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: SuperBo on Mon, 30 October 2017, 18:59:54
If I wanted to do a  1.25U right shft and a 1U Fn to the right of it (Rather than having the 1U on the left and the 1.25U to the right) would it work, or would it be offset?

The plate would support it, but the PCB does not.  You wouldn't be able to fit a 1.25U cap on the left.

Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/yf81nqK.jpg)


Thanks! If I wanted to throw a JD40 PCB in there, would the case/plate support it?

Hey buddy, the JD40 PCB has one less column than Pearl. Its a 4x12 matrix vs. my 4x13 matrix. Not only that, the bottom row is centered on Pearl (about 1mm to the right more).  And Row 2 is staggered differently than any 40% in existence as well (few mm's to the right). So in no way would any other 40% pcb fit. I could design a plate for the JD45 pcb, but I have to see that the usb clears and also i you might have some tiny gaps on the sides of the bottom rows..Ill check tonight how it looks!

I wrote a super interesting article on Pearls layout if you would like to read up on it here - https://www.pearlboards.com/blogs/news/pearls-unique-key-layout
Great article. Decided to go with spilt spacebar. Still considering about right shift and backspace. Cause the split spacebar give me backspace at the bottom position. Do I need additional keys at right position by splitting right shift and backspace.

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Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Opens November 1st until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: lordgiblite on Mon, 30 October 2017, 19:02:10
Haha thanks! Im actually losing money by doing so. So many extra colors up the charge. Anodizing follows the same principles of economies of scale as all the other parts. Its like if you buy a gallon of milk but only pour a glass. Im paying for the whole gallon just to be able to offer you all something nice and extra. Fingers are crossed that it all goes well, and if all said and done i can ship you all some pretty boards, that will put a smile on my face

Koob, you seriously rock! This makes me want to purchase just that much more!!!
I'm glad it looks like everything's coming together well, also that website is pretty nice, and I wasn't expecting stickers! (You must have talked to my wife and found out I love stickers ;) because now I have to buy some)
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Opens November 1st until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Koobaczech on Mon, 30 October 2017, 19:45:52
Great article. Decided to go with spilt spacebar. Still considering about right shift and backspace. Cause the split spacebar give me backspace at the bottom position. Do I need additional keys at right position by splitting right shift and backspace.
Thank you, and not sure what you are asking my friend!

Koob, you seriously rock! This makes me want to purchase just that much more!!!
I'm glad it looks like everything's coming together well, also that website is pretty nice, and I wasn't expecting stickers! (You must have talked to my wife and found out I love stickers ;) because now I have to buy some)
Awesome man!!! I'm so happy haha :] I'll get some your way for sure!
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Opens November 1st until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Koobaczech on Mon, 30 October 2017, 19:51:07
Alright fellas, big update. Sample time. These are physical color samples. Now please listen, these colors change drastically based on time of day, lighting camera pics, monitors and what not. Take them with a pinch of salt. And the actual Pearls could come out totally different unfortunately.
Pictured here are green, pink, blue, silver, orange and yellow (kinda gold)

(https://i.imgur.com/zOSF5Np.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/eFunGBe.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/qyEkXku.jpg)
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Koobaczech on Tue, 31 October 2017, 23:06:35
Gb is live fellas. Best luck to all and any questions feel free to ask! Thanks to everyone who helped and supported this project!
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: OfTheWild on Tue, 31 October 2017, 23:35:58
In for a red and brass! Such a beautiful board, very nice job!
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: lordgiblite on Tue, 31 October 2017, 23:43:20
My wallet has died today, and it will be resurrected in the keyboard master race form that it knows it will be! Got myself that beautiful purple Pearl!

Now what kind of switches should I get.....RIP wallet 2.0 :thumb:
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Captain Shwah on Tue, 31 October 2017, 23:45:57
Doing my part to help with that moq :rolleyes:
Went with yellow and a brass plate.

Cheers Kooba! This is gonna be so great.
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: SuperBo on Wed, 01 November 2017, 00:20:22
Gb is live fellas. Best luck to all and any questions feel free to ask! Thanks to everyone who helped and supported this project!
Waiting for new month salary to make an order LOL :v

Sent from my SM-G955F using Tapatalk

Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: GreyAmbience on Wed, 01 November 2017, 04:03:07
I love the design but without having read into it, $280 for this small a board seems really expensive to me.
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: kmba on Wed, 01 November 2017, 06:52:07
Holding out to see if MOQ will allow for a bare alu case (sans anodization)
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Opens November 1st until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: donut_sauce on Wed, 01 November 2017, 08:25:58
Going to be a difficult decision picking a color. Cyan and yellow look awesome but black, gray, or silver would be more compatible with stuff.
exactly how i feel. cyan and yellow seem more fun but i think what's really cool about this design is how flexible it is with keysets so while I want a fun color I also want to take advantage of it's compatibility which means choosing something neutral
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Opens November 1st until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: donut_sauce on Wed, 01 November 2017, 08:30:05
Silver most compatible IMO.  Any set with light alphas works wonderfully.  Black second most, as any set with dark mods or dark alphas looks nice.  Gray I have mixed feelings about.  I know it's probably the most popular case color, but I think it really particular sets to work with.. I think my gripe is that gray mods (like half the sets around?) that  don't contrast enough or aren't well color matched irks me :D

Am I brave enough to do a yellow case with Nautilus? (only one single key will be off profile with nautilus due to it's good 40% support.. either caps or enter).  Or maybe blue.
yup. this is probably what I'm gonna do. Was also thinking grey but like you mention it's really only compatible with certain sets.
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: lordgiblite on Wed, 01 November 2017, 09:55:49
How does the PCB fair as far as holtite compatibility? It looks like 1 of the 2 switch holes would be fine but some solder tacking would be needed for the larger hole. I would love to have my spare pcb a switch testing one :)

(I'm also a holtite noob so go easy on me if I'm completely wrong)

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Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Opens November 1st until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: donut_sauce on Wed, 01 November 2017, 10:18:19
Silver most compatible IMO.  Any set with light alphas works wonderfully.  Black second most, as any set with dark mods or dark alphas looks nice.  Gray I have mixed feelings about.  I know it's probably the most popular case color, but I think it really particular sets to work with.. I think my gripe is that gray mods (like half the sets around?) that  don't contrast enough or aren't well color matched irks me :D

Am I brave enough to do a yellow case with Nautilus? (only one single key will be off profile with nautilus due to it's good 40% support.. either caps or enter).  Or maybe blue.
yup. this is probably what I'm gonna do. Was also thinking grey but like you mention it's really only compatible with certain sets.

and purchased. might pair it with a Rama M6???
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Koobaczech on Wed, 01 November 2017, 10:22:08
In for a red and brass! Such a beautiful board, very nice job!
Great choice! Red looks very bold and solid, thanks for joining!

Doing my part to help with that moq :rolleyes:
Went with yellow and a brass plate.

Cheers Kooba! This is gonna be so great.
Damn my dude, your contribution might have saved the GB from imminent doom! Thanks a mil :)!

Waiting for new month salary to make an order LOL :v
Ha, that's pretty much me every month

I love the design but without having read into it, $280 for this small a board seems really expensive to me.
Appreciate it, cost is high due to all the extras and custom work. Considering a blocked JD45 is $250, but you cant buy them anymore and has half the parts, id say price isn't so bad!

Holding out to see if MOQ will allow for a bare alu case (sans anodization)
Haven't forgotten about you bud, I will definitely keep you in the loop on this.

Silver most compatible IMO.  Any set with light alphas works wonderfully.  Black second most, as any set with dark mods or dark alphas looks nice.  Gray I have mixed feelings about.  I know it's probably the most popular case color, but I think it really particular sets to work with.. I think my gripe is that gray mods (like half the sets around?) that  don't contrast enough or aren't well color matched irks me :D

Am I brave enough to do a yellow case with Nautilus? (only one single key will be off profile with nautilus due to it's good 40% support.. either caps or enter).  Or maybe blue.
yup. this is probably what I'm gonna do. Was also thinking grey but like you mention it's really only compatible with certain sets.
So many options guys. Don't pick the wrong color ;] Ahh silver? Heck yea! Great color

How does the PCB fair as far as holtite compatibility? It looks like 1 of the 2 switch holes would be fine but some solder tacking would be needed for the larger hole. I would love to have my spare pcb a switch testing one :)
(I'm also a holtite noob so go easy on me if I'm completely wrong)
Lord, got your note and order, and it warmed my heart! You've got this dude, and ill pm you soon with some info for you!! Thanks for everything man!

Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: kmba on Wed, 01 November 2017, 10:39:20
Thanks. I'm going to buy in regardless and I don't want to be a hassle. Only if it's super easy for you.
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Koobaczech on Wed, 01 November 2017, 13:09:17
Never a hassle! You've been commenting since the day I posted my Interest Check, and I appreciate you sticking with it. I think joining in is the best route, and then I can always manually take care of your order if we hit MOQ! That way there's not all these "what if" orders floating around. Pm me what you'd like exactly, such as RAW plate+case etc. so I can keep track of it! And if it entails any price changes I can take care of those as well :]
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: lordgiblite on Wed, 01 November 2017, 15:37:12
How does the PCB fair as far as holtite compatibility? It looks like 1 of the 2 switch holes would be fine but some solder tacking would be needed for the larger hole. I would love to have my spare pcb a switch testing one :)
(I'm also a holtite noob so go easy on me if I'm completely wrong)
Lord, got your note and order, and it warmed my heart! You've got this dude, and ill pm you soon with some info for you!! Thanks for everything man!

You're very welcome! I'll keep an eye out for a PM  :thumb:
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Tre3Cycl3S on Wed, 01 November 2017, 16:47:41
Snag an adorable purple Pearl to add to my growing collection of 40%, looking forward to getting it in March!
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: donut_sauce on Wed, 01 November 2017, 19:54:42
Woohoo! Already at 70% to MOQ by day 1
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Koobaczech on Wed, 01 November 2017, 21:50:34
Exciting! You've all been wonderful! :-*

Snag an adorable purple Pearl to add to my growing collection of 40%, looking forward to getting it in March!
Congrats!! What other 40s do you own?

Also, anyone who ordered stickers, i'll be mailing those out via envelope tomorrow!
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: lordgiblite on Wed, 01 November 2017, 22:02:31
Okay, seriously can I just say congrats Koob? I mean you have 40/50 for your MOQ and it's barely even been a day! (technically less than a day but stinkin' close)

You've obviously done something right so keep it up  :D
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Koobaczech on Wed, 01 November 2017, 22:05:06
Okay, seriously can I just say congrats Koob? I mean you have 40/50 for your MOQ and it's barely even been a day! (technically less than a day but stinkin' close)

You've obviously done something right so keep it up  :D
AH man ty<3 ! Its a group effort, everyones helped in some way :thumb: I've got your stickers too sir, going out tomorrow! Woot woot
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: eksuen on Wed, 01 November 2017, 23:56:11
Am I correct to assume that if an aluminum plate is selected, it will be anodized in the same color as that chosen for the case?
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: SuperBo on Thu, 02 November 2017, 00:09:22
Prepare for a cyan Perl LOL(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20171102/868d74e547a7ca70c020b104db526079.jpg)

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Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Koobaczech on Thu, 02 November 2017, 08:08:36
Am I correct to assume that if an aluminum plate is selected, it will be anodized in the same color as that chosen for the case?
You can leave a note in the cart and specify the color you want the plate in at checkout!

Prepare for a cyan Perl LOL
Show Image
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20171102/868d74e547a7ca70c020b104db526079.jpg)

Oh baby!!!
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: eksuen on Thu, 02 November 2017, 13:28:50
Am I correct to assume that if an aluminum plate is selected, it will be anodized in the same color as that chosen for the case?
You can leave a note in the cart and specify the color you want the plate in at checkout!

Both my CC's were declined for some reason, but it worked when I went through PayPal.

Anyway, order submitted.
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: kmba on Thu, 02 November 2017, 13:55:32
Am I correct to assume that if an aluminum plate is selected, it will be anodized in the same color as that chosen for the case?
You can leave a note in the cart and specify the color you want the plate in at checkout!

Both my CC's were declined for some reason, but it worked when I went through PayPal.

Anyway, order submitted.

Maybe fraud protection protocol for an unknown website.
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: mr scooty on Thu, 02 November 2017, 15:06:47
UGH. Too many colors that I want  :'(
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: SuperBo on Thu, 02 November 2017, 15:36:57
UGH. Too many colors that I want  :'(
Extra case is the solution for your problem :))

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Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Koobaczech on Thu, 02 November 2017, 16:13:30
Hey everyone, awesome job on the orders. Also Ive heard from multiple people that their cards have been declined, idk what the deal is. Banks probably dont think my store is real... shame
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: donut_sauce on Thu, 02 November 2017, 16:35:46
UGH. Too many colors that I want  :'(
Extra case is the solution for your problem :))

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Hmmm.. maybe an option to by extra cases?:D
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: donut_sauce on Thu, 02 November 2017, 16:37:42
Hey everyone, awesome job on the orders...
RIP Koob lol. I have a feeling by dec 1 ur gonna have far surpassed MOQ. Gonna be busy!
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: FearsomeCubedWarrior on Thu, 02 November 2017, 16:44:07
UGH. Too many colors that I want  :'(
Extra case is the solution for your problem :))

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Hmmm.. maybe an option to by extra cases?:D

How 'bout combining differently colored tops and bottoms?

Purple+Pink+Laser would be killer
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: mr scooty on Thu, 02 November 2017, 17:55:39
UGH. Too many colors that I want  :'(
Extra case is the solution for your problem :))

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Hmmm.. maybe an option to by extra cases?:D

How 'bout combining differently colored tops and bottoms?

Purple+Pink+Laser would be killer

oh puhleeeze based god koob
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Koobaczech on Thu, 02 November 2017, 18:11:14
Lol guys, if you have any very special requests pm me! Ill forward all of them to my anodizer!

The thing is colors usually require MOQs too, since they do them in batches. Im sure everything is possible but it can get confusing. But pm me and I'll do my best to get you guys what you want!
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: FearsomeCubedWarrior on Thu, 02 November 2017, 19:56:00
So, what are the MOQs for colors? BTW, it was good practice with KBDFans 60% case providing spreadsheet with each color option purchased.
Not insisting, but it could help someone to make their choice (like me. I'm deciding between gray, purple, orange, blue and cyan)
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Koobaczech on Thu, 02 November 2017, 20:48:16
So, what are the MOQs for colors? BTW, it was good practice with KBDFans 60% case providing spreadsheet with each color option purchased.
Not insisting, but it could help someone to make their choice (like me. I'm deciding between gray, purple, orange, blue and cyan)
I imagine its 50 for each sir! And i was wondering if people wanted to see the details on others orders. Not sure if i should or shouldn't compile that list and make it public. Thoughts?! Id def say Cyan or Purple :P
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: donut_sauce on Thu, 02 November 2017, 21:15:54
So, what are the MOQs for colors? BTW, it was good practice with KBDFans 60% case providing spreadsheet with each color option purchased.
Not insisting, but it could help someone to make their choice (like me. I'm deciding between gray, purple, orange, blue and cyan)
I imagine its 50 for each sir! And i was wondering if people wanted to see the details on others orders. Not sure if i should or shouldn't compile that list and make it public. Thoughts?! Id def say Cyan or Purple :P
Wait, so in order for each color to run it needs to have 50 orders? So 50 for cyan, 50 for purple,etc?
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: homerowco on Thu, 02 November 2017, 21:17:02
(https://i.imgur.com/rk7ogcR.jpg)

With 23% import vat it's $435... :/
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Koobaczech on Thu, 02 November 2017, 21:31:05
So, what are the MOQs for colors? BTW, it was good practice with KBDFans 60% case providing spreadsheet with each color option purchased.
Not insisting, but it could help someone to make their choice (like me. I'm deciding between gray, purple, orange, blue and cyan)
I imagine its 50 for each sir! And i was wondering if people wanted to see the details on others orders. Not sure if i should or shouldn't compile that list and make it public. Thoughts?! Id def say Cyan or Purple :P
Wait, so in order for each color to run it needs to have 50 orders? So 50 for cyan, 50 for purple,etc?
No man everything is fine. It will run and ill cover any costs that dont hit moq!

Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/rk7ogcR.jpg)


With 23% import vat it's $435... :/
Ouch brother. Nothing i can do there :( Well i can label the total costs minus shipping and save money? Ideas?
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: homerowco on Thu, 02 November 2017, 21:38:21
Ouch brother. Nothing i can do there :( Well i can label the total costs minus shipping and save money? Ideas?

https://www.logistics.dhl/us-en/home/our-divisions/ecommerce/customer-service/contact-ecommerce-business-get-a-quote.html

 :thumb:
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: donut_sauce on Thu, 02 November 2017, 21:46:37
So, what are the MOQs for colors? BTW, it was good practice with KBDFans 60% case providing spreadsheet with each color option purchased.
Not insisting, but it could help someone to make their choice (like me. I'm deciding between gray, purple, orange, blue and cyan)
I imagine its 50 for each sir! And i was wondering if people wanted to see the details on others orders. Not sure if i should or shouldn't compile that list and make it public. Thoughts?! Id def say Cyan or Purple :P
Wait, so in order for each color to run it needs to have 50 orders? So 50 for cyan, 50 for purple,etc?
No man everything is fine. It will run and ill cover any costs that dont hit moq!

Gotcha! Very rad of u to do that btw
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: eyedrop on Thu, 02 November 2017, 22:24:22
Purple and GMK Laser?  Your thoughts?
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Koobaczech on Thu, 02 November 2017, 22:33:59
https://www.logistics.dhl/us-en/home/our-divisions/ecommerce/customer-service/contact-ecommerce-business-get-a-quote.html
Ty! Will check that out

Gotcha! Very rad of u to do that btw
No worries :)

Purple and GMK Laser?  Your thoughts?
Mito is sending me GMK modifiers soon (fingers cross) and i can test them out for you. My thought would be Pink and Laser though :p!

UPDATES!
1-Can do a few orders different colored top/bottoms - If you really want it done PM me your order # and what you'd like!
2-@tameone I can do your order RAW sandblasted. If you still want this let me know what parts you want raw. Same price, you'd think it would be cheaper but its less parts for the anodizer and they actually want more work. Sorry my dude. If it turns out cheaper in the end ill PayPal you back money.
3-Bobcarlthethird mentioned engraving order numbers to the Pearls, will find out more soon!
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Tre3Cycl3S on Thu, 02 November 2017, 22:55:33
3-Bobcarlthethird mentioned engraving order numbers to the Pearls, will find out more soon!

That would be sweet if that's possible! Would love mine to have an engraving of the order number as well :)
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Koobaczech on Thu, 02 November 2017, 23:02:23
3-Bobcarlthethird mentioned engraving order numbers to the Pearls, will find out more soon!

That would be sweet if that's possible! Would love mine to have an engraving of the order number as well :)
I think it will definitely be possible, and ill eat the extra costs since many have already paid! I'll work on some renders soon and share :)
Cheers
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: eyedrop on Thu, 02 November 2017, 23:49:35
It would be awesome to get engraving of order number.

BTW, I just placed an order.  Order 50....MOQ met!   :p
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: SuperBo on Fri, 03 November 2017, 01:26:51
Just completed my order.
Congrats we got MOQ 50 order \m/

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Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Koobaczech on Fri, 03 November 2017, 05:56:04
Wow..You guys did it!!! Damnn and when im asleep to. All the good stuff happens when im sleeping xD

Going to make a public spreadsheet and show everyones order choices so you can all be up to date and see what your fellow clackers are picking! Names and order numbers wont be shown. Cheers and thanks for making this happen :)
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: lordgiblite on Fri, 03 November 2017, 13:26:08
Purple and GMK Laser?  Your thoughts?
Mito is sending me GMK modifiers soon (fingers cross) and i can test them out for you. My thought would be Pink and Laser though :p!

Let me know when you have those! I need to see laser on a purple case :)) :confused:

3-Bobcarlthethird mentioned engraving order numbers to the Pearls, will find out more soon!

That would be sweet if that's possible! Would love mine to have an engraving of the order number as well :)

Um yes! If you can't that's okay (or if it costs too much, although I would be fine paying a little more) Engraved Pearls would be sweet!
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: donjoan666 on Fri, 03 November 2017, 13:34:19
Will join for silver pearl by the end of the GB! I'm gathering money
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Koobaczech on Fri, 03 November 2017, 14:41:43
God damnit guys, i think my payment mode for credit cards was in test mode...no wonder orders weren't going through. Sorry about that!

Will join for silver pearl by the end of the GB! I'm gathering money
Wonderful :) !
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: kmba on Fri, 03 November 2017, 14:50:45
I have something in the works to go along with this board. I'll post more details tonight and some official info next week.
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Koobaczech on Fri, 03 November 2017, 15:34:49
I have something in the works to go along with this board. I'll post more details tonight and some official info next week.
Oh boy!! I wonder what it could be haha

Some news fellas, posted the current orders form on the first page of this thread. All orders are listed there if anyone is curious in the current numbers!
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: donut_sauce on Fri, 03 November 2017, 17:15:37
Would it be possible to get a photo of all the existing sample cases together in one shot? Just so we can see them all with the same lighting for comparison?
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Koobaczech on Fri, 03 November 2017, 17:19:41
Sure :) Ill get it Sunday, out of town rn and only have the purple on me!
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: SuperBo on Fri, 03 November 2017, 17:24:25
Sure :) Ill get it Sunday, out of town rn and only have the purple on me!
Would you mind combining different color bottom and top case and take some photos.

I want to see the real photos of panda case (black bottom silver top and vice versa)

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Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: donut_sauce on Fri, 03 November 2017, 17:29:01
Sure :) Ill get it Sunday, out of town rn and only have the purple on me!
Thank you!
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: kmba on Fri, 03 November 2017, 17:32:13
I don't want to clog up the pearl GB thread with responses to this, so please refrain.  If you want to voice opinions, please fill out this quick survey, email
GMKPearl@hotmail.com, or PM me.
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdOv5O1utP9bFDOMVqjThhFpDjKShnxut3b4d1bpdg9nNXs_g/viewform?c=0&w=1

Ok, pre-IC interest check here.  Something I've been thinking about for awhile as I struggle with finding an acceptable solution to my keycap profile OCD. 

GMK Pearl compatibility kits. 

Blank 1u R2 and blank 1.5u R3 keys to allow you to maintain proper profiles on your Pearl for Esc/Tab, Enter, and whatever you use the key next to 'A' for.  The kits will be useful as accents on other 40/45% keyboards as well. 

I'm waiting for GMK to respond to see if this is feasible when it comes to pricing and MOQ (2 key single color kits is ideal.  GMK has made small kits with NO MOQ before, so that would obviously be best).

Proposed colors:

(https://i.imgur.com/xHGcvZe.png)

These will provide exact color matches, acceptable approximate color matches, or accent colors for 35+ GMK sets, as well as JTK, EnjoyPBT, Modern Beige, etc if you want to mix and match.. 

Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: neorobo on Sat, 04 November 2017, 01:48:45
Any suggestions on best to pair with Carbon SA? I can't decide between black, gray or silver.

Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/rk7ogcR.jpg)


With 23% import vat it's $435... :/

Oddly enough, in Canada I'm given one option, "International Flat Shipping Rate" and it's 80 USD. How am I paying more than someone in Europe??? I might as well ship it to an address in the US and drive to pick up.
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: SuperBo on Sat, 04 November 2017, 08:06:07
Any suggestions on best to pair with Carbon SA? I can't decide between black, gray or silver.

Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/rk7ogcR.jpg)


With 23% import vat it's $435... :/

Oddly enough, in Canada I'm given one option, "International Flat Shipping Rate" and it's 80 USD. How am I paying more than someone in Europe??? I might as well ship it to an address in the US and drive to pick up.
Seem like Canada Postal fee is quite expensive.

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Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Koobaczech on Sat, 04 November 2017, 08:25:44
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdOv5O1utP9bFDOMVqjThhFpDjKShnxut3b4d1bpdg9nNXs_g/viewform?c=0&w=1
GMK Pearl compatibility kits. 
Blank 1u R2 and blank 1.5u R3 keys to allow you to maintain proper profiles on your Pearl for Esc/Tab, Enter, and whatever you use the key next to 'A' for.  The kits will be useful as accents on other 40/45% keyboards as well. 
I'm waiting for GMK to respond to see if this is feasible when it comes to pricing and MOQ (2 key single color kits is ideal.  GMK has made small kits with NO MOQ before, so that would obviously be best).
Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/xHGcvZe.png)

These will provide exact color matches, acceptable approximate color matches, or accent colors for 35+ GMK sets, as well as JTK, EnjoyPBT, Modern Beige, etc if you want to mix and match.. 
Dude this is so cool. Id def get in on it, and thanks for sharing!

Oddly enough, in Canada I'm given one option, "International Flat Shipping Rate" and it's 80 USD. How am I paying more than someone in Europe??? I might as well ship it to an address in the US and drive to pick up.
Morning, if you are given the maximum Fee of $80, it means USPS did not find a way to calculate or ship your package. In that case i would have to send it some other way and refund you the difference. I'll send you a pm and see if i cant bring that down to about $40!
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: kmba on Sat, 04 November 2017, 14:11:04
I made a Pearl pixel art.  Check the sig!
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: kmba on Sat, 04 November 2017, 14:13:05

2-@tameone I can do your order RAW sandblasted. If you still want this let me know what parts you want raw. Same price, you'd think it would be cheaper but its less parts for the anodizer and they actually want more work. Sorry my dude. If it turns out cheaper in the end ill PayPal you back money.


Thanks.  Still getting quotes from local cerakote shops, but honestly I'm starting to lean towards just getting a silver anodized pearl. 
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Koobaczech on Sat, 04 November 2017, 17:17:25
Oh my god! You must share, thats so cool haha! And you let me know, here for you!
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Koobaczech on Sun, 05 November 2017, 15:23:50
Hey everyone, i don't like airing my dirty laundry, but i want to inform you all that PayPal has "limited" my account. I can do everything except send or transfer money. I anticipated this and am in the middle of producing half a years worth of bank statements, purchases, information about me, my product, my store etc. So hopefully that clears up sometime within the month...

In other news, Mito reached out to me and after talking back and forth for a while, he made me some renders. I just need to say, he is an incredible person to talk to and coordinate with, and i am super humbled by his kindness and rapid work. Thank you Mito for everything! Check out these renders :]

Cyberdeck top - Gaijin Alphas/Cyberdeck+Mitowave Mods bot
(https://i.imgur.com/UHf9KGn.png)

Cyberdeck top and bot
(https://i.imgur.com/gAlSUTN.png)

Kobe Alphas/Blocknet Mods top - Gaijin Alphas/Cyberdeck+Mitowave Mods bot
(https://i.imgur.com/fUNMhYa.png)

Kobe Alphas/Blocknet Mods top - Gaijin Alphas/Cyberdeck+Mitowave Mods bot
(https://i.imgur.com/SqIpDtO.png)

Cyberdeck top - Cyberdeck+Mitowave Mods bot
(https://i.imgur.com/Jcz3Zrq.png)
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: homerowco on Sun, 05 November 2017, 17:06:08
Hey everyone, i don't like airing my dirty laundry, but i want to inform you all that PayPal has "limited" my account.

Do yourself a favor and use stripe.
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Puddsy on Sun, 05 November 2017, 19:06:27
Hey everyone, i don't like airing my dirty laundry, but i want to inform you all that PayPal has "limited" my account.

Do yourself a favor and use stripe.

You can't accept payments from certain countries with stripe, and the protections aren't the same.
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: SuperBo on Sun, 05 November 2017, 19:22:46
Maybe Google Wallet

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Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: kmba on Sun, 05 November 2017, 19:27:02
Those renders are a little fancier than my pixel art  :p
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Puddsy on Sun, 05 November 2017, 19:41:28
Maybe Google Wallet

Same problem.
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Koobaczech on Sun, 05 November 2017, 20:26:49
Hey everyone.......after submitting all my documents, PayPal customer service merchant review team called me from nebraska and told me that i'm to high risk and that PayPal isn't suited to work in situations such as mine. PayPal expects orders to be fulfilled within 20 days yada yada. They currently have 1,025.45 USD locked up in it. This 1grand will ONLY unlock when I show PayPal that i have been fulfilling orders via tracking numbers come March time when all Pearls will be delivered. I withdrew the rest (about 80%) a day earlier when MOQ hit and have everyones order money in my bank account.

I have a 9-5 job and can cover this grand thats locked up for the time being. As for proceeding with payments, i've disabled PayPal from my Shopify store and am taking orders directly to my bank account via Shopify Payments which uses STRIPE. I plan on getting help from an established vendor such as mechkeys.ca to proxy the PayPal account or something of the sort.

Ive put over 2grand of my own money into prototyping the boards, setting up the site, creating stickers, pre-buying some shipping and packaging supplies, making business cards and making small deposits to my manufacturers. Ive also invested so many hours into designing everything, marketing, forming relations with everyone and this is a really ****ty situation to be in. PayPal is right though, it's my first group buy and they've never seen my account go through this before so they can't do much except cover themselves...

Im sorry this happened my friends. I plan on pushing through and have my own money ready to cover any disasters or mishaps. Will keep everyone updated, and thanks for your understanding!
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: lordgiblite on Sun, 05 November 2017, 20:45:51
Hey everyone.......after submitting all my documents, PayPal customer service merchant review team called me from nebraska and told me that i'm to high risk and that PayPal isn't suited to work in situations such as mine. PayPal expects orders to be fulfilled within 20 days yada yada. They currently have 1,025.45 USD locked up in it. This 1grand will ONLY unlock when I show PayPal that i have been fulfilling orders via tracking numbers come March time when all Pearls will be delivered. I withdrew the rest (about 80%) a day earlier when MOQ hit and have everyones order money in my bank account.

I have a 9-5 job and can cover this grand thats locked up for the time being. As for proceeding with payments, i've disabled PayPal from my Shopify store and am taking orders directly to my bank account via Shopify Payments which uses STRIPE. I plan on getting help from an established vendor such as mechkeys.ca to proxy the PayPal account or something of the sort.

Ive put over 2grand of my own money into prototyping the boards, setting up the site, creating stickers, pre-buying some shipping and packaging supplies, making business cards and making small deposits to my manufacturers. Ive also invested so many hours into designing everything, marketing, forming relations with everyone and this is a really ****ty situation to be in. PayPal is right though, it's my first group buy and they've never seen my account go through this before so they can't do much except cover themselves...

Im sorry this happened my friends. I plan on pushing through and have my own money ready to cover any disasters or mishaps. Will keep everyone updated, and thanks for your understanding!

I'm glad you're keeping us in the loop on this Koob, and I want to remind everyone that you did say in both the IC and the GB thread that this may happen, albeit you most likely did not imagine this result.

I hope that you will be able find an appropriate proxy to help those that cannot order through Stripe!

Like I've said countless times, your dedication and effort shows in the product you've created and the service you've given. Keep it up man, you're almost there!
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: donjoan666 on Sun, 05 November 2017, 21:22:40
Will join for silver pearl by the end of the GB! I'm gathering money
Joined for "Black Pearl" instead of "Silver Pearl" lol. I'm pretty sure I'll get rose gold too for GF lol.
I paid with credit card and worked out well. I don't know why we need to pay with paypal though, I'm all good?..
And thanks for working so hard. In my opinion, the Pearl is having all the good aspects that the nice keyboard should have.
Now I need to decide which switch to put in...

Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Koobaczech on Sun, 05 November 2017, 21:32:30
Joined for "Black Pearl" instead of "Silver Pearl" lol. I'm pretty sure I'll get rose gold too for GF lol.
I paid with credit card and worked out well. I don't know why we need to pay with paypal though, I'm all good?..
And thanks for working so hard. In my opinion, the Pearl is having all the good aspects that the nice keyboard should have.
Now I need to decide which switch to put in...
Thanks so much man, just updated the form with your order! Everything is good. And it was nice to offer PayPal for those who wanted it. Appreciate the kind words though!! If you ever need anything please don't hesitate to ask :)

I'm glad you're keeping us in the loop on this Koob, and I want to remind everyone that you did say in both the IC and the GB thread that this may happen, albeit you most likely did not imagine this result.

I hope that you will be able find an appropriate proxy to help those that cannot order through Stripe!

Like I've said countless times, your dedication and effort shows in the product you've created and the service you've given. Keep it up man, you're almost there!
Thank you Lord. Ive already got my Pearls, and for everyones sake i hope no more stupid **** comes up to disrupt this
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: r4wromg on Mon, 06 November 2017, 09:46:18
Will join for silver pearl by the end of the GB! I'm gathering money
Joined for "Black Pearl" instead of "Silver Pearl" lol. I'm pretty sure I'll get rose gold too for GF lol.
I paid with credit card and worked out well. I don't know why we need to pay with paypal though, I'm all good?..
And thanks for working so hard. In my opinion, the Pearl is having all the good aspects that the nice keyboard should have.
Now I need to decide which switch to put in...

Paypal is nice for those of us that have Paypal Credit. Being able to spread payments out over 6 months (without interest) is incredibly helpful, especially as the holiday shopping season is approaching. Lots of gifts to buy for others  :thumb:

Hope you're able to find a proxy! Really been looking forward to joining this GB
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Koobaczech on Mon, 06 November 2017, 09:58:09
Hi! Thanks for your feedback, and very glad to hear you would like to join! I have found a proxy as of last night.

Dave from mechkeys.ca is an established and reputable vendor who has been so nice as to host Pearl on his website here
https://mechkeys.ca/collections/group-buys/products/pearl-40

The price listed is in CAD (Canadian dollars). You can head there to purchase via Paypal if you wish. He will carbon copy any orders and ill list them on my order form as well. I will invoice you shipping separately from your order, unless you are in the USA (free shipping). If you need to list any specific plate colors or special requests please email me at pearlboards@gmail.com with your order number and such! Thanks a lot!
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: mr scooty on Mon, 06 November 2017, 10:37:36
Will it be possible to get extra plates/pcbs after the gb? Or only during?
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: kmba on Mon, 06 November 2017, 11:08:39
I'd like to pay via PayPal but $370 cad is $290.45 usd as of this posting, so I'll probably just go with CC via your site.
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Koobaczech on Mon, 06 November 2017, 11:20:32
I will try to get extra plates and pcbs stocked for you all, and ouch sorry Tameone, maybe Dave listed it wrong ill ask him to change it.
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: FearsomeCubedWarrior on Mon, 06 November 2017, 12:54:18
Damn, conversion will be bad for me. I'll try to use CC, but not quite sure, if your payment system will accept Debit Card from outside of the US. I remember Roz had the same issue with UK78 GB with PP.
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Koobaczech on Mon, 06 November 2017, 13:26:21
Damn, conversion will be bad for me. I'll try to use CC, but not quite sure, if your payment system will accept Debit Card from outside of the US. I remember Roz had the same issue with UK78 GB with PP.
Honestly, I have to apologize again. I never thought PayPal would be so strict with my account. If you need any help just send me an email!

A couple of side updates as well

Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: FearsomeCubedWarrior on Mon, 06 November 2017, 14:34:48
It's totally not your fault at all. The only workaround I can think about is sending USPS tracking to those orders that's been blocked to unlock the funds, but that's risky IMHO, PP may think it's fraud and act even more. Unfortunatelly, there's no way to prevent it to the best of my knowledge.

Anyway, thank you for all your work and keeping us in the loop and especially for that colab with MiTo. As soon as I'm going to order Base + Gajin + novelties, I guess I'll be able to cover both UK78 and Pearl (as a placeholder while I'm deciding about SA I'll use on it)

Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: crcstig on Tue, 07 November 2017, 19:29:10
In for a silver plus extra pcb and plate, super hyped! Not sure what to pair it with. Hydro is a dream, Violet Tendencies, Godspeed, idk. Thanks Koob and good luck, it's a true beauty.

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Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: SuperBo on Tue, 07 November 2017, 20:04:54
In for a silver plus extra pcb and plate, super hyped! Not sure what to pair it with. Hydro is a dream, Violet Tendencies, Godspeed, idk. Thanks Koob and good luck, it's a true beauty.

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Take a look at Night King SA. I think it is very suitable to silver background. However they don't have special keys for spllit spacebar.

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Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Koobaczech on Tue, 07 November 2017, 21:39:06
In for a silver plus extra pcb and plate, super hyped! Not sure what to pair it with. Hydro is a dream, Violet Tendencies, Godspeed, idk. Thanks Koob and good luck, it's a true beauty.

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Wow thanks for joining in, and for your nice thoughts! Silver is a beautiful color that works well with anything! My personal favorite might be hyperfuse!
(https://i.imgur.com/rMaOuX1.png?1)



Also donut_sauce, i promised you a side by side pic of all the Pearls. Here it is
(https://i.imgur.com/8PxdZ45.jpg)
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Troif on Wed, 08 November 2017, 05:51:49
Beautiful board...


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Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: donut_sauce on Wed, 08 November 2017, 07:18:00
In for a silver plus extra pcb and plate, super hyped! Not sure what to pair it with. Hydro is a dream, Violet Tendencies, Godspeed, idk. Thanks Koob and good luck, it's a true beauty.

Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G935A using Tapatalk
Wow thanks for joining in, and for your nice thoughts! Silver is a beautiful color that works well with anything! My personal favorite might be hyperfuse!
Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/rMaOuX1.png?1)


Thank you! Do u have silver one irl? Thought I saw one listed as silver on ur insta



Also donut_sauce, i promised you a side by side pic of all the Pearls. Here it is
Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/8PxdZ45.jpg)

Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Koobaczech on Wed, 08 November 2017, 07:58:05
Just those 4 man! The silver you saw was Daves mechmini2 prototype case! He sent me it to check out and build. Its so expensive to prototype x0
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Scarhoof on Wed, 08 November 2017, 23:44:57
Seeing those renders with Laser makes me want to order another one just for that look.
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: donut_sauce on Thu, 09 November 2017, 08:06:15
Just those 4 man! The silver you saw was Daves mechmini2 prototype case! He sent me it to check out and build. Its so expensive to prototype x0
Oh i thought this one was labeled silver?[attach=1]
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Koobaczech on Thu, 09 November 2017, 09:26:23
Wow, my mistake, it should say Gray. I've gone and corrected it. No wonder so many people were confused lol. That's my fault and I do apologize! ;D
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: mr scooty on Thu, 09 November 2017, 11:22:46
God i just keep going between colors at this point....  :'( :'(
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: energyd on Thu, 09 November 2017, 11:32:07
Just curious what does everyone use the split space for? Use one of them as the fn key?
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: lordgiblite on Thu, 09 November 2017, 11:35:52
Just curious what does everyone use the split space for? Use one of them as the fn key?
Generally it's space and enter with fn to switch between layers :D

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Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: kmba on Thu, 09 November 2017, 11:57:55
A lot of people use one space as backspace as well.
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Koobaczech on Thu, 09 November 2017, 16:15:32
Just curious what does everyone use the split space for? Use one of them as the fn key?
Just like the two excellent gentlemen above me answered, I've seen one function as a space and the other as a backspace/fn key. I've also seen it be used as a shift key. The magic is that since every key is programmable, there is no right or wrong and you are free to invent whatever crazy layout you want ;]

In my split space build, my bottom row is
[1u Ctrl]-[1.25u Win]-[1.25u Alt]-[2.25u LShift]-[2.75u Space]-[1.25u Menu]-[1u Fn]
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: energyd on Thu, 09 November 2017, 18:45:12
Just curious what does everyone use the split space for? Use one of them as the fn key?
Just like the two excellent gentlemen above me answered, I've seen one function as a space and the other as a backspace/fn key. I've also seen it be used as a shift key. The magic is that since every key is programmable, there is no right or wrong and you are free to invent whatever crazy layout you want ;]

In my split space build, my bottom row is
[1u Ctrl]-[1.25u Win]-[1.25u Alt]-[2.25u LShift]-[2.75u Space]-[1.25u Menu]-[1u Fn]

Thanks for the reply guys. Very helpful. Thinking about order a pearl for myself.

As a programmer, I would use the arrow key extensively and sometimes need the number key. So I need the Fn key to be convenient to reach.

On my 60% that I set the Caps Lock key to be my Fn and I,J,K,L to be the arrow cluster. But on a 40% I still need the LShift which leaves no space for the Caps Lock. Also I use the '-' and '=', '{' and '}' keys a lot. Any suggestion on how to get those back on the 40%?
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: eksuen on Thu, 09 November 2017, 18:49:19
Just curious what does everyone use the split space for? Use one of them as the fn key?
Just like the two excellent gentlemen above me answered, I've seen one function as a space and the other as a backspace/fn key. I've also seen it be used as a shift key. The magic is that since every key is programmable, there is no right or wrong and you are free to invent whatever crazy layout you want ;]

In my split space build, my bottom row is
[1u Ctrl]-[1.25u Win]-[1.25u Alt]-[2.25u LShift]-[2.75u Space]-[1.25u Menu]-[1u Fn]

Thanks for the reply guys. Very helpful. Thinking about order a pearl for myself.

As a programmer, I would use the arrow key extensively and sometimes need the number key. So I need the Fn key to be convenient to reach.

On my 60% that I set the Caps Lock key to be my Fn and I,J,K,L to be the arrow cluster. But on a 40% I still need the LShift which leaves no space for the Caps Lock. Also I use the '-' and '=', '{' and '}' keys a lot. Any suggestion on how to get those back on the 40%?

You'd probably have to put them in a fn layer. My Minivan has a default layer and 4 fn layers.
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: mr scooty on Thu, 09 November 2017, 18:57:41
Just curious what does everyone use the split space for? Use one of them as the fn key?
Just like the two excellent gentlemen above me answered, I've seen one function as a space and the other as a backspace/fn key. I've also seen it be used as a shift key. The magic is that since every key is programmable, there is no right or wrong and you are free to invent whatever crazy layout you want ;]

In my split space build, my bottom row is
[1u Ctrl]-[1.25u Win]-[1.25u Alt]-[2.25u LShift]-[2.75u Space]-[1.25u Menu]-[1u Fn]

Thanks for the reply guys. Very helpful. Thinking about order a pearl for myself.

As a programmer, I would use the arrow key extensively and sometimes need the number key. So I need the Fn key to be convenient to reach.

On my 60% that I set the Caps Lock key to be my Fn and I,J,K,L to be the arrow cluster. But on a 40% I still need the LShift which leaves no space for the Caps Lock. Also I use the '-' and '=', '{' and '}' keys a lot. Any suggestion on how to get those back on the 40%?

I use a 40% for programming as a daily driver. I use split spacebar. Left spacebar = fn. Right spacebar = space. I noticed I always press space with my right thumb on regular keyboards for whatever reason... so it made sense for me.

In the 'FN' layer,
I use IJKL for arrows with U : Home,
O : End,
have a few of the various 'FN1-12' keys scattered around i use a lot,
QWER : 1234,
ASDF : 5678,
ZXCV : 90-=,
,.<> : []{}

I also have another fn layer with the right ctrl that has everything else i need.

Definitely possible to program on a 40  :thumb:
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Koobaczech on Thu, 09 November 2017, 19:15:28
Y'all are madmen. I cant use a 40% to program, only to wack burglars on the head with
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: mr scooty on Thu, 09 November 2017, 19:49:25
Y'all are madmen. I cant use a 40% to program, only to wack burglars on the head with

It definitely takes some getting used to. But I use mine for security reasons mostly. Can't mess with my station if you can't use my keeb  :p
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: energyd on Thu, 09 November 2017, 20:13:04
Y'all are madmen. I cant use a 40% to program, only to wack burglars on the head with

It definitely takes some getting used to. But I use mine for security reasons mostly. Can't mess with my station if you can't use my keeb  :p

Now I know :p
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Rogerwyf on Fri, 10 November 2017, 00:35:00
Joined the Pearl Hype Train!
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: fishpod on Fri, 10 November 2017, 02:21:46
so kooba, the prototypes that you have in hand are purple, cyan, red and silver right?

is there a sample for rose gold?
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Koobaczech on Fri, 10 November 2017, 08:12:04
Joined the Pearl Hype Train!
Haha!! Thank you Roger :) Exciting!!💎

so kooba, the prototypes that you have in hand are purple, cyan, red and silver right?

is there a sample for rose gold?
Hey pod! Designing a board can be tough the first time around. I had never used Cad, never understood screw sizes, threading, tolerances, top mount plates etc. After a very meticulous process, i had finished designing the little board and paid for 2 protos, cyan and red. Fixing almost everything from the first revision, came my second 2, GRAY and purple. Heres the kicker

Revision 3 will be what you all will get. They will be ever so slightly better and most likely have numbered weights. I havent produced any revision 3's because its incredibly expensive to make just 2 :(

I will try to have a single rose gold Pearl made after the GB closes, and have it in my hands before producing the rest. I'll most likely be contributing it to the GB so if it is bad and no one wants it, it came out of my pockets. If this happens, it will prob cause a delay but assures you all of the color. At that point everyone can gauge the color and if theyd like to, change their orders :) I dont have a sample of rose gold because it will be done at another shop, since my supplier doesnt do rose gold. Hoping it turns out nice!


Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: fishpod on Fri, 10 November 2017, 08:27:46
Joined the Pearl Hype Train!
Haha!! Thank you Roger :) Exciting!!💎

so kooba, the prototypes that you have in hand are purple, cyan, red and silver right?

is there a sample for rose gold?
Hey pod! Designing a board can be tough the first time around. I had never used Cad, never understood screw sizes, threading, tolerances, top mount plates etc. After a very meticulous process, i had finished designing the little board and paid for 2 protos, cyan and red. Fixing almost everything from the first revision, came my second 2, GRAY and purple. Heres the kicker

Revision 3 will be what you all will get. They will be ever so slightly better and most likely have numbered weights. I havent produced any revision 3's because its incredibly expensive to make just 2 :(

I will try to have a single rose gold Pearl made after the GB closes, and have it in my hands before producing the rest. I'll most likely be contributing it to the GB so if it is bad and no one wants it, it came out of my pockets. If this happens, it will prob cause a delay but assures you all of the color. At that point everyone can gauge the color and if theyd like to, change their orders :) I dont have a sample of rose gold because it will be done at another shop, since my supplier doesnt do rose gold. Hoping it turns out nice!

 :thumb: kooba you are amazing! GLWGB and I look forward to my ROSE GOLD PEARL!
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Koobaczech on Fri, 10 November 2017, 09:13:05
Thank you dude!!! And for anyone wanting to see! Gray is 'halfway happy' between black and silver. Almost always if you cant tell if its gray or silver, assume its gray. Silver is super light.

GRAY Pearl VS SILVER Mm2
(https://i.imgur.com/swsk3wY.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/FymKz9D.jpg)
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: FearsomeCubedWarrior on Fri, 10 November 2017, 15:01:00
(https://i.imgur.com/Qz2lHvc.jpg)

The conversion rate is still adds 16 USD.

I'll try my CC though later.
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Koobaczech on Fri, 10 November 2017, 16:46:31
Hey Warrior, working on this now. Sorry about that. Realized Google conversion is different that PayPal conversion, and since my PayPal is locked, I cant simulate purchases off the proxy site. Dave's incredibly busy shipping the mechmini2s but I've asked him to take some time aside to resolve this. Thanks you!
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: eyedrop on Sat, 11 November 2017, 12:19:32
Do we have until Dec 1 to make changes to our order?  Still deciding the color choice.   ;D
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Koobaczech on Sat, 11 November 2017, 13:35:26
Yes sir! Thats when I submit everything in :]
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: energyd on Sat, 11 November 2017, 14:39:17
Yes sir! Thats when I submit everything in :]

Joined the buy! Thanks everyone for the insight! Got the purple one but still little bit undecided b/w cyan and purple though..
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: energyd on Sat, 11 November 2017, 15:19:03
cyan vs purple which will have more key cap options?
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: OfTheWild on Sat, 11 November 2017, 15:34:35
I feel like purple is more common... but both have great aftermarket options for GMK and SP caps
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Koobaczech on Sat, 11 November 2017, 15:55:19
Joined the buy! Thanks everyone for the insight! Got the purple one but still little bit undecided b/w cyan and purple though..
Hey awesome!! :) Purple and Cyan look incredible with everything I've thrown on them so far. Honestly, every single Pearl rocks any keyset like a champ. Its like a very beautiful lady who doesn't look bad in anything know what i mean? xD
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: foxlive on Sat, 11 November 2017, 17:24:02
I am still hesitating with getting this 40% pearl.. Iím quite afraid I will not like 40%, but I do love the look of this board. Maybe I will wait for 60% pearl (even more with all the nice 60% gb soon with ca66 and m0110!!)
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Koobaczech on Sat, 11 November 2017, 17:46:04
I am still hesitating with getting this 40% pearl.. Iím quite afraid I will not like 40%, but I do love the look of this board. Maybe I will wait for 60% pearl (even more with all the nice 60% gb soon with ca66 and m0110!!)
Thank you fox, I'm glad you like the look :) A 40% board, especially a very unique one is gamble if you've never used one. I don't disagree with your hesitation, and while id love to get this out to as many people as I can, my first concern is that you know what you are getting yourself into.

Try a 40 out one day, get a cheap one off mech market and see if its for you! If you love the form factor, Im sure one will find its way to you.

And yea, so many cool 60%'s are available right now! Pretty cool that the market is growing outside of the normal ebay, kbdfans, and standard aluminum square cases. I'm still wanting a Noxary X60 myself, but ill make my dream 60 if Pearl runs well :]
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: amnesia0287 on Sat, 11 November 2017, 18:25:45
I am still hesitating with getting this 40% pearl.. Iím quite afraid I will not like 40%, but I do love the look of this board. Maybe I will wait for 60% pearl (even more with all the nice 60% gb soon with ca66 and m0110!!)
Thank you fox, I'm glad you like the look :) A 40% board, especially a very unique one is gamble if you've never used one. I don't disagree with your hesitation, and while id love to get this out to as many people as I can, my first concern is that you know what you are getting yourself into.

Try a 40 out one day, get a cheap one off mech market and see if its for you! If you love the form factor, Im sure one will find its way to you.

And yea, so many cool 60%'s are available right now! Pretty cool that the market is growing outside of the normal ebay, kbdfans, and standard aluminum square cases. I'm still wanting a Noxary X60 myself, but ill make my dream 60 if Pearl runs well :]

I'm in the same boat, I'm tempted by a pearl just because it looks so nice, but 40% just doesn't seem like the right thing for me. I even think i could do a like 50% without a number row, but losing standard keys in the main layout would screw with me.

I'd buy the **** out of a 60% tho. The real question is... any plans for 65% :D.
Title: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: ipreferpie on Sat, 11 November 2017, 22:52:36
Can't decide which of the 2 I should get: dark blue, cyan, black and grey. Which would best match keysets like Nautilus, Yuri and Laser? All look so good. And will the polycarbonate plates be bundled to save on shipping?
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: crcstig on Sat, 11 November 2017, 23:01:04
Can't decide which of the 2 I should get: dark blue, cyan, black and grey. Which would best match keysets like Nautilus, Yuri and Laser? All look so good. And will the polycarbonate plates be bundled to save on shipping?
Cyan, imo, would look amazimg with all three of those sets. I went with silver, but may change to cyan. Still conflicted. Cyan looks sick, but silver with the rgb strip. Hmm.

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Post by: energyd on Sat, 11 November 2017, 23:05:46
Can't decide which of the 2 I should get: dark blue, cyan, black and grey. Which would best match keysets like Nautilus, Yuri and Laser? All look so good. And will the polycarbonate plates be bundled to save on shipping?
Cyan, imo, would look amazimg with all three of those sets. I went with silver, but may change to cyan. Still conflicted. Cyan looks sick, but silver with the rgb strip. Hmm.

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I think dark blue might go better with Yuri and Nautilus.

Btw, is the rgb underglow pre-soldered?
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Koobaczech on Sun, 12 November 2017, 00:37:34
I'm in the same boat, I'm tempted by a pearl just because it looks so nice, but 40% just doesn't seem like the right thing for me. I even think i could do a like 50% without a number row, but losing standard keys in the main layout would screw with me.

I'd buy the **** out of a 60% tho. The real question is... any plans for 65% :D.
Understood! And it all depends on how well Pearl does. If its received well, id love to make something truly unique in the 60+ range :]

Can't decide which of the 2 I should get: dark blue, cyan, black and grey. Which would best match keysets like Nautilus, Yuri and Laser? All look so good. And will the polycarbonate plates be bundled to save on shipping?
I won't steer you the wrong way on colors, but yes, the poly diffuser is bundled!

Btw, is the rgb underglow pre-soldered?
Yes it is, you only need to program a key to toggle it for RGB to work.
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: foxlive on Sun, 12 November 2017, 05:30:48
I am still hesitating with getting this 40% pearl.. Iím quite afraid I will not like 40%, but I do love the look of this board. Maybe I will wait for 60% pearl (even more with all the nice 60% gb soon with ca66 and m0110!!)
Thank you fox, I'm glad you like the look :) A 40% board, especially a very unique one is gamble if you've never used one. I don't disagree with your hesitation, and while id love to get this out to as many people as I can, my first concern is that you know what you are getting yourself into.

Try a 40 out one day, get a cheap one off mech market and see if its for you! If you love the form factor, Im sure one will find its way to you.

And yea, so many cool 60%'s are available right now! Pretty cool that the market is growing outside of the normal ebay, kbdfans, and standard aluminum square cases. I'm still wanting a Noxary X60 myself, but ill make my dream 60 if Pearl runs well :]



I'm in the same boat, I'm tempted by a pearl just because it looks so nice, but 40% just doesn't seem like the right thing for me. I even think i could do a like 50% without a number row, but losing standard keys in the main layout would screw with me.

I'd buy the **** out of a 60% tho. The real question is... any plans for 65% :D.


Thanks for you answer Kooba!! Indeed I should try a 40% one day. Moving from full to 60% was really a revolution for me, I love 60 (or around 60%) layout, think they are super efficient for what I am doing (mainly code). I am quite afraid that the 40% push it a little too far, especially for code, which would make things less efficient.

And I totally agree with you Amnesia, the thing which bother me the most is loosing the classical layout on the other ray. a 60% without top raw (number) and a split space bar would do very nice. But with this layout I am quite not sure. Even more than this make the fitting of keyset complicated. I have a Budapest SA and Dasher SA on the end which need a keyboard, but I am afraid that they will not fit :( !
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Koobaczech on Sun, 12 November 2017, 09:34:53
Thanks for you answer Kooba!! Indeed I should try a 40% one day. Moving from full to 60% was really a revolution for me, I love 60 (or around 60%) layout, think they are super efficient for what I am doing (mainly code). I am quite afraid that the 40% push it a little too far, especially for code, which would make things less efficient.

And I totally agree with you Amnesia, the thing which bother me the most is loosing the classical layout on the other ray. a 60% without top raw (number) and a split space bar would do very nice. But with this layout I am quite not sure. Even more than this make the fitting of keyset complicated. I have a Budapest SA and Dasher SA on the end which need a keyboard, but I am afraid that they will not fit :( !
I remember feeling the same way! My first 60's were very hard to get used to, and then i moved down more and it was harder still. In my case, i don't use my 40's to program. They are more for leisurely use! I cant go below TKL for actual software development. I even use the PAUSE button sometimes to see what my terminal scripts are doing. But when I get home, if its bigger than 40% on my desk I don't like it :p

As for the keyset, any ANSI keyset will work. You can take the keys off your 60%'s and cover a Pearl perfectly. Budapest, Dasher, they both work fine. The layout Pearl uses was made specifically for allowing coverage from normal keysets :] The keyset compatibility on a 40% was actually my first checkmark when creating this project.
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: foxlive on Sun, 12 November 2017, 22:24:57
Thanks for you answer Kooba!! Indeed I should try a 40% one day. Moving from full to 60% was really a revolution for me, I love 60 (or around 60%) layout, think they are super efficient for what I am doing (mainly code). I am quite afraid that the 40% push it a little too far, especially for code, which would make things less efficient.

And I totally agree with you Amnesia, the thing which bother me the most is loosing the classical layout on the other ray. a 60% without top raw (number) and a split space bar would do very nice. But with this layout I am quite not sure. Even more than this make the fitting of keyset complicated. I have a Budapest SA and Dasher SA on the end which need a keyboard, but I am afraid that they will not fit :( !
I remember feeling the same way! My first 60's were very hard to get used to, and then i moved down more and it was harder still. In my case, i don't use my 40's to program. They are more for leisurely use! I cant go below TKL for actual software development. I even use the PAUSE button sometimes to see what my terminal scripts are doing. But when I get home, if its bigger than 40% on my desk I don't like it :p

As for the keyset, any ANSI keyset will work. You can take the keys off your 60%'s and cover a Pearl perfectly. Budapest, Dasher, they both work fine. The layout Pearl uses was made specifically for allowing coverage from normal keysets :] The keyset compatibility on a 40% was actually my first checkmark when creating this project.

Being on mac, I enjoyed instantaneously the 60% layout more than tkl or full since I mever used the f keys or page up/down, pause and so on. So the pomer layout was perfect, with caps lock remap to layer acces, and arrow on wasd, I love it. So yeah, 40% could be more for leisure when you donít really need the full efficiency.

On the keyset side, I need to recheck then, I thought it was tricky with some key but if you say so, this get a problem off  :cool:
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: SynkRz on Mon, 13 November 2017, 08:49:35
Really happy to have joined this GB :) got my SA Godspeed cockpit, matching USB C cable, and I'm currently waiting for my switch samples to arrive so that I can decide what to use for my build
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: realxmlforce on Tue, 14 November 2017, 04:43:51
As it seems the PCB doesn't have a button or something else to reset the controller.
So will the PCB be bricked when flashed with misconfigured QMK and e.g. no configured RESET Key?
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Koobaczech on Tue, 14 November 2017, 09:28:43
Being on mac, I enjoyed instantaneously the 60% layout more than tkl or full since I mever used the f keys or page up/down, pause and so on. So the pomer layout was perfect, with caps lock remap to layer acces, and arrow on wasd, I love it. So yeah, 40% could be more for leisure when you donít really need the full efficiency.

On the keyset side, I need to recheck then, I thought it was tricky with some key but if you say so, this get a problem off  :cool:
I agree, I love my Mac, but I do use the arrow keys a ton. 65% ftw! Definitely give at a second look and see if its not for you ;]

Really happy to have joined this GB :) got my SA Godspeed cockpit, matching USB C cable, and I'm currently waiting for my switch samples to arrive so that I can decide what to use for my build
Wow you are all set! I've got another buddy who also has SA Godspeed ready for his Pearl, its exciting. What switches were you thinking of? Thanks for joining :thumb:

As it seems the PCB doesn't have a button or something else to reset the controller.
So will the PCB be bricked when flashed with misconfigured QMK and e.g. no configured RESET Key?
These pcb's can always be put into bootloader mode if you hold down a certain key while powering on the PCB. I wouldn't bank on it getting bricked, and jetpack should have more on that info in the near future :]
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: mr scooty on Tue, 14 November 2017, 14:42:02
alright.. which one of you bulk ordered and made me miss being order 69
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: eyedrop on Tue, 14 November 2017, 17:41:58
Any update on engraving the order number?  Is that still happening?
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Koobaczech on Thu, 16 November 2017, 14:31:55
Any update on engraving the order number?  Is that still happening?
Weight engraving is definitely happening! Been playing with new designs. Thoughts?
(https://i.imgur.com/RkQczrM.png)
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: energyd on Thu, 16 November 2017, 14:44:14
1
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Post by: Puddsy on Thu, 16 November 2017, 15:25:27
i like the top one
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: mr scooty on Thu, 16 November 2017, 15:29:22
Any update on engraving the order number?  Is that still happening?
Weight engraving is definitely happening! Been playing with new designs. Thoughts?
Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/RkQczrM.png)


I like 1 personally.

Also i need suggestions on what color aluminum plate to get. I'm getting a purple pearl, but can't decide between a purple, cyan, or green ALU plate. Thoughts?
Getting brass plate as well.
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: lordgiblite on Thu, 16 November 2017, 16:43:39
I really enjoy the original design for the weight but I would probably lean more towards #2 if you did indeed change the font. I like either font though so it doesn't matter too much to me  :D
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: bminhz on Thu, 16 November 2017, 17:40:57
I enjoy the first design as well since it is dead straight center and doesn't have all those clusters surrounding
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Koobaczech on Thu, 16 November 2017, 18:35:24
You guys are hilarious lmao. I see how it is!

Also i need suggestions on what color aluminum plate to get. I'm getting a purple pearl, but can't decide between a purple, cyan, or green ALU plate. Thoughts?
Getting brass plate as well.
A green plate would look sick. Red looks pretty sweet too. Id say it all depends on what keyset will go on it. For my Purple Pearl, the red plate and SA Miami combo looks killer when the plate shines through!

And thoughts?!
(https://i.imgur.com/oPh30km.png)
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: lordgiblite on Thu, 16 November 2017, 18:50:51
You guys are hilarious lmao. I see how it is!

And thoughts?!
Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/oPh30km.png)


I like it tons although I would enjoy a bottom left engraved number though ;) I know I'm a picky little boy!
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Koobaczech on Thu, 16 November 2017, 19:06:33
I like it tons although I would enjoy a bottom left engraved number though ;) I know I'm a picky little boy!
Fixed it
(https://i.imgur.com/O4pvsOb.png)
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: mr scooty on Thu, 16 November 2017, 19:10:02
I like it tons although I would enjoy a bottom left engraved number though ;) I know I'm a picky little boy!
Fixed it
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(https://i.imgur.com/O4pvsOb.png)


Ooooo that's nice  :thumb:

I think i like the original cursive font the best as well
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Koobaczech on Thu, 16 November 2017, 19:13:14
Thanks for the feedback gentlemen. Its ultimately up to you all! :D
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: lordgiblite on Thu, 16 November 2017, 21:07:11
I like it tons although I would enjoy a bottom left engraved number though ;) I know I'm a picky little boy!
Fixed it
Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/O4pvsOb.png)


So how much extra is that :thumb:
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: FearsomeCubedWarrior on Sat, 18 November 2017, 14:22:12
Will in-switch LEDs and RGB leds work together without brightness issues? I'm asking cause I've just assembled UK78 and in-switch LEDs are so dim and setting RGB brightness to max just turns in-switch LEDs off. Ultimately, I guess, it killed the PCB on UK78, so it's bricked right now.
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Koobaczech on Sat, 18 November 2017, 18:33:51
Will in-switch LEDs and RGB leds work together without brightness issues? I'm asking cause I've just assembled UK78 and in-switch LEDs are so dim and setting RGB brightness to max just turns in-switch LEDs off. Ultimately, I guess, it killed the PCB on UK78, so it's bricked right now.
Dang, i can't believe that actually happened. I just tested out a board, full top leds and all the rgb on. Its not bad. If you put the RGB all the way up, id say the top leds shine maybe 6/10 on a brightness scale. Its a nice bright, nothing crazy. But putting the RGB down a bit only slightly dims it, while making the top leds substantially brighter. That seems like a good tradeoff point! I'll make a video of it sometime soon :]
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: FearsomeCubedWarrior on Sat, 25 November 2017, 08:39:04
Screw that, made it 88.

I do hope, that the numbers on the site are actual, cause I've been waiting for 88 for some time to match it with Laser 88 novelty.

DMC-12 forever.
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: RealLaugh on Sat, 25 November 2017, 12:52:38
hey, I ordred through mechkeys.ca because PayPal but at checkout I put in my peasant EU address and I wasn't charged anything for shipping? Is that correct?

cheers
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: JFKroflcopter on Sat, 25 November 2017, 13:05:41
Screw that, made it 88.

I do hope, that the numbers on the site are actual, cause I've been waiting for 88 for some time to match it with Laser 88 novelty.

DMC-12 forever.

So... I waited to join for the same exact reason lol. What time did you order?

Hopefully the numbers are pretty up-to-date and one of us got it. Best of luck to both of us I guess!
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Koobaczech on Sat, 25 November 2017, 14:36:45
Ouch, im sorry guys. JFKroflcopter got #88. I didn't know competition was so fierce! And the order numbers are not accurate, but the form is. Some people have made multiple orders, some people have bought only stickers, plates and PCBS. You can just see what the current orders are at on the form and try to join in at that number. GL.

hey, I ordred through mechkeys.ca because PayPal but at checkout I put in my peasant EU address and I wasn't charged anything for shipping? Is that correct?
Hey bud, thats correct. I'll calculate shipping soon for all the mechkeys.ca orders and invoice you separately!

Thank you guys for joining - Happy late thanksgiving everyone and have a great weekend!
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: FearsomeCubedWarrior on Sat, 25 November 2017, 15:02:03
Damn. Ok, pp transaction says 25 nov 2017 06:36:11 GMT-08:00 and just before paying i've checked Google form and it was 87 pearls purchased. Whatever, congrats JFKroflcopter, I guess my bad luck is here again.
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Koobaczech on Sat, 25 November 2017, 15:37:12
Damn. Ok, pp transaction says 25 nov 2017 06:36:11 GMT-08:00 and just before paying i've checked Google form and it was 87 pearls purchased. Whatever, congrats JFKroflcopter, I guess my bad luck is here again.
I honestly feel terrible. I wish you would have pm'd me ahead of time or something. Im here for whatever you need you know. And yea :/ Checking the orders, he put his in way early in the AM. I was asleep for both of your orders. :[
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: amnesia0287 on Sat, 25 November 2017, 19:48:18
You guys are hilarious lmao. I see how it is!

Also i need suggestions on what color aluminum plate to get. I'm getting a purple pearl, but can't decide between a purple, cyan, or green ALU plate. Thoughts?
Getting brass plate as well.
A green plate would look sick. Red looks pretty sweet too. Id say it all depends on what keyset will go on it. For my Purple Pearl, the red plate and SA Miami combo looks killer when the plate shines through!

And thoughts?!
Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/oPh30km.png)


from a design perspective, IMO the number should go bottom right just cause it has the most negative space because of the angle of the font and the size of the first letters.

But I think these look good too.
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: FearsomeCubedWarrior on Sun, 26 November 2017, 03:08:29
I honestly feel terrible. I wish you would have pm'd me ahead of time or something. Im here for whatever you need you know. And yea :/ Checking the orders, he put his in way early in the AM. I was asleep for both of your orders. :[

You shouldn't in any way. That's my penalty for hesitation, I've been considering joining and made decision about color for like 6 hours.
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Rogerwyf on Sun, 26 November 2017, 04:10:07
You guys are hilarious lmao. I see how it is!

Also i need suggestions on what color aluminum plate to get. I'm getting a purple pearl, but can't decide between a purple, cyan, or green ALU plate. Thoughts?
Getting brass plate as well.
A green plate would look sick. Red looks pretty sweet too. Id say it all depends on what keyset will go on it. For my Purple Pearl, the red plate and SA Miami combo looks killer when the plate shines through!

And thoughts?!
Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/oPh30km.png)


Option to not have a number? :)
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: FearsomeCubedWarrior on Sun, 26 November 2017, 14:16:28
Wow, 95 pearls now. I guess, hunt for #100 is on!
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: RealLaugh on Sun, 26 November 2017, 15:05:21
thanks for clearing that up! I had another questions, how would I be able to get additional parts such as a 2nd PCB since the mechkeys page just covers the kit and not extra parts with PayPal? Is the only option for extra parts to go through your shopify store with a credit card? cheers

Ouch, im sorry guys. JFKroflcopter got #88. I didn't know competition was so fierce! And the order numbers are not accurate, but the form is. Some people have made multiple orders, some people have bought only stickers, plates and PCBS. You can just see what the current orders are at on the form and try to join in at that number. GL.

hey, I ordred through mechkeys.ca because PayPal but at checkout I put in my peasant EU address and I wasn't charged anything for shipping? Is that correct?
Hey bud, thats correct. I'll calculate shipping soon for all the mechkeys.ca orders and invoice you separately!

Thank you guys for joining - Happy late thanksgiving everyone and have a great weekend!
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Kalopsia on Mon, 27 November 2017, 15:49:18
I need a 60% of this in my life, two even. Please consider doing a 60% version!
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Koobaczech on Mon, 27 November 2017, 20:19:45
from a design perspective, IMO the number should go bottom right just cause it has the most negative space because of the angle of the font and the size of the first letters.
Very good point, ty!

Option to not have a number? :)
Ahhh probably not xD

thanks for clearing that up! I had another questions, how would I be able to get additional parts such as a 2nd PCB since the mechkeys page just covers the kit and not extra parts with PayPal? Is the only option for extra parts to go through your shopify store with a credit card? cheers
Cheers my friend! You can always pm me anything that you need and i can invoice you with an alternate PayPal account ;]

I need a 60% of this in my life, two even. Please consider doing a 60% version!
I definitely will try and work on one if Pearl 40% runs well :D
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: ojrask on Mon, 27 November 2017, 22:27:22
Went with Cyan and brass. I was about to order an additional plate and PCB, but with the $60+ shipping, I decided to drop those.

Can't wait! :)
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: RealLaugh on Tue, 28 November 2017, 00:24:04
do you have any photos that you could add to the imgur albums linked in OP of your black pearl with maxkeys orange on dolch set on it? it always seems to be creeping in the background  ;D
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: SynkRz on Tue, 28 November 2017, 02:21:08
I know the GB for the Pearl 40% isnít even over, but Iíd definitely consider myself in if there was a GB for a. Pearl 60% :D
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Kalopsia on Tue, 28 November 2017, 04:52:04
Is it possible to see a picture with sa Budapest on rose gold?
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: foxlive on Tue, 28 November 2017, 05:02:06
I know the GB for the Pearl 40% isnít even over, but Iíd definitely consider myself in if there was a GB for a. Pearl 60% :D

I am in the same boat. This pearl design look just amazing, but I cannot resolve to use 40%. But if this go to 60%, I will be the first one to buy!!!
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Koobaczech on Tue, 28 November 2017, 10:55:26
Went with Cyan and brass. I was about to order an additional plate and PCB, but with the $60+ shipping, I decided to drop those.
Can't wait! :)
Woot! Hey, if you order them, I will cancel the extra shipping and bundle them with your current order! I'll pm you about it

do you have any photos that you could add to the imgur albums linked in OP of your black pearl with maxkeys orange on dolch set on it? it always seems to be creeping in the background  ;D
Hey buddy, I don't have a black pearl, only gray. I can link some of those pics if you would like and try to photoshop it darker?!

I know the GB for the Pearl 40% isnít even over, but Iíd definitely consider myself in if there was a GB for a. Pearl 60% :D
Awesome :]

Is it possible to see a picture with sa Budapest on rose gold?
Im sorry Kalopsia, I don't have either of those in hand x!

I am in the same boat. This pearl design look just amazing, but I cannot resolve to use 40%. But if this go to 60%, I will be the first one to buy!!!
Fox! Awesome hearing that, and thank you very much<3
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: eyedrop on Tue, 28 November 2017, 11:40:04
I know it's too early to say, but would this be the only round for the 40%?  Or is round 2 in the future?

I am in this GB, but just wondering if this will be a limited run.

Like others have said, other form factor such as 60%, 65% would be awesome!   :thumb:
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: crcstig on Tue, 28 November 2017, 11:43:42
All this talk about the next project, eeck im so excited, I agree, 65% is the dream!

Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G935A using Tapatalk

Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: mr scooty on Tue, 28 November 2017, 11:55:06
Am also buying a pearl 40, but I agree, having a matching pearl 60 would be pretty sweet   :p
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Koobaczech on Tue, 28 November 2017, 13:58:31
I know it's too early to say, but would this be the only round for the 40%?  Or is round 2 in the future?

I am in this GB, but just wondering if this will be a limited run.

Like others have said, other form factor such as 60%, 65% would be awesome!   :thumb:
Hey! Thanks for joining in :] And you know, more rounds would be dictated by you guys and by the quality of this GB. If everything works out but everyone hates Pearl, then no more R2. If it becomes a very popular board with necessary changes and the market isn't saturated by 40%'s, then I can see a R2 happening with more accurate prices and timelines. I'm not in this to make a profit, and I just want to be able to fulfill! Which is why more rounds would for certain be dictated by you guys, and are not planned as of right now!

All this talk about the next project, eeck im so excited, I agree, 65% is the dream!
Am also buying a pearl 40, but I agree, having a matching pearl 60 would be pretty sweet   :p
You are all being too nice! I appreciate the interest in a Pearl 60/65% even when there are so many cool boards already out there in those form factors. Bare with me, lets see how well I can handle this GB, and if things don't go to **** we can all work on the next board together! :thumb:
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: OfTheWild on Tue, 28 November 2017, 22:08:37
I would pass up any larger keyboard pairing for this and vote to have a "side car" 13 key numpad
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - LIVE until December 1st at www.pearlboards.com
Post by: RealLaugh on Wed, 29 November 2017, 03:05:12
Hey buddy, I don't have a black pearl, only gray. I can link some of those pics if you would like and try to photoshop it darker?!

hey, no need for photoshop, no matter what color pearl or keycap color i just was interested to see how a maxkeys set with 6.25 space looks like because i'm planning to use maxkeys sa ninja on my green pearl  ;D
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Post by: ojrask on Thu, 30 November 2017, 07:33:24
Went with Cyan and brass. I was about to order an additional plate and PCB, but with the $60+ shipping, I decided to drop those.
Can't wait! :)
Woot! Hey, if you order them, I will cancel the extra shipping and bundle them with your current order! I'll pm you about it


Ah no don't worry, I was ordering them bundled to the same order initially anyways. I just forgot that the shipping was so costly so I left them out to keep my financials happier. We're good.

I can join for other plate options in R2 in any case, right? ;)
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Post by: Koobaczech on Thu, 30 November 2017, 08:10:50
Went with Cyan and brass. I was about to order an additional plate and PCB, but with the $60+ shipping, I decided to drop those.
Can't wait! :)
Woot! Hey, if you order them, I will cancel the extra shipping and bundle them with your current order! I'll pm you about it

Ah no don't worry, I was ordering them bundled to the same order initially anyways. I just forgot that the shipping was so costly so I left them out to keep my financials happier. We're good.

I can join for other plate options in R2 in any case, right? ;)
There might not be a R2 sir! But i might stock a few extra PCB's and some acrylic plates!

Hey buddy, I don't have a black pearl, only gray. I can link some of those pics if you would like and try to photoshop it darker?!

hey, no need for photoshop, no matter what color pearl or keycap color i just was interested to see how a maxkeys set with 6.25 space looks like because i'm planning to use maxkeys sa ninja on my green pearl  ;D
Ok, here you have it! I made a video just for you! GRAY Pearl - SA Maxkey Orange on Dolch - Cyan Alu plate

https://www.instagram.com/p/BcH0TxhBDTe/
https://www.instagram.com/p/BcH0TxhBDTe/
https://www.instagram.com/p/BcH0TxhBDTe/

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Post by: eyedrop on Thu, 30 November 2017, 12:04:03
What's the best way to tell you if we want to change our order?  I am thinking of changing from pink to purple.

Email, PM, phone call, text message, letter with a pigeon?   :p
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Post by: Koobaczech on Thu, 30 November 2017, 12:18:55
What's the best way to tell you if we want to change our order?  I am thinking of changing from pink to purple.

Email, PM, phone call, text message, letter with a pigeon?   :p
Haha, just morse code me what you need! But idk, id take Pink over Purple ;]
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Post by: eyedrop on Thu, 30 November 2017, 12:23:35
What's the best way to tell you if we want to change our order?  I am thinking of changing from pink to purple.

Email, PM, phone call, text message, letter with a pigeon?   :p
Haha, just morse code me what you need! But idk, id take Pink over Purple ;]

Argh, you're not making it easy.  But again, there are only 3 orders of pink.  Will definitely be unique.  What keycaps would pair well with pink though?

Oh, can I give a friendly suggestion?  Would it be ok to have a spreadsheet of what engraved order number associate with each order (the invoice order number)?  So we'll know what number we'll be getting?
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Post by: Koobaczech on Thu, 30 November 2017, 12:45:03
Its your call :D SA Maxkey Pink, a ton of Originative Co Pink sets, GMK Skeletor xD So much would look dope

As for the engraving number form, it will be very tricky to get up anytime soon. I have shopify orders, paypal orders, mechkeys.ca orders, zFrontier orders, cash orders and other non-order number orders. It would take me a while to put it up, but I can definitely try once I organize every last order! :thumb:
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Post by: donut_sauce on Thu, 30 November 2017, 16:31:38
When is our last day to switch our order to a different color? Iím also torn about my choice (silver) actually thinking of switching to either pink or cyan but not sure🤔
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Post by: donut_sauce on Thu, 30 November 2017, 16:34:11
Also the pink looks almost more magenta right? sorta like this? (https://mechanicalkeyboards.com/shop/images/products/large_2296_VA68Mg_PinkWhite.jpg)
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Post by: Koobaczech on Thu, 30 November 2017, 17:03:20
When is our last day to switch our order to a different color? Iím also torn about my choice (silver) actually thinking of switching to either pink or cyan but not sure🤔
Try to get your choice in before the GB closes bud! :) I think any of those are great choices!

Also the pink looks almost more magenta right? sorta like this? (https://mechanicalkeyboards.com/shop/images/products/large_2296_VA68Mg_PinkWhite.jpg)
Mm i don't think so, the pink should be darker than that! The purple is definitely lighter and more magenta-e, but i wouldn't say the pink is.
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Post by: RealLaugh on Thu, 30 November 2017, 17:39:58
thanks so much for the special request video! much appreciated

SA looks great on this board, will use SA Ninja with my green pearl

interesting that you have a 1.25/1/6.25/1.25/1 config on the bottom row (1.25 and 1 on left and right of space bar are inverted) - any reason for this or just for lolz?
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Post by: donut_sauce on Thu, 30 November 2017, 18:28:00
When is our last day to switch our order to a different color? Iím also torn about my choice (silver) actually thinking of switching to either pink or cyan but not sure🤔
Try to get your choice in before the GB closes bud! :) I think any of those are great choices!

Also the pink looks almost more magenta right? sorta like this? (https://mechanicalkeyboards.com/shop/images/products/large_2296_VA68Mg_PinkWhite.jpg)

Do u know what time u r planning on closing it tomorrow?
Mm i don't think so, the pink should be darker than that! The purple is definitely lighter and more magenta-e, but i wouldn't say the pink is.
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Post by: Koobaczech on Thu, 30 November 2017, 18:30:31
thanks so much for the special request video! much appreciated
SA looks great on this board, will use SA Ninja with my green pearl
interesting that you have a 1.25/1/6.25/1.25/1 config on the bottom row (1.25 and 1 on left and right of space bar are inverted) - any reason for this or just for lolz?
Of course buddy!! Anything for you. And lmfao, its because i wanted to show off that it can be built both ways xD

Do u know what time u r planning on closing it tomorrow?
Hey donut!! A full day from now, at midnight!! Dec 1st at 12pm. Like 29 hours from now (its 7:30 pm right now)!
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Post by: clee on Fri, 01 December 2017, 01:08:10
Ordered mine in black with red aluminum plate. Still not sure if I can handle 40%, but I know if I missed out on this, I'd be kicking myself.
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Post by: JFKroflcopter on Fri, 01 December 2017, 02:08:57
I already ordered a silver Pearl, but I think I just need some validation.

I'm pairing this with GMK Laser. I'm not quite brave enough to commit to the bright case colors (even though they look incredible), so I wanted to stick to silver, gray or black.

What do you guys think? Will Laser pair well with a silver case?
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Post by: foxlive on Fri, 01 December 2017, 04:32:41
And now I realize I want one as I have GMK laser that could go on! I donít know what color to pick!
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Post by: FearsomeCubedWarrior on Fri, 01 December 2017, 05:17:27
I've decided to go popular cyan for laser. Maybe to pair it later with Ponyo SA if it will be successful.
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Post by: donut_sauce on Fri, 01 December 2017, 07:58:05
Are there any SA GBís currently running or starting soon? I know Flamingo is running.

Edit: and by running I mean still able to enter
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Post by: graefeln on Fri, 01 December 2017, 08:18:19
Are there any SA GBís currently running or starting soon? I know Flamingo is running.

Edit: and by running I mean still able to enter

Kono (https://kono.store/products/maxkey-berserk-sa-keycap-set-group-buy) has SA Berserk (Maxkeys) open through December if you're interested in red/orange - it's an Eva Unit 02/Ironman kind if thing.
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Post by: lordgiblite on Fri, 01 December 2017, 08:33:44
And now I realize I want one as I have GMK laser that could go on! I donít know what color to pick!
I think, any neutral color, pink or purple would be great with laser! I personally went with purple for laser myself

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Post by: RealLaugh on Fri, 01 December 2017, 11:24:54
I already ordered a silver Pearl, but I think I just need some validation.

I'm pairing this with GMK Laser. I'm not quite brave enough to commit to the bright case colors (even though they look incredible), so I wanted to stick to silver, gray or black.

What do you guys think? Will Laser pair well with a silver case?


I think it will look fine and worst case you have a silver pearl that will match virtually any keyset.
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Post by: Puddsy on Fri, 01 December 2017, 13:13:32
And now I realize I want one as I have GMK laser that could go on! I donít know what color to pick!

I already ordered a silver Pearl, but I think I just need some validation.

I'm pairing this with GMK Laser. I'm not quite brave enough to commit to the bright case colors (even though they look incredible), so I wanted to stick to silver, gray or black.

What do you guys think? Will Laser pair well with a silver case?

silver and black go with virtually everything
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Post by: donut_sauce on Fri, 01 December 2017, 17:55:28
thanks so much for the special request video! much appreciated
SA looks great on this board, will use SA Ninja with my green pearl
interesting that you have a 1.25/1/6.25/1.25/1 config on the bottom row (1.25 and 1 on left and right of space bar are inverted) - any reason for this or just for lolz?
Of course buddy!! Anything for you. And lmfao, its because i wanted to show off that it can be built both ways xD


Trying to hurry up and decide would you say the pink is like this? (https://goo.gl/images/UiVq82)
Do u know what time u r planning on closing it tomorrow?
Hey donut!! A full day from now, at midnight!! Dec 1st at 12pm. Like 29 hours from now (its 7:30 pm right now)!
Trying to hurry up and decide, would you say the pink is like this? (https://goo.gl/images/UiVq82)
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Post by: donut_sauce on Fri, 01 December 2017, 18:01:41
Are there any SA GBís currently running or starting soon? I know Flamingo is running.

Edit: and by running I mean still able to enter

Kono (https://kono.store/products/maxkey-berserk-sa-keycap-set-group-buy) has SA Berserk (Maxkeys) open through December if you're interested in red/orange - it's an Eva Unit 02/Ironman kind if thing.
Thanks. Yeah I saw that one. Not really my thing. Thanks though!
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Post by: crcstig on Sat, 02 December 2017, 15:18:19
This is the end to the beginning of something great! I look forward to seeing this go and hope it goes smoothly. I'm stoked for my Silver one and appreciate the oppurtunity. Thanks Koob and Good Luck! Im sure you will keep us up to date with everything.

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Post by: foxlive on Sat, 02 December 2017, 16:07:30
Finally I did not follow the 40% hype on this. I will wait for a 60% (and I hope it will exist!!!)

Good luck with this GB!  :thumb:
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Post by: eyedrop on Sat, 02 December 2017, 18:22:34
Mr. Koob, did you get my PM yesterday about color change?  Thanks!
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Post by: Koobaczech on Sun, 03 December 2017, 13:16:29
Mr. Koob, did you get my PM yesterday about color change?  Thanks!
Hey buddy!! Yes i did! The change was made. Ty for reminding me.

Also hey everyone! The buy has closed, and you all hit 128 orders. Thank you for joining, ty for the support, and ty for your patience. Ive been doing some intense bookkeeping with my friend Dave from mechkeys.ca these days before sending all the orders to my folks on Monday for review. If everything is alright with them, i will send payment over and get started on the machining. Still need to revise my plate design and sell acrylic plates, and also need to finalize the weight design. Thanks everyone! :thumb:

Current Status on Parts
I have everyones cables and all the boxes for shipping (few hundred dollars)
I prepaid for all the PCBS a week ago and they should be done soon (like 4grand)
Still need to pay for the case screws (few hundred dollars)
I will pay for the diffusers today (few hundred)
Need to pay for the cases/weights/plates (Like 20k)
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Post by: donjoan666 on Mon, 04 December 2017, 08:02:43
Mr. Koob, did you get my PM yesterday about color change?  Thanks!
Hey buddy!! Yes i did! The change was made. Ty for reminding me.

Also hey everyone! The buy has closed, and you all hit 128 orders. Thank you for joining, ty for the support, and ty for your patience. Ive been doing some intense bookkeeping with my friend Dave from mechkeys.ca these days before sending all the orders to my folks on Monday for review. If everything is alright with them, i will send payment over and get started on the machining. Still need to revise my plate design and sell acrylic plates, and also need to finalize the weight design. Thanks everyone! :thumb:

Current Status on Parts
I have everyones cables and all the boxes for shipping (few hundred dollars)
I prepaid for all the PCBS a week ago and they should be done soon (like 4grand)
Still need to pay for the case screws (few hundred dollars)
I will pay for the diffusers today (few hundred)
Need to pay for the cases/weights/plates (Like 20k)

great. awesome x 100..!!!!
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Post by: Koobaczech on Wed, 06 December 2017, 10:18:53
Hello everyone. Want to thank you all for the support, patience and love! - Koob

Update 12/6/2017

Important Notes
1. I made minor changes to the top case piece. This is where the PCB bolts onto and the keycaps poke out of. I dialed in the walls so the keycap fitment is just right, added a small engraving of R1 for ROUND 1 under the left corner blocker for historical purposes, made the diamond logo a tad bigger, resized the usb hole and added a small lightning bolt engraving above the USB hole. As such, I am having a single top case part sample made in rose gold before making the rest of the Pearls.

2. Weight number engraving is happening in the bottom right since the most space is there.

3. I have requested my purple color to be darker, and my anodizer said sure. So instead of the light pinkish magenta purple, the new purple will be dark grape purple. If anyone has objections to this, please let me know, I can still try and request some Pearls in the lighter purple.



Production Statistics not including extras
1792 top mount screws
512 case screws
512 rubber feet
256 weight screws
768 individual Pearl parts
1280 feet / 1/4 Mile / 427 yards of USB-C cable ordered

Most popular Pearl combination
Gray Pearl + Brass Plate

Most popular Pearl colors
Gray->Cyan->Purple->Black

Least popular Pearl colors
Yellow and RAW finish

Least popular Pearl combination
RAW finish Pearl + Black Aluminum Plate

What didn't get ordered
Yellow, Green and Raw finish Aluminum Plates

Hypothetical Rarest Pearl combination
Yellow Pearl with a Yellow Aluminum Plate and weight engraving number 1
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Post by: donjoan666 on Wed, 06 December 2017, 11:26:43
Awesome thanks!!!
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Post by: mungry on Wed, 06 December 2017, 12:32:54
Omg yesss, definitly behind the choice for a darker purple! I was alright with the magentish color but kind of wished for a grapeish color, wish come true haha!  :D
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Post by: eyedrop on Wed, 06 December 2017, 14:29:46
Oh man, I would have love a darker purple Pearl.  Too late to change, I assume?   :-[
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Post by: Koobaczech on Wed, 06 December 2017, 14:38:39
Awesome thanks!!!
You are very welcome ;]

Omg yesss, definitly behind the choice for a darker purple! I was alright with the magentish color but kind of wished for a grapeish color, wish come true haha!  :D
Ayy happy to hear!

Oh man, I would have love a darker purple Pearl.  Too late to change, I assume?   :-[
Hey man! PM me your order # and I will request for a change. Its going to be a while before anodization starts so I can for sure try and change it for you!
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Post by: SBN on Wed, 06 December 2017, 14:44:01
I didnít join because I have a MM2 waiting to be build and want to test 40% with it first, but I just wanted to say that I really enjoy all the updates, pictures, videos and little statistics you post! Awesome communication!

Good job! And keep it coming! :)
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Post by: Koobaczech on Wed, 06 December 2017, 16:23:19
I didnít join because I have a MM2 waiting to be build and want to test 40% with it first, but I just wanted to say that I really enjoy all the updates, pictures, videos and little statistics you post! Awesome communication!

Good job! And keep it coming! :)
That's super nice of you to say, thank you! MM2 is a wonderful board. I actually helped Dave edit some of the parts on it like the plate and polycarbonate bottom piece, even added the maple leaf! I have one and love it. MM1 was a big inspiration for Pearl, and Dave has mentored and guided me through this whole project. Even if you like MM2, Pearl is still very different. Its a 13x4 matrix instead of 12x4, with row 2 being offset to the right some and the bottom row being centered and blocked. Hope you enjoy it, and tag me in any pics of it :]
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Post by: stoic-lemon on Wed, 06 December 2017, 17:41:22
I was seriously considering getting a yellow Pearl. I chickened out and went for Rose Gold instead.
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Post by: mr scooty on Wed, 06 December 2017, 17:44:45
So if I already ordered a purple pearl, will I get the darker purple color automatically? Or do I have to request it?
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Post by: eksuen on Wed, 06 December 2017, 18:23:46
So if I already ordered a purple pearl, will I get the darker purple color automatically? Or do I have to request it?

Automatically. You'd only have to request the previous lighter purple if that was the shade you really wanted.
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Post by: mr scooty on Wed, 06 December 2017, 19:17:06
So if I already ordered a purple pearl, will I get the darker purple color automatically? Or do I have to request it?

Automatically. You'd only have to request the previous lighter purple if that was the shade you really wanted.

Awesome. Darker purple sounds really nice, hopefully it turns out well!
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Post by: fishpod on Wed, 06 December 2017, 21:12:22
How would the "R1" engraving on the left blocker look like?
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Post by: Koobaczech on Thu, 07 December 2017, 10:28:36
How would the "R1" engraving on the left blocker look like?
Its on the underside, here's a pic!
(https://i.imgur.com/gbuKd4t.jpg)
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Post by: Koobaczech on Mon, 18 December 2017, 09:31:26
Hello everyone! Just wanted to drop an update -

I've got all the accessories and hardware packed up for every order. That's a 10ft USB-C cable, mounting screws, plastic feet and 3 white indicator leds. I've also got all the RGB Diffusers in house.

Waiting on the PCB's and the Cases. A final sample case is still being made and after that the rest will get the green light.

In the meantime, I'm having jordijolimon help me make acrylic plates, and having KomatozKaps help make a beautiful little custom artisan for the buy.

Acrylic plates have more flex, sound more dampened, feel lighter/softer and ping less than their respectful metal plates.

Cheers everyone - Koob
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Post by: mr scooty on Mon, 18 December 2017, 13:17:48
Hello everyone! Just wanted to drop an update -

I've got all the accessories and hardware packed up for every order. That's a 10ft USB-C cable, mounting screws, plastic feet and 3 white indicator leds. I've also got all the RGB Diffusers in house.

Waiting on the PCB's and the Cases. A final sample case is still being made and after that the rest will get the green light.

In the meantime, I'm having jordijolimon help me make acrylic plates, and having KomatozKaps help make a beautiful little custom artisan for the buy.

Acrylic plates have more flex, sound more dampened, feel lighter/softer and ping less than their respectful metal plates.

Cheers everyone - Koob

Awesome! Super excited to be apart of this group buy. Thanks for keeping the communication so open! Best of any gb I've seen for awhile :thumb:
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Post by: lordgiblite on Mon, 18 December 2017, 13:20:56
Hello everyone! Just wanted to drop an update -

I've got all the accessories and hardware packed up for every order. That's a 10ft USB-C cable, mounting screws, plastic feet and 3 white indicator leds. I've also got all the RGB Diffusers in house.

Waiting on the PCB's and the Cases. A final sample case is still being made and after that the rest will get the green light.

In the meantime, I'm having jordijolimon help me make acrylic plates, and having KomatozKaps help make a beautiful little custom artisan for the buy.

Acrylic plates have more flex, sound more dampened, feel lighter/softer and ping less than their respectful metal plates.

Cheers everyone - Koob
HYPE INTENSIFIES

...heavy breathing ensues...

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Post by: Koobaczech on Mon, 18 December 2017, 14:02:45
Thanks for the kind words fellas!! Hopefully the next update will be pictures of the artisans, acrylic plates and the sample case in house! :-*
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Post by: Tre3Cycl3S on Mon, 18 December 2017, 16:23:10
Hello everyone! Just wanted to drop an update -

I've got all the accessories and hardware packed up for every order. That's a 10ft USB-C cable, mounting screws, plastic feet and 3 white indicator leds. I've also got all the RGB Diffusers in house.

Waiting on the PCB's and the Cases. A final sample case is still being made and after that the rest will get the green light.

In the meantime, I'm having jordijolimon help me make acrylic plates, and having KomatozKaps help make a beautiful little custom artisan for the buy.

Acrylic plates have more flex, sound more dampened, feel lighter/softer and ping less than their respectful metal plates.

Cheers everyone - Koob

Great update, as excited as ever!
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Post by: Koobaczech on Mon, 25 December 2017, 00:01:00
Hello everyone! MERRY CHRISTMAS!! Back with another update.

Tested all the 10ft USB-C cables and packed all of the accessories for each order (screws, feet, cable, 3 leds, sticker)

All the PCB's arrive this Friday and need to be tested. Gold plated contacts

Rose Gold Sample is finished and will come to me soon. If my final revisions were perfect, i will green light all of the Pearls. If not i will spend at most a day dialing in anything that needs to be changed and then give the OK.

These updates might seem nice but the toughest part lies ahead. Getting a crap ton of Pearls, making sure they aren't ****ed up, packaging them and finally shipping them. Long road ahead fellas and ladies! -Koobaczech

(https://i.imgur.com/bVsFd7K.png)
(https://i.imgur.com/8qFt2gZ.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/J0t1Mwm.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/jqaiym5.jpg)
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Post by: metalliccharles on Mon, 25 December 2017, 00:12:02
(https://media.giphy.com/media/3ohhwjZJtrt3iqNTFu/giphy.gif)
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Post by: foxlive on Mon, 25 December 2017, 14:15:32
The rose gold look sick! That would have been my choice if I had join! Hope this GB will run super smoothly! I am dying for a 60/65% version of this  :eek:
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Post by: fishpod on Mon, 25 December 2017, 22:25:34
 :thumb: Rose gold is looking good!

Really enjoy your updates on Instagram kooba! Its real good to see how much love you put into this project.

One of the best GB experience I am having :D
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Post by: FearsomeCubedWarrior on Tue, 26 December 2017, 10:59:34
OMG, that rose gold looks kinda light Coral, will be perfect with SA by the Sea.
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Post by: tuxkey on Thu, 28 December 2017, 06:46:54
impressive board. my compliments..
Was looking at the build guide and got even more impressed if that's possible..that's the thickest case i have ever seen !! NICE
every case and keyboard GB should be done like this one...just browsing the site is a treat..
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Post by: THRILLHOIAF on Thu, 28 December 2017, 15:35:34
Are there any SA GBís currently running or starting soon? I know Flamingo is running.

Edit: and by running I mean still able to enter

https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=92796.0

Not running yet, but coming soon! If the style is up your alley!

Our 40's kit will be a first to offer Sculpted SA Pearl support

Renders coming soon but heres the gist of what a pearl with SA By the Sea would look like!

More
(https://kle-render.herokuapp.com/api/5f9ffa49d8ec017eb66543d25a475fb2)
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Paid for and in Production - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Kalopsia on Mon, 01 January 2018, 13:22:50
The Rose Gold looks sick! If i had any interest in 40%, I would most definately have gotten that and the cyan one. Heres hoping 60% Pearl happens in the near future  :D
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Paid for and in Production - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Koobaczech on Wed, 03 January 2018, 10:59:02
Hey there!! Hope everyone had a great break!! If you didn't, that's totally fine, I worked most of the break and didn't do much lol. Anyways, here for an update for you all! Its going to be big!

But first, thank you all for the wonderful comments since my last update. I appreciate you hanging in there and checking up on this and my IG and all of it!


-1 Got Rose Gold sample in sometime last week. Anodization was to thick and plates barely fit...had to rework the Top Case 3d model to allow for looser tolerances. I sent the updated file yesterday and gave the green light to make all the Pearls. Today 1/3/18 marks the first day which production has the go ahead. I am however requesting a sample picture of a weight with the numbered engraving (1) just to make sure that's ok, but it shouldn't delay orders. I was told production will take over a month too...lord. Oh well! Hopefully we hit our March deadline!

-2 Jordijolimon is still working with me to perfect acrylic plates. He sent me Revision2 plates and they still had minor issues, mostly my fault for not helping with the design, I apologize. But i'm confident R3 will be great if anyone still wants these! They are incredible to use btw.

-3 All the PCB's are tested and ready for packing, and all the accessories are ready as well. So only waiting on the physical cases and plates now.

-4 I've also paid for the prototype of the next board I am making (6x%). This next board is another "personal" board that I want to make for myself, improving upon what exists in the market in my eyes. I will share it when I get it, and see how you all like it! Worst case scenario, no one wants it and it takes the course which Pearl was supposed to take, a personal board. Best case, everyone loves it and we make another great board together!

Finally, some pictures of the Rose Gold and more :)
(https://i.imgur.com/sqBx2TX.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/ukkELRp.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/MCjoQcH.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/K4pbQDv.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/03RSuQj.jpg)
Bonus DSA Pics
(https://i.imgur.com/dmGAz2s.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/xuRBWpi.jpg)
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Paid for and in Production - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: eyedrop on Wed, 03 January 2018, 11:12:53
Happy New Year, Koob.  Thanks for the great update.

That rose gold turns out great.  I think I ask multiple times before, can we still change color or production has now started and it is locked down now?

6x% from you?  Can't wait...hopefully it is >60%, I need those arrow keys.
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Paid for and in Production - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: foxlive on Wed, 03 January 2018, 11:20:27
Wow wow wow! The hype is soooo real for me. As I already told, I am dying for a 6x% pearl, and I am quite sure I am not the only one here! I hope youíll open an IC thread with it, you will see the hype :)

And your 40% prototype look very nice, amazing board!
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Paid for and in Production - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Puddsy on Wed, 03 January 2018, 11:42:43
rose gold is very pink

looks great in that first picture
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Paid for and in Production - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Koobaczech on Wed, 03 January 2018, 12:45:33
Thank you fellas! Much appreciated. For the colors, the first picture is with an actual DSLR. The others are janky pictures taken with my phone, which tends to oversaturate or change the colors. It does look Pink lol, but its more coral in person.

Happy New Year, Koob.  Thanks for the great update.
That rose gold turns out great.  I think I ask multiple times before, can we still change color or production has now started and it is locked down now?
Happy New Year man! I think I stated that if you needed a color change just PM me. I'm sure I can ask for a change before they get anodized, just let me know what you want and your order# please!
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Paid for and in Production - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: d.caminero on Mon, 22 January 2018, 05:33:42
Hey Koob! Just wanted to ask how's everything coming along.
Also, will there be extra acrylic plates for people who couldn't get one? Or extras in general? I might want to take another plate and pcb
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Paid for and in Production - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: jdcarpe on Mon, 22 January 2018, 08:14:35
Nice forty!
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Paid for and in Production - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Koobaczech on Mon, 22 January 2018, 09:26:40
Hey Koob! Just wanted to ask how's everything coming along.
Also, will there be extra acrylic plates for people who couldn't get one? Or extras in general? I might want to take another plate and pcb
Hey there! Thanks for asking. Production for the Pearl cases is currently happening. That's all the weights, bottoms/tops, and plates being machined and then anodized. I expect that to last a while since its a lot of orders. Probably a month plus. Best case scenario would mean they would be done somewhere near the end of February and then shipped to me and then I start shipping them out March as expected.

All of the accessories and extras are packed up. All of the PCB's are tested and ready to be packed.

Now to answer your question, there should be about 25 extra PCB's. Maybe to cover failures and such. If you want an extra I can for sure reserve you one. For the acrylic plates, Jordijolimon has been amazing in working with me to get me a well designed plate. Getting an acrylic plate should not be a problem at any time.

I did order 1 extra Pearl of a few colors (the most popular ones) again to cover failures, but want to hold off on selling anything like that until I make sure everyone has a good order.

I will have extras of all the accessories at any time as well. That's cables, leds, rubber feet, mounting screws, stickers etc! I think I got an email from you but got busy with friends this weekend and might have neglected my emails, I do apologize!!!! For other updates check my IG, I frequently talk about it there :)

Nice forty!
Thanks JD! If you ever read my Interest Check post it says, "Hello I'm Kooba, this boards sole designer, and I'm here to tell you the modern day 40% board has arrived! Ive loved 40% boards and decided to fuse my three favorites together into one. Mechminis RGB, Mininvans Cherry/Alps compatibility and JD45s thick case and blocked style." Credit to you!

And here are some recent pics for you all!
(https://i.imgur.com/LNroSmB.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/Jir13wA.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/5MLemCL.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/3t1BG3W.jpg)
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Paid for and in Production - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: d.caminero on Tue, 23 January 2018, 04:51:28
...
Hey there! Thanks for asking. Production for the Pearl cases is currently happening. That's all the weights, bottoms/tops, and plates being machined and then anodized. I expect that to last a while since its a lot of orders. Probably a month plus. Best case scenario would mean they would be done somewhere near the end of February and then shipped to me and then I start shipping them out March as expected.

All of the accessories and extras are packed up. All of the PCB's are tested and ready to be packed.

Now to answer your question, there should be about 25 extra PCB's. Maybe to cover failures and such. If you want an extra I can for sure reserve you one. For the acrylic plates, Jordijolimon has been amazing in working with me to get me a well designed plate. Getting an acrylic plate should not be a problem at any time.

I did order 1 extra Pearl of a few colors (the most popular ones) again to cover failures, but want to hold off on selling anything like that until I make sure everyone has a good order.

I will have extras of all the accessories at any time as well. That's cables, leds, rubber feet, mounting screws, stickers etc! I think I got an email from you but got busy with friends this weekend and might have neglected my emails, I do apologize!!!! For other updates check my IG, I frequently talk about it there :)

And here are some recent pics for you all!
Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/LNroSmB.jpg)

Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/Jir13wA.jpg)

Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/5MLemCL.jpg)

Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/3t1BG3W.jpg)


Thanks for the fast answer Koob!
I was aware that production had started, just wanted to ask nicely how was it going :)
I'll send you an email or PM about plates and Pcb in 2 weeks or so (paycheck, you know)
Also, check who did wrote to you, it wasn't definitely me hahah

That gray color is gorgeous, it's reassuring me I chose a good color, thanks for the pics  :thumb:

And by the way, you are doing an amazing job with this GB (with details like ordering extras just in case and having everything packed and tested, etc). I can see a good future for your next GB's.

Thanks! Really looking forward to receiving mine :D
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Paid for and in Production - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Koobaczech on Thu, 25 January 2018, 09:29:55
Thanks for the fast answer Koob!
I was aware that production had started, just wanted to ask nicely how was it going :)
I'll send you an email or PM about plates and Pcb in 2 weeks or so (paycheck, you know)
Also, check who did wrote to you, it wasn't definitely me hahah

That gray color is gorgeous, it's reassuring me I chose a good color, thanks for the pics  :thumb:

And by the way, you are doing an amazing job with this GB (with details like ordering extras just in case and having everything packed and tested, etc). I can see a good future for your next GB's.

Thanks! Really looking forward to receiving mine :D
Thanks for all the compliments man, and you are always welcome! I'm trying my best for you all! There will most likely be some things that go wrong with the actual cases, but hopefully nothing so bad that we cant fix it! And any detailed updates that I get, you can be more than sure I'll post them up before you ask ;] As for the color, I think they are all great colors haha! But thanks again for everything, will look forward to your PM's!
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Paid for and in Production - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: donut_sauce on Thu, 25 January 2018, 09:36:19
Looking forward to getting this!

Looking even more so to what your next project is gonna be ;) 60% 65% 75%
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Paid for and in Production - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: lordgiblite on Thu, 25 January 2018, 09:41:48
Super stoked for this to finish! :D Thanks for all the updates Koob you are making a wonderful GB experience for all of us!!!
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Paid for and in Production - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Koobaczech on Thu, 25 January 2018, 09:46:04
Haha thanks fellas, I mean it. But for real, things have ran smoothly thus far because of everyone here, not just me. We are all in this together! I'm a customer in for my own Pearls too. So thank you all!

Also soon donut! And Lord, thanks for the reddit tag the other day<3
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Paid for and in Production - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: lordgiblite on Thu, 25 January 2018, 09:51:30
Haha thanks fellas, I mean it. But for real, things have ran smoothly thus far because of everyone here, not just me. We are all in this together! I'm a customer in for my own Pearls too. So thank you all!

Also soon donut! And Lord, thanks for the reddit tag the other day<3

You're welcome, you have made a product that I think all of us here not only think is worth our money but is something that we know you want to be the best it can. It makes it easy to be a great customer :D
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Paid for and in Production - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Koobaczech on Thu, 25 January 2018, 10:01:01
Much love and all hail our lord giblite!
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Paid for and in Production - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: hahihuhei on Thu, 25 January 2018, 21:04:38
OMG how did I miss this!
This is simply amazing!
Finger cross for round 2!
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Paid for and in Production - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: foxlive on Fri, 26 January 2018, 05:48:58
Hey Kooba! When do you think you will have some info/pics/3d models to share of the 6x% Pearl! I canít wait to see what it give  :D
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Paid for and in Production - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Koobaczech on Sat, 27 January 2018, 15:08:52
OMG how did I miss this!
This is simply amazing!
Finger cross for round 2!
Dont worry man! Im sure there will be some extras floating around from Round 1! :P

Hey Kooba! When do you think you will have some info/pics/3d models to share of the 6x% Pearl! I canít wait to see what it give  :D
Haha hey fox! Thanks so much for the excitement, but its really nothing special! I mellowed down this next design and made something more normal and elegant. As for any sneak peaks and things like that, i really don't want to hype anything at all until Pearl GB is fulfilled. I hope you understand my reasoning and commitment to making sure that everything goes well with Pearl before presenting new projects. But to give you a solid timeline, my prototypes are made and I will present solid pictures and details after i receive all of the Pearl cases. So before March! Thank you for keeping up with me fox!
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Paid for and in Production - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: donut_sauce on Sat, 27 January 2018, 15:16:01
OMG how did I miss this!
This is simply amazing!
Finger cross for round 2!
Dont worry man! Im sure there will be some extras floating around from Round 1! :P

Hey Kooba! When do you think you will have some info/pics/3d models to share of the 6x% Pearl! I canít wait to see what it give  :D
Haha hey fox! Thanks so much for the excitement, but its really nothing special! I mellowed down this next design and made something more normal and elegant. As for any sneak peaks and things like that, i really don't want to hype anything at all until Pearl GB is fulfilled. I hope you understand my reasoning and commitment to making sure that everything goes well with Pearl before presenting new projects. But to give you a solid timeline, my prototypes are made and I will present solid pictures and details after i receive all of the Pearl cases. So before March! Thank you for keeping up with me fox!

Prototypes are already made??? what??? can't wait to see:)
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Paid for and in Production - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Koobaczech on Sat, 27 January 2018, 15:23:02
Omg haha. Yo seriously, i want to be sure that i can complete this GB before starting a new board interest lol. Bear with me!
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Paid for and in Production - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: foxlive on Sat, 27 January 2018, 16:54:23
OMG how did I miss this!
This is simply amazing!
Finger cross for round 2!
Dont worry man! Im sure there will be some extras floating around from Round 1! :P

Hey Kooba! When do you think you will have some info/pics/3d models to share of the 6x% Pearl! I canít wait to see what it give  :D
Haha hey fox! Thanks so much for the excitement, but its really nothing special! I mellowed down this next design and made something more normal and elegant. As for any sneak peaks and things like that, i really don't want to hype anything at all until Pearl GB is fulfilled. I hope you understand my reasoning and commitment to making sure that everything goes well with Pearl before presenting new projects. But to give you a solid timeline, my prototypes are made and I will present solid pictures and details after i receive all of the Pearl cases. So before March! Thank you for keeping up with me fox!

Totally underatand that you want to finish this GB first! Defintely it need to go smooth before moving to other Pearl project :) ! I will wait to see this in March :D !
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Paid for and in Production - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: hndle on Fri, 02 February 2018, 09:46:27
Right after I found out about this gb (after it was already over),
Read thread everyday.
It is 40% end game for me.
I wish I had luck in purchasing extras. :)
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Paid for and in Production - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: jdcarpe on Fri, 02 February 2018, 10:00:17
Right after I found out about this gb (after it was already over),
Read thread everyday.
It is 40% end game for me.
I wish I had luck in purchasing extras. :)

We can always hope for a round 2!
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Paid for and in Production - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Koobaczech on Fri, 02 February 2018, 15:56:39
Right after I found out about this gb (after it was already over),
Read thread everyday.
It is 40% end game for me.
I wish I had luck in purchasing extras. :)
Awe man, sorry fella. If I don't have extras, I'm sure you will be able to find one somewhere!

We can always hope for a round 2!
Thanks for the blessings JD! It really sucks that some people missed the buy, I want everyone to own a beautiful premium Pearl. I kept the buy open for a month, and everyone could join, no raffle or fcfs or anything. Made sure everyone knew what I was selling and tried my best to advertise it and give multiple color options and a solid timeline. Because of this, I'd like to think that Pearl reached almost everyone. But if round1 finishes well and the demand is over MOQ for a second round, I can definitely make more! I'm not discontinuing support or disappearing.

And well sheetballs, if anyone who missed the buy REALLY wants one, I can get a quote for a single one and get it made. Nothing is off the table as long as it means making you happy!
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Paid for and in Production - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: jdcarpe on Fri, 02 February 2018, 15:59:19
Yeah, that's just how it goes. There are always some who miss out and want to get one after the buy is over. It's bad luck, but it happens. After a period of time, interest will grow, and R2 becomes a possibility. Especially if R1 production boards are well received!
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Paid for and in Production - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: futurecrime on Fri, 02 February 2018, 19:15:50
I've also been seeing all the Instagram updates and now I've read through much of the thread I'm kinda bummed I missed out on this GB, but it happened when I was taking a breather from GH.  You come across as a solid guy with a great attitude, so more power to you, and maybe I'll pick a Pearl up aftermarket or get in on one of your future projects.  :thumb:
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Paid for and in Production - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: hndle on Sat, 03 February 2018, 01:30:49
As I am not familiar with English, I have looked mainly at the information that was posted on the keyboard site of my country and looked around the thread with geekhack's link.
So when I was used to geekhack and I was enjoying looking around at the different threads, this gb was already over. I felt sad, too.
But I wanted to buy Pearl badly.
Unfortunately, if there are no extras later, I will wait for future R2.
maybe I'll be lucky to get aftermarket.
If I really can't stand waiting, I might want to make a new one, as koob said. (It's probably very expensive ... :-[ )
Anyway, I sent PM several times
koob was really kind and had a good attitude. :thumb:
I will watch with interest the next project and won't miss it!
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Paid for and in Production - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Koobaczech on Sun, 04 February 2018, 13:25:50
Guys, cant express how happy it makes me to hear these things<3 I cant say much more than thank you truly, and if anyone every needs anything, I'm here for you!
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Paid for and in Production - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: clickityClackity on Sun, 04 February 2018, 20:10:10
As I am not familiar with English, I have looked mainly at the information that was posted on the keyboard site of my country and looked around the thread with geekhack's link.
So when I was used to geekhack and I was enjoying looking around at the different threads, this gb was already over. I felt sad, too.
But I wanted to buy Pearl badly.
Unfortunately, if there are no extras later, I will wait for future R2.
maybe I'll be lucky to get aftermarket.
If I really can't stand waiting, I might want to make a new one, as koob said. (It's probably very expensive ... :-[ )
Anyway, I sent PM several times
koob was really kind and had a good attitude. :thumb:
I will watch with interest the next project and won't miss it!
I could sell you mine...

if you agree to my terms.

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180205/a7767c4cba0ae69a6dea452f4a74235d.gif)

Hahahaha haha!!!!! Never!!!!! Endgame!!!!!

Seriously though, everyone has been so nice in this thread that I feel like an ******* now. But at least this ******* isn't Pearlless...

(sorry)
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Paid for and in Production - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: amatecha on Mon, 05 February 2018, 04:19:36
Ohhhh damn how did I miss this :(  I have ~40 ALPS switches sitting around waiting for a 40-key DIY build...
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Paid for and in Production - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: hndle on Mon, 05 February 2018, 07:12:48
As I am not familiar with English, I have looked mainly at the information that was posted on the keyboard site of my country and looked around the thread with geekhack's link.
So when I was used to geekhack and I was enjoying looking around at the different threads, this gb was already over. I felt sad, too.
But I wanted to buy Pearl badly.
Unfortunately, if there are no extras later, I will wait for future R2.
maybe I'll be lucky to get aftermarket.
If I really can't stand waiting, I might want to make a new one, as koob said. (It's probably very expensive ... :-[ )
Anyway, I sent PM several times
koob was really kind and had a good attitude. :thumb:
I will watch with interest the next project and won't miss it!
I could sell you mine...

if you agree to my terms.

Show Image
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180205/a7767c4cba0ae69a6dea452f4a74235d.gif)


Hahahaha haha!!!!! Never!!!!! Endgame!!!!!

Seriously though, everyone has been so nice in this thread that I feel like an ******* now. But at least this ******* isn't Pearlless...

(sorry)


(https://i.imgur.com/dNtSMdX.gif)
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Paid for and in Production - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Koobaczech on Mon, 05 February 2018, 10:30:28
Hey everyone! I've requested some pictures from my manu as they finish small batches, and wanted to share!

Small update first though. Revised my Pearl build/assembly guide on my website, and working on a www.pearlboards.com/setup (http://www.pearlboards.com/setup) page to help all users out. Since maybe in 2 months time ppl COULD have their Pearls, wanted to try and make sure that information is out there. So working on that.

They still have a while before finishing everything, but its going! I've noticed some things such as tooling marks left by the change of drill heads, and tiny points on the inside walls for hooking onto the metal when anodizing. These things are expected and are all on the inside, never to see the light of day! And not on all of them either. If come delivery time some fail my personal QC, I will have to b-stock them, send them back or have new ones made. If that happens it would delay that persons specific order, but I mean, no other way to it.

Lastly, take these photos with a pinch of salt. They are not the most high quality or correctly colored photos. Once I have them in hand I will take way better photos.

New slightly darker dank memes Purple vs. original prototype elegant lighter Purple. Only one person opted to keep the lighter purple (lordgiblite). Stay classy man.
(https://i.imgur.com/dy7NapB.jpg)

Orange Pearl
(https://i.imgur.com/RdHp8uE.jpg)

Cyan Pearl
(https://i.imgur.com/bXABwLV.jpg)

Blue Pearl Bottom pieces
(https://i.imgur.com/vrkJYRc.jpg)

Silver Pearl
(https://i.imgur.com/b0Rq8Zs.jpg)

Black Pearl
(https://i.imgur.com/5dOc3bD.jpg)

Weight - As recommended by Amnesia, the bottom right corner had the most free space visually and it was decided to number there. Also after various chats, used a simple clean font for numbering. Apologies if anyone is offended xD
(https://i.imgur.com/Yy4kAeL.jpg)

Thanks everyone for keeping up with this project and for your patience and support! -Koob
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Paid for and in Production - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: RealLaugh on Mon, 05 February 2018, 10:59:14
Nice! Would be great if you can ask for the green sample, if not don't worry. The other colors look awesome, especially the orange!
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Paid for and in Production - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: mr scooty on Mon, 05 February 2018, 11:27:00
Hey everyone! I've requested some pictures from my manu as they finish small batches, and wanted to share!

Small update first though. Revised my Pearl build/assembly guide on my website, and working on a www.pearlboards.com/setup (http://www.pearlboards.com/setup) page to help all users out. Since maybe in 2 months time ppl COULD have their Pearls, wanted to try and make sure that information is out there. So working on that.

They still have a while before finishing everything, but its going! I've noticed some things such as tooling marks left by the change of drill heads, and tiny points on the inside walls for hooking onto the metal when anodizing. These things are expected and are all on the inside, never to see the light of day! And not on all of them either. If come delivery time some fail my personal QC, I will have to b-stock them, send them back or have new ones made. If that happens it would delay that persons specific order, but I mean, no other way to it.

Lastly, take these photos with a pinch of salt. They are not the most high quality or correctly colored photos. Once I have them in hand I will take way better photos.

New slightly darker dank memes Purple vs. original prototype elegant lighter Purple. Only one person opted to keep the lighter purple (lordgiblite). Stay classy man.
Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/dy7NapB.jpg)


Orange Pearl
Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/RdHp8uE.jpg)


Cyan Pearl
Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/bXABwLV.jpg)


Blue Pearl Bottom pieces
Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/vrkJYRc.jpg)


Silver Pearl
Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/b0Rq8Zs.jpg)


Black Pearl
Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/5dOc3bD.jpg)


Weight - As recommended by Amnesia, the bottom right corner had the most free space visually and it was decided to number there. Also after various chats, used a simple clean font for numbering. Apologies if anyone is offended xD
Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/Yy4kAeL.jpg)


Thanks everyone for keeping up with this project and for your patience and support! -Koob

Soooooo stoked for my pearl! Those colors are looking mighty fine. Thanks for all the great work and communication on this koob  :thumb:
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Paid for and in Production - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Koobaczech on Mon, 05 February 2018, 11:56:43
Soooooo stoked for my pearl! Those colors are looking mighty fine. Thanks for all the great work and communication on this koob  :thumb:
No, thank you my friend! :)

Nice! Would be great if you can ask for the green sample, if not don't worry. The other colors look awesome, especially the orange!
Thanks real! I asked and here is a green photo I was able to get, no case has been anodized in Green yet!
(https://i.imgur.com/zMGJkVQ.jpg)
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Post by: Koobaczech on Mon, 05 February 2018, 11:59:19
Not sure if you guys like lighter or darker shades of these colors, but from experience, the colors look darker in real life mainly due to lighting inside rooms and on dark desks and such.
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Post by: ojrask on Mon, 05 February 2018, 12:18:35
Not sure if you guys like lighter or darker shades of these colors, but from experience, the colors look darker in real life mainly due to lighting inside rooms and on dark desks and such.

A darker shade is not a problem, in my opinion, helps the diffuser pop out with underlighting more if anything. ;)

Thanks for the update!
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Post by: Koobaczech on Mon, 05 February 2018, 12:43:48
A darker shade is not a problem, in my opinion, helps the diffuser pop out with underlighting more if anything. ;)

Thanks for the update!
Can't disagree there! And yw sir! :D
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Post by: BobCarltheThird on Mon, 05 February 2018, 14:45:53
Hey everyone! I've requested some pictures from my manu as they finish small batches, and wanted to share!

Small update first though. Revised my Pearl build/assembly guide on my website, and working on a www.pearlboards.com/setup (http://www.pearlboards.com/setup) page to help all users out. Since maybe in 2 months time ppl COULD have their Pearls, wanted to try and make sure that information is out there. So working on that.

They still have a while before finishing everything, but its going! I've noticed some things such as tooling marks left by the change of drill heads, and tiny points on the inside walls for hooking onto the metal when anodizing. These things are expected and are all on the inside, never to see the light of day! And not on all of them either. If come delivery time some fail my personal QC, I will have to b-stock them, send them back or have new ones made. If that happens it would delay that persons specific order, but I mean, no other way to it.

Lastly, take these photos with a pinch of salt. They are not the most high quality or correctly colored photos. Once I have them in hand I will take way better photos.

New slightly darker dank memes Purple vs. original prototype elegant lighter Purple. Only one person opted to keep the lighter purple (lordgiblite). Stay classy man.
Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/dy7NapB.jpg)


Orange Pearl
Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/RdHp8uE.jpg)


Cyan Pearl
Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/bXABwLV.jpg)


Blue Pearl Bottom pieces
Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/vrkJYRc.jpg)


Silver Pearl
Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/b0Rq8Zs.jpg)


Black Pearl
Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/5dOc3bD.jpg)


Weight - As recommended by Amnesia, the bottom right corner had the most free space visually and it was decided to number there. Also after various chats, used a simple clean font for numbering. Apologies if anyone is offended xD
Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/Yy4kAeL.jpg)


Thanks everyone for keeping up with this project and for your patience and support! -Koob

Maybe its just me but that orange looks really yellow.
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Post by: Koobaczech on Mon, 05 February 2018, 15:19:04
Maybe its just me but that orange looks really yellow.
Check it, these are my original color samples taken off page 1 of this thread. It definitely matches the orange more and should be darker in person. My guys camera is kind of bad!

(https://i.imgur.com/RdHp8uE.jpg)
Orange
(https://i.imgur.com/eFunGBe.jpg)
Yellow
(https://i.imgur.com/qyEkXku.jpg)
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Paid for and in Production - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: THRILLHOIAF on Mon, 05 February 2018, 15:52:01
kicking myself for getting silver over cyan
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Post by: foxlive on Mon, 05 February 2018, 16:49:56
Wow :eek: !! This sample look dooooope! The more I see these Pearl, the more I want one in 6x% !!!! I almost regret not joining the 40%  :-[
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Paid for and in Production - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: lordgiblite on Mon, 05 February 2018, 19:57:42
Hey everyone! I've requested some pictures from my manu as they finish small batches, and wanted to share!

Small update first though. Revised my Pearl build/assembly guide on my website, and working on a www.pearlboards.com/setup (http://www.pearlboards.com/setup) page to help all users out. Since maybe in 2 months time ppl COULD have their Pearls, wanted to try and make sure that information is out there. So working on that.

They still have a while before finishing everything, but its going! I've noticed some things such as tooling marks left by the change of drill heads, and tiny points on the inside walls for hooking onto the metal when anodizing. These things are expected and are all on the inside, never to see the light of day! And not on all of them either. If come delivery time some fail my personal QC, I will have to b-stock them, send them back or have new ones made. If that happens it would delay that persons specific order, but I mean, no other way to it.

Lastly, take these photos with a pinch of salt. They are not the most high quality or correctly colored photos. Once I have them in hand I will take way better photos.

New slightly darker dank memes Purple vs. original prototype elegant lighter Purple. Only one person opted to keep the lighter purple (lordgiblite). Stay classy man.
Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/dy7NapB.jpg)


Orange Pearl
Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/RdHp8uE.jpg)


Cyan Pearl
Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/bXABwLV.jpg)


Blue Pearl Bottom pieces
Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/vrkJYRc.jpg)


Silver Pearl
Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/b0Rq8Zs.jpg)


Black Pearl
Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/5dOc3bD.jpg)


Weight - As recommended by Amnesia, the bottom right corner had the most free space visually and it was decided to number there. Also after various chats, used a simple clean font for numbering. Apologies if anyone is offended xD
Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/Yy4kAeL.jpg)


Thanks everyone for keeping up with this project and for your patience and support! -Koob

Those little teasers look amazing! Thank you for the update Koob.

And I will always stay classy ;)

P.S. Your cat is flippin' adorable
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Post by: Puddsy on Mon, 05 February 2018, 20:03:04
Maybe its just me but that orange looks really yellow.
Check it, these are my original color samples taken off page 1 of this thread. It definitely matches the orange more and should be darker in person. My guys camera is kind of bad!

Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/RdHp8uE.jpg)

Orange
Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/eFunGBe.jpg)

Yellow
Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/qyEkXku.jpg)


this is a good color
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Post by: d.caminero on Tue, 06 February 2018, 13:35:03
I kind of regret not taking the blue or the cyan now  :-[

Kooba, do you have any pics of the gray anodising? I know we've seen a prototype, but just for the sake of it :)
All of them look superb by the way, eager to have it in my hands...
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Post by: OfTheWild on Tue, 06 February 2018, 20:48:51
Numbers are cool.
I hope the red comes out nice and rich! I love this board already. I shall name him... Earl.
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Post by: Koobaczech on Wed, 07 February 2018, 09:26:30
kicking myself for getting silver over cyan
x0 lol

Wow :eek: !! This sample look dooooope! The more I see these Pearl, the more I want one in 6x% !!!! I almost regret not joining the 40%  :-[
Thanks foxlive!! No ragrets man :)

Those little teasers look amazing! Thank you for the update Koob.
And I will always stay classy ;)
P.S. Your cat is flippin' adorable
Lord, thanks so much man ;] Glad to see you soaking in the update! Stay relaxed too bro

this is a good color
This GB wouldn't be what it is had it not been for all your great input Puddsy ;D

Numbers are cool.
I hope the red comes out nice and rich! I love this board already. I shall name him... Earl.
It will :) The red proto is super vibrant! Earl will shine like the sun

I kind of regret not taking the blue or the cyan now  :-[

Kooba, do you have any pics of the gray anodising? I know we've seen a prototype, but just for the sake of it :)
All of them look superb by the way, eager to have it in my hands...
Honestly, don't fret man. Since the cores can we swapped, a simple case swap with someone will probably be possible. I'm sure people will trade/sell different colors. And yes, I took some pics this morning just for you! Gray anode!
(https://i.imgur.com/Mp3AurJ.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/mxgBR7v.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/59a7deM.jpg)

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Post by: donut_sauce on Wed, 07 February 2018, 11:58:38
How's the QMK stuff coming along? I noticed there is a 'coming soon' bit on the website.

Will the pcb be added to the QMK repository? That would be super duper awesome.
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Post by: Koobaczech on Wed, 07 February 2018, 12:38:32
How's the QMK stuff coming along? I noticed there is a 'coming soon' bit on the website.

Will the pcb be added to the QMK repository? That would be super duper awesome.
Letme ping jetpacktuxedo and see whats up. Also, I have no idea if it will or wont x!

Edit: He replied, gave me some links, offered to give me a call on discord as well and work with me. What a swell guy. So will get on that soon!
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Post by: d.caminero on Thu, 08 February 2018, 14:29:38
I kind of regret not taking the blue or the cyan now  :-[

Kooba, do you have any pics of the gray anodising? I know we've seen a prototype, but just for the sake of it :)
All of them look superb by the way, eager to have it in my hands...
Honestly, don't fret man. Since the cores can we swapped, a simple case swap with someone will probably be possible. I'm sure people will trade/sell different colors. And yes, I took some pics this morning just for you! Gray anode!
Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/Mp3AurJ.jpg)

Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/mxgBR7v.jpg)

Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/59a7deM.jpg)


That gray looks awesome man, thanks for the pics. I have to hunt down a GMK Yuri kit for it, but I might have to hunt down a blue Pearl for my GMK Nautilus as well... oh ****

Can't wait for it man, I'm checking this thread daily XD

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Post by: noremac_c on Tue, 13 February 2018, 21:17:58
For anyone not following Koob's Instagram, what are you doing? Today, he posted pictures of both Black and Silver pearls that he received in a partial orders so far. Check them out. I was worried about silver being a bland taste, but oh my goodness, with the brass plate it is stunning. Thanks Koob, keep it up! I'm stoked!
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Post by: hndle on Tue, 13 February 2018, 22:05:54
I saw Instagram too.
I'm crying because I want to have that so badly. :'(
that looks great koob!! :thumb:
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Post by: d.caminero on Wed, 14 February 2018, 06:26:07
Oh man I don't usually check instagram but those pearls look gorgeous...

@Koob, time for a little update?  :p
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Post by: donut_sauce on Wed, 14 February 2018, 06:34:20
What sets are yíall Cyan folks gonna use? I think my fav is Hydro with cyan so far.
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Post by: Koobaczech on Wed, 14 February 2018, 09:01:52
Hello everyone! Time for another big update. Those who have seen my Instagram, thank you for keeping up and updating this thread!! Lets get to it.

Since this was my first GB, I sourced different parts from different places, not really knowing the trade. As such, some things finished before others, eventually leading to me getting some part of the sum of everyone's case orders yesterday. I took off work and called some buddies over to help me bring a few 200lbs+ crates into my apartment and begin to inventory/unwrap. My back is sore as hell, my glutes hurt, apartment is a mess, it was a lot of work haha. Much respect to people who do this daily or from time to time.

So, what came in?
- All of the sandblasted brass weights
- A lot of Pearl top/bottoms
- A lot of Plates

The bad
1. I went through every single weight, and only rejected 1, #28. The 28 engraving is not that deep and I think the end customer would want to see it more.
2. I had to choose a finish for the brass switch plates, and it was recommended I do a fine sandblasting finish. I said I wanted polished. The polished came out bad since they had never polished brass before. Then they recommended I do brushed brass. I said, fix the polish please. So they sent my plates to a third party polisher and they came out way better but not perfect still. So, they are kind of silly looking, polished but you see the machining under the polish. Ill share pics. Some are also slightly bow'd, as in not perfectly straight. This is a simple apply some force fix.
3. I opened a few Pearls to check them out. They look fine but screwing in screws felt very hard and grainy. SO, last night I ordered a can of grease/lube spray and a few hundred micro applicator swabs. I plan on dabbing the applicator in the solution and quickly cleaning/dipping the 18 threaded holes in every Pearl.
4. The 3 yellow orders look straight up like a dark dull Gold. No lie, a dark dull gold. I'm not sure how this happened, but I was under the impression yellow was yellow. Need to figure this out and post pics for you all tonight since I didn't get any.
5. Pink is more like a rosy velvet red.
6. Rose gold seems pinkish.

The good
Weights look beautiful, plates look beautiful, Pearls look beautiful, and the final revisions to dial in the sidewalls and usb placement came out perfectly. The bad is super annoying, but even the worst is still eye candy.

Moving on
Waiting on Jordis acrylic plates and trying to finish the QMK programming guide on my site. I am hesitant to start packing anything before I have those two done and other minor stuff stocked. My plan is to set apart zFrontiers orders, then pack starting from my first order on shopify/paypal, then take care of the mechkeys.ca paypal proxy orders, then take care of all the minor private after GB orders I accepted. First order first serve style. If I encounter a case defect while packing say order #1, I will pull a better case from my pile. So in a sense, the last orders are in risk of having their accumulated defected cases sent back for repairs or re-machining, and will wait the longest. I'm super sorry friends, not sure how else to do it!! Also expecting more shipments to arrive up until the end of February, like my timeline stated. Finally, here are some pics.

Crates
(https://i.imgur.com/83CNTC0.jpg)
Pearl tops
(https://i.imgur.com/tM5cIPq.jpg)
Numbering/inspecting double packed weights
(https://i.imgur.com/D71ti3m.jpg)
Hands were clean when handling the brass, promise
(https://i.imgur.com/zHBCVjN.jpg)
1lb weights
(https://i.imgur.com/ILkVUi3.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/FhSYUK4.jpg)
Cyan Bot
(https://i.imgur.com/QSl9gDz.jpg)
Green Top
(https://i.imgur.com/q4OFWJ8.jpg)
The single RAW sandblasted Pearl
(https://i.imgur.com/YXbqyjx.jpg)
Pink (really a neon red) vs Red
(https://i.imgur.com/ZHtnRBG.jpg)
Orange
(https://i.imgur.com/iKpQLqz.jpg)
Polished brass plate
(https://i.imgur.com/Rd5Wn5p.jpg)
Silver vs Gray
(https://i.imgur.com/XbMFBJV.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/7Gkuc3y.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/ZFpncrK.jpg)
Black
(https://i.imgur.com/uk1IAP2.jpg)
Rose Gold
(https://i.imgur.com/fhsbyHo.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/Kp0rjaW.jpg)
Dark Purple
(https://i.imgur.com/Z3zolZb.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/jhRLSZw.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/DT9DEzL.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/eKejoHT.jpg)
More black and showing fitment
(https://i.imgur.com/xjMsGWf.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/4dSDXxM.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/ajFLVV4.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/MbzNyPM.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/147tOe4.jpg)
Family photo
(https://i.imgur.com/GVaVHIF.jpg)
Cat tax - meowmoo overlooking inspection
(https://i.imgur.com/06dcGmz.jpg)
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Shipments arriving, QC'ing/sorting - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: SuperBo on Wed, 14 February 2018, 09:37:23
The cyan one is very sexy. Wish I went with that instead silver. T.T

However the silver is still good

Sent from my SM-G955F using Tapatalk

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Post by: MMKB on Wed, 14 February 2018, 09:39:25
Been spying on this thread but really appreciate your openness and no-BS-ness. Those are gorgeous man! Glad you even got them before the CNY hiatus.
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Post by: Spaghetti on Wed, 14 February 2018, 10:00:26
Damn, that green looks really good.
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Post by: hndle on Wed, 14 February 2018, 10:03:50
I was speechless.
It's so beautiful. :p
I want this more and more.
Uhhh ...Why am I late? :'(
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Post by: lordgiblite on Wed, 14 February 2018, 10:04:29
Oh man oh man oh man oh man! Those Pearls are just flat out beautiful! I wish I got a silver and black on top of mine as well!!!!! Darn it and my budget.

Sucks that there were a few issues man but good thing you have a plan  :D

Super stoked for mine to come in, fall in love with it and then force you to make me another one  ;) jk I wouldn't force you, beg probably, but not force
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Post by: Koobaczech on Wed, 14 February 2018, 10:25:26
Friends, thanks so much for all the spying and wonderful feedback and hype and compliments and all!! I read every single comment for better or worst and hope to move forward with this a bit every day! I forgot to address the extras situation. I will really only know what I have left over come shipping time. Also, when I open more Pearl's up I'll take more pics and inspect the machining and anodizing and keep a checklist of what's good and what's bad. Might make a public list so everyone is aware of what the deal is and no one is in the dark as to the state of the GB and the inventory. Happy Valentines day to those of you who have a couple, and to those who don't, keep your head up! Life is beautiful either way
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Post by: BobCarltheThird on Wed, 14 February 2018, 10:41:23
The purple came out so pretty! can't wait for this to finally ship.
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Post by: donut_sauce on Wed, 14 February 2018, 10:55:58
Hey Koob, dude you are awesome! I super appreciate how great you've been as a GB runner and this looks like an enormous amount of work you're doing. Thank you so much.

I think the colors turned out great. That pink one (neon red) is nuts! Looks like your camera couldn't even handle the saturation intensity:) Kudos to whoever got that one,  Very unique. I think GMK Laser is gonna be rad on that.
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Post by: foxlive on Wed, 14 February 2018, 10:57:19
Beautiful work Koob! These pearl look amazing! Keep it going, and I hope seeing all this beautiful keebs motivate you to do a 6x% pearl :D !
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Post by: eyedrop on Wed, 14 February 2018, 12:03:47
Koob, I can't imagine all the sorting and QCing you have to do.   :thumb:

I missed the blocked corner JD45 that I sold every time someone else post theirs, so the Pearl will definitely be a keeper.

Can't wait to get it!
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Post by: lordgiblite on Wed, 14 February 2018, 12:07:42
Friends, thanks so much for all the spying and wonderful feedback and hype and compliments and all!! I read every single comment for better or worst and hope to move forward with this a bit every day! I forgot to address the extras situation. I will really only know what I have left over come shipping time. Also, when I open more Pearl's up I'll take more pics and inspect the machining and anodizing and keep a checklist of what's good and what's bad. Might make a public list so everyone is aware of what the deal is and no one is in the dark as to the state of the GB and the inventory. Happy Valentines day to those of you who have a couple, and to those who don't, keep your head up! Life is beautiful either way

You really are doing this GB the right way! I have faith that you will succeed and that not only will this be a learning experience but a great stepping stone to other great projects I know you have cooked up in your head. The Pearl has the glorious smell of amazing, so much that the wife is sad she didn't decide to get one during the GB!

Keep it up man, you seriously rock the socks off of us 40 lovers  :thumb:
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Shipments arriving, QC'ing/sorting - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Koobaczech on Wed, 14 February 2018, 12:21:13
Thank you fellas. Happy to be doing this work for you!

The purple came out so pretty! can't wait for this to finally ship.
All the colors came out super cool, the dark purple is really nice! Will try to ship stuff soon.

Hey Koob, dude you are awesome! I super appreciate how great you've been as a GB runner and this looks like an enormous amount of work you're doing. Thank you so much.
I think the colors turned out great. That pink one (neon red) is nuts! Looks like your camera couldn't even handle the saturation intensity:) Kudos to whoever got that one,  Very unique. I think GMK Laser is gonna be rad on that.
Donut thank you man! Also, you are so right! I didn't think anyone would understand, but the phone cant capture the color. It just dies haha. Same with cyan honestly. There are 3 pink orders FYI (neon reds).

Beautiful work Kooba! These pearl look amazing! Keep it going, and I hope seeing all this beautiful keebs motivate you to do a 6x% pearl :D !
Fox thanks! At this point I might just send you the board for you to reveal since you are the #1 6x% supporter lol!

Koob, I can't imagine all the sorting and QCing you have to do.   :thumb:
I missed the blocked corner JD45 that I sold every time someone else post theirs, so the Pearl will definitely be a keeper.
Can't wait to get it!
Ty eyedrop! Quite a lot, but Rome wasn't built in one day! I love my JD45's. Were a big inspiration for Pearl. As cool as they are, every time I take them apart I realize they are somewhat deprecated. Makes me feel a little better about having it sleeved in my closet :p

You really are doing this GB the right way! I have faith that you will succeed and that not only will this be a learning experience but a great stepping stone to other great projects I know you have cooked up in your head. The Pearl has the glorious smell of amazing, so much that the wife is sad she didn't decide to get one during the GB!
Keep it up man, you seriously rock the socks off of us 40 lovers  :thumb:
Lord, always so thoughtful! Ty, you know it. I've been thinking, if I do a next GB man, we need to send stress relief samples to everyone :)

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Post by: donut_sauce on Wed, 14 February 2018, 12:32:16
This meme is super tired but it's how I feel when looking at Koob's instagram
[attachimg=1]
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Post by: lordgiblite on Wed, 14 February 2018, 12:49:49
This meme is super tired but it's how I feel when looking at Koob's instagram
(Attachment Link)

Except I still want to keep my color, I just need more Pearls lol
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Post by: donut_sauce on Wed, 14 February 2018, 12:53:15
This meme is super tired but it's how I feel when looking at Koob's instagram
(Attachment Link)

Except I still want to keep my color, I just need more Pearls lol
Totally! I wish I had ordered two :)
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Post by: foxlive on Wed, 14 February 2018, 12:56:57
Thank you fellas. Happy to be doing this work for you!

Beautiful work Kooba! These pearl look amazing! Keep it going, and I hope seeing all this beautiful keebs motivate you to do a 6x% pearl :D !
Fox thanks! At this point I might just send you the board for you to reveal since you are the #1 6x% supporter lol!
Ahhhh yes ! Iím in! And for sure I will be the first to join for a 60  :p
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Post by: lordgiblite on Wed, 14 February 2018, 13:08:04
This meme is super tired but it's how I feel when looking at Koob's instagram
(Attachment Link)

Except I still want to keep my color, I just need more Pearls lol
Totally! I wish I had ordered two :)

I wish I ordered like 3 or 4 lol, the want for the black and silver are crazy and then there's the cool neon red pink one and you know maybe another purple, or the straight red, yeah I just like them all lol
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Post by: Koobaczech on Wed, 14 February 2018, 13:57:46
Omg haha. Please xD I'm in the same boat. I want all of them but didn't get myself extras because it was too much lol. I'm refraining myself from playing around with peoples orders to see what different keysets and stuff look like. Already felt guilty putting together that black one. Its holes have been screwed x0 NSFW
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Post by: eyedrop on Wed, 14 February 2018, 14:32:50
Thank you fellas. Happy to be doing this work for you!

Beautiful work Kooba! These pearl look amazing! Keep it going, and I hope seeing all this beautiful keebs motivate you to do a 6x% pearl :D !
Fox thanks! At this point I might just send you the board for you to reveal since you are the #1 6x% supporter lol!
Ahhhh yes ! Iím in! And for sure I will be the first to join for a 60  :p

Koob, don't listen to Fox.  He really meant 6x%, aka 65%.  We need those arrow keys.   :p
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Shipments arriving, QC'ing/sorting - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Koobaczech on Wed, 14 February 2018, 14:50:25
Here is a little teaser of my new 6X% board haha. That's all I'm leaking until all of the Pearl orders are sent out. I do not want to hint at the idea of a new GB if I cant even complete my first one :p

Custom cone feet I designed just for this board
(https://i.imgur.com/LLAHfB1.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/LztNhFo.jpg)
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Shipments arriving, QC'ing/sorting - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: eyedrop on Wed, 14 February 2018, 14:56:29
Here is a little teaser of my new 6X% board haha. That's all I'm leaking until all of the Pearl orders are sent out. I do not want to hint at the idea of a new GB if I cant even complete my first one :p

Custom cone feet I designed just for this board
Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/LLAHfB1.jpg)

Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/LztNhFo.jpg)


Sold, I'm first.  Let me buy 4.   :))
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Shipments arriving, QC'ing/sorting - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Koobaczech on Wed, 14 February 2018, 15:13:47
Sold to the man with the exceptional beard!
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Shipments arriving, QC'ing/sorting - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: foxlive on Wed, 14 February 2018, 16:10:12
Here is a little teaser of my new 6X% board haha. That's all I'm leaking until all of the Pearl orders are sent out. I do not want to hint at the idea of a new GB if I cant even complete my first one :p

Custom cone feet I designed just for this board
Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/LLAHfB1.jpg)

Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/LztNhFo.jpg)


Sold, I'm first.  Let me buy 4.   :))

Ahhhhhhhhh! We will have to fight for the first! :D and yeah, i mean 6x%, even if I personally used wasd as arrow keys with caps lock, I think the look of 6x% are less ę common Ľ, but if it is 60% I will be in for sure also, no big deal :p !
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Shipments arriving, QC'ing/sorting - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: BobCarltheThird on Wed, 14 February 2018, 17:01:16
Ahhhhh too much stuff coming out at once. I'm probably going to have to miss the 6x% board you do.
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Shipments arriving, QC'ing/sorting - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Robotical on Wed, 14 February 2018, 22:35:36
Just going to slide in here and leave a fresh Pearl build.

(https://i.imgur.com/IK11w1A.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/wnUjoTD.png)

(https://i.imgur.com/4dA3uBs.jpg)
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Shipments arriving, QC'ing/sorting - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Peiweisgreat on Wed, 14 February 2018, 23:29:43
Oh baby seeing all this update definitely made working 12 hours today worth it. I can't to build my pearl. Still don't have a keyset for this, but this build is going to be great.
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Shipments arriving, QC'ing/sorting - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: THRILLHOIAF on Wed, 14 February 2018, 23:32:51
I'm just here for the cat pictures


that rose gold is so ****ing slick dude

silver and black look ****ing MINT


even the RAW pearl looks clean as ****

all of these look incredible my friend!
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Shipments arriving, QC'ing/sorting - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: foxlive on Thu, 15 February 2018, 05:01:20
Here is a little teaser of my new 6X% board haha. That's all I'm leaking until all of the Pearl orders are sent out. I do not want to hint at the idea of a new GB if I cant even complete my first one :p

Custom cone feet I designed just for this board
Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/LLAHfB1.jpg)

Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/LztNhFo.jpg)


So you will not keep the design of the 40% pearl for the 6x% ? I really love the fact that there is no feet. the 40% pearl look quite perfect and i am sure just a 6x% version of it would be perfect :D ! What do you think about this?
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Shipments arriving, QC'ing/sorting - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: donut_sauce on Thu, 15 February 2018, 05:52:56
Just going to slide in here and leave a fresh Pearl build.

Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/IK11w1A.jpg)


Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/wnUjoTD.png)


Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/4dA3uBs.jpg)


This looks great! What key set is on here? Hyperfuse mixed with...Miami?
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Shipments arriving, QC'ing/sorting - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: stoic-lemon on Thu, 15 February 2018, 06:20:35
I ordered Rose Gold, and if that is the colour, then I love it! I'd be totally happy with that. It's beautiful, seriously.
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Shipments arriving, QC'ing/sorting - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Robotical on Thu, 15 February 2018, 07:17:13
Just going to slide in here and leave a fresh Pearl build.

Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/IK11w1A.jpg)


Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/wnUjoTD.png)


Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/4dA3uBs.jpg)


This looks great! What key set is on here? Hyperfuse mixed with...Miami?

Hyperfuse alphas with Unique0rn modifiers.
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Shipments arriving, QC'ing/sorting - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: d.caminero on Thu, 15 February 2018, 08:09:05
All those Pearls look awesome Koob, you did a very nice work even with the "altered" colours.
I really have no words to describe how happy I feel this is going so well and you are being honest about everything. As I said previously, you are doing an amazing job for your first GB and I can see lots of succhessfull GB's for you, congratulations.

I can't even compare this with the Exent GB, and that was supposed to be run by prestigious people.

Eager to have my Pearl and make an awesome build out of it.
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Shipments arriving, QC'ing/sorting - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Robotical on Thu, 15 February 2018, 08:25:17
I ordered Rose Gold, and if that is the colour, then I love it! I'd be totally happy with that. It's beautiful, seriously.

The rose gold is gorgeous in person. I think anyone who picked it will be quite happy with it.
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Shipments arriving, QC'ing/sorting - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: hndle on Thu, 15 February 2018, 09:25:18
Everyone who buys Pearl is a real Lucky guy. I really envy you guys. :p
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Shipments arriving, QC'ing/sorting - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Koobaczech on Thu, 15 February 2018, 10:18:38
Ty for all the nice words everyone. They mean a lot to me! Yesterday was a super long day! Had my IRL friends R0b0tical and Mangoes (ek599) come over and help me sort through all these parts. Robo built his order and you can imagine I was sweating the entire time hoping nothing went wrong lmao, especially after he almost convinced me the plates were cut wrong x!

Learned some things yesterday as well. The sidewalls are super tight and a thin wired keycap puller is preferred when pulling keys. The cyan is also a TINY bit lighter than my prototype color. We all agreed its prettier!

I took pictures of the yellow that came out gold and the one weight I rejected.

Also, after feeling the first cases, I thought it best to give them a wash. The orders felt sticky and the holes were grainy. I googled a ton of "can you wash anodized aluminum" and tested it out on one of my Pearls first. I thoroughly cleaned out a small bucket and filled it with lukewarm water with a pinch of soap. I mixed the water around and let it settle. Then I dipped a case part in and pulled it out, rinsing it with cold water, finally drying it on a set of fluffy towels. During the clean, id use some microfiber applicators to clean out the threaded holes as well. Incredibly, the bucket collected grime and metal flakes, so it was a great idea! Once clean, I've inspected them and am put them in a QC passed crate. Have done like 15 cases so far and they are all good.

I plan on cleaning/inspecting a lot of more cases tonight. Then I still need to count all the orders up, get acrylic plates, finish my website guides and begin to pack/ship. That all if WORST case scenario will still put us on the "shipping in march" timeline. Here are some pics!

Yellow (Gold :/)
(https://i.imgur.com/UfOEwPF.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/qsUwBwF.jpg)

Rejected Weight #28
(https://i.imgur.com/kuUspyL.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/eTZCwF0.jpg)

Robo building his crazy Pearl
(https://i.imgur.com/cz2b8Y2.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/bncaH0p.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/YmiSZs9.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/TDOd90n.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/bVGvxEF.jpg)

Pearls being cleaned
(https://i.imgur.com/E73LH2p.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/6BMrNxD.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/Kclyk55.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/ASBKeBD.jpg)

Metal flakes after a clean
(https://i.imgur.com/zT6Trvu.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/iEdlKSL.jpg)

Extra combination pics requested by my discord family
(https://i.imgur.com/PVYrU4V.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/lkhMNGk.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/ONZQkEu.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/bbsZEJV.jpg)

Just as a reminder! If I don't have updates to give, its because I will simply be cleaning/inspecting/counting these orders. I expect it to take some time, there's still a lot to be done, and I will be doing it! Thanks!!
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Shipments arriving, QC'ing/sorting - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: OfTheWild on Thu, 15 February 2018, 10:42:46
looking great, thanks for the status update!
Any idea when you think you might start shipping them out? It would be awesome to bring mine to the Columbus meet on the 3rd.
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Shipments arriving, QC'ing/sorting - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Kavik on Thu, 15 February 2018, 10:47:26
I've never been interested in a 40%, but this one looks really cool.
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Shipments arriving, QC'ing/sorting - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Koobaczech on Thu, 15 February 2018, 10:53:41
looking great, thanks for the status update!
Any idea when you think you might start shipping them out? It would be awesome to bring mine to the Columbus meet on the 3rd.
Hey Dana! You're welcome. Lets see. Once I QC all the orders I have, I need to find your order and get your weight #. If its in the batch I have rn, and if you don't need any extras or anything, I can probably try to send it out...this Monday?! You might be ahead of my QMK guide if you don't mind. I think you ordered early, but if not, I wont even have your case in house yet and would need to pull someone else's case if you want it that badly xD

Truth be told, I can send it out even tomorrow, but I absolutely dread the idea of sending stuff out without being organized and knowing my inventory. Even giving Robo his Pearl had me really worried since I hadn't checked all the Cyan orders yet, but he ordered real early so he had a priority. Its a lot to keep track of and the fear of ****ing up peoples orders way overshadows my want to send them out early. That's why I ask for everyone's patience!

I've never been interested in a 40%, but this one looks really cool.
Hey thanks dude!
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Shipments arriving, QC'ing/sorting - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: OfTheWild on Thu, 15 February 2018, 11:26:57
looking great, thanks for the status update!
Any idea when you think you might start shipping them out? It would be awesome to bring mine to the Columbus meet on the 3rd.
Hey Dana! You're welcome. Lets see. Once I QC all the orders I have, I need to find your order and get your weight #. If its in the batch I have rn, and if you don't need any extras or anything, I can probably try to send it out...this Monday?! You might be ahead of my QMK guide if you don't mind. I think you ordered early, but if not, I wont even have your case in house yet and would need to pull someone else's case if you want it that badly xD

Truth be told, I can send it out even tomorrow, but I absolutely dread the idea of sending stuff out without being organized and knowing my inventory. Even giving Robo his Pearl had me really worried since I hadn't checked all the Cyan orders yet, but he ordered real early so he had a priority. Its a lot to keep track of and the fear of ****ing up peoples orders way overshadows my want to send them out early. That's why I ask for everyone's patience!

I've never been interested in a 40%, but this one looks really cool.
Hey thanks dude!

Yup i totally understand the need for organizing! Only if its not a hassle for you. I would imagine i was one of the first orders, red on red. I'd be happy to help with the guide as well if you need. Regardless its up to you, i'd love to show this off!  :thumb: Hit me up on here or discord if you want to try and make that happen.   
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Shipments arriving, QC'ing/sorting - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: lordgiblite on Thu, 15 February 2018, 11:32:46
Ty for all the nice words everyone. They mean a lot to me! Yesterday was a super long day! Had my IRL friends R0b0tical and Mangoes (ek599) come over and help me sort through all these parts. Robo built his order and you can imagine I was sweating the entire time hoping nothing went wrong lmao, especially after he almost convinced me the plates were cut wrong x!

Learned some things yesterday as well. The sidewalls are super tight and a thin wired keycap puller is preferred when pulling keys. The cyan is also a TINY bit lighter than my prototype color. We all agreed its prettier!

I took pictures of the yellow that came out gold and the one weight I rejected.

Also, after feeling the first cases, I thought it best to give them a wash. The orders felt sticky and the holes were grainy. I googled a ton of "can you wash anodized aluminum" and tested it out on one of my Pearls first. I thoroughly cleaned out a small bucket and filled it with lukewarm water with a pinch of soap. I mixed the water around and let it settle. Then I dipped a case part in and pulled it out, rinsing it with cold water, finally drying it on a set of fluffy towels. During the clean, id use some microfiber applicators to clean out the threaded holes as well. Incredibly, the bucket collected grime and metal flakes, so it was a great idea! Once clean, I've inspected them and am put them in a QC passed crate. Have done like 15 cases so far and they are all good.

I plan on cleaning/inspecting a lot of more cases tonight. Then I still need to count all the orders up, get acrylic plates, finish my website guides and begin to pack/ship. That all if WORST case scenario will still put us on the "shipping in march" timeline. Here are some pics!

Yellow (Gold :/)
Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/UfOEwPF.jpg)

Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/qsUwBwF.jpg)


Rejected Weight #28
Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/kuUspyL.jpg)

Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/eTZCwF0.jpg)


Robo building his crazy Pearl
Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/cz2b8Y2.jpg)

Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/bncaH0p.jpg)

Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/YmiSZs9.jpg)

Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/TDOd90n.jpg)

Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/bVGvxEF.jpg)


Pearls being cleaned
Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/E73LH2p.jpg)

Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/6BMrNxD.jpg)

Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/Kclyk55.jpg)

Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/ASBKeBD.jpg)


Metal flakes after a clean
Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/zT6Trvu.jpg)

Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/iEdlKSL.jpg)


Extra combination pics requested by my discord family
Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/PVYrU4V.jpg)

Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/lkhMNGk.jpg)

Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/ONZQkEu.jpg)

Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/bbsZEJV.jpg)


Just as a reminder! If I don't have updates to give, its because I will simply be cleaning/inspecting/counting these orders. I expect it to take some time, there's still a lot to be done, and I will be doing it! Thanks!!

The hard work and dedication you are putting into this GB is absolutely astounding! I can hardly wait for mine to start shipping out! Even if I won't have the set for it until May-ish
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Shipments arriving, QC'ing/sorting - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Koobaczech on Thu, 15 February 2018, 12:30:31
Appreciate it guys. Ill pm you Dana if I need help, and I'll get working on this every night! Will try and move fast :thumb:
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Shipments arriving, QC'ing/sorting - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: donut_sauce on Thu, 15 February 2018, 15:14:12
Sorry if u already mentioned but whatís the scoop on acrylic plates.

Also once everyone has received their Pearl and is happy (replacements finished), will u be selling leftover stuff? Pcbs etc.. if there is any...

Also congrats to Robotical- Pearl and a Trash Panda😍😍😍
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Shipments arriving, QC'ing/sorting - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Koobaczech on Thu, 15 February 2018, 15:24:09
Sorry if u already mentioned but whatís the scoop on acrylic plates.

Also once everyone has received their Pearl and is happy (replacements finished), will u be selling leftover stuff? Pcbs etc.. if there is any...
Messaged Jordijolimon this morning, haven't heard from him yet. He's probably really busy. Waiting on one more prototype plate from him and then I am going to order a bunch in all colors if it works. Problem is, the past have broken super easily. And the ones that haven't broken, I've had to dremmel extensively to get them to work. I for sure will liquidate the Pearl Factory inventory once everything is sent out!
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Shipments arriving, QC'ing/sorting - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Robotical on Thu, 15 February 2018, 15:30:16
Sorry if u already mentioned but whatís the scoop on acrylic plates.

Also once everyone has received their Pearl and is happy (replacements finished), will u be selling leftover stuff? Pcbs etc.. if there is any...

Also congrats to Robotical- Pearl and a Trash Panda😍😍😍

Just the Pearl.. I wish it is was my Trash Panda. :|
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Shipments arriving, QC'ing/sorting - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: d.caminero on Fri, 16 February 2018, 04:42:04

Messaged Jordijolimon this morning, haven't heard from him yet. He's probably really busy. Waiting on one more prototype plate from him and then I am going to order a bunch in all colors if it works. Problem is, the past have broken super easily. And the ones that haven't broken, I've had to dremmel extensively to get them to work. I for sure will liquidate the Pearl Factory inventory once everything is sent out!

HHmmm... what are the chances of having extra purple or cyan pearls? :p :p
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Shipments arriving, QC'ing/sorting - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: bminhz on Fri, 16 February 2018, 04:53:44
The mix and match top bottom looks very cool...any chance we can buy extra top or bottom if any?
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Shipments arriving, QC'ing/sorting - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: hndle on Fri, 16 February 2018, 05:53:18
wow many people want extras.
and me, too.  :))
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Shipments arriving, QC'ing/sorting - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Koobaczech on Fri, 16 February 2018, 09:13:02
Hey! If I find some boards are straight fckd when QC'ng them, there wont be extras. If all boards are fine, in the end there might be 1 extra in the most popular colors. I never really thought about buying extras since this GB wasn't a "for profit" kind of thing. I'm sorry everyone, figured everyone who wanted one got in on the GB.

I went through all the Gray Pearls last night. I listed two bottom case parts as b-stock since the anodizing is kind of weird, and one top case part as b-stock as well since it has a tiny little impact chip. Didn't think these issues were big enough to reject them. The bottom parts are fine on all areas that will be seen when using the Pearl (side perimeter). Only the bottom and top of the BOTTOM case parts have the weird anodizing. But the bottom sits against the desk and the top is covered by the other case.

If anyone here has a gray order and is willing to take these b-stock parts, which are still beautiful, I can try and work out some discount or something, and I would be very appreciative. As a matter of fact, if I find more b-stocks that I don't reject, ill list and if anyone is willing to take them I will do the same! Please pm me, possibly list an order #, I can try to ship your Pearl early too for your kindness!

If not, I will have to send them back to get refinished and re-anodized and stuff. Thanks everyone! Here are pics

Some Pearls voyaging the seas
(https://i.imgur.com/vBB9Wd7.jpg)

Small impact chip - Listing as b-stock. Anyone willing to take?
(https://i.imgur.com/bOlvGDG.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/JXRLxnB.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/9fouZBS.jpg)

Dana if you read this, your order is packed, ready to ship tomorrow! ;D
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Shipments arriving, QC'ing/sorting - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: nosaNL on Fri, 16 February 2018, 11:04:53
I have a question. :)
Then, if you have only 1 extra later, who can buy it?
is there an opportunity for the first person you asked? Or are you will getting a new application?
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Shipments arriving, QC'ing/sorting - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Koobaczech on Fri, 16 February 2018, 11:13:52
Ideally I'd like to hold on to it and make sure that it doesnt need to be used to replace someones order! But if it comes down to it, have been asked way too many times already for extras x0 Will go through my messages and try to prioritize those who asked first :)
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Shipments arriving, QC'ing/sorting - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: MikeTheTiger on Fri, 16 February 2018, 12:22:37
Hey! If I find some boards are straight fckd when QC'ng them, there wont be extras. If all boards are fine, in the end there might be 1 extra in the most popular colors. I never really thought about buying extras since this GB wasn't a "for profit" kind of thing. I'm sorry everyone, figured everyone who wanted one got in on the GB.

I went through all the Gray Pearls last night. I listed two bottom case parts as b-stock since the anodizing is kind of weird, and one top case part as b-stock as well since it has a tiny little impact chip. Didn't think these issues were big enough to reject them. The bottom parts are fine on all areas that will be seen when using the Pearl (side perimeter). Only the bottom and top of the BOTTOM case parts have the weird anodizing. But the bottom sits against the desk and the top is covered by the other case.

If anyone here has a gray order and is willing to take these b-stock parts, which are still beautiful, I can try and work out some discount or something, and I would be very appreciative. As a matter of fact, if I find more b-stocks that I don't reject, ill list and if anyone is willing to take them I will do the same! Please pm me, possibly list an order #, I can try to ship your Pearl early too for your kindness!

If not, I will have to send them back to get refinished and re-anodized and stuff. Thanks everyone! Here are pics

Some Pearls voyaging the seas
Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/vBB9Wd7.jpg)


Small impact chip - Listing as b-stock. Anyone willing to take?
Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/bOlvGDG.jpg)

Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/JXRLxnB.jpg)

Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/9fouZBS.jpg)


Dana if you read this, your order is packed, ready to ship tomorrow! ;D

 :p On a side note, Koob. I have the same color kitchen cabinets and the same handles as you do. Are you doing QC at my house and I didn't realize it?
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Shipments arriving, QC'ing/sorting - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Koobaczech on Fri, 16 February 2018, 12:35:51
I might be, or I might not be. Depends, who's askin?!
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Shipments arriving, QC'ing/sorting - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: MikeTheTiger on Fri, 16 February 2018, 12:41:44
I might be, or I might not be. Depends, who's askin?!

LOL
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Shipments arriving, QC'ing/sorting - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Koobaczech on Sat, 17 February 2018, 21:39:43
Hello everyone! Going to be sending a mass email soon, as well as making cross posts in other social networks. Its simple,

1. If you want acrylic plates shipped with your Pearl order, please pm me or post here with your order number. My acrylic provider, Jordijolimon, has mentioned to me that the available colors are clear, frosted, black, red, cyan, orange, neon pink, dark transparent green and blue. I plan on buying like 30 of them from him, split between those colors, and then charging you $35 for them. I will stock them in my site as well if they don't sell before i ship your order. You can always buy them after, but best i send with your order. Free shipping CONUS as well.

2. If you have an address change, please message me that as well. Check your order receipt and make sure it matches your current address if you are unsure.

3. If you have pm'd me before about anything important about your order, not regarding an extra Pearl, please feel free to remind me of it again. Because my brain is in a million places and i could have forgotten or not written it down.


Thank you so much!
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Shipments arriving, QC'ing/sorting - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: eyedrop on Sat, 17 February 2018, 23:53:47
Hi Koob, order #1056 here.  I'll take an acrylic plate.  Would you post pics of the different colors once you have them in your hand?

I have PM you before, can you verify the color of my Pearl as well?  Do you have extra PCB, just curious.

Thanks much.  Have a great rest of your weekend.
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Shipments arriving, QC'ing/sorting - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: pixelpusher on Sun, 18 February 2018, 01:08:02
Pretty darn cool looking case, man.

If anyone needs cash, I'll buy your Pearl from you.  Send me a PM :)
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Shipments arriving, QC'ing/sorting - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Koobaczech on Sun, 18 February 2018, 14:33:33
Hey guys! Thanks for all the pms! Been packing orders today and a few of you have been asking about the boards assembly. One of my good discord friends runs a build/repair/assembly service. He's an older guy and has a lot of experience and tools. Stuff like a Hakko FX-888D, Ketser 44 solder, desoldering vacuum, multimeter, etc.

Anyways, he's doing a 10% off for me. Thats $18 for a Pearl built. You would pay shipping and the cost of any switches or top leds! So if you are worried about building your Pearl check out his website - https://www.turbokeys.us - and check out his reddit post (https://www.reddit.com/r/mechmarket/comments/7ygwou/vendor_turbokeysus_keyboard_service_global/) - I talk to him on discord over pms so if anyone needs help communicating with him just lmk!

Hi Koob, order #1056 here.  I'll take an acrylic plate.  Would you post pics of the different colors once you have them in your hand?

I have PM you before, can you verify the color of my Pearl as well?  Do you have extra PCB, just curious.

Thanks much.  Have a great rest of your weekend.
Perfect! Yes i'll post some pictures for you! Your order is Silv/Brss with an extra PCB. Got all that here, no worries. Look ok to you? Have a great weekend too!

Pretty darn cool looking case, man.

If anyone needs cash, I'll buy your Pearl from you.  Send me a PM :)
Thank you! If someone ever wants to sell a spot i can let you know as well!
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Post by: eyedrop on Sun, 18 February 2018, 16:19:36

Hi Koob, order #1056 here.  I'll take an acrylic plate.  Would you post pics of the different colors once you have them in your hand?

I have PM you before, can you verify the color of my Pearl as well?  Do you have extra PCB, just curious.

Thanks much.  Have a great rest of your weekend.
Perfect! Yes i'll post some pictures for you! Your order is Silv/Brss with an extra PCB. Got all that here, no worries. Look ok to you? Have a great weekend too!

Oh, I just send you a PM.  Hopefully there is not a mixup here.
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Post by: Koobaczech on Sun, 18 February 2018, 18:30:46
Oh, I just send you a PM.  Hopefully there is not a mixup here.
Yo my bad lol, i was looking at order 1065. I have you for exactly what you pm'd me :) Cyan/Brass
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Post by: eyedrop on Sun, 18 February 2018, 18:49:32
Oh, I just send you a PM.  Hopefully there is not a mixup here.
Yo my bad lol, i was looking at order 1065. I have you for exactly what you pm'd me :) Cyan/Brass

Great, just making sure.  Any extra PCB available if I get an acrylic plate?   ;D
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Post by: Koobaczech on Sun, 18 February 2018, 20:51:32
Ye, i think ill have an extra PCB! Worst comes to it, ill order a few more :)
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Post by: d.caminero on Mon, 19 February 2018, 05:27:26
Hello everyone! Going to be sending a mass email soon, as well as making cross posts in other social networks. Its simple,

1. If you want acrylic plates shipped with your Pearl order, please pm me or post here with your order number. My acrylic provider, Jordijolimon, has mentioned to me that the available colors are clear, frosted, black, red, cyan, orange, neon pink, dark transparent green and blue. I plan on buying like 30 of them from him, split between those colors, and then charging you $35 for them. I will stock them in my site as well if they don't sell before i ship your order. You can always buy them after, but best i send with your order. Free shipping CONUS as well.

2. If you have an address change, please message me that as well. Check your order receipt and make sure it matches your current address if you are unsure.

3. If you have pm'd me before about anything important about your order, not regarding an extra Pearl, please feel free to remind me of it again. Because my brain is in a million places and i could have forgotten or not written it down.


Thank you so much!

As I PM'd you, a clear acrylic plate here and extra PCB please! Order number 1099 :)
Also, I'll wait for you to receive the plates, shipping overseas is too expensive for just a plate and a pcb.

Thanks!
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Post by: metalliccharles on Mon, 19 February 2018, 17:29:44
 :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek:

(https://i.imgur.com/chnRUjy.png)
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Post by: lordgiblite on Mon, 19 February 2018, 17:33:54
:eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek:

Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/chnRUjy.png)

Saw my email, started making strange noises and saying things like "mine, my own, my precious"....my coworkers looked at me weird lol

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Post by: BobCarltheThird on Mon, 19 February 2018, 18:04:22
So I take it everyone's order has shipped then? I haven't got my email :(
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Post by: Koobaczech on Mon, 19 February 2018, 18:25:01
Hey guys!! Wow, i see emails have been going out haha. Very happy to see.

Ive packed (not shipped) the first 25 orders so far (120+ to go), and am trying to get through printing those labels. Tomorrow my friend will drop some of them off, and the next day more will be dropped off, etc. Every day after work i try to pack a few more, and eventually when I've collected enough, i will again reprint labels and send them out in the following days.

So they will be shipped in batches guys, and its a slow process, and its mostly first order first serve style. I might arrange for pickup as well at some point, and that would land shipping on every other Saturday. So weekly shipments.

Important notes, make sure to double check your address, and if its an international order out of the USA, i need a phone number from you. Ive already isolated 4 boxes that are going to japan, china and Canada where i wasn't provided a phone number. Ive emailed those people already and am awaiting their replies.

(https://i.imgur.com/BorEYH5.jpg)
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Post by: eyedrop on Mon, 19 February 2018, 18:27:48
That looks like a well padded shipping box.  You could probably put more than one Pearl in that flat rate priority mail box.   :cool:

Getting closer....
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Post by: donut_sauce on Mon, 19 February 2018, 18:30:13
Congrats Koob, almost done with your first GB and early to boot :) Must be satisfying seeing your Pearls heading out into the world after all the hard work.
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Post by: Puddsy on Mon, 19 February 2018, 18:44:02
Hey guys!! Wow, i see emails have been going out haha. Very happy to see.

Ive packed (not shipped) the first 25 orders so far (120+ to go), and am trying to get through printing those labels. Tomorrow my friend will drop some of them off, and the next day more will be dropped off, etc. Every day after work i try to pack a few more, and eventually when I've collected enough, i will again reprint labels and send them out in the following days.

So they will be shipped in batches guys, and its a slow process, and its mostly first order first serve style. I might arrange for pickup as well at some point, and that would land shipping on every other Saturday. So weekly shipments.

Important notes, make sure to double check your address, and if its an international order out of the USA, i need a phone number from you. Ive already isolated 4 boxes that are going to japan, china and Canada where i wasn't provided a phone number. Ive emailed those people already and am awaiting their replies.

Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/BorEYH5.jpg)


Gotta love those box stack pics.
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Post by: Koobaczech on Mon, 19 February 2018, 18:48:19
Lmao Puddsy. Its so cramped in here :/ But its a good box, and i have been overkilling the packing. Nothing is left unpadded, everything is super bubble wrapped, the bottoms are lined with either some foam or more bubble wrap, i really hope they are safe. And yea, some boxes have a lot of stuff.

Thanks so much donut!! Its funny but, this is all way more stressful than satisfying. I want to make sure everyone is happy and gets a good Pearl. I think the most satisfying part of all this is everyones support, and hoping to see how you all build the boards :)
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Post by: donjoan666 on Mon, 19 February 2018, 20:43:26
So great to hear... Can't imagine this is already shipping thanks to many updates. Unbeatable...
And btw... I guess I chose the right color... black... so deep... ha...... great anodize....
Guess I have to prepare vintage black since I heard brass plate does feel really good with light linears... (am I wrong?....:V)
Cheers....
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Post by: MikeTheTiger on Mon, 19 February 2018, 20:44:57
Glad to see these going out Koob. Great job!!  :thumb:
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Post by: donut_sauce on Mon, 19 February 2018, 21:40:54
Thanks so much donut!! Its funny but, this is all way more stressful than satisfying. I want to make sure everyone is happy and gets a good Pearl. I think the most satisfying part of all this is everyones support, and hoping to see how you all build the boards :)
Hey I just got my shipping confimation too :) If we contacted you earlier in the GB about a case color order adjustment, our shipping notice from Pearlboards will still state the original order color right? (for example I'm #1028 and switched from Silver to Cyan but Pearlboards shipping notice says Silver/Brass.)
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Post by: Koobaczech on Mon, 19 February 2018, 21:47:07
So great to hear... Can't imagine this is already shipping thanks to many updates. Unbeatable...
And btw... I guess I chose the right color... black... so deep... ha...... great anodize....
Guess I have to prepare vintage black since I heard brass plate does feel really good with light linears... (am I wrong?....:V)
Cheers....
Haha thanks a lot!<3 All the colors are amazing, not one is better than the other in my opinion ;D Brass is super strong. PERSONALLY i like lubed liners on acrylic. That being said, my friend R0b0tical just built his Pearl with a brass plate and lubed vintage blacks with vintage mx clear springs (ghosted the blacks). And well, it typed super nice!!

Glad to see these going out Koob. Great job!!  :thumb:
Really appreciate it Mike!!

Hey I just got my shipping confimation too :) If we contacted you earlier in the GB about a case color order adjustment, our shipping notice from Pearlboards will still state the original order color right? (for example I'm #1028 and switched from Silver to Cyan but Pearlboards shipping notice says Silver/Brass.)
You are right. I cant change the virtual order, but i can change the physical one ;D I have you down for a CYAN.
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Post by: donut_sauce on Mon, 19 February 2018, 21:58:56
You are right. I cant change the virtual order, but i can change the physical one ;D I have you down for a CYAN.
Sweet. Just ordered switches and 1 stabilizer:) Now time to hunt down the perfect keyset...
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Post by: Koobaczech on Mon, 19 February 2018, 23:13:37
You are right. I cant change the virtual order, but i can change the physical one ;D I have you down for a CYAN.
Sweet. Just ordered switches and 1 stabilizer:) Now time to hunt down the perfect keyset...
Wooooohoo! Thats the best build ;] Skeletor cough cough
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Post by: BobCarltheThird on Mon, 19 February 2018, 23:30:11
Did you ever end up following through with those artisans that you commissioned? Just curious if we should be on the lookout :p
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Post by: ojrask on Tue, 20 February 2018, 09:03:45
Not sure if I've already asked about this: there are cables included but are the cables all matched with the case color (i.e. cyan cable for cyan Pearl)? Or we're colored cables some extra things and the default is some black cable? I think I remember seeing cyan cables somewhere.

Thanks for all the hard work Koob. Can't wait!
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Post by: Koobaczech on Tue, 20 February 2018, 10:04:20
Hey!! Great questions guys!

Did you ever end up following through with those artisans that you commissioned? Just curious if we should be on the lookout :p
I am. Things got a bit complicated with that. Komatoz, my artisan maker, was having issues casting the artisan chests because of time issues/equipment/weather. She teamed up with BoomSnap! Caps and he is finishing the casting/shooting. I have been keeping track of them as best as I can without micro managing anything, but BoomSnap! Caps is working on this as we speak and Komatoz is working on sending me auth cards/goodie bags. The giveaway receivers have already been randomly selected from all my order numbers and they will most likely receive the cap separately from their order, so don't expect anything yet!

Not sure if I've already asked about this: there are cables included but are the cables all matched with the case color (i.e. cyan cable for cyan Pearl)? Or we're colored cables some extra things and the default is some black cable? I think I remember seeing cyan cables somewhere.

Thanks for all the hard work Koob. Can't wait!
Thank you as well! The majority of the cables are cyan, but I have a few in white, silver, red, gold and rose gold. I've tried to pack cables accordingly. Like if I'm packing a RG Pearl, I pack a RG cable. Red Pearl, red cable, silver Pearl white cable, etc. Purple Pearls will most likely have Gold or Cyan, Blue Pearls Cyan cable, Green Pearls, maybe white. I ordered these cables from a wholesaler and they didn't send me any black cables. 'Cry'

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Post by: Koobaczech on Tue, 20 February 2018, 10:29:25
Also, shipped around 25 orders today. One was dropped off at USPS, the rest were dropped at a packmail service to be picked up later. The orders numbers were 1006 to->1037, with some of those not shipped and waiting a phone number from the customers. Other random orders were shipped also. I updated tracking via email and your PayPal order if applicable.

Expect them to arrive Thursday 2/22 or Friday 2/23, no signature required.

Jordi also sent me 2 acrylic plates today from Cali. I am hoping these work and are the final design so I can pull the trigger on making the rest. Stay tuned!
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Post by: OfTheWild on Tue, 20 February 2018, 11:21:17

Dana if you read this, your order is packed, ready to ship tomorrow! ;D

Saw that, yup! You're the best! I'll send you some build pics and such this weekend probably. Let me know if i can be of any help. Definitely excited to show this one off!
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Post by: MikeTheTiger on Tue, 20 February 2018, 12:14:12
Also, shipped around 25 orders today. One was dropped off at USPS, the rest were dropped at a packmail service to be picked up later. The orders numbers were 1006 to->1037, with some of those not shipped and waiting a phone number from the customers. Other random orders were shipped also. I updated tracking via email and your PayPal order if applicable.

Expect them to arrive Thursday 2/22 or Friday 2/23, no signature required.

Jordi also sent me 2 acrylic plates today from Cali. I am hoping these work and are the final design so I can pull the trigger on making the rest. Stay tuned!

Nice. Iím #1035, so hopefully Iím in that batch.
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Post by: Peiweisgreat on Tue, 20 February 2018, 12:29:33
I forget what my order number is, but it will be a nice surprise whenever I get my pearl in.
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Post by: ojrask on Tue, 20 February 2018, 15:30:52

Not sure if I've already asked about this: there are cables included but are the cables all matched with the case color (i.e. cyan cable for cyan Pearl)? Or we're colored cables some extra things and the default is some black cable? I think I remember seeing cyan cables somewhere.

Thanks for all the hard work Koob. Can't wait!
Thank you as well! The majority of the cables are cyan, but I have a few in white, silver, red, gold and rose gold. I've tried to pack cables accordingly. Like if I'm packing a RG Pearl, I pack a RG cable. Red Pearl, red cable, silver Pearl white cable, etc. Purple Pearls will most likely have Gold or Cyan, Blue Pearls Cyan cable, Green Pearls, maybe white. I ordered these cables from a wholesaler and they didn't send me any black cables. 'Cry'

I ordered a cyan Pearl40% so I will be just fine rocking a cyan cable. Thanks!
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Post by: donut_sauce on Tue, 20 February 2018, 23:09:46
Very excited to see this :)
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Post by: Koobaczech on Tue, 20 February 2018, 23:19:30
Our boy jetpacktuxedo putting in work :) Still need to make that QMK guide x!
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Post by: Koobaczech on Wed, 21 February 2018, 19:46:58
Hey there everyone! With the first batch of people receiving their boards tomorrow and Friday, i thought it best to update the
www.pearlboards.com/setup
page and just go ahead and remind everyone of a few tips. I hope that everyone enjoys their Pearls and they arrive safe. They aren't perfect, but i hope they are perfect enough for you!


1. When screwing in the 4 case screws, do them all slowly at the same time. Don't screw in one fully and then the next and then the next etc

2. Same with the plate! This prevents stripping.

3. If your brass plate is slightly bowed or bent, just apply a tiny bit of leverage and bend it back.

4. On the switchplate, the OPEN 2u top corner is where the backspace goes, if you can orient your plate correctly.

5. Do not touch brass with your bare hands or water. It will tarnish unevenly

6. Peel film off both sides of the plastic diffuser! I wrote "Peel" on the side that seems like it doesn't have a film, but it does :P

7. You can download the default hex files and both the windows and mac versions of BMC (Bootmapper client) on www.pearlboards.com/setup

8. This is the default flashed layout made by me and flashed using Bootmapper client
(https://i.imgur.com/CasX4mA.png)

Thanks everyone! Keep me updated on your orders please :)
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Post by: pixelpusher on Wed, 21 February 2018, 20:17:45
Still offering to buy a sweet sweet Pearl if anyone can stand to part with one

 :thumb:
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Post by: BobCarltheThird on Wed, 21 February 2018, 20:30:13
Can't wait to spend three weeks beating my head against a wall trying to get my custom layout flashed :))
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Post by: bminhz on Wed, 21 February 2018, 23:30:02
Hey there everyone! With the first batch of people receiving their boards tomorrow and Friday, i thought it best to update the
www.pearlboards.com/setup
page and just go ahead and remind everyone of a few tips. I hope that everyone enjoys their Pearls and they arrive safe. They aren't perfect, but i hope they are perfect enough for you!


1. When screwing in the 4 case screws, do them all slowly at the same time. Don't screw in one fully and then the next and then the next etc

2. Same with the plate! This prevents stripping.

3. If your brass plate is slightly bowed or bent, just apply a tiny bit of leverage and bend it back.

4. On the switchplate, the OPEN 2u top corner is where the backspace goes, if you can orient your plate correctly.

5. Do not touch brass with your bare hands or water. It will tarnish unevenly

6. Peel film off both sides of the plastic diffuser! I wrote "Peel" on the side that seems like it doesn't have a film, but it does :P

7. You can download the default hex files and both the windows and mac versions of BMC (Bootmapper client) on www.pearlboards.com/setup

8. This is the default flashed layout made by me and flashed using Bootmapper client
Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/CasX4mA.png)


Thanks everyone! Keep me updated on your orders please :)

this is the most dedicated gb I've ever been in! so much efforts put into the setup, build log and all. Glad to be a part of it.  :thumb:
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Post by: d.caminero on Thu, 22 February 2018, 07:10:20

this is the most dedicated gb I've ever been in! so much efforts put into the setup, build log and all. Glad to be a part of it.  :thumb:

Cannot agree more with this. Every detail has been taken care of, and communication has been more than necessary, even when there was no new info.

Neat job Koob! :thumb: :thumb:
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Post by: Koobaczech on Thu, 22 February 2018, 09:17:36
Thank you again fellas, for real. I work a lot every day, in and out of work, and understand what it means to have someone else's hard earned cash in hand. When I join a GB, I don't really expect the best product. What I do expect are updates, pictures, information, and my money to be handled responsibly. I guess I'm trying to manage this exactly like id want my product handled when I join other GB's. And I've been ****ed on a few buys that I wont mention, ended up selling my spot or never receiving my product, and I was quite frankly tired of it. Hoping to make it right for you guys!
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Post by: lordgiblite on Thu, 22 February 2018, 09:53:27
Thank you again fellas, for real. I work a lot every day, in and out of work, and understand what it means to have someone else's hard earned cash in hand. When I join a GB, I don't really expect the best product. What I do expect are updates, pictures, information, and my money to be handled responsibly. I guess I'm trying to manage this exactly like id want my product handled when I join other GB's. And I've been ****ed on a few buys that I wont mention, ended up selling my spot or never receiving my product, and I was quite frankly tired of it. Hoping to make it right for you guys!

I think you're handling this better than you think, you constantly keep all of us updated and I think using Instagram as another form of updates was flat out genius! So if your goal was to handle this like a group buy you would want to be a part of I think you succeeded and went above and beyond! Thanks for making this a wonderful experience  :D
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Post by: JFKroflcopter on Thu, 22 February 2018, 10:10:38
Thank you again fellas, for real. I work a lot every day, in and out of work, and understand what it means to have someone else's hard earned cash in hand. When I join a GB, I don't really expect the best product. What I do expect are updates, pictures, information, and my money to be handled responsibly. I guess I'm trying to manage this exactly like id want my product handled when I join other GB's. And I've been ****ed on a few buys that I wont mention, ended up selling my spot or never receiving my product, and I was quite frankly tired of it. Hoping to make it right for you guys!

I think you're handling this better than you think, you constantly keep all of us updated and I think using Instagram as another form of updates was flat out genius! So if your goal was to handle this like a group buy you would want to be a part of I think you succeeded and went above and beyond! Thanks for making this a wonderful experience  :D
Seriously. As a participant in this group buy, I genuinely feel spoiled with all the detailed updates and pictures. Hats off to Koob for all his hard work and dedication.

Incredible job, Koob!  :thumb:
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Post by: Koobaczech on Thu, 22 February 2018, 10:22:08
Much much love friends!! <3

Edit: Since it got lost on page 8, here it is again

1. When screwing in the 4 case screws, do them all slowly at the same time. Don't screw in one fully and then the next and then the next etc
2. Same with the plate! This prevents stripping.
3. If your brass plate is slightly bowed or bent, just apply a tiny bit of leverage and bend it back.
4. On the switchplate, the OPEN 2u top corner is where the backspace goes, if you can orient your plate correctly.
5. Do not touch brass with your bare hands or water. It will tarnish unevenly
6. Peel film off both sides of the plastic diffuser! I wrote "Peel" on the side that seems like it doesn't have a film, but it does :P
7. You can download the default hex files and both the windows and mac versions of BMC (Bootmapper client) on www.pearlboards.com/setup
8. This is the default flashed layout made by me and flashed using Bootmapper client
https://i.imgur.com/CasX4mA.png

Can't wait to spend three weeks beating my head against a wall trying to get my custom layout flashed :))
If you need help don't hesitate to ask man!
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Post by: hndle on Thu, 22 February 2018, 11:10:42
Everyone who participates in this GB looks happy. :thumb:
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Post by: OfTheWild on Thu, 22 February 2018, 12:07:43
Dude... packaging!  :eek: incredible. Thanks man, its like opening a christmas present from a family member  :thumb:

Building 'Earl' tonight. Still mulling over what switches to use... Aliaz? Silent Blacks? Vintage blacks? (https://emojipedia-us.s3.amazonaws.com/thumbs/160/facebook/92/thinking-face_1f914.png)
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Post by: Koobaczech on Thu, 22 February 2018, 12:23:52
Haha :D! Thank you sir. Ah such hard decisions. My favorite build uses Lubed Panda housings with a gat yellow spring and stem. So smooth..
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Post by: lordgiblite on Thu, 22 February 2018, 12:25:04
Haha :D! Thank you sir. Ah such hard decisions. My favorite build uses Lubed Panda housings with a gat yellow spring and stem. So smooth..
Well looks like I know what switch I plan on making next, probably for an eventual pearl build (first PCB gets Box Jades)

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Post by: Koobaczech on Thu, 22 February 2018, 12:27:47
Switches are very interesting, and I'm super picky about my builds! There's so many combinations and mods and tunes. Id say don't take my word for it, but try to mod some switches and see what you like best! :) That being said, dang, I'm itching to try a full Jade build!
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Post by: lordgiblite on Thu, 22 February 2018, 12:30:12
Switches are very interesting, and I'm super picky about my builds! There's so many combinations and mods and tunes. Id say don't take my word for it, but try to mod some switches and see what you like best! :)
One of my favorite mods so far are silent blacks in zealios housings with Gat yellow springs, working them in right now before lubing them but I love them.

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Post by: Koobaczech on Thu, 22 February 2018, 12:33:32
One of my favorite mods so far are silent blacks in zealios housings with Gat yellow springs, working them in right now before lubing them but I love them.
Dang!! I need to try that haha
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Post by: lordgiblite on Thu, 22 February 2018, 12:35:17
One of my favorite mods so far are silent blacks in zealios housings with Gat yellow springs, working them in right now before lubing them but I love them.
Dang!! I need to try that haha
Definitely a great linear switch IMO

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Post by: eyedrop on Thu, 22 February 2018, 12:46:19
This GB has:


I am glad to be part of this GB.  Now all I need is a personal note inside my Pearl when I open it up and a card with koob's cell phone for 24x7 customer service support.  /s
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Post by: pixelpusher on Thu, 22 February 2018, 12:47:54
Switches are very interesting, and I'm super picky about my builds! There's so many combinations and mods and tunes. Id say don't take my word for it, but try to mod some switches and see what you like best! :) That being said, dang, I'm itching to try a full Jade build!

Man, i just put some Jades in a hotswap board I have. They are weird.  I wouldn't do it if you're going to solder in permanently.  The tuning of the click bar to spring is close but not quite right.  It almost gives you the feeling of the key actuating on release instead of press.  It took me several hours to feel comfortable on it.  Also, I don't know if it's just the stabilizer wire in this board, but I couldn't get a jade switch working correctly on the space bar.  The jade switch would get stuck for a very brief moment after release.  I had to swap in a navy which worked well but of course is a bit on the heavy side and took some getting used to.

For me, these jade switches are more satisfying if you type in a very particualr manner.  It's almost like you have to quick-strike them.  Hard press and fast release yield the best typing experience for me on them.  This isn't how I usually type, though.  Gaaah, it's taking me forever to even type this reply with them.
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Post by: lordgiblite on Thu, 22 February 2018, 12:53:02
Switches are very interesting, and I'm super picky about my builds! There's so many combinations and mods and tunes. Id say don't take my word for it, but try to mod some switches and see what you like best! :) That being said, dang, I'm itching to try a full Jade build!

Man, i just put some Jades in a hotswap board I have. They are weird.  I wouldn't do it if you're going to solder in permanently.  The tuning of the click bar to spring is close but not quite right.  It almost gives you the feeling of the key actuating on release instead of press.  It took me several hours to feel comfortable on it.  Also, I don't know if it's just the stabilizer wire in this board, but I couldn't get a jade switch working correctly on the space bar.  The jade switch would get stuck for a very brief moment after release.  I had to swap in a navy which worked well but of course is a bit on the heavy side and took some getting used to.

For me, these jade switches are more satisfying if you type in a very particualr manner.  It's almost like you have to quick-strike them.  Hard press and fast release yield the best typing experience for me on them.  This isn't how I usually type, though.  Gaaah, it's taking me forever to even type this reply with them.
I actually desoldered the jades from a different board. I love how they feel, and as far as the space bar goes a few things could of happened. Either lubing the spacebar can fix it or the switch/space bar is slightly crooked which can cause too much pressure on the switch not allowing for an easy return. Thanks for the word or warning but I think I got this lol ;)

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Post by: pixelpusher on Thu, 22 February 2018, 12:58:46
Switches are very interesting, and I'm super picky about my builds! There's so many combinations and mods and tunes. Id say don't take my word for it, but try to mod some switches and see what you like best! :) That being said, dang, I'm itching to try a full Jade build!

Man, i just put some Jades in a hotswap board I have. They are weird.  I wouldn't do it if you're going to solder in permanently.  The tuning of the click bar to spring is close but not quite right.  It almost gives you the feeling of the key actuating on release instead of press.  It took me several hours to feel comfortable on it.  Also, I don't know if it's just the stabilizer wire in this board, but I couldn't get a jade switch working correctly on the space bar.  The jade switch would get stuck for a very brief moment after release.  I had to swap in a navy which worked well but of course is a bit on the heavy side and took some getting used to.

For me, these jade switches are more satisfying if you type in a very particualr manner.  It's almost like you have to quick-strike them.  Hard press and fast release yield the best typing experience for me on them.  This isn't how I usually type, though.  Gaaah, it's taking me forever to even type this reply with them.
I actually desoldered the jades from a different board. I love how they feel, and as far as the space bar goes a few things could of happened. Either lubing the spacebar can fix it or the switch/space bar is slightly crooked which can cause too much pressure on the switch not allowing for an easy return. Thanks for the word or warning but I think I got this lol ;)

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I think it's most likely the stabilizer wire not being just right.  I've written an in-depth post on here recently about how much I truly hate cherry stabilizers.  GRRRRRRR.

I've lubed the stabilizer posts with thin lube to no avail.  If I was going to commit to a full board I would probably use costar stabilizers to avoid the issue.  It actually feels quite nice with a navy under the space bar though.  I'm forcing myself to get used to these for now.  I'm planning to switch out to a full board of navy tomorrow.
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Post by: Koobaczech on Thu, 22 February 2018, 12:59:13
I am glad to be part of this GB.  Now all I need is a personal note inside my Pearl when I open it up and a card with koob's cell phone for 24x7 customer service support.  /s
Hahaha thanks so much man, I will happily oblige. Just to be clear, you wanted an extra PCB right, and the updated color change right, nothing else? If so your order goes out tomorrow!

Man, i just put some Jades in a hotswap board I have. They are weird.  I wouldn't do it if you're going to solder in permanently.  The tuning of the click bar to spring is close but not quite right.  It almost gives you the feeling of the key actuating on release instead of press.  It took me several hours to feel comfortable on it.  Also, I don't know if it's just the stabilizer wire in this board, but I couldn't get a jade switch working correctly on the space bar.  The jade switch would get stuck for a very brief moment after release.  I had to swap in a navy which worked well but of course is a bit on the heavy side and took some getting used to.

For me, these jade switches are more satisfying if you type in a very particualr manner.  It's almost like you have to quick-strike them.  Hard press and fast release yield the best typing experience for me on them.  This isn't how I usually type, though.  Gaaah, it's taking me forever to even type this reply with them.
That's super interesting! I have a single Jade and I can see what you mean. Sucks that box switches cant be tuned either, so you are stuck with what you have. Have you tried box whites? I love those.

I actually desoldered the jades from a different board. I love how they feel, and as far as the space bar goes a few things could of happened. Either lubing the spacebar can fix it or the switch/space bar is slightly crooked which can cause too much pressure on the switch not allowing for an easy return. Thanks for the word or warning but I think I got this lol ;)
But he said that swapping the switch fixed it. So HMMMMMMMM. The plot thickens my friend
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Post by: pixelpusher on Thu, 22 February 2018, 13:02:08
I do have a board with box pale blue.  I like them but they actuate so easily it makes for lot of errors on my part.  I only have 1 test box white.
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Post by: lordgiblite on Thu, 22 February 2018, 13:09:17
Switches are very interesting, and I'm super picky about my builds! There's so many combinations and mods and tunes. Id say don't take my word for it, but try to mod some switches and see what you like best! :) That being said, dang, I'm itching to try a full Jade build!

Man, i just put some Jades in a hotswap board I have. They are weird.  I wouldn't do it if you're going to solder in permanently.  The tuning of the click bar to spring is close but not quite right.  It almost gives you the feeling of the key actuating on release instead of press.  It took me several hours to feel comfortable on it.  Also, I don't know if it's just the stabilizer wire in this board, but I couldn't get a jade switch working correctly on the space bar.  The jade switch would get stuck for a very brief moment after release.  I had to swap in a navy which worked well but of course is a bit on the heavy side and took some getting used to.

For me, these jade switches are more satisfying if you type in a very particualr manner.  It's almost like you have to quick-strike them.  Hard press and fast release yield the best typing experience for me on them.  This isn't how I usually type, though.  Gaaah, it's taking me forever to even type this reply with them.
I actually desoldered the jades from a different board. I love how they feel, and as far as the space bar goes a few things could of happened. Either lubing the spacebar can fix it or the switch/space bar is slightly crooked which can cause too much pressure on the switch not allowing for an easy return. Thanks for the word or warning but I think I got this lol ;)

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I think it's most likely the stabilizer wire not being just right.  I've written an in-depth post on here recently about how much I truly hate cherry stabilizers.  GRRRRRRR.

I've lubed the stabilizer posts with thin lube to no avail.  If I was going to commit to a full board I would probably use costar stabilizers to avoid the issue.  It actually feels quite nice with a navy under the space bar though.  I'm forcing myself to get used to these for now.  I'm planning to switch out to a full board of navy tomorrow.

The one problem with the Jades is part of the BOX switch design I think, the housing itself is slightly larger than other MX clones and so if the plate is too snug the addition friction caused by the plate "squishing" the switch doesn't allow the Jade to go back over the click bar, Mike from Novelkeys talked about this a little on a TopClack episode I believe. But as long as I'm careful I should be fine with Jades in the Pearl (I have zeal stabs too so much better than the standard cherry ones IMO)

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Post by: Koobaczech on Thu, 22 February 2018, 13:36:48
Let us know how the box switches fit on the brass plate Lord! :thumb:
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Post by: lordgiblite on Thu, 22 February 2018, 13:41:07
Let us know how the box switches fit on the brass plate Lord! :thumb:
Will do! I'm looking forward to piecing everything together :D

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Post by: ojrask on Thu, 22 February 2018, 15:08:47
Still don't know what switches I will use on the Pearl40%. I like Zealios but R10 takes ages to get fulfilled. I have ordered Box Navies but I would prefer having those on some other keyboard. Maybe Gateron Browns with swapped heavier springs? Anyone know anything similar to 67g/78g Zealios which I might like?
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Post by: Puddsy on Thu, 22 February 2018, 15:18:36
Still don't know what switches I will use on the Pearl40%. I like Zealios but R10 takes ages to get fulfilled. I have ordered Box Navies but I would prefer having those on some other keyboard. Maybe Gateron Browns with swapped heavier springs? Anyone know anything similar to 67g/78g Zealios which I might like?

you can buy zeals at retail price

or, you can do my stupid way: buy bsun browns, MX clears, and the desired springs; combine

(clear stem, bsun housing, whatever spring you want)
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Post by: eyedrop on Thu, 22 February 2018, 15:32:12
I am glad to be part of this GB.  Now all I need is a personal note inside my Pearl when I open it up and a card with koob's cell phone for 24x7 customer service support.  /s
Hahaha thanks so much man, I will happily oblige. Just to be clear, you wanted an extra PCB right, and the updated color change right, nothing else? If so your order goes out tomorrow!

I was thinking to get an acrylic plate with the extra PCB.  But you do not have the acrylic plates yet, correct?
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Post by: Koobaczech on Thu, 22 February 2018, 15:55:50
Still don't know what switches I will use on the Pearl40%. I like Zealios but R10 takes ages to get fulfilled. I have ordered Box Navies but I would prefer having those on some other keyboard. Maybe Gateron Browns with swapped heavier springs? Anyone know anything similar to 67g/78g Zealios which I might like?
Lmao Puddsys combination is wild. I need to try that. Also, you can just buy non R10 Zealios bro, they are probably still really good!?

I was thinking to get an acrylic plate with the extra PCB.  But you do not have the acrylic plates yet, correct?
Oh yes that's right! I looked through my pms but didn't see anything about that there, its because you posted it in the thread, my bad. I'll have 2 Saturday, hoping they work and then I'm giving Jordi the green light to make the rest! What stabs do you plan on using? If you use non screw ins, the plate will work even if it fails screw in stabs.

you can buy zeals at retail price
or, you can do my stupid way: buy bsun browns, MX clears, and the desired springs; combine
(clear stem, bsun housing, whatever spring you want)
Puddsy, got a video or picture or writeup on that combination?
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Post by: ojrask on Thu, 22 February 2018, 16:01:05
Still don't know what switches I will use on the Pearl40%. I like Zealios but R10 takes ages to get fulfilled. I have ordered Box Navies but I would prefer having those on some other keyboard. Maybe Gateron Browns with swapped heavier springs? Anyone know anything similar to 67g/78g Zealios which I might like?
Lmao Puddsys combination is wild. I need to try that. Also, you can just buy non R10 Zealios bro, they are probably still really good!?

you can buy zeals at retail price
or, you can do my stupid way: buy bsun browns, MX clears, and the desired springs; combine
(clear stem, bsun housing, whatever spring you want)
Puddsy, got a video or picture or writeup on that combination?

ZealPC.net is not stocking those it seems. Maybe KBDfans has some or something. I wonder what the differences between R8 through R10 are. I've used R7 myself.

Puddsy's suggestion sounds intriguing though. :D
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Post by: Puddsy on Thu, 22 February 2018, 16:06:03
you can buy zeals at retail price
or, you can do my stupid way: buy bsun browns, MX clears, and the desired springs; combine
(clear stem, bsun housing, whatever spring you want)
Puddsy, got a video or picture or writeup on that combination?

not onhand but i have them in my mira and they're good
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Post by: Koobaczech on Thu, 22 February 2018, 16:17:05
How would you compare your bsuns to zealios Puddsy? Just curious!
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Post by: eyedrop on Thu, 22 February 2018, 16:47:54

I was thinking to get an acrylic plate with the extra PCB.  But you do not have the acrylic plates yet, correct?
Oh yes that's right! I looked through my pms but didn't see anything about that there, its because you posted it in the thread, my bad. I'll have 2 Saturday, hoping they work and then I'm giving Jordi the green light to make the rest! What stabs do you plan on using? If you use non screw ins, the plate will work even if it fails screw in stabs.

I can use screw in or not, doesn't matter.  I have both.  I'm confused, which one works better in this case?

Are you planning to ship the Pearl for those that request acrylic plates later when the plate is made?  Or shipping them separately?
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Post by: Koobaczech on Thu, 22 February 2018, 16:56:18
Screw in stabs have not worked that well, I've had to dremmel the plates. Hopefully these new plates fix the issue though! I plan on shipping the Pearl with the Plates, unless otherwise requested. Saves a few bucks and the packaging on the Pearl is real tight so might be safer!
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Post by: Puddsy on Thu, 22 February 2018, 16:57:00
How would you compare your bsuns to zealios Puddsy? Just curious!

i used MX black springs, so about the same as 78g, but they have a big bump on return, which is what i like
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Post by: eyedrop on Thu, 22 February 2018, 17:15:25
Screw in stabs have not worked that well, I've had to dremmel the plates. Hopefully these new plates fix the issue though! I plan on shipping the Pearl with the Plates, unless otherwise requested. Saves a few bucks and the packaging on the Pearl is real tight so might be safer!

No worries, you can ship them together.  I'll get a new invoice with the extra parts anyway when it is ready.  I can wait a little longer.   :thumb:
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Post by: BobCarltheThird on Thu, 22 February 2018, 17:23:58
Just got my board in! Gonna have to build it tommorow when I get off work ;D
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Post by: metalliccharles on Thu, 22 February 2018, 17:54:12
Koob! Holy sh*t!  The board is gorgeous :eek:  and the GB has really raised the bar.  Can't wait to build this thing!
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Post by: BobCarltheThird on Thu, 22 February 2018, 18:12:17
Koob! Holy sh*t!  The board is gorgeous :eek:  and the GB has really raised the bar.  Can't wait to build this thing!
It's so small too! Gonna be an easy build I think :))
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Post by: Koobaczech on Thu, 22 February 2018, 18:18:20
Have they been arriving ok!? Thanks guys!!
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Post by: metalliccharles on Thu, 22 February 2018, 18:21:34
Have they been arriving ok!? Thanks guys!!

Let's just say if whatever you do for a living isn't panning out, you have a promising career in packaging!  :p
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Post by: Koobaczech on Thu, 22 February 2018, 18:23:20
Wow lmao!!!! :D
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Post by: BobCarltheThird on Thu, 22 February 2018, 18:47:08
Have they been arriving ok!? Thanks guys!!
Pretty sure you could throw that packaging out a plane and it'd come out OK :)). The only real suggestion I would have is to maybe not package the PCB and plate in the same bundle. I could see that causing issues if the package has a particularly rough travel.
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Post by: metalliccharles on Thu, 22 February 2018, 19:01:03
Had to take some nudes.

(https://i.imgur.com/CxnEyE6.jpg)

...I'm not sure what to do from here...
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Post by: Koobaczech on Thu, 22 February 2018, 19:06:09
Oh my.............
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Post by: eyedrop on Thu, 22 February 2018, 19:32:03
That is beautiful, metalliccharles.   :thumb:

Mine should be similar.  Still thinking...
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Post by: BobCarltheThird on Thu, 22 February 2018, 19:35:12
Putting MOD-H switches in mine, wish the stems color matched my purple pearl but I'm not too bothered by it.
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Post by: Koobaczech on Thu, 22 February 2018, 19:41:03
But who did it first? *thinking*

(https://i.imgur.com/zhBXA8V.jpg)

Pretty sure you could throw that packaging out a plane and it'd come out OK :)). The only real suggestion I would have is to maybe not package the PCB and plate in the same bundle. I could see that causing issues if the package has a particularly rough travel.
Also bro! I put the PCB's with the plastic diffusers for rigidity. I dont think i packed a single pcb with a plate, unless i derped
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Post by: eyedrop on Thu, 22 February 2018, 19:44:34
Not fair, koob.  We have to buy 2 Pearls to get that setup.   :p
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Post by: Koobaczech on Thu, 22 February 2018, 19:45:42
Haha! To be completely fair, page one states that you can choose different color tops and bottoms!
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Post by: Robotical on Thu, 22 February 2018, 21:09:14
Not fair, koob.  We have to buy 2 Pearls to get that setup.   :p

Or you have someone steal your cyan base.........
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Post by: pixelpusher on Thu, 22 February 2018, 21:15:59
Hey for anyone who plans to use Alps switches on this board, make sure to support BlindAssassin's nexus slider project if you're interested in MX caps on your Alps switches:

Most recently he's solved a way to use them on clicky alps and a clever MX to Alps stabilizer insert. 

https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=93403.msg2565585#msg2565585
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Post by: OfTheWild on Thu, 22 February 2018, 22:39:21
#4 checking in...

(https://i.imgur.com/w5N6MRq.jpg)

Went with the 70g Aliaz
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Post by: Koobaczech on Thu, 22 February 2018, 22:45:49

#4 checking in...

Show Image
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Went with the 70g Aliaz

Oh my god dude.....wow..
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Post by: OfTheWild on Thu, 22 February 2018, 22:54:48
Yeah this is what i did while "working from home" tonight lol. I'll mess with QMK tomorrow if i get some time and email you my notes to make it faster to get something up. Only two tips i have are spacebar clearance is tight at the bottom, slide the plate up as high as possible and get a screw in each corner before moving on. Also it seems like the anodizing just got a little thick on the tops and when you're screwing in the plate or the base for that matter, you need to keep pressure on the screw - 1/2 twist forward, 1/4 twist back... repeat. Had no issues with the build at all. Quality is superb!

Heres the rest https://imgur.com/a/EEd6Z

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Post by: donut_sauce on Thu, 22 February 2018, 23:07:25
#4 checking in...

Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/w5N6MRq.jpg)


Went with the 70g Aliaz
That red looks great!
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Post by: OfTheWild on Thu, 22 February 2018, 23:11:11
It matches the Nantucket Selectric "amnity island" red color perfectly. Unfortunately its on my realforce at work at the moment. Honeywell is too bright red. I have Led Zepplin GMK coming eventually that was ordered specifically for this board... hope that matches up.  :thumb:
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Post by: pixelpusher on Thu, 22 February 2018, 23:20:10
#4 checking in...

Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/w5N6MRq.jpg)


Went with the 70g Aliaz

I'm quite impressed with the Aliaz switches.  I have some 60g and 70g.  They feel great.  Probably just b/c I like Gateron though :)
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Post by: mr scooty on Thu, 22 February 2018, 23:21:48
#4 checking in...

Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/w5N6MRq.jpg)


Went with the 70g Aliaz

Had to take some nudes.

Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/CxnEyE6.jpg)


...I'm not sure what to do from here...

Giddy as a school gurl to get my purple pearl after seeing these  :p
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Post by: eyedrop on Thu, 22 February 2018, 23:37:54
Haha! To be completely fair, page one states that you can choose different color tops and bottoms!

Didn't even know that was an option.  Nonetheless, too late for that now and still excited to receive the single color Pearl.   :))
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Post by: OfTheWild on Thu, 22 February 2018, 23:50:55
#4 checking in...

Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/w5N6MRq.jpg)


Went with the 70g Aliaz

I'm quite impressed with the Aliaz switches.  I have some 60g and 70g.  They feel great.  Probably just b/c I like Gateron though :)

In the last 48 hours i've built an m65a with 78g Zilents, as well as this Pearl with 70g Aliaz. Both lubed the way i do. The zilents definitely have more of a tactile bump but the Aliaz are very much like the heavy gateron browns that i love. I
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Post by: lordgiblite on Fri, 23 February 2018, 00:12:21
Opened mine up tonight and holy crap!! Awesome packing job Koob! Be prepare for an indepth unpacking log tomorrow. Followed hopefully by a Build log the next day :D so excited to build my #6 Pearl in it's very unique color! :D

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Post by: eyedrop on Fri, 23 February 2018, 00:14:24
Is finding out what number you are part of the excitement?  I didn't think Koob told us what number each order is getting, right?
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Post by: lordgiblite on Fri, 23 February 2018, 00:15:56
Is finding out what number you are part of the excitement?  I didn't think Koob told us what number each order is getting, right?
Each weight is engraved with your order number, I was the 6th order so I got Pearl #6. Its funny bc I probably wouldve been #1 if I hadn't lost track of time that night.

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Post by: Koobaczech on Fri, 23 February 2018, 00:18:22
Damn what an exciting night. Wonderful to hear Lord! Also, if you want to know what # you have just ask! :]

By the way, order number doesn't necessarily line up with your weight number. zFrontier orders came in at the 70ish mark upping the weight numbers without changing the order #, and stickers and extra pcb orders randomly came in along, also padding the order numbers. People also ordered more than one Pearl under the same order number, also padding it. Thats part of why I've been working so slowly, I'm staying true to the order/weight counts, going one at a time.
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Post by: eyedrop on Fri, 23 February 2018, 00:22:41
Can you PM me my engraved number?  The suspense is killing me.
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Post by: Koobaczech on Fri, 23 February 2018, 00:26:13
Sure man, pm sent! :thumb:
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Post by: SynkRz on Fri, 23 February 2018, 02:29:52
Mine was shipped with the first batch of Pearls, I think I should be getting them by Monday! Really excited for my build. I think Iíll be ready once I get my Hako switches shipped.

Thank you Koob for: Designing and creating the Pearl 40%
Providing help and answering questions for everyone
Carrying out a smooth GB
Keeping everyone updated with posts and pictures
I appreciate all the hard work and effort youíve put in this :)
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Post by: ojrask on Fri, 23 February 2018, 05:36:07
Went ahead and ordered 60pcs of R9 78g Zealios for my Pearl. I have received no tracking information for my Pearl yet so I hope the switches arrive around the same time as my Pearl does. I do want to try Puddsy's Bsun+Clear combination at some point though. :D

Then I wait for GMK Laser to arrive so I can put it on the Pearl. :P

/me goes and starts planning a keymap layout
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Post by: d.caminero on Fri, 23 February 2018, 06:17:46
Hey for anyone who plans to use Alps switches on this board, make sure to support BlindAssassin's nexus slider project if you're interested in MX caps on your Alps switches:

Most recently he's solved a way to use them on clicky alps and a clever MX to Alps stabilizer insert. 

https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=93403.msg2565585#msg2565585

I went and showed my support in the thread as well but I feel that the OP needs to keep things going on and stop wondering if there's enough interest. He's relating more responses in the thread to more interest in the sliders, and that's simply not true.

Now, on another matter, I'm so jelous of all of you who have already received and even built their pearls. The diffuser in the middle looks awesome
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Post by: Robotical on Fri, 23 February 2018, 08:37:39
(https://i.imgur.com/rJF9fa1.png)

Can't wait to see more Pearl builds!
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Post by: hndle on Fri, 23 February 2018, 09:40:38
WOW All the pearls are shining!!!!  :thumb:


(https://imgur.com/NWBbeIF.gif)
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Post by: BobCarltheThird on Fri, 23 February 2018, 12:35:19
Why can't work be over so I can go home and build my board  :'(
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Post by: Koobaczech on Fri, 23 February 2018, 12:45:50
Bad news guys/girls, have ran out of packing material. Will run to the store now. That adds a 1hour delay to the GB.
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Post by: lordgiblite on Fri, 23 February 2018, 12:49:25
Bad news guys/girls, have ran out of packing material. Will run to the store now. That adds a 1hour delay to the GB.
1 hour delay lol that's the shortest delay I've ever heard of :D

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Post by: BlindAssassin111 on Fri, 23 February 2018, 12:59:39
I went and showed my support in the thread as well but I feel that the OP needs to keep things going on and stop wondering if there's enough interest. He's relating more responses in the thread to more interest in the sliders, and that's simply not true.

...Not true at all actually. I have made 3 major design iterations that required me to reevaluate the interest as different versions narrowed the market significantly, which was not what I wanted. I have never "related responses to more interest", I looked for input on some of the iterations as I wanted to make a product that people were happy with.
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Post by: Koobaczech on Fri, 23 February 2018, 13:02:14
No idea whats going on, and I apologize, but the guy above me has created an awesome product. If you want to build your board with Alps but use Cherry Keycaps, WHICH I WANT since i have an alps Pearl core built, go ahead and join his GB when it opens! :P
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Post by: BlindAssassin111 on Fri, 23 February 2018, 13:04:25
No idea whats going on, and I apologize, but the guy above me has created an awesome product. If you want to build your board with Alps but use Cherry Keycaps, WHICH I WANT since i have an alps Pearl core built, go ahead and join his GB when it opens! :P

I tried to derail as little as possible, but I felt I needed to respond to that. Sorry Koobaczech....

But your boards look nice....that is all, lol.
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Post by: Koobaczech on Fri, 23 February 2018, 13:33:13
Bro please, its great seeing you on here! And honestly, i still don't know what was going on lol. Been so busy. I just pop in for the pics and updates sometimes. Appreciate it!! Please don't let me miss your GB or sale if it ever happens. I want in.
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Post by: BlindAssassin111 on Fri, 23 February 2018, 13:38:20
Bro please, its great seeing you on here! And honestly, i still don't know what was going on lol. Been so busy. I just pop in for the pics and updates sometimes. Appreciate it!! Please don't let me miss your GB or sale if it ever happens. I want in.

I wont let you miss it unless you drop the ball, lol. But it will happen, just need the new prototypes.
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Post by: donut_sauce on Fri, 23 February 2018, 15:08:49
Dude! The packaging on this is insane. You even included a screwdriver?! You are too considerate :)
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Post by: BobCarltheThird on Fri, 23 February 2018, 15:11:15
Dude! The packaging on this is insane. You even included a screwdriver?! You are too considerate :)
Gotta make it easy to put his next board together after all!  :))
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Post by: Zanduby on Fri, 23 February 2018, 17:37:55
Koob, you absolutely killed it with the packaging.

Finished build to come!

preliminary pic, nothing soldered yet

(https://i.imgur.com/QhoCpQs.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/TVlqS3A.jpg)

its final form until my new set gets in!
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Post by: JubJubCity on Fri, 23 February 2018, 18:55:41
All this talk about the packaging, lets see it!!!!!!
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Post by: SBN on Sat, 24 February 2018, 01:37:29
All this talk about the packaging, lets see it!!!!!!

This!! I want to see that packaging! :D
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Post by: stoic-lemon on Sat, 24 February 2018, 02:19:16
Now we're eagerly anticipating packaging pics? What a world :) Those finished boards look amazing.
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Post by: Koobaczech on Sat, 24 February 2018, 09:36:57
Since everyone is so crazy about knowing about the packing, heres a sample order being packed. Its nothing special, just a lot of packing to make sure its safe during its travels! Cheers

I start with a USPS Medium Flat Rate box. Use bubble wrap on the bottom
(https://i.imgur.com/hPfmDAp.jpg)

Then i place a rugged cardboard floor on it
(https://i.imgur.com/bElnNpt.jpg)

In goes the case parts, wrapped up in paper and bubble wrap
(https://i.imgur.com/IjpC1Cb.jpg)

Next the weight, same thing, but padded on the end with bubble wrap
(https://i.imgur.com/XBTojjV.jpg)

Then the Plate and PCB/Diffuser combo. PCB is wrapped with the diffuser for rigidity
(https://i.imgur.com/AkOELgS.jpg)

A final layer of bubble wrap
(https://i.imgur.com/Rd0kMKq.jpg)

I pack your goodie bag and a small notecard visual guide manual
(https://i.imgur.com/mMHCaKl.jpg)

Final touches and your packing slip
(https://i.imgur.com/CErStXV.jpg)

Box sealed and shipping label ready to go inside adhesive form packet thing
(https://i.imgur.com/j7gGy6R.jpg)
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Post by: ricrackem on Sat, 24 February 2018, 10:08:47
Just got mine in yesterday, waiting for switches and a few other components to come in before building it but wow......this sucker is absolutely gorgeous. The packaging was top-notch and the board feels SO quality. The love put in from Koob is so obvious in every single aspect of this GB, including the final product.

Will be building it with box navies next week, will post updated pictures then. Thanks for running a great buy, Koob and giving us the opportunity to pick up your passion project :D(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180224/63480c008a93289bae901fa3efc0e97a.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180224/c659d63e0f77a94abf232c736400418a.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180224/4629e4235bfe5058bf0638193b0a2cb9.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180224/75be641d3267205688c301892f4c3d44.jpg)

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Post by: eyedrop on Sat, 24 February 2018, 10:10:29
Nice mesh wheel you got there!

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Post by: donut_sauce on Sat, 24 February 2018, 12:18:03
Built mine this morning. Still need to pick out a keyset but for now just threw on some enjoypbt. Also got QMK installed as well.[attachimg=1]
Title: OR
Post by: lordgiblite on Sat, 24 February 2018, 12:43:18
Let us know how the box switches fit on the brass plate Lord! :thumb:

For any that may be wondering, BOX Jades do in fact fit fine in the brass plate, there is not squishing of the stems and the spacebar works like a charm!

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Post by: crcstig on Sat, 24 February 2018, 13:13:07
Let us know how the box switches fit on the brass plate Lord! :thumb:

For any that may be wondering, BOX Jades do in fact fit fine in the brass plate, there is not squishing of the stems and the spacebar works like a charm!

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Awesome, that's great to hear. I just recieved some Jades for my Silver/Brass Pearl. Can't be more hyped right now. Thanks for testing lord!

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Post by: lordgiblite on Sat, 24 February 2018, 13:15:42
Let us know how the box switches fit on the brass plate Lord! :thumb:

For any that may be wondering, BOX Jades do in fact fit fine in the brass plate, there is not squishing of the stems and the spacebar works like a charm!

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Awesome, that's great to hear. I just recieved some Jades for my Silver/Brass Pearl. Can't be more hyped right now. Thanks for testing lord!

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No problem! Just remember to lube your stabs,  if you can't I would suggest placing a different switch. It still doesn't stick but it wouldn't be as enjoyable IMO, I recommend superlube if you can find it cheap :)

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Post by: crcstig on Sat, 24 February 2018, 13:19:37

Fantastic, I have a bit of Super Lube left over from my last build. You reminded me, I might need to pick up some more for the future.



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Post by: Captain Shwah on Sat, 24 February 2018, 18:22:37
Just finished mine too ;D

(https://i.imgur.com/MVpcoch.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/PAons7X.jpg)

Beautiful work Koob!
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Post by: lordgiblite on Sat, 24 February 2018, 20:36:05
Just finished mine too ;D

Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/MVpcoch.jpg)


Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/PAons7X.jpg)


Beautiful work Koob!
I like that case with Plum! Great looking build :D

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Post by: BobCarltheThird on Sat, 24 February 2018, 21:39:48
Just finished mine too ;D

Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/MVpcoch.jpg)


Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/PAons7X.jpg)


Beautiful work Koob!

This makes me want to see what plum looks like on a purple pearl.
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Post by: Koobaczech on Sat, 24 February 2018, 23:09:01
Hey everyone! Have been packing orders like crazy. I expect 30-40 or even more to go out this Monday-26! Currently working on order 1065 as of this writing. Acrylic plates missed delivery today so they come in Monday. And my chest artisans have been a bit delayed as well.

Wanted to talk about 2 things real fast. The first one is interesting because someone joked about flipping their Pearl on the aftermarket. Its your Pearl, do what you want with it. Secondly an overwhelming amount of people are asking for b-stock extras. You guys need to understand that a b-stock Pearl is still someones Pearl, and i need to fix it for them. Its not getting stashed somewhere lol.

The buy hasn't been without problems as well! Had one poor fellas PCB not register a key and I had him send the PCB off to TurboKeys to repair. Another close friend of mine could not build her Pearl. Some cases are b-stock and i still need to get a final count of everything and see what i can do with them. Other orders will be delayed because of rejected weights that i already sent back. Here they are

Order  ---  Weight #
1029         25
1039         34
1047         46
1079         73

The guy with the rejected weight 28 contacted me and said it was ok if i sent him his order. So id like to give him a round of applause for being a good sport!

Finally wanted to say that I am absolutely in love with everyones builds. Each one is just as stunning. I love seeing them and it makes me so happy being tagged and stuff. Way worth all the work! Thank you all!
-Koob
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Post by: gutsack on Sun, 25 February 2018, 00:55:43
The guy with the rejected weight 28 contacted me and said it was ok if i sent him his order. So id like to give him a round of applause for being a good sport!

 :-*
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Post by: d.caminero on Sun, 25 February 2018, 15:57:04
Bad news guys/girls, have ran out of packing material. Will run to the store now. That adds a 1hour delay to the GB.

This has been the WORST group buy in the history of group buys, maybe ever
 ;D ;D
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Post by: d.caminero on Sun, 25 February 2018, 16:02:09

The buy hasn't been without problems as well! Had one poor fellas PCB not register a key and I had him send the PCB off to TurboKeys to repair. Another close friend of mine could not build her Pearl. Some cases are b-stock and i still need to get a final count of everything and see what i can do with them. Other orders will be delayed because of rejected weights that i already sent back. Here they are

The problem is not that the GB has some problems, the problem comes when the runner goes to radio silence, hide things and does not look for solutions. You have not made any of those, so I wouldn't say this buy has been "stained" for those things you mention  :thumb:


The guy with the rejected weight 28 contacted me and said it was ok if i sent him his order. So id like to give him a round of applause for being a good sport!


 :thumb: :thumb:
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Post by: d.caminero on Sun, 25 February 2018, 16:11:47
I went and showed my support in the thread as well but I feel that the OP needs to keep things going on and stop wondering if there's enough interest. He's relating more responses in the thread to more interest in the sliders, and that's simply not true.

...Not true at all actually. I have made 3 major design iterations that required me to reevaluate the interest as different versions narrowed the market significantly, which was not what I wanted. I have never "related responses to more interest", I looked for input on some of the iterations as I wanted to make a product that people were happy with.
No idea whats going on, and I apologize, but the guy above me has created an awesome product. If you want to build your board with Alps but use Cherry Keycaps, WHICH I WANT since i have an alps Pearl core built, go ahead and join his GB when it opens! :P

Bro please, its great seeing you on here! And honestly, i still don't know what was going on lol. Been so busy. I just pop in for the pics and updates sometimes. Appreciate it!! Please don't let me miss your GB or sale if it ever happens. I want in.

Don't want to derail this anymore but I'd like to publicly apologize myself and explain that my message was not meant as negative at all. I know I could have worded it better, but being a non-native is difficult with this kind of things. I've messaged BlindAssassin111 to apoligize and show him my honest support and help with his project.

Now, to keep on the topic, those Pearl builds look gorgeous, specially the golden with plum. Was that the golden it was supposed to be yellow? Or it was golden from the start? Just curious!
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Post by: Captain Shwah on Sun, 25 February 2018, 16:48:09
Now, to keep on the topic, those Pearl builds look gorgeous, specially the golden with plum. Was that the golden it was supposed to be yellow? Or it was golden from the start? Just curious!

Thanks! And yeah, that's how the yellow came out.
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Post by: d.caminero on Sun, 25 February 2018, 17:20:09
Now, to keep on the topic, those Pearl builds look gorgeous, specially the golden with plum. Was that the golden it was supposed to be yellow? Or it was golden from the start? Just curious!

Thanks! And yeah, that's how the yellow came out.

In my opinion it turned out better that way than the original yellow, at least for Plum  :thumb: :thumb:
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Post by: hervuli on Sun, 25 February 2018, 21:12:38
Some quick crappy pics of Pearl #21, built with MX Tactile Greys and no diffuser layer. Beautiful work koobaczech and I echo all the praise people have been giving you for this GB. The little handwritten notes inside the package were an especially nice touch :)

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[attach=3]
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Post by: xondat on Sun, 25 February 2018, 21:21:04
Some quick crappy pics of Pearl #21, built with MX Tactile Greys and no diffuser layer. Beautiful work koobaczech and I echo all the praise people have been giving you for this GB. The little handwritten notes inside the package were an especially nice touch :)

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Beautiful! Great work Koobazcech and Hervuli.
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Post by: eyedrop on Sun, 25 February 2018, 23:37:10
For those who already receive their Pearl, diffuser or no diffuser?
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Post by: Rumblehotep on Mon, 26 February 2018, 00:15:48
Some quick crappy pics of Pearl #21, built with MX Tactile Greys and no diffuser layer. Beautiful work koobaczech and I echo all the praise people have been giving you for this GB. The little handwritten notes inside the package were an especially nice touch :)

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Now this is top cute.
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Post by: JFKroflcopter on Mon, 26 February 2018, 02:50:35
So I decided to stay up wayyy too late and build my Pearl tonight (this morning). Few quick phone pics:

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[attachimg=2]

All tucked in and waiting for keycaps.

[attachimg=3]

First 40%. First clicky switches (whew, box navies are quite the experience). This thing is incredible.
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Post by: Puddsy on Mon, 26 February 2018, 03:42:33
So I decided to stay up wayyy too late and build my Pearl tonight (this morning). Few quick phone pics:

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All tucked in and waiting for keycaps.

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First 40%. First clicky switches (whew, box navies are quite the experience). This thing is incredible.

gotta love silver
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Post by: d.caminero on Mon, 26 February 2018, 06:15:13
uuuugh I thought I could wait for mine because all the GB has had been a breeze, but all this pics are making me anxious to get it!

Awesome builds everyone. Red is such an outstanding color for a board like this.
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Post by: ojrask on Mon, 26 February 2018, 07:18:41
Keep seeing awesome Pearls here and at r/mk. So envious of folks who have already managed to receive and build theirs!
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Post by: Koobaczech on Mon, 26 February 2018, 10:20:46
Damn what cool builds and pictures from everyone..just wow! Captain Shwah's Pearl turned out wild with that yellow x! Reminds me of a seashore, very Piratey lmao. And the red and silver, its too much! JFKroflcopter, loving those high quality shots! You also killed it hervuli, great stuff!

Shipped out 40 Pearls this morning. Packed all week non stop with the help of R0b0tical, his gf and Mangoes (ek599). These friends have been nothing short of amazing. The Pearls are going all over the place, Canada, Finland, Switzerland, Japan, Taiwan, Miami. Got some more orders on my store to fulfill, then on to zFrontiers orders and finally the remaining batch of Mechkeys.ca and private orders. Acrylic plates come in today hopefully, then eyedrop and dc's Pearls can finally go out.

Beautiful! Great work Koobazcech and Hervuli.
Thanks so much Xondat!<3

Keep seeing awesome Pearls here and at r/mk. So envious of folks who have already managed to receive and build theirs!
I think yours shipped today dude!

uuuugh I thought I could wait for mine because all the GB has had been a breeze, but all this pics are making me anxious to get it!
Don't worry man, yours should go out soon (tomorrow) if all goes well with the plates!

For those who already receive their Pearl, diffuser or no diffuser?
Definitely no diffuser is the way to go ;]
(https://i.imgur.com/k25Kfcj.jpg)







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Post by: eyedrop on Mon, 26 February 2018, 11:18:57
That black, so stealthy!

And thanks for the update regarding the plate.

Word of the day:  SoonTM   :thumb:
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Post by: odd on Mon, 26 February 2018, 12:35:22
I am sooooo bummed I missed this GB. If anyone has 'ff__ regret send me a pm. I would love a black, purple or blue case but at this point ill take whatever comes my way
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Post by: FearsomeCubedWarrior on Mon, 26 February 2018, 14:06:13
For those who ordered from mechkeys, will mechkeys send shipping notification?
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Post by: Koobaczech on Mon, 26 February 2018, 14:19:49
I am sooooo bummed I missed this GB. If anyone has 'ff__ regret send me a pm. I would love a black, purple or blue case but at this point ill take whatever comes my way
Keep your head up pal, you will find one! Check mechmarket and stuff.

For those who ordered from mechkeys, will mechkeys send shipping notification?
Hey! Good thing you brought this up, since those orders are coming up next. Dave didn't calculate shipping, so I still have to invoice any mechkeys orders going out of the United States. They most likely wont get notified automatically either since Dave is busy with his Espectro GB right now. Instead, I will pull your email from the invoice and send you a notification and tracking # when I do send. Pm me your order # if you see this bud!
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Post by: Spaghetti on Mon, 26 February 2018, 14:35:13
So I decided to stay up wayyy too late and build my Pearl tonight (this morning). Few quick phone pics:

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All tucked in and waiting for keycaps.

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First 40%. First clicky switches (whew, box navies are quite the experience). This thing is incredible.

Haha, these are the exact same options I chose for my pearl. What keyset are you planning on using with it?
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Post by: RealLaugh on Tue, 27 February 2018, 01:33:34
Question to all peeps who have built Pearls

What switch do you recommend for this build?

My go to is linears, but I'm wondering based on the physical size of the board, angle, weight, sound, layout what you might recommend in terms of spring weighting and linear/clicky/tactile stems

Or maybe think about what switch you wouldn't recommend to use in there

I saw Novelkey's build in green with GMK 9009 and I am going to do that same when my green Pearl arrives  ;D
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Post by: JMD on Tue, 27 February 2018, 02:02:42
For those who ordered from mechkeys, will mechkeys send shipping notification?
My website was merely a payment gateway.

Shipping was neither charged, or calculated. When the orders that came through off my website are up on the shipping block, Koob will likely be sending some sort of invoice to you and emailing you your own tracking information.

If Koob wants - He can send me all that info, and I can submit a response to all your orders with appropriate tracking information - always at service.
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Post by: d.caminero on Tue, 27 February 2018, 04:00:33


uuuugh I thought I could wait for mine because all the GB has had been a breeze, but all this pics are making me anxious to get it!
Don't worry man, yours should go out soon (tomorrow) if all goes well with the plates!
Loving this constant updates hahah Really excited to get it! Although I still need stabs, turns out Zeal stabs were at GB stage and they won't receive them until late March, bummer! I'll have to look for Cherry screw-ins in EU or something...

For those who already receive their Pearl, diffuser or no diffuser?
Definitely no diffuser is the way to go ;]
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I totally agree with that, full alu block is the way to go. Except if you have a clear plate  :p
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Post by: donut_sauce on Tue, 27 February 2018, 08:10:45
anyone know if plate mounted stabs would work with the pearl plate? 6.25

Edit: I might be handwiring my pearl (long story) so i won't need the pcb. i just need to know if I can put plate mount stabs on it for the spacebar
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Post by: jdcarpe on Tue, 27 February 2018, 08:44:10
anyone know if plate mounted stabs would work with the pearl plate? 6.25

Edit: I might be handwiring my pearl (long story) so i won't need the pcb. i just need to know if I can put plate mount stabs on it for the spacebar

It doesn't appear so, because of the large open hole for different layout options. Plate mount stabs need a specific cutout to be able to lock into.

But I'll let Kooba chime in with the official answer. :)
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Post by: donut_sauce on Tue, 27 February 2018, 09:03:08
anyone know if plate mounted stabs would work with the pearl plate? 6.25

Edit: I might be handwiring my pearl (long story) so i won't need the pcb. i just need to know if I can put plate mount stabs on it for the spacebar

It doesn't appear so, because of the large open hole for different layout options. Plate mount stabs need a specific cutout to be able to lock into.

But I'll let Kooba chime in with the official answer. :)

thanks JD. Hmmm......maybe I can try to get a plate made that supports plate mount stabs.
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Post by: Koobaczech on Tue, 27 February 2018, 09:12:12
Plate mounted stabs need an enclosure around them. You can mount a plate stab on these and they will clip vertically, but the plates dont have walls on the sides so the stab enclosures will slide left and right. You can rig it on the sides with tape or something to prevent them from sliding, but that would be real sketchy.

You can use costar stabs however, the support is in for those. Will work fine.

But if you really must, my advice is have jordijolimon cut you an acrylic plate with your specific configuration including stab support. I have a file of every possible plate combo with that support included which i can hand off to Jordi if need be. Can even change the Row 2 stagger to normal and include stepped caps support. Anything is possible if you are hand wiring and are only limited to the plate ;D

What switch do you recommend for this build?
I saw Novelkey's build in green with GMK 9009 and I am going to do that same when my green Pearl arrives  ;D
Definitely lubed linears or some tactiles like Zealios xD

If Koob wants - He can send me all that info, and I can submit a response to all your orders with appropriate tracking information - always at service.
Dave! The man himself, so nice seeing you here. Thanks for all the help. I will do that as well :)

It doesn't appear so, because of the large open hole for different layout options. Plate mount stabs need a specific cutout to be able to lock into.
But I'll let Kooba chime in with the official answer. :)
Thanks JD! Spot on.

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Post by: donut_sauce on Tue, 27 February 2018, 09:30:39
Plate mounted stabs need an enclosure around them. You can mount a plate stab on these vertically, but they dont have walls on the sides so they will slide left and right.

You can use costar stabs however, the support is in for those.

But if you really must, my advice is have jordijolimon cut you an acrylic plate with your specific configuration including stab support. I have a file of every possible plate combo with that support included which i can hand off to Jordi if need be. Will be back to edit this post soon
Koob, you are too awesome, thank you for humoring me. Yes, if could get a plate for 6.25u plate mount stabs/split backspace that would be awesome. no other stabs necessary.
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Post by: jdcarpe on Tue, 27 February 2018, 09:37:46
Another caveat to using plate mount stabs with acrylic plates...

Plate mount stabs really need a 1.5mm thick plate in order to clip in securely. Making a 1.5mm plate out of acrylic is sketchy, because at that thickness, the acrylic tends to break when you try and snap in things like switches and stabilizers. My advice would be to use thicker acrylic for the plate, and glue the stabilizers in using hot glue or cyanoacrylate.

And @donut_sauce, if you don't need that PCB, I'd buy it from you to help offset the cost of your new plate. :)
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Post by: Koobaczech on Tue, 27 February 2018, 10:01:43
Koob, you are too awesome, thank you for humoring me. Yes, if could get a plate for 6.25u plate mount stabs/split backspace that would be awesome. no other stabs necessary.
Got it. Jordi already says he can do that without even needing my help lol. But I'll get that file to him anyways just in case. Split backspace meaning 1u 1u? If that's the case then only need support for the spacebar right?

Another caveat to using plate mount stabs with acrylic plates...

Plate mount stabs really need a 1.5mm thick plate in order to clip in securely. Making a 1.5mm plate out of acrylic is sketchy, because at that thickness, the acrylic tends to break when you try and snap in things like switches and stabilizers. My advice would be to use thicker acrylic for the plate, and glue the stabilizers in using hot glue or cyanoacrylate.
JD, Jordi cuts them 3mm thick, and deep engraves the underside for the wire and other parts to clear. Any idea if other changes are required here, or if 3mm is too thick for the stab to clip, requiring that part to be 1.5mm?

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Post by: jdcarpe on Tue, 27 February 2018, 10:46:24
Another caveat to using plate mount stabs with acrylic plates...

Plate mount stabs really need a 1.5mm thick plate in order to clip in securely. Making a 1.5mm plate out of acrylic is sketchy, because at that thickness, the acrylic tends to break when you try and snap in things like switches and stabilizers. My advice would be to use thicker acrylic for the plate, and glue the stabilizers in using hot glue or cyanoacrylate.
JD, Jordi cuts them 3mm thick, and deep engraves the underside for the wire and other parts to clear. Any idea if other changes are required here, or if 3mm is too thick for the stab to clip, requiring that part to be 1.5mm?



Yeah, 3mm will definitely be too thick for it to clip into, so probably gluing it will be the best course. If he were to engrave the underside down to 1.5mm, it might be too fragile at that point, anyway. But only the front part (where the wire clips in) has to attach, so it may be worth a try.
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Post by: donut_sauce on Tue, 27 February 2018, 12:54:59
Another caveat to using plate mount stabs with acrylic plates...

Plate mount stabs really need a 1.5mm thick plate in order to clip in securely. Making a 1.5mm plate out of acrylic is sketchy, because at that thickness, the acrylic tends to break when you try and snap in things like switches and stabilizers. My advice would be to use thicker acrylic for the plate, and glue the stabilizers in using hot glue or cyanoacrylate.
JD, Jordi cuts them 3mm thick, and deep engraves the underside for the wire and other parts to clear. Any idea if other changes are required here, or if 3mm is too thick for the stab to clip, requiring that part to be 1.5mm?



Yeah, 3mm will definitely be too thick for it to clip into, so probably gluing it will be the best course. If he were to engrave the underside down to 1.5mm, it might be too fragile at that point, anyway. But only the front part (where the wire clips in) has to attach, so it may be worth a try.
Thanks, Koob and JD for being so helpful with this. Would it make sense to just make the spacebar opening a little wider so I can just shove in two dummy switches and skip a stabilizer all together? Otherwise the glue/ thick acrylic solution works for me:)

JD, I'm  probably gonna hold onto the PCB just in case. Thanks though:)
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Post by: jdcarpe on Tue, 27 February 2018, 13:09:41
Would it make sense to just make the spacebar opening a little wider so I can just shove in two dummy switches and skip a stabilizer all together? Otherwise the glue/ thick acrylic solution works for me:)

I doubt that would work very well. The design of the spacebar stabilizer allows it to act as a "leveling bar" in that if you push one side of it, the other side also goes down since the bar attaches everything together. Your best bet is to go with the new acrylic plate and glue them in.
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Post by: Koobaczech on Tue, 27 February 2018, 13:21:05
Thanks, Koob and JD for being so helpful with this. Would it make sense to just make the spacebar opening a little wider so I can just shove in two dummy switches and skip a stabilizer all together? Otherwise the glue/ thick acrylic solution works for me:)
It's all up to you boss. I'll make whatever you want as long as you pay for the plates haha xD
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Post by: donut_sauce on Tue, 27 February 2018, 14:20:31
Would it make sense to just make the spacebar opening a little wider so I can just shove in two dummy switches and skip a stabilizer all together? Otherwise the glue/ thick acrylic solution works for me:)

I doubt that would work very well. The design of the spacebar stabilizer allows it to act as a "leveling bar" in that if you push one side of it, the other side also goes down since the bar attaches everything together. Your best bet is to go with the new acrylic plate and glue them in.

Thanks, Koob and JD for being so helpful with this. Would it make sense to just make the spacebar opening a little wider so I can just shove in two dummy switches and skip a stabilizer all together? Otherwise the glue/ thick acrylic solution works for me:)
It's all up to you boss. I'll make whatever you want as long as you pay for the plates haha xD

I see thanks, JD. Glue and stabs it is!

Cool, Koob. I'll send you an email in a bit:)
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Post by: TechieWeirdo on Tue, 27 February 2018, 22:22:45
PEARL HYPE! Just got the tracking email! Can't wait to build this guy  :D
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Post by: SynkRz on Tue, 27 February 2018, 23:11:55
I just got my Pearl order (#10) and Iím really excited for te build :)
However, thereís an issue with the bottom half of the case as there is a dent and the brass weight doesnít fit the case perfectly. Is there anything I can do to fix this? Iíve also sent some pictures via instagram.
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Post by: ojrask on Wed, 28 February 2018, 07:59:34
My Pearl is in Miami right now so I presume 1 week or so until I receive mine. :)
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Post by: bucket on Wed, 28 February 2018, 08:12:09
My Pearl is in Miami right now so I presume 1 week or so until I receive mine. :)

haha same, chilling by the beach before making the trip over the pond.
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Post by: Koobaczech on Wed, 28 February 2018, 09:41:24
Hey everyone, just about finished sorting all the remaining kits yesterday night with Mangoes (ek599). zFrontiers orders are next to be packed and shipped.

Some news for everyone
1. Missing a Black Bottom and Silver Top. If I sent you it by accident, please be an honest citizen and let me know
2. There are no extra cases. This is unfortunate if people need replacements. Will have to try and remake their bad parts
3. There are a few b-stock parts that I hope to try and re-finish after Pearls age a bit
4. There are 5 extra PCB's remaining. Will try to order more to have a sizeable stock of Acrylic plates + PCB's
5. Have a decent amount of cables, mounting hardware and RGB diffusers stocked.

PEARL HYPE! Just got the tracking email! Can't wait to build this guy  :D
Awesome dude!

I just got my Pearl order (#10) and Iím really excited for te build :)
However, thereís an issue with the bottom half of the case as there is a dent and the brass weight doesnít fit the case perfectly. Is there anything I can do to fix this? Iíve also sent some pictures via instagram.
Thanks for letting me know last night bud. Hope you don't have issues with the replacement!

My Pearl is in Miami right now so I presume 1 week or so until I receive mine. :)
haha same, chilling by the beach before making the trip over the pond.
Hope they arrive soon! :)


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Post by: metalliccharles on Wed, 28 February 2018, 10:13:09
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4. There are 5 extra PCB's remaining. Will try to order more to have a sizeable stock of Acrylic plates + PCB's


How do i get one of these extra pcb's?? :-[
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Post by: Koobaczech on Wed, 28 February 2018, 10:18:23
How do i get one of these extra pcb's?? :-[
Just pm me if you want bud. $35 via Paypal and free shipping CONUS
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Post by: hndle on Wed, 28 February 2018, 10:36:56
I'll buy that extra pcb too. :eek:
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Post by: Koobaczech on Wed, 28 February 2018, 10:39:57
I'll buy that extra pcb too. :eek:
Lol ok! You and charles are down for one each. Just, give me some time in case these next batch of Pearls need replacement PCB's! Wouldn't want to leave them hanging
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Post by: hndle on Wed, 28 February 2018, 11:43:09
I'll buy that extra pcb too. :eek:
Lol ok! You and charles are down for one each. Just, give me some time in case these next batch of Pearls need replacement PCB's! Wouldn't want to leave them hanging




of course, koob :thumb:
I'll PM you.
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Post by: gutsack on Wed, 28 February 2018, 14:35:13
Just received my Pearl and wanted to say that this is one of the most impressive GB results I've ever seen. The attention to detail is immense hereónot just the board itself but the packaging, the documentation, the cables, the whole package is so well thought-out and executed. I've been part of countless group buys and even the ones run by "professionals" are put to shame by this.

You have earned a long-term group buy participant in me and I will absolutely get in on whatever you do next.

Everyone else looking to run a buy should look at this as a case study for success.
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Post by: foxlive on Wed, 28 February 2018, 16:32:19
Just received my Pearl and wanted to say that this is one of the most impressive GB results I've ever seen. The attention to detail is immense hereónot just the board itself but the packaging, the documentation, the cables, the whole package is so well thought-out and executed. I've been part of countless group buys and even the ones run by "professionals" are put to shame by this.

You have earned a long-term group buy participant in me and I will absolutely get in on whatever you do next.

Everyone else looking to run a buy should look at this as a case study for success.

I definitely agree on this, at least for what I can see here! I regret not joining it! But I am so glad it goes smoothly and cannot wait for the next GB, hopefully soon and in 6x% <3 !!

Keep it going koob  :thumb:
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Post by: crcstig on Wed, 28 February 2018, 16:46:54
Recieved mine today as well, number 62, and I really couldn't be happier. I got silver and brass and it is stunning. Built it wi5h box jades and split everything. Thank you very much Koob!

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Post by: bminhz on Wed, 28 February 2018, 17:53:22
Hey Koob, if I want an extra acrylic diffuser do I send you pm here or checkout from the store?
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Post by: BobCarltheThird on Wed, 28 February 2018, 18:06:06
Recieved mine today as well, number 62, and I really couldn't be happier. I got silver and brass and it is stunning. Built it wi5h box jades and split everything. Thank you very much Koob!

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Spilt everything is the way to go IMO. Can't wait for my board to get back from repairs.
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Post by: SuperBo on Wed, 28 February 2018, 21:02:55
I have just received my package today. But don't have time to build the keyboard now.

@Koob I don't see any extra top silver case in my package. Hope you will find it back soon

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Post by: Koobaczech on Fri, 02 March 2018, 10:17:39
Just received my Pearl and wanted to say that this is one of the most impressive GB results I've ever seen. The attention to detail is immense hereónot just the board itself but the packaging, the documentation, the cables, the whole package is so well thought-out and executed. I've been part of countless group buys and even the ones run by "professionals" are put to shame by this.
You have earned a long-term group buy participant in me and I will absolutely get in on whatever you do next.
Everyone else looking to run a buy should look at this as a case study for success.

I definitely agree on this, at least for what I can see here! I regret not joining it! But I am so glad it goes smoothly and cannot wait for the next GB, hopefully soon and in 6x% <3 !!
Keep it going koob  :thumb:
Thank you SO much!! Catching up on the thread and seeing messages like this is beautiful<3 Makes it all worth it!

Recieved mine today as well, number 62, and I really couldn't be happier. I got silver and brass and it is stunning. Built it wi5h box jades and split everything. Thank you very much Koob!
What a pretty, pretty build!! Thanks for sharing, and you're welcome!

Hey Koob, if I want an extra acrylic diffuser do I send you pm here or checkout from the store?
Just a pm will be great, sent yours out this morning, 2-3 days!

Spilt everything is the way to go IMO. Can't wait for my board to get back from repairs.
SoonTM haha! Saturday? Sorry for the faulty diode. Happens! Good thing TurboMech was able to diagnose and repair.

I have just received my package today. But don't have time to build the keyboard now.
@Koob I don't see any extra top silver case in my package. Hope you will find it back soon
Thanks Bo! Very kind of you to send some well wishes.

Hope everyone is doing well! I'm still working on orders! Trying to order more PCB's to stock for the future as well. No ETA on that. Acrylic plates prob next week. Cheers-
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Post by: donjoan666 on Fri, 02 March 2018, 12:58:31
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Post by: Robotical on Fri, 02 March 2018, 13:00:57
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Koob has a similar build. I really like this look. :)
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Post by: Koobaczech on Fri, 02 March 2018, 13:20:21
So hot rn!! We are twins - Don't mind the A in place of the Q
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Koob has a similar build. I really like this look. :)

Seems like he just compared with his! It does look similar lol!

So hot rn!! We are twins - Don't mind the A in place of the Q
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My lost sibling LoL. BTW the anodizing has over....killed...me....
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Post by: Kalopsia on Fri, 02 March 2018, 14:57:36
Seeing all those nice pictures of the different Pearls makes me regret that I didnt join in. Heres hoping you'll consider 60% for your next GB. Ill definately get 2!  :thumb:
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Post by: on9james on Sat, 03 March 2018, 13:04:20
#12 ready to click clack

pairing with just arrived hako true, smooth and steady~
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working on keycap :p
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time to make myself a purple cable!! Thanks Koob for the good work again!!
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Post by: ojrask on Sat, 03 March 2018, 14:31:02
Zealios arrived and my Pearl is in customs waiting for them to send me a payment notification. Now I realized I may need to buy stabilizers as I did not check whether I have any in stock. I presume plate mounted Cherry stabs would not work properly.
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Post by: metalliccharles on Sat, 03 March 2018, 16:51:40
So hot rn!! We are twins - Don't mind the A in place of the Q
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 :eek: DAAAMN :eek: those look good.
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Post by: energyd on Sat, 03 March 2018, 22:56:08
quick question: for the led that come with the board, is the long leg positive and short leg negative?
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Post by: xondat on Sat, 03 March 2018, 23:01:27
quick question: for the led that come with the board, is the long leg positive and short leg negative?

Positive is generally longer, can't see why they'd be any different.
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Post by: forumusername on Sat, 03 March 2018, 23:16:36
I never wanted a 40% until I saw these 🤤

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Post by: eyedrop on Sun, 04 March 2018, 00:02:33
I never wanted a 40% until I saw these 🤤

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And this is your 40th post.  Coincidence?   :p
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Post by: kwyryn on Sun, 04 March 2018, 11:12:33
I never wanted a 40% until I saw these 🤤

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I wanted one until i noticed that the stagger is ****ed up
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Post by: salasource on Sun, 04 March 2018, 13:12:39
I never wanted a 40% until I saw these 🤤

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I wanted one until i noticed that the stagger is ****ed up

Haha, exactly same here. Standard stagger option with extra plate would have been excellent compromise.
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Post by: Koobaczech on Sun, 04 March 2018, 13:26:54
#12 ready to click clack
pairing with just arrived hako true, smooth and steady~
Thanks Koob for the good work again!!
Wow!! So beautiful! DSA looks awesome on these little boards. You are very welcome and ty as well #12!

quick question: for the led that come with the board, is the long leg positive and short leg negative?
Positive is generally longer, can't see why they'd be any different.
Thanks man! Yes positive is +. Says it on my build guide as well

I never wanted a 40% until I saw these 🤤
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I wanted one until i noticed that the stagger is ****ed up
Haha, exactly same here. Standard stagger option with extra plate would have been excellent compromise.
Theres plenty of normal staggered 40s out there fellas! May i suggest the mechmin2, it has an extra plate for ortho as well!
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Post by: forumusername on Sun, 04 March 2018, 13:40:59
#12 ready to click clack
pairing with just arrived hako true, smooth and steady~
Thanks Koob for the good work again!!
Wow!! So beautiful! DSA looks awesome on these little boards. You are very welcome and ty as well #12!

quick question: for the led that come with the board, is the long leg positive and short leg negative?
Positive is generally longer, can't see why they'd be any different.
Thanks man! Yes positive is +. Says it on my build guide as well

I never wanted a 40% until I saw these 🤤
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I wanted one until i noticed that the stagger is ****ed up
Haha, exactly same here. Standard stagger option with extra plate would have been excellent compromise.
Theres plenty of normal staggered 40s out there fellas! May i suggest the mechmin2, it has an extra plate for ortho as well!
But this was nice and chunky with a weight

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Post by: Koobaczech on Sun, 04 March 2018, 13:43:33
Yes, but some people are cry babies about a few mm stagger difference xD So what can you do
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Post by: salasource on Sun, 04 March 2018, 15:30:35
Theres plenty of normal staggered 40s out there fellas! May i suggest the mechmin2, it has an extra plate for ortho as well!
Actually JD45 is the closest one to Pearl and that's about it. So I would say that at the moment there is nothing like it on the market.
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Post by: BobCarltheThird on Sun, 04 March 2018, 17:23:06
Aaaaaaaaaaaaand built. Had some weird issues with the screws on the top left not screwing in at all but everything's secure without them so it's good enough for me. Currently holding all my artisans until laser arrives.
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Post by: energyd on Sun, 04 March 2018, 20:58:36
Building the board, got a question. There is a fairly big gap b/w the ? key and right shift, what did I do wrong?

(https://i.imgur.com/nFOwqqZ.png)
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Post by: Koobaczech on Sun, 04 March 2018, 21:12:50
Make sure your plate is flat, and make sure your switch isn't tilted when soldered. It looks titled to the right, press it down. Once assembled the gap won't be seen, so don't worry too much!
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Post by: clickityClackity on Sun, 04 March 2018, 21:47:41
The Pearl arrived on my birthday and it's ****ing beautiful!!! Built it with Amber Alps and vintage double shot PBT caps. :D

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Post by: energyd on Mon, 05 March 2018, 00:05:16
Make sure your plate is flat, and make sure your switch isn't tilted when soldered. It looks titled to the right, press it down. Once assembled the gap won't be seen, so don't worry too much!

thanks koob, that's exactly what happened. almost finished but just found that there are only 10 m3x4 screws included, not a big deal since 10 screws hold the plate just fine. but 4 more screws will make it perfect
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Post by: gutsack on Mon, 05 March 2018, 01:56:21
Built mine this morning. Still need to pick out a keyset but for now just threw on some enjoypbt. Also got QMK installed as well. (Attachment Link)

How did you manage to get QMK installed on your Pearl? I can't seem to make that happen with the current head of QMK, doesn't seem like you can build ps2avrGB at this time (issue: https://github.com/qmk/qmk_firmware/issues/2425). Did you successfully flash QMK into your Pearl?
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Post by: d.caminero on Mon, 05 March 2018, 05:57:02
The Pearl arrived on my birthday and it's ****ing beautiful!!! Built it with Amber Alps and vintage double shot PBT caps. :D

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You beat me on the first Pearl with ALPS (the first published here at least hahah)
Did you encounter any problem with alps fitting? What stabs did you use? I'm planning to build mine with Oranges (and an extra pcb with blues) and use regular MX stabs since I will throw DSA Lightcycle on until I can get those ALPS to MX sliders and put Yuri on it, but I'm concerned with the MX stabs since I will not be able to use retro keysets AFAIK.
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Post by: Koobaczech on Mon, 05 March 2018, 08:38:28
The Pearl arrived on my birthday and it's ****ing beautiful!!! Built it with Amber Alps and vintage double shot PBT caps. :D
height=480]https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180305/da9dc6203fa731708677455a468463fb.jpg[/img][img width=640
Happy birthday!!! Great job on the ALPS, first one I've seen besides my prototype! Must be naisu

thanks koob, that's exactly what happened. almost finished but just found that there are only 10 m3x4 screws included, not a big deal since 10 screws hold the plate just fine. but 4 more screws will make it perfect
You're welcome and sorry at the same time! So its fixed now? Pass me your order #, I'll pull up your address and mail you the missing hardware friend!

How did you manage to get QMK installed on your Pearl? I can't seem to make that happen with the current head of QMK, doesn't seem like you can build ps2avrGB at this time (issue: https://github.com/qmk/qmk_firmware/issues/2425). Did you successfully flash QMK into your Pearl?
I'll take a look at building tonight man, will keep you posted!

You beat me on the first Pearl with ALPS (the first published here at least hahah)
Did you encounter any problem with alps fitting? What stabs did you use? I'm planning to build mine with Oranges (and an extra pcb with blues) and use regular MX stabs since I will throw DSA Lightcycle on until I can get those ALPS to MX sliders and put Yuri on it, but I'm concerned with the MX stabs since I will not be able to use retro keysets AFAIK.
There are some issues with ALPS. Letme explain. ALPS use wings on the sides to grip onto plates. Cherry switch variants use mainly the tops and bottoms to grip. To support some split options and a universal plate, some plate areas are opened up and not sectioned, such as the spacebar area. So when placing an ALPS switch here, it won't be using the plate at all. It will just go straight on the PCB. Same goes for the backspace and rshift if you decide to go full size on them and not split them. Apart from that, the plates support costar stabs and the only problem you would encounter at that point is the ALPS needing off size stabs (not 2u or 6.25u), requiring MATIAS style stabs, or not using cherry style inserts. If its the last one, use costars!
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Post by: hndle on Mon, 05 March 2018, 09:12:43
koob, check pm plz!
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Post by: energyd on Mon, 05 March 2018, 09:53:24
thanks koob, that's exactly what happened. almost finished but just found that there are only 10 m3x4 screws included, not a big deal since 10 screws hold the plate just fine. but 4 more screws will make it perfect
You're welcome and sorry at the same time! So its fixed now? Pass me your order #, I'll pull up your address and mail you the missing hardware friend!

wow thx man! that's great customer service! Order #1069 it is.
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Post by: BobCarltheThird on Mon, 05 March 2018, 10:14:03
(https://i.imgur.com/UjanYMA.jpg)
Well here's my pearl I suppose. I don't have the caps for it yet so it's relegated to be my dedicated artisan holder for now. Very happy with the quality though and Koob was very willing to help with my issues.

probably wont have the money to buy it but I'm very much looking forward to your next project. :D
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Post by: gutsack on Mon, 05 March 2018, 14:08:22
How did you manage to get QMK installed on your Pearl? I can't seem to make that happen with the current head of QMK, doesn't seem like you can build ps2avrGB at this time (issue: https://github.com/qmk/qmk_firmware/issues/2425). Did you successfully flash QMK into your Pearl?
I'll take a look at building tonight man, will keep you posted!

The issue was indeed with QMK. Sebb767 created a pull request that resolves the issue, you can manually patch it currently if you need to convert your Pearl to QMK ASAP, or wait for it to land. PR is here: https://github.com/qmk/qmk_firmware/pull/2478

Once you patch that, you can do (from the qmk_firmware dir):

Code: [Select]
make ps2avrGB
bootloadHID -r ps2avrGB_default.hex

This should update the new firmware and change the LEDs to red.

And then you can do:

Code: [Select]
make pearl
bootloadHID -r pearl.hex

And you're good to go. Edit your layout to your heart's content (or use pearl_jetpacktuxedo).
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Post by: ojrask on Mon, 05 March 2018, 16:24:54
I will be receiving my Pearl this week, maybe even tomorrow!

I need a clarification regarding layouts: in the IC thread and the GB page (Pearl Boards) there are keyboard layouts that has two different bottom rows (the split space and the 6.25u space one). Are these two the only supported layouts or can I move various keys around (e.g. switch around some 1.25u and 1u keys or maybe have the split space set up as 2.25u:1.25u:2.75u)?

The split space is the way to go for me but would be nice to have a 1.25u between the spacekeys. I will get a better visual once I get the plate and PCB in my hands but I started planning my firmware already.
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Post by: donut_sauce on Mon, 05 March 2018, 16:29:27
How did you manage to get QMK installed on your Pearl? I can't seem to make that happen with the current head of QMK, doesn't seem like you can build ps2avrGB at this time (issue: https://github.com/qmk/qmk_firmware/issues/2425). Did you successfully flash QMK into your Pearl?
I'll take a look at building tonight man, will keep you posted!

The issue was indeed with QMK. Sebb767 created a pull request that resolves the issue, you can manually patch it currently if you need to convert your Pearl to QMK ASAP, or wait for it to land. PR is here: https://github.com/qmk/qmk_firmware/pull/2478

Once you patch that, you can do (from the qmk_firmware dir):

Code: [Select]
make ps2avrGB
bootloadHID -r ps2avrGB_default.hex

This should update the new firmware and change the LEDs to red.

And then you can do:

Code: [Select]
make pearl
bootloadHID -r pearl.hex

And you're good to go. Edit your layout to your heart's content (or use pearl_jetpacktuxedo).

That's odd. Mine compiled just fine, this issue must have been pretty recently introduced. Glad to hear you got it fixed.

I actually ended up wiring my pearl to a teensy. It turns out macros over 5 characters are not working due to a time out issue with vusb.c (https://github.com/qmk/qmk_firmware/blob/a258358b6c2df0d1347a6506831076ef6a9784b3/tmk_core/protocol/vusb/vusb.c#L49) , at least that's my limited understanding of the issue. Hopefully some kind soul with the programming chops can fix that issue at some point:)
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Post by: Koobaczech on Mon, 05 March 2018, 16:40:47
I will be receiving my Pearl this week, maybe even tomorrow!

I need a clarification regarding layouts: in the IC thread and the GB page (Pearl Boards) there are keyboard layouts that has two different bottom rows (the split space and the 6.25u space one). Are these two the only supported layouts or can I move various keys around (e.g. switch around some 1.25u and 1u keys or maybe have the split space set up as 2.25u:1.25u:2.75u)?

The split space is the way to go for me but would be nice to have a 1.25u between the spacekeys. I will get a better visual once I get the plate and PCB in my hands but I started planning my firmware already.
Lets hope it arrives well! For the bottom row,
The two keys on the left and right ends can be swapped. So thats 1-1.25 or 1.25-1 on either side, regardless of split or not split space.
If you split the space, the only way you can build it is xx - xx - 1.25 - 2.25 - 2.75 - xx - xx
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Post by: ojrask on Mon, 05 March 2018, 16:51:54
I will be receiving my Pearl this week, maybe even tomorrow!

I need a clarification regarding layouts: in the IC thread and the GB page (Pearl Boards) there are keyboard layouts that has two different bottom rows (the split space and the 6.25u space one). Are these two the only supported layouts or can I move various keys around (e.g. switch around some 1.25u and 1u keys or maybe have the split space set up as 2.25u:1.25u:2.75u)?

The split space is the way to go for me but would be nice to have a 1.25u between the spacekeys. I will get a better visual once I get the plate and PCB in my hands but I started planning my firmware already.
Lets hope it arrives well! For the bottom row,
The two keys on the left and right ends can be swapped. So thats 1-1.25 or 1.25-1 on either side, regardless of split or not split space.
If you split the space, the only way you can build it is xx - xx - 1.25 - 2.25 - 2.75 - xx - xx

I see. Thanks for the clarification. Will have to have a bigass Fn in the middle then. ;D
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Post by: seblove on Mon, 05 March 2018, 20:26:59
I'm fully turquo'd boys.

This thing had some very tight tolerances, had to sand down my brass weight to drop it in, but overall it's built like a tank and now I know I love box navys. Fun little board for sure, thanks Koob.

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Post by: Wet on Mon, 05 March 2018, 22:18:39
#1006 reporting in! Black Pearl with Black Selectric. Only had a TKL set, so some keys aren't exactly the right profile but it'll be temporary! Waiting on Round 6 to be shipped soon..

The main problems I had were regarding the screws: I could only get 3/4 case screws in as the last one would always be misaligned no matter what I try. Some of the plate screws don't go in perfectly as well, but the entire board is still secure as it is :D

(https://i.imgur.com/fnqQBJA.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/88BVGTj.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/SWHlCfO.jpg)

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Post by: OfTheWild on Tue, 06 March 2018, 01:16:03
That looks so good with the vintage black on black. Nice job!
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Post by: gutsack on Tue, 06 March 2018, 01:19:01
#1006 reporting in! Black Pearl with Black Selectric. Only had a TKL set, so some keys aren't exactly the right profile but it'll be temporary!

Looks so good! I tried putting Selectric on mine, but with the split space bars and the modifier keys related, it started getting ridiculous. Ended up putting Jukebox on mine, which is a set I've had laying around for years but have never actually used. Will post a photo tomorrow.
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Post by: d.caminero on Tue, 06 March 2018, 03:27:50

There are some issues with ALPS. Letme explain. ALPS use wings on the sides to grip onto plates. Cherry switch variants use mainly the tops and bottoms to grip. To support some split options and a universal plate, some plate areas are opened up and not sectioned, such as the spacebar area. So when placing an ALPS switch here, it won't be using the plate at all. It will just go straight on the PCB. Same goes for the backspace and rshift if you decide to go full size on them and not split them. Apart from that, the plates support costar stabs and the only problem you would encounter at that point is the ALPS needing off size stabs (not 2u or 6.25u), requiring MATIAS style stabs, or not using cherry style inserts. If its the last one, use costars!

So if I understood it correctly, I can use Costar or Matias stabs (I think they are the same except for the insert?) depending on the caps having MX or ALPS mounts for the stabilizers. Am I right? Or are there cut-outs for the Costar stabs dimensioned to 2u and 6.25u and then I'd need to bend a wire to fit the caps with Matias inserts and costar stabs?
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Post by: curist on Tue, 06 March 2018, 04:59:48
I'm super happy to get my #96 cyan Pearl  :D
The packaging is top-notch, the envelop with my name on it, add a nice personal touch to the whole thing  :-*
Really looking forward to put this gem together.
A happy future Pearl user from Taiwan. ( damn, this international shipping thing is FAST!! )
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Post by: d.caminero on Tue, 06 March 2018, 05:30:13
Mine is being delivered now! I will have to wait to tomorrow to pick it up  :'(
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Post by: ojrask on Tue, 06 March 2018, 08:35:47
Grrrr, my Pearl is in ping-pong mode in the local Posti systems. Hopefully, I'll get it tomorrow.
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Post by: Koobaczech on Tue, 06 March 2018, 09:42:58
Wow!! All these amazing build pictures and comments! I cant keep my eye off this thread or the whole thing explodes xD happy to see everyone getting their orders in. I do apologize about the tightness issues. On my next board I've made sure the plate and case holes are .1mm bigger so there's wiggle room for the screw and such.

I've got more PCB's and Acrylic Plates coming soon. Stockpiled for the long future in the likely absence of a second Pearl Group buy. If anyone actually reads this, JORDI, my acrylic cutter, made me foam inserts that sit between the plate and PCB. For that super premium sound dampening! Cannot wait to see how that works out. Jordi is the man. BoomSnapKep still trying to make some artisans. Still packing stuff, etc etc.

Donut, still working on your plate. Eyedrop, your Pearl is being built! energyd, sent your replacement hardware this morning via envelope

So if I understood it correctly, I can use Costar or Matias stabs (I think they are the same except for the insert?) depending on the caps having MX or ALPS mounts for the stabilizers. Am I right? Or are there cut-outs for the Costar stabs dimensioned to 2u and 6.25u and then I'd need to bend a wire to fit the caps with Matias inserts and costar stabs?
Letme clarify. My plates only support 2u and 6.25u costar or cherry stabilizers. No Matias support. If your caps use off size stabilizers, you are out of luck :/
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Post by: d.caminero on Tue, 06 March 2018, 10:23:55
I've got more PCB's and Acrylic Plates coming soon. Stockpiled for the long future in the likely absence of a second Pearl Group buy. If anyone actually reads this, JORDI, my acrylic cutter, made me foam inserts that sit between the plate and PCB. For that super premium sound dampening! Cannot wait to see how that works out. Jordi is the man. BoomSnapKep still trying to make some artisans. Still packing stuff, etc etc.
That sound dampening foam sounds awesome (pun intended).
"Likely absence of a second Pearl buy" means you are not going to run another buy for this board? Just asking :)

So if I understood it correctly, I can use Costar or Matias stabs (I think they are the same except for the insert?) depending on the caps having MX or ALPS mounts for the stabilizers. Am I right? Or are there cut-outs for the Costar stabs dimensioned to 2u and 6.25u and then I'd need to bend a wire to fit the caps with Matias inserts and costar stabs?
Letme clarify. My plates only support 2u and 6.25u costar or cherry stabilizers. No Matias support. If your caps use off size stabilizers, you are out of luck :/

I was referring to this stabilizers
(https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/1315/1471/products/Cherry_Bottom_Hook_large.jpg?v=1495601138)
that you can find here https://matias.store/products/stabilizer-and-hook-set (https://matias.store/products/stabilizer-and-hook-set)). They seem to be the same as Costar but come with diferent length wires and ALPS or MX inserts. I think I can use those and try to bend the wire as it's been done before or use the extended inserts that blindassassin is doing with his stems as well.
Anyway, I will be using regular screw-in stabs since DSA Lightcycle uses mx stabilizers.
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Post by: Koobaczech on Tue, 06 March 2018, 10:44:15
That sound dampening foam sounds awesome (pun intended).
"Likely absence of a second Pearl buy" means you are not going to run another buy for this board? Just asking :)

I was referring to this stabilizers
Show Image
(https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/1315/1471/products/Cherry_Bottom_Hook_large.jpg?v=1495601138)

that you can find here https://matias.store/products/stabilizer-and-hook-set (https://matias.store/products/stabilizer-and-hook-set)). They seem to be the same as Costar but come with diferent length wires and ALPS or MX inserts. I think I can use those and try to bend the wire as it's been done before or use the extended inserts that blindassassin is doing with his stems as well.
Anyway, I will be using regular screw-in stabs since DSA Lightcycle uses mx stabilizers.
It does sound super cool!! Sound dampening is one of my personal favorite mods ever. I have sound dampening under my spacebar, and for my Pearl builds without the diffuser, I pack the extra top case inside space with the paper wrap that your Pearls came in. Its a wonderful mod. So damn excited to try a build with this foam + acrylic + a silent linear. As for a second Round, maybe. It would be a very long while. Id probably flatten the design more, make the tolerances less tight, and possibly center the indicator lights since people wanted that. But I need to reserve a slot to get the work done. And I already have my 6x boards ready to show off. So its a pipeline! Pearl R2 depends on the future demand and not the current hype of owning one, and the overall satisfaction of the long time users! Finally, I've never seen those costar style stabs with the long wires. Very interesting! I don't see why they wouldn't work xD
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Post by: mike-y on Tue, 06 March 2018, 11:07:36
my package has been "delayed" by USPS since last Friday, with no update since then.  I'm trying to get a hold of them to request a re-delivery, but I fear that they've lost it .
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Post by: unknown error on Tue, 06 March 2018, 11:09:40
Grrrr, my Pearl is in ping-pong mode in the local Posti systems. Hopefully, I'll get it tomorrow.

Oh nice, another Pearl to Finland. :thumb:
My package is now in transport from Posti Logistiikkakeskus, so hopefully tomorrow but I'm happy if I get mine by friday.
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Post by: Koobaczech on Tue, 06 March 2018, 11:21:11
my package has been "delayed" by USPS since last Friday, with no update since then.  I'm trying to get a hold of them to request a re-delivery, but I fear that they've lost it .
Yo what the heck...they better not have lost it.. I'll kill them. Also give it time, and be sure to call them. Could be many reasons. Maybe postage needs to be paid, maybe its held up at your local post office and you dont even know, maybe the need a different address. Ive had all 3 of these happen to me before. Calling/waiting has usually fixed the issue. Hope all is well :[
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Post by: eyedrop on Tue, 06 March 2018, 12:13:18
Mine is being built?

I cannot contain my excitement!!   :))
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Shipments arriving->Sorting->Shipping - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: donut_sauce on Tue, 06 March 2018, 12:25:56
Donut, still working on your plate...

Awesome! looking forward to it:)
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Shipments arriving->Sorting->Shipping - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: ojrask on Tue, 06 March 2018, 12:51:24
Grrrr, my Pearl is in ping-pong mode in the local Posti systems. Hopefully, I'll get it tomorrow.

Oh nice, another Pearl to Finland. :thumb:
My package is now in transport from Posti Logistiikkakeskus, so hopefully tomorrow but I'm happy if I get mine by friday.

Yeah, Saturday is the day I'm planning on soldering mine together as well. Still waiting for GMK Laser to slap on my Pearl though. :)
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Shipments arriving->Sorting->Shipping - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: BobCarltheThird on Tue, 06 March 2018, 13:13:05
Grrrr, my Pearl is in ping-pong mode in the local Posti systems. Hopefully, I'll get it tomorrow.

Oh nice, another Pearl to Finland. :thumb:
My package is now in transport from Posti Logistiikkakeskus, so hopefully tomorrow but I'm happy if I get mine by friday.

Yeah, Saturday is the day I'm planning on soldering mine together as well. Still waiting for GMK Laser to slap on my Pearl though. :)
Trust me the wait for Laser only gets worse once your Pearl is built :'(
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% GB R1 Closed - Shipping to you - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: FearsomeCubedWarrior on Tue, 06 March 2018, 14:37:06
Yeah, waiting for Laser as well. At first I wanted SA by the sea and maybe I'll order 40s kit for the sake of 40% SA compatibility, but not the full kit.
Still deciding on switches and LED color, though. Most mods will be clicky and I want to try navies for this, but what about alphas: I like burnt oranges, but already have it on Planck:
(https://i.imgur.com/U0FEYSI.jpg)
And obviously, want to try something new.
What's your suggestion?
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% GB R1 Closed - Shipping to you - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: BobCarltheThird on Tue, 06 March 2018, 15:17:07
Yeah, waiting for Laser as well. At first I wanted SA by the sea and maybe I'll order 40s kit for the sake of 40% SA compatibility, but not the full kit.
Still deciding on switches and LED color, though. Most mods will be clicky and I want to try navies for this, but what about alphas: I like burnt oranges, but already have it on Planck:
Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/U0FEYSI.jpg)

And obviously, want to try something new.
What's your suggestion?
If you're willing to wait a little bit Novelkeys has been teasing a new tactile box switch. You would need to wait for them to be produced after a group buy though.
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% GB R1 Closed - Shipping to you - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: pixelpusher on Tue, 06 March 2018, 15:45:53
Yeah, waiting for Laser as well. At first I wanted SA by the sea and maybe I'll order 40s kit for the sake of 40% SA compatibility, but not the full kit.
Still deciding on switches and LED color, though. Most mods will be clicky and I want to try navies for this, but what about alphas: I like burnt oranges, but already have it on Planck:
Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/U0FEYSI.jpg)

And obviously, want to try something new.
What's your suggestion?
If you're willing to wait a little bit Novelkeys has been teasing a new tactile box switch. You would need to wait for them to be produced after a group buy though.

where do you see this teasing?
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% GB R1 Closed - Shipping to you - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Puddsy on Tue, 06 March 2018, 15:48:50
Yeah, waiting for Laser as well. At first I wanted SA by the sea and maybe I'll order 40s kit for the sake of 40% SA compatibility, but not the full kit.
Still deciding on switches and LED color, though. Most mods will be clicky and I want to try navies for this, but what about alphas: I like burnt oranges, but already have it on Planck:
Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/U0FEYSI.jpg)

And obviously, want to try something new.
What's your suggestion?
If you're willing to wait a little bit Novelkeys has been teasing a new tactile box switch. You would need to wait for them to be produced after a group buy though.

where do you see this teasing?

he's been doing it on discord
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% GB R1 Closed - Shipping to you - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: FearsomeCubedWarrior on Tue, 06 March 2018, 16:11:04
Yeah, waiting for Laser as well. At first I wanted SA by the sea and maybe I'll order 40s kit for the sake of 40% SA compatibility, but not the full kit.
Still deciding on switches and LED color, though. Most mods will be clicky and I want to try navies for this, but what about alphas: I like burnt oranges, but already have it on Planck:
Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/U0FEYSI.jpg)

And obviously, want to try something new.
What's your suggestion?
If you're willing to wait a little bit Novelkeys has been teasing a new tactile box switch. You would need to wait for them to be produced after a group buy though.

Any details: weight, travel? I like heavy switches, but AFAIK, Jade has some issues, so I'll pass.

I don't have much choice of switches here, but from what I've tried I like white ALPS most, so looking for something similar, but without click and with cherry mount.

Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% GB R1 Closed - Shipping to you - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: pixelpusher on Tue, 06 March 2018, 16:12:30
Yeah, waiting for Laser as well. At first I wanted SA by the sea and maybe I'll order 40s kit for the sake of 40% SA compatibility, but not the full kit.
Still deciding on switches and LED color, though. Most mods will be clicky and I want to try navies for this, but what about alphas: I like burnt oranges, but already have it on Planck:
Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/U0FEYSI.jpg)

And obviously, want to try something new.
What's your suggestion?
If you're willing to wait a little bit Novelkeys has been teasing a new tactile box switch. You would need to wait for them to be produced after a group buy though.

where do you see this teasing?

he's been doing it on discord

I guess I've seen people talking about novelkeys purple switches.  Maybe that's it.  I really think people who are seeking the holy grail of the tactile switch should rethink rubber domes and alps boards.  You're never going to match those switches for tactility (P.S. I'd be happy to eat my words)
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% GB R1 Closed - Shipping to you - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: jdcarpe on Tue, 06 March 2018, 16:14:46
Hey, wait a minute...

I noticed the title of this thread changed earlier this afternoon: "Re: [GB] Pearl 40% GB R1 Closed - Shipping to you - www.pearlboards.com"

"R1 Closed"

"R1"
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% GB R1 Closed - Shipping to you - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Puddsy on Tue, 06 March 2018, 16:18:27
Hey, wait a minute...

I noticed the title of this thread changed earlier this afternoon: "Re: [GB] Pearl 40% GB R1 Closed - Shipping to you - www.pearlboards.com"

"R1 Closed"

"R1"

:JD intensifies:
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% GB R1 Closed - Shipping to you - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: jdcarpe on Tue, 06 March 2018, 16:20:38
Hey, wait a minute...

I noticed the title of this thread changed earlier this afternoon: "Re: [GB] Pearl 40% GB R1 Closed - Shipping to you - www.pearlboards.com"

"R1 Closed"

"R1"

:JD intensifies:

This is now a meme
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% GB R1 Closed - Shipping to you - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: foxlive on Tue, 06 March 2018, 16:30:23
Hey, wait a minute...

I noticed the title of this thread changed earlier this afternoon: "Re: [GB] Pearl 40% GB R1 Closed - Shipping to you - www.pearlboards.com"

"R1 Closed"

"R1"

:JD intensifies:

This is now a meme

I saw the "R1".. totaly intensify for me then I see this post XD !

I WANT THE 6x% :D !
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% GB R1 Closed - Shipping to you - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Rawrsor on Tue, 06 March 2018, 22:57:49
Pearl #118 checking in (unbuilt, unfortunately :( )

Gotta get some lube, clean these switches up (harvested off a very dirty zenith z-150), and get some keycaps before build time! In the meantime, here are some test fit pics :)
(https://i.imgur.com/M8nQFFp.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/FzQcYFS.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/WOb6dUW.jpg)
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Shipments arriving->Sorting->Shipping - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: d.caminero on Wed, 07 March 2018, 04:54:36
It does sound super cool!! Sound dampening is one of my personal favorite mods ever. I have sound dampening under my spacebar, and for my Pearl builds without the diffuser, I pack the extra top case inside space with the paper wrap that your Pearls came in. Its a wonderful mod. So damn excited to try a build with this foam + acrylic + a silent linear. As for a second Round, maybe. It would be a very long while. Id probably flatten the design more, make the tolerances less tight, and possibly center the indicator lights since people wanted that. But I need to reserve a slot to get the work done. And I already have my 6x boards ready to show off. So its a pipeline! Pearl R2 depends on the future demand and not the current hype of owning one, and the overall satisfaction of the long time users! Finally, I've never seen those costar style stabs with the long wires. Very interesting! I don't see why they wouldn't work xD

Can you give us a picture of that top case packing? I may try to do that as well since I love my clicks but not my clacks.
Foam + acrylic should be silent AF man.

Thanks for the answer about a second round. I can see why you'd want to wait and see how things go and of course that you want to develop other projects. I just wanted to have a bit more of an insight into your original comment about the likeliness of a second round :)

Also, very excited to see your 6% project. If it's not blocked I will have a predisposition to join in hahah

I'll get some of those stabs to try to fit ALPS keysets with non-standard mounting and see how it goes :)
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Shipments arriving->Sorting->Shipping - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Koobaczech on Wed, 07 March 2018, 09:17:48
Can you give us a picture of that top case packing?
Thanks for the answer about a second round. I just wanted to have a bit more of an insight into your original comment about the likeliness of a second round :)
Also, very excited to see your 6% project. If it's not blocked I will have a predisposition to join in hahah
I'll get some of those stabs to try to fit ALPS keysets with non-standard mounting and see how it goes :)
Thank you bro<3 Nothings off the table. Just a matter of time and demand! And hoping to tease my new board before months end!

Pearl #118 checking in
Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/M8nQFFp.jpg)

Those ALPS are so pretty x!!!!!

Also here is the packing. Some under the spacebar, some inside the top case. There are way better materials to use than paper, like actual foam and sound dampening material. But just know they are mods that definitely improve sound!
(https://i.imgur.com/X888oua.jpg)
Extra Pic
(https://i.imgur.com/71rNbOD.jpg)
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% GB R1 Closed - Shipping to you - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Zanduby on Wed, 07 March 2018, 10:09:00
After playing around and using the board for a week. I would ask for two changes if you move on to a second round.

Fix the stagger on the top row, make the esc the same size as the tab. This has been rather difficult to get used to.

Second fix would be to make the split space options a uniform size. This one isn't as big of a thing, but aesthetically would look much better.
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% GB R1 Closed - Shipping to you - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Koobaczech on Wed, 07 March 2018, 10:25:31
Hey bud! Answer to some of your questions!
Fix the stagger on the top row
Top row stagger is normal, ROW2 stagger is offset a few mm's to the right. Did you mean R2?

Make the esc the same size as the tab. This has been rather difficult to get used to.
If the ESC is made 1.5u, then the backspace would need to be made 1.5u, and you would lose a key for the extra .5u+.5u additions, and you would lose the ability to have a full size backspace. If we make the esc 1.5u and don't touch the backspace, another top key would have to be made 1.5u, and you would still lose a key.

Second fix would be to make the split space options a uniform size. This one isn't as big of a thing, but aesthetically would look much better.
Could do this man! But id lose a huge aspect of Pearl, which is keyset compatibility. More specifically, the lack of need to buy specialty 40% kits. What size were you thinking for these? 2.25u?

As you can see, a 40% is naturally impaired by these layout issues. And it was tough choosing the route I did. Pearl was very experimental with the weight, USB-C, the new layout. It is for sure tricky getting used to. But this feedback is golden. I jot down everything and it will all go into account if a second round comes around. Thanks Zanduby
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% - Shipments arriving->Sorting->Shipping - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: d.caminero on Wed, 07 March 2018, 10:32:31
Also here is the packing. Some under the spacebar, some inside the top case. There are way better materials to use than paper, like actual foam and sound dampening material. But just know they are mods that definitely improve sound!
Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/X888oua.jpg)

Extra Pic
Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/71rNbOD.jpg)

Thanks for the pictures Koob! Very clear now how to put the paper in, I'll try to find some dampening foam here as well, but this will do in the meantime.
Also, that Bro looks awesome and a nice combo!
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% GB R1 Closed - Shipping to you - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Zanduby on Wed, 07 March 2018, 10:48:01
Hey bud! Answer to some of your questions!
Fix the stagger on the top row
Top row stagger is normal, ROW2 stagger is offset a few mm's to the right. Did you mean R2?

Make the esc the same size as the tab. This has been rather difficult to get used to.
If the ESC is made 1.5u, then the backspace would need to be made 1.5u, and you would lose a key for the extra .5u+.5u additions, and you would lose the ability to have a full size backspace. If we make the esc 1.5u and don't touch the backspace, another top key would have to be made 1.5u, and you would still lose a key.

Second fix would be to make the split space options a uniform size. This one isn't as big of a thing, but aesthetically would look much better.
Could do this man! But id lose a huge aspect of Pearl, which is keyset compatibility. More specifically, the lack of need to buy specialty 40% kits. What size were you thinking for these? 2.25u?

As you can see, a 40% is naturally impaired by these layout issues. And it was tough choosing the route I did. Pearl was very experimental with the weight, USB-C, the new layout. It is for sure tricky getting used to. But this feedback is golden. I jot down everything and it will all go into account if a second round comes around. Thanks Zanduby

Top row would be normal if it was the number row for sure, so i guess r2?

I totally get that there are a lot of things to juggle when making these. I set mine up to have a 1u backspace so it really isn't that big of deal for me to that the 1.5u esc, but, that is just me.

Thanks for your hard work on this,  and thanks for taking our ideas into consideration.
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% GB R1 Closed - Shipping to you - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: jdcarpe on Wed, 07 March 2018, 11:02:47
Yeah, he had to make the stagger different in order to "fix" key size compatibility.

If he went to a normal stagger, you would be basically at a JD40/JD45 and need different keycaps than you can find in a standard ANSI kit.
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% GB R1 Closed - Shipping to you - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: kriminal on Wed, 07 March 2018, 12:02:50
I'm fully turquo'd boys.

This thing had some very tight tolerances, had to sand down my brass weight to drop it in, but overall it's built like a tank and now I know I love box navys. Fun little board for sure, thanks Koob.





yup looks like I have to sand the brass weight also, thought It was only me lol, no biggie
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% GB R1 Closed - Shipping to you - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: ojrask on Wed, 07 March 2018, 13:40:56
Mkay my Pearl is now waiting for pickup at the local post office. Tomorrow pickup, Saturday build day!

Also, I presume the underlighting work as described in this QMK documentation if I use QMK to setup my Pearl: https://docs.qmk.fm/feature_rgblight.html ?
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% GB R1 Closed - Shipping to you - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: donut_sauce on Wed, 07 March 2018, 13:52:15
Mkay my Pearl is now waiting for pickup at the local post office. Tomorrow pickup, Saturday build day!

Also, I presume the underlighting work as described in this QMK documentation if I use QMK to setup my Pearl: https://docs.qmk.fm/feature_rgblight.html ?
Yup, works fine.  Both the default and jetpack's keymaps currently include rgb. (https://github.com/qmk/qmk_firmware/tree/master/keyboards/pearl) Backlighting doesn't work yet afaik.

Jetpack's keymap also has a cool function where the LEDs indicate which layer u r on:)
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% GB R1 Closed - Shipping to you - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: ojrask on Wed, 07 March 2018, 13:58:37
Mkay my Pearl is now waiting for pickup at the local post office. Tomorrow pickup, Saturday build day!

Also, I presume the underlighting work as described in this QMK documentation if I use QMK to setup my Pearl: https://docs.qmk.fm/feature_rgblight.html ?
Yup, works fine.  Both the default and jetpack's keymaps currently include rgb. (https://github.com/qmk/qmk_firmware/tree/master/keyboards/pearl) Backlighting doesn't work yet afaik.

Jetpack's keymap also has a cool function where the LEDs indicate which layer u r on:)

Ah yeah I saw the LED indicator trick earlier. Need to copy that over to my firmware as well. :D

Thanks!
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% GB R1 Closed - Shipping to you - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: mike-y on Wed, 07 March 2018, 14:41:33
my package has been "delayed" by USPS since last Friday, with no update since then.  I'm trying to get a hold of them to request a re-delivery, but I fear that they've lost it .

There hadn't been an update from USPS since friday, but I finally got a hold of them yesterday and put in a re-delivery request.  Tracking information finally got updated this morning, and they dropped it off here about 5 minutes ago.  Just got through opening the package and am very impressed at the personalized details and packing efforts.  It mades the whole unboxing experience a little more special :-)

Thanks!!
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% GB R1 Closed - Shipping to you - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: gutsack on Wed, 07 March 2018, 14:45:09
Number 28 here. Went with 67g Zilents. Brass plate. Split backspace and space. Jukebox SA. Switched to QMK and it's working like a dream. I ended up building the whole thing live on YouTube, if you're into such things: http://karbonbased.io/builds/pearl

[attachimg=1][attachimg=3][attachimg=2]

The Pearl is so much fun to type on and so well designed. Love it.
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% GB R1 Closed - Shipping to you - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: mike-y on Wed, 07 March 2018, 22:32:34
here's order #135 checking in.  I just did a mock up to take the pictures, and carefully packed it back up again until I'm ready to build it.  I have 2 other keyboard kits that need attention right now, so I may have to wait a bit for the Pearl to see if I have room in my expanding collection, lol.

anyway, I have the cyan case with an extra purple plate.  take a look:

[attach=1]

[attach=2]

[attach=3]

[attach=4]

Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% GB R1 Closed - Shipping to you - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: tanvir175 on Wed, 07 March 2018, 23:08:05
Any plans on an R2/will there be extras up eventually?

This GB ran while I was still undecided about 40%'s and now I really regret not getting it.
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% GB R1 Closed - Shipping to you - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: clee on Thu, 08 March 2018, 01:37:14
I totally forgot about this thread! Pearl #102 checking in.

Final picture first:
[attach=1]

I stole the switches from another board I already had caps on, and I was too lazy to pull all the caps off before I put them in the Pearl.
[attach=2]

All switches soldered up (no switch lights, and at this point I had not installed the indicator LEDs):
[attach=3]

One switch showing:
[attach=4]


I got an extra USB-C cable! Super handy so I can move the Pearl back and forth from work to home and I don't have to bring a cable with me.
[attach=5]
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% GB R1 Closed - Shipping to you - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: RealLaugh on Thu, 08 March 2018, 02:51:59
I totally forgot about this thread! Pearl #102 checking in.

OMG dude your board looks so cool with GMK Oblivion, great job on the build

Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% GB R1 Closed - Shipping to you - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: curist on Thu, 08 March 2018, 05:40:02
Yeah, he had to make the stagger different in order to "fix" key size compatibility.

If he went to a normal stagger, you would be basically at a JD40/JD45 and need different keycaps than you can find in a standard ANSI kit.

I feel that figuring a layout that fit oneself, is a terrific puzzle to solve. Having a 40%, it's not always reasonable to let keys sit where they usually are, we have so many characters we want to type, and yet we only have these many keys.
For me, the left most three keys from top to bottom, are tab, ctrl, and l_shift. I'm not using a esc nor capslock there.
I believe many others do have similar ideas/layouts, so, at least for me, I'm not able to use a standard ANSI kit anyway.
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% GB R1 Closed - Shipping to you - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: ojrask on Thu, 08 March 2018, 05:49:04
Yeah, he had to make the stagger different in order to "fix" key size compatibility.

If he went to a normal stagger, you would be basically at a JD40/JD45 and need different keycaps than you can find in a standard ANSI kit.

I feel that figuring a layout that fit oneself, is a terrific puzzle to solve. Having a 40%, it's not always reasonable to let keys sit where they usually are, we have so many characters we want to type, and yet we only have these many keys.
For me, the left most three keys from top to bottom, are tab, ctrl, and l_shift. I'm not using a esc nor capslock there.
I believe many others do have similar ideas/layouts, so, at least for me, I'm not able to use a standard ANSI kit anyway.

Coming from 60% making a layout for a 40% is actually a fun adventure. My plan currently has 4 layers just so I can simulate my 60% layout. Luckily I've gotten used to a thumb Backspace on my Ergodox so the split space setup makes it simple to have the Backspace on the bottom row instead of the top-right corner. I do know that I can't use this layout when playing PC games but then I can put the left half of my Ergodox next to the Pearl. I will have to see whether programming becomes a real pain in the butt with this keyboard as well. :)

My left edge is Tab, Fn1, Shift. I never use Caps lock so no need for it. My Ctrl is the leftmost key on the bottom row but as the layout is HHKBish I bet I will mistake it for Gui or Alt quite often in the beginning.

I will be sending my layout to the QMK repo when I'm done writing and testing it.

As for key compatibility I think it is really neat that I can use any regularish ANSI keyset with some minor profile variation in places where it doesn't really matter.
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% GB R1 Closed - Shipping to you - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: d.caminero on Thu, 08 March 2018, 10:43:37
Well, yesterday I finally picked up my Pearl and I have to say some things:

First of all, Koob the packing job was over the ****ing top. I haven't seen anything so well and carefully done in all my years of internet buying, not big companies nor small individuals. It was simply astounding and just perfect. It shows the effort you've put in packing everything and figuring out the best way to do so. Thank you so much for it.

Second, the board is awesome, I have no words to describe it. It just left me with a big grin in my face and made me forget about my poor SO for some hours. I do have some feedback for you as well, I'll PM you in a whim, but it goes in the same line with what other's said.

Third, thank you so much for the stickers, extra cable and the foam. All the personalized and hand-crafted details were amazing. I will definitely be using that foam to dampen sound.

Fourth, the acryllic plate is perfect although I'll need to figure out a way to hold my ALPS on it ot at least hold them enough to set them straight, but otherwise I love it. It has a nice feel and good sound. Of course the brass plate is stunning as well, but I didn't even take it from the paper since I didn't want to touch it with my bare hands.

All in all I can say this is my best GB experience with quite a lot of difference. It was not only done without major problems, but also with love and very well thought, looking to every detail and in my opinion that is something that can be seen here and in our lovely boards. You can definitely count me in for your 6x% project. Thank you so much for all this work Koob.

I took some mock-up pictures since I'm still cleaning my ALPS, I'll upload them later to show you all how well DSA Lightcycle goes with the Gray color.
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% GB R1 Closed - Shipping to you - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: ojrask on Thu, 08 March 2018, 14:26:40
My Pearl 40% arrived safe and sound. The shipping box has taken some damage on the way but the hefty inner packaging kept the parts safe. Really nice work on prepping the package, the small pouch for the cable and screws is neat, and everything seems to be in the package as it should. All GB runners should take note of the care and work put in this GB Koob. :)

I did not unwrap the individual pieces yet as I need to carry the package with me tomorrow, but I will inspect the parts tomorrow and get in touch in case something is wonky.

Thanks!
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% GB R1 Closed - Shipping to you - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: stoic-lemon on Thu, 08 March 2018, 20:20:48
You guys using ALPS, what is your lube of choice? I'm guessing summer kind of dry lube, but which one and where do you prefer to lube?
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% GB R1 Closed - Shipping to you - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Puddsy on Thu, 08 March 2018, 20:26:10
You guys using ALPS, what is your lube of choice? I'm guessing summer kind of dry lube, but which one and where do you prefer to lube?

tribosys
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% GB R1 Closed - Shipping to you - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: SuperBo on Thu, 08 March 2018, 22:37:42
It seems that holtite doesn't fit this PCB. The hole is too tight.

:"(

Sent from my SM-G955F using Tapatalk

Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% GB R1 Closed - Shipping to you - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: clee on Thu, 08 March 2018, 23:57:57
I totally forgot about this thread! Pearl #102 checking in.
OMG dude your board looks so cool with GMK Oblivion, great job on the build

Thanks! I think it looks pretty slick. Very happy with the Pearl, just wish I had bought another one...
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% GB R1 Closed - Shipping to you - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: THRILLHOIAF on Fri, 09 March 2018, 00:06:20
Finally got to building my Pearl today! Was just waiting on my lube to come in!

Also picked up a neat soldering kit and soldering mat since all my previous stuff was wayyyy old!



such a slick plate, felt ****ty having to cover it up at all...each piece is display worthy clean
(https://i.imgur.com/eACYmTj.jpg)

My lube station!
(https://i.imgur.com/2MIB4ne.jpg)

Stabilizers lubed and placed on the board!
(https://i.imgur.com/9FqeLsf.jpg)

Decided to go with Kailh Sages for my first build! A satisfying click, but a bit heavier to suit the weight of the board a bit more :)
(https://i.imgur.com/4zdo7vu.jpg)

so slick
(https://i.imgur.com/a3qXut7.jpg)

I havent soldered anything since I was in 7th grade so this was exciting as **** to try again!
(https://i.imgur.com/G5Zdrmz.jpg)

My boy Indiana wondering what all the rukus was in the kitchen
(https://i.imgur.com/gOKtaL0.jpg)

Went with GMK Plum on this girly! Kinda wanted to put SA Camping on it, but the caps are filthy as they're on my daily driver, and after a long day of work I frankly couldn't be bothered to give the kids a bath
(https://i.imgur.com/anJRc5D.jpg)

Bonus shot of my moonlight keybuto! Realized all my artisans dont really match any of my keysets except my milhouse board haha
(https://i.imgur.com/Lx2lz6v.jpg)

Such a slick RGB shinethrough,
(https://i.imgur.com/OMdoMx5.jpg)



negaTives of the peaRl grOupbuy! LoL
More
box was damaged in transit - I've already asked for Kooba to reimburse me for inferorior USPS packaging
(https://i.imgur.com/z5fyf9X.jpg)

box was soaked in blood after I opened it! not sure why...
(https://i.imgur.com/mFsjPwT.jpg)

Marginal chip on underside of plate, have already created scathing reddit post discrediting all of Koobas hard work
(https://i.imgur.com/NpI1qmj.jpg)

Kooba felt the need to insult my financial status by including the business and finance section in his packaging materials...
(https://i.imgur.com/OFJsxSm.jpg)


I joke of course :)



In all seriousness, overall this was a 10/10 GB experience, Koob was providing constant updates, always open to feedback, ideas, suggestions, and was helpful throughout the entire purchase, manufacturing and even build process!

The board itself is an 11/10, a great weight too it, slick look, great anodized color, it was almost criminal to have to put it together because each part on its own looks ****ing amazing.

For a first time Groupbuy Kooba set an incredibly high bar! I will be in on any groupbuy this guy puts together in the future should I a. have any remaining organs to sell for keebs b. have keysets to be able to cover them!
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% GB R1 Closed - Shipping to you - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: clee on Fri, 09 March 2018, 04:03:47
For anybody else who flashes QMK onto their Pearls: I wrote an alternative LED algorithm that lights up multiple LEDs to indicate layers (none for default layer 0, and then 1 LED for layer 1, 2 LEDs for layer 2, and 3 LEDs for layer 3).

https://github.com/clee/qmk_firmware/blob/pearl-clee/keyboards/pearl/keymaps/clee/keymap.c#L32

If you already have a layer_state_set_kb function, delete it and replace it with this one, otherwise just paste this into your keymap.
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% GB R1 Closed - Shipping to you - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: ojrask on Fri, 09 March 2018, 06:59:55
I'm worried that my PCB is faulty. With no switches or anything soldered on the PCB when I connect pads together, I get funky key presses in a keyboard tester.

Activating Esc activates Hyper at the same time (Esc Ctrl Alt Gui all light up), activating Q activates QAZ and Alt, and so on. I can't activate A on its own. The PCB is fresh off the packaging and plugged in via the cable that came with the package.

Is the default layout broken or is my PCB broken? Could this be related to my PC somehow? I have my BananaSplit 60% plugged in as well and that works normally.

I will continue testing, I use just some raw copper wire to connect the pads on each switch position.

EDIT: It looks like the top row leaks all presses to the whole column, with the strange exception of [{ and Backspace. Pressing O also triggers 0 (zero) as the Fn1 is on that column. Does this mean the PCB is faulty or is the firmware misconfigured for the matrix of the PCB?

EDIT2: how does one reset this thing? lsusb shows something called "Clay Logic" for the PCB and connecting RST and GND only reboots the PCB without setting it into bootloading mode? Anyone have a command for flashing the default QMK layout using dfu-programmer? The MCU is `atmega32a au`so I should probably just compile a HEX and then use `dfu-programmer atmega32a flash` or similar?
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% GB R1 Closed - Shipping to you - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: d.caminero on Fri, 09 March 2018, 08:04:40
Try first using bootmapper client and putting it in bootmapper mode. WKL-based PCB's tend to work strangely until flashed with bootmapper client.
You can toggle there the bootmapper mode and then check each pad to see if they work, since the client will show you in orange the one you "pressed".
I would leave QMK for now until you know it is working properly.
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% GB R1 Closed - Shipping to you - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: ojrask on Fri, 09 March 2018, 08:11:03
Try first using bootmapper client and putting it in bootmapper mode. WKL-based PCB's tend to work strangely until flashed with bootmapper client.
You can toggle there the bootmapper mode and then check each pad to see if they work, since the client will show you in orange the one you "pressed".
I would leave QMK for now until you know it is working properly.

Is there a bootmapper client available for Linux? I only see Win and Mac clients on the Pearl page.
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% GB R1 Closed - Shipping to you - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: d.caminero on Fri, 09 March 2018, 08:29:00
Is there a bootmapper client available for Linux? I only see Win and Mac clients on the Pearl page.

Unfortunately not that I know of, only Windows and I'm not even sure about Mac but if it says so in the pearl page it should be.
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% GB R1 Closed - Shipping to you - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: ojrask on Fri, 09 March 2018, 08:37:05
Okay according to QMK repo's https://github.com/qmk/qmk_firmware/tree/master/keyboards/ps2avrGB Pearl is supported, but now I'm at loss as to how to setup bootloadHID on Linux. I download the sources and compile with what flags in `bootloaderconfig.h`? Maybe I'll follow the brew raw commands for this.

I did manage to get Pearl into bootmapper mode by keeping Esc active while plugging in, at least the underglow stopped and lsusb shows a device.

EDIT: okay I did manage get flashing to work on Ubuntu as follows:

- Clone https://github.com/robertgzr/bootloadHID
- `cd` into `bootloadHID/commandline`
- run `sudo make VENDORID=0x16c0 PRODUCTID=0x05DF # these ids are for atmega32A` (there may appear some warning about some USB lib thing here)
- then get a hex and flash it using: `sudo ./bootloadHID -r keymap.hex`

But now I would like to get a HEX from someone who has an operating top row. Reflashing the pearlboards.com default HEX made no change to my issue and top row leaks as it did earlier.

When I attempt to build a HEX with QMK (`make pearl:default`) I receive the following:

/usr/lib/avr/include/avr/io/h:428:6: error: #warning "device tpye not defined"

And loads of undeclared indentifier errors relating to ports and bins.

EDIT2: took a closer look at the PCB and noticed the following:

- Resistor R0 (next to LShift switch hole) is missing a resistor. I can see solder there but no resistor on the pads.
- Something labeled N1 does not have any component on it, only solder on three empty pads.
- A USB connector foot is burnt a little and looks like it touched the top row connection runway.

Any of these causing my issues?
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% GB R1 Closed - Shipping to you - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Koobaczech on Fri, 09 March 2018, 10:17:02
Hey ojrask! Sorry I've been so busy! Got your email and it alerted me to check the thread! Lots of cool stuff i missed. But your PCB seems like its missing some components that would definitely affect it. They could have fallen off in transit, rubbed of or just not been there to begin with. It happens! They could even be in the packaging that it was wrapped in. Regardless, I will send you a replacement PCB! I've got your address and hope this next one works fine! I'll inspect it before sending. Sorry about that sir!
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% GB R1 Closed - Shipping to you - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: ojrask on Fri, 09 March 2018, 10:27:50
Hey ojrask! Sorry I've been so busy! Got your email and it alerted me to check the thread! Lots of cool stuff i missed. But your PCB seems like its missing some components that would definitely affect it. They could have fallen off in transit, rubbed of or just not been there to begin with. It happens! They could even be in the packaging that it was wrapped in. Regardless, I will send you a replacement PCB! I've got your address and hope this next one works fine! I'll inspect it before sending. Sorry about that sir!

Awesome, I will try and see if the components are in the packaging somewhere, but it does look like there is only solder applied and nothing has dropped off of them.

I'll wait for the new PCB in the meantime, many thanks!

Hopefully, a thorough QMK guide is up by then, having trouble understanding why I can't even build the default keymap with it. :)
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% GB R1 Closed - Shipping to you - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Koobaczech on Fri, 09 March 2018, 10:44:45
No problem my friend! I promise the second i send the last Pearl out i will start on the QMK guide! Its been non stop work x!
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Post by: donut_sauce on Fri, 09 March 2018, 10:59:43
Hey ojrask! Sorry I've been so busy! Got your email and it alerted me to check the thread! Lots of cool stuff i missed. But your PCB seems like its missing some components that would definitely affect it. They could have fallen off in transit, rubbed of or just not been there to begin with. It happens! They could even be in the packaging that it was wrapped in. Regardless, I will send you a replacement PCB! I've got your address and hope this next one works fine! I'll inspect it before sending. Sorry about that sir!

Awesome, I will try and see if the components are in the packaging somewhere, but it does look like there is only solder applied and nothing has dropped off of them.

I'll wait for the new PCB in the meantime, many thanks!

Hopefully, a thorough QMK guide is up by then, having trouble understanding why I can't even build the default keymap with it. :)

hey ojrask, what issues are you having when compiling? is doing straight "make pearl:default" not working for you?

for me at least i know I had to update bash for windows (per qmk guide -" If you already have the Windows 10 Subsystem for Linux from the Anniversary update it's recommended that you upgrade it to 16.04LTS, because some keyboards don't compile with the toolchains included in 14.04LTS."). i was having issues compiling the Pearl before that.
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% GB R1 Closed - Shipping to you - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: jdcarpe on Fri, 09 March 2018, 13:13:25
OMG Kooba puts us all to shame when it comes to group buys!

That packaging! The guide! It's little extra touches like this that are the hallmark of a true professional.

I love this little gem! Can't wait to build it up.
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Post by: hndle on Fri, 09 March 2018, 13:23:36
I can't get out of this thread every day to see the built Pearl photo. they are awsome!!
someday i will...
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% GB R1 Closed - Shipping to you - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: ojrask on Sat, 10 March 2018, 05:56:15
Hey ojrask! Sorry I've been so busy! Got your email and it alerted me to check the thread! Lots of cool stuff i missed. But your PCB seems like its missing some components that would definitely affect it. They could have fallen off in transit, rubbed of or just not been there to begin with. It happens! They could even be in the packaging that it was wrapped in. Regardless, I will send you a replacement PCB! I've got your address and hope this next one works fine! I'll inspect it before sending. Sorry about that sir!

Awesome, I will try and see if the components are in the packaging somewhere, but it does look like there is only solder applied and nothing has dropped off of them.

I'll wait for the new PCB in the meantime, many thanks!

Hopefully, a thorough QMK guide is up by then, having trouble understanding why I can't even build the default keymap with it. :)

hey ojrask, what issues are you having when compiling? is doing straight "make pearl:default" not working for you?

for me at least i know I had to update bash for windows (per qmk guide -" If you already have the Windows 10 Subsystem for Linux from the Anniversary update it's recommended that you upgrade it to 16.04LTS, because some keyboards don't compile with the toolchains included in 14.04LTS."). i was having issues compiling the Pearl before that.

I'm on Ubuntu 14.04, so I am worried that I would need to compile some dependencies from source. E.g. my errors look like that libavr is missing the definitions for the Pearl MCU (atmega32A).

But yes, `make pearl:default` is the command that craps out on me with missing defitions that should be loaded from `avr/io.h` or similar. I do have `bootloadHID` up and running so all I would need from QMK is a built HEX file.

EDIT: Ah yes, gcc-avr is too old on 14.04. I will have to compile a newer version or then upgrade to 17.10. This results in the missing definitions when attempting to compile a HEX for Pearl (and other pa2avrGB boards). Found a similar issue at the QMK repo: https://github.com/qmk/qmk_firmware/issues/1364
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% GB R1 Closed - Shipping to you - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: donut_sauce on Sat, 10 March 2018, 14:34:51
Hey ojrask! Sorry I've been so busy! Got your email and it alerted me to check the thread! Lots of cool stuff i missed. But your PCB seems like its missing some components that would definitely affect it. They could have fallen off in transit, rubbed of or just not been there to begin with. It happens! They could even be in the packaging that it was wrapped in. Regardless, I will send you a replacement PCB! I've got your address and hope this next one works fine! I'll inspect it before sending. Sorry about that sir!

Awesome, I will try and see if the components are in the packaging somewhere, but it does look like there is only solder applied and nothing has dropped off of them.

I'll wait for the new PCB in the meantime, many thanks!

Hopefully, a thorough QMK guide is up by then, having trouble understanding why I can't even build the default keymap with it. :)

hey ojrask, what issues are you having when compiling? is doing straight "make pearl:default" not working for you?

for me at least i know I had to update bash for windows (per qmk guide -" If you already have the Windows 10 Subsystem for Linux from the Anniversary update it's recommended that you upgrade it to 16.04LTS, because some keyboards don't compile with the toolchains included in 14.04LTS."). i was having issues compiling the Pearl before that.

I'm on Ubuntu 14.04, so I am worried that I would need to compile some dependencies from source. E.g. my errors look like that libavr is missing the definitions for the Pearl MCU (atmega32A).

But yes, `make pearl:default` is the command that craps out on me with missing defitions that should be loaded from `avr/io.h` or similar. I do have `bootloadHID` up and running so all I would need from QMK is a built HEX file.

EDIT: Ah yes, gcc-avr is too old on 14.04. I will have to compile a newer version or then upgrade to 17.10. This results in the missing definitions when attempting to compile a HEX for Pearl (and other pa2avrGB boards). Found a similar issue at the QMK repo: https://github.com/qmk/qmk_firmware/issues/1364

yup. that's the same exact issue i had. upgrading should fix it:)
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% GB R1 Closed - Shipping to you - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: curist on Mon, 12 March 2018, 05:56:12
I seem to bricked my Pearl..
It works on my macbook perfectly, then I bring the Pearl to work to try on a windows machine, it can't find a driver.
Tried to reboot it several times, rescan for hardware change, no luck.
Bring it home, plug it, it just doesn't work anymore  :eek:
Can anyone point out how to burn the default firmware without Pearl being recognized as a keyboard?
Bear with me if this is not the best place for this kind of question.
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% GB R1 Closed - Shipping to you - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: donut_sauce on Mon, 12 March 2018, 06:18:17
I seem to bricked my Pearl..
It works on my macbook perfectly, then I bring the Pearl to work to try on a windows machine, it can't find a driver.
Tried to reboot it several times, rescan for hardware change, no luck.
Bring it home, plug it, it just doesn't work anymore  :eek:
Can anyone point out how to burn the default firmware without Pearl being recognized as a keyboard?
Bear with me if this is not the best place for this kind of question.
What does the computer show as plugged in to the usb?
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% GB R1 Closed - Shipping to you - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: curist on Mon, 12 March 2018, 06:28:42
I seem to bricked my Pearl..
It works on my macbook perfectly, then I bring the Pearl to work to try on a windows machine, it can't find a driver.
Tried to reboot it several times, rescan for hardware change, no luck.
Bring it home, plug it, it just doesn't work anymore  :eek:
Can anyone point out how to burn the default firmware without Pearl being recognized as a keyboard?
Bear with me if this is not the best place for this kind of question.
What does the computer show as plugged in to the usb?

The very first time I plugged it to the windows box, it's ps2avrgb or something like that, but I didn't let windows to finish installing the driver; I did a windows update, reboot, and then Pearl is always recognized as an unknown device.

Edit. I don't want to hijack this thread, so I will keep the update here.
No, it doesn't work on mac anymore.
And when the first time I plugged it to a mac, Pearl just work out of box.
Today, after I feels it can be something with the windows machine, I tried to plug Pearl to a colleague's macbook pro, and got no luck, so it seems I somehow bricked my Pearl :(
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% GB R1 Closed - Shipping to you - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: ojrask on Mon, 12 March 2018, 07:28:27
I seem to bricked my Pearl..
It works on my macbook perfectly, then I bring the Pearl to work to try on a windows machine, it can't find a driver.
Tried to reboot it several times, rescan for hardware change, no luck.
Bring it home, plug it, it just doesn't work anymore  :eek:
Can anyone point out how to burn the default firmware without Pearl being recognized as a keyboard?
Bear with me if this is not the best place for this kind of question.
What does the computer show as plugged in to the usb?

The very first time I plugged it to the windows box, it's ps2avrgb or something like that, but I didn't let windows to finish installing the driver; I did a windows update, reboot, and then Pearl is always recognized as an unknown device.

Does it work on the Mac still? Can you check the installed drivers in Windows Device Manager?
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% GB R1 Closed - Shipping to you - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: clee on Mon, 12 March 2018, 10:55:32
I seem to bricked my Pearl..
It works on my macbook perfectly, then I bring the Pearl to work to try on a windows machine, it can't find a driver.
Tried to reboot it several times, rescan for hardware change, no luck.
Bring it home, plug it, it just doesn't work anymore  :eek:
Can anyone point out how to burn the default firmware without Pearl being recognized as a keyboard?
Bear with me if this is not the best place for this kind of question.
What does the computer show as plugged in to the usb?

The very first time I plugged it to the windows box, it's ps2avrgb or something like that, but I didn't let windows to finish installing the driver; I did a windows update, reboot, and then Pearl is always recognized as an unknown device.

Edit. I don't want to hijack this thread, so I will keep the update here.
No, it doesn't work on mac anymore.
And when the first time I plugged it to a mac, Pearl just work out of box.
Today, after I feels it can be something with the windows machine, I tried to plug Pearl to a colleague's macbook pro, and got no luck, so it seems I somehow bricked my Pearl :(


Assuming you soldered the three lock-indicator LEDs in the lower right corner of the PCB, what about if you hold down Esc while connecting the USB cable? Do all three LEDs blink? If so, then it's not bricked and you can re-flash the firmware. Since you mentioned that you're on macOS, if you have any interest in QMK, you might follow the instructions I wrote up here: https://gist.github.com/clee/a43f198a70de0e6dae22d7638b41440a
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% GB R1 Closed - Shipping to you - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: curist on Mon, 12 March 2018, 19:17:33
I seem to bricked my Pearl..
It works on my macbook perfectly, then I bring the Pearl to work to try on a windows machine, it can't find a driver.
Tried to reboot it several times, rescan for hardware change, no luck.
Bring it home, plug it, it just doesn't work anymore  :eek:
Can anyone point out how to burn the default firmware without Pearl being recognized as a keyboard?
Bear with me if this is not the best place for this kind of question.
What does the computer show as plugged in to the usb?

The very first time I plugged it to the windows box, it's ps2avrgb or something like that, but I didn't let windows to finish installing the driver; I did a windows update, reboot, and then Pearl is always recognized as an unknown device.

Edit. I don't want to hijack this thread, so I will keep the update here.
No, it doesn't work on mac anymore.
And when the first time I plugged it to a mac, Pearl just work out of box.
Today, after I feels it can be something with the windows machine, I tried to plug Pearl to a colleague's macbook pro, and got no luck, so it seems I somehow bricked my Pearl :(


Assuming you soldered the three lock-indicator LEDs in the lower right corner of the PCB, what about if you hold down Esc while connecting the USB cable? Do all three LEDs blink? If so, then it's not bricked and you can re-flash the firmware. Since you mentioned that you're on macOS, if you have any interest in QMK, you might follow the instructions I wrote up here: https://gist.github.com/clee/a43f198a70de0e6dae22d7638b41440a

Thank you sir, you're a lifesaver  :-*
Holding esc and plug, Pearl is being recognized as a HIDBoot device, so I figure it can be in flash mode, tried to use BootMapperClient to flash the default hex file, no luck.
Follow the gist provided, boom, my Pearl is back alive :p
Thank you everyone for jumping in to help.
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% GB R1 Closed - Shipping to you - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: clee on Mon, 12 March 2018, 23:35:03
Thank you sir, you're a lifesaver  :-*
Holding esc and plug, Pearl is being recognized as a HIDBoot device, so I figure it can be in flash mode, tried to use BootMapperClient to flash the default hex file, no luck.
Follow the gist provided, boom, my Pearl is back alive :p
Thank you everyone for jumping in to help.

:D

So glad it helped!

Also, if you want to reflash back to the BootMapper firmware, you need to download the actual firmware image from here: https://github.com/showjean/ps2avrU/releases (I'm pretty sure you need the ps2avrGB firmware, looks like latest is ps2avrGB_firmware_V1.4.0_171019.zip). Before you can use the BootMapperClient GUI to upload your keymap, you need to re-flash the ps2avrGB_NKRO.hex file (from inside the ps2avrGB_firmware zip); using bootloadHID should work.

However, I obviously think QMK is pretty compelling or else I wouldn't be writing up all these guides on how to install it for everyone. Most importantly, QMK lets you give keys double meanings for tap vs hold. For example, my right spacebar is space when I tap it, and switches to Layer 1 when I hold it (and drops back to Layer 0 when I release it).
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Post by: clee on Tue, 13 March 2018, 02:59:03
My guide on installing QMK on your Pearl from Linux (https://gist.github.com/clee/b4106ccd52d6bccde06ba324345c23fc) is up now, btw, in case anybody on Linux hadn't figured it out yet. I tried to make it as easy as possible.
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Post by: donut_sauce on Tue, 13 March 2018, 16:24:16
Was inspired by jetpack's per layer LED setup so I went overboard and setup up the underglow to work per layer as well, RGB overload!
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Post by: eyedrop on Tue, 13 March 2018, 18:13:30
That is really cool, donut_sauce.

Care to share your qmk setup?   :)
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% GB R1 Closed - Shipping to you - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: donut_sauce on Tue, 13 March 2018, 21:29:34
That is really cool, donut_sauce.

Care to share your qmk setup?   :)
Sure, I used layer_state_set_* (https://docs.qmk.fm/custom_quantum_functions.html)
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% GB R1 Closed - Shipping to you - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Koobaczech on Thu, 15 March 2018, 15:24:11
Hey everyone! Wanted to check in, see how all the builds were, how the Pearls are holding up, comments, complaints etc. Any help anyone needs please don't hesitate to contact me!

UPDATE: I ran out of some supplies during zFrontiers orders and am waiting on those to arrive. Waiting on all our acrylic plates and PCB's as well. This stuff takes time to make!

In the meantime, clee made some astounding QMK programming guides for Linux and MacOS, based off the work done by others such as donut, jetpacktux, wokechill etc. I flashed my Black Pearl with QMK per his instructions, then tried flashing it back to BMC and it worked, but with some permanent damage. DualAction doesn't work correctly anymore and macros are kind of ****ed in BMC. So be careful when taking the plunge into QMK, the BMC soul of Pearl dies, but can be brought back. What is dead may never die

Other clarifications because I keep getting asked. I am down for a second Pearl GB in the future! Make the tolerances less tight by a few mm's, decrease the height a bit, play with the layout, explore other colors. Whatever really! Also wanted to thank everyone for everything. This buy has been so much work but so much fun. Seeing the community come out and contribute help, share information and builds, discuss the project, just everything, makes me so happy! To be a part of it all is a wonderful thing.

This weekend artisan TinyMakesThings flew in to Orlando with her friend. Had the pleasure of meeting up with her and my local buddies as well, super fun! The four of us in the middle worked tirelessly through the buy to pack, wash, inspect, catalogue and ship your Pearls! If you see them (Jenny, R0b0tical, Mangoes (ek555), me, don't be a stranger! Any issues encountered in the buy are immediately delegated to them. I apologize for their savagery.
(https://i.imgur.com/sXdabBI.jpg)

Obligatory Moomoo da keeb cat pic as well
(https://i.imgur.com/jOpm8uL.jpg)
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Post by: RealLaugh on Thu, 15 March 2018, 15:53:16
Thats really interesting that's you're down for R2 because that's totally how I feel too


Some feedback on the Pearl

For R2 I would like to see the base get some more degrees. This is purely an A E S T H E T I C S point of view and the board is functionally fine to type on with the current angle.

For R2 I would also like to see your take on a matching numpad or minipad like the Roadkit or the M6-A that could also be included in the GB alongside Pearl R2.

To be honest I don't really want to give you feedback, the board is great and I'm really reaching to find anything I would change. What I want more is to be a part of another GB from you because it was such a fun journey. The vibe in the IC and GB threads was always good, the updates were always there we never had to ask, you were super flexible with adding extras post-GB and you packed the items like a baws. I loved this GB and I would like to thank you and all your friends who helped pack and ship the boards for the time and effort that you invested when you could have stopped at a few prototypes for yourself.

Some pics of my Pearl

I already spammed you on instagram but I'll add some quick photos here. I used the board all day at work today and figured out what was missing from the layers etc. I had some issues with the shift/caps lock combo so I have gone with a normal left shift and moved caps lock to another layer in case I need it. The board was really fun to build, un-boxing and getting ready to build was super easy, all the parts were there and there was a ton of direction through the setup and build pages you put up on your website.

I built my pearl with box blacks and have a funky layout I am trying out which is inspired by the 3 FN keys on my minivan, at the moment I don't have a need for 3 so I might go back to just 2 and have an enter key above the right shift instead of FN.

(https://i.imgur.com/Ag4VQp1.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/8UKrzLI.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/lkzZarc.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/mGbamAf.jpg)
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% GB R1 Closed - Shipping to you - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: bucket on Sun, 18 March 2018, 08:21:30
So mine finally arrived over the pond after sitting in customs for about a week.

Firstly have to say how amazing it look the the quality truly is fantastic!! Sunday morning was spent building a keyboard, which would be a first for me! One thing to say though, the weight is amazing! Never thought I would be thankful for loads of weight on a board.

Only issue I seem to be having ... cannot seem to get caps lock to work ... using the boot mapper client, which is a little clunky, but even with the original has files just don't seem to be able to get that working.

Any help would be great here :)
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% GB R1 Closed - Shipping to you - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: RealLaugh on Sun, 18 March 2018, 13:56:02
So mine finally arrived over the pond after sitting in customs for about a week.

Firstly have to say how amazing it look the the quality truly is fantastic!! Sunday morning was spent building a keyboard, which would be a first for me! One thing to say though, the weight is amazing! Never thought I would be thankful for loads of weight on a board.

Only issue I seem to be having ... cannot seem to get caps lock to work ... using the boot mapper client, which is a little clunky, but even with the original has files just don't seem to be able to get that working.

Any help would be great here :)


hey there

on a fresh boot of Windows, right click on the .exe and run as administrator

once it opens click on 'Download' in the top left

once that has finished, tick the box next to 'Toggle Bootloader' which is in orange at the top of the window towards the center. The middle light on the Pearl should start flashing to confirm this was successful.

Then once that is done, press one of your switches down on the Pearl and the UI should jump to what key that is on the row/column map in the middle and also tell you what that key is currently mapped to to. Above this area are the different tabs for the other FN layers, just click on one of those and do the same thing there.

Once you have edited your layout you can click on the 'upload' button at the top of the window. Clicking on 'Upload' will prompt a confirmation, click OK and it will re-flash your Pearl, all 3 lights on the Pearl will come on for a second and go off again and then your Pearl should be go to go.
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% GB R1 Closed - Shipping to you - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: foxlive on Sun, 18 March 2018, 15:34:47
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Hey everyone! Wanted to check in, see how all the builds were, how the Pearls are holding up, comments, complaints etc. Any help anyone needs please don't hesitate to contact me!

UPDATE: I ran out of some supplies during zFrontiers orders and am waiting on those to arrive. Waiting on all our acrylic plates and PCB's as well. This stuff takes time to make!

In the meantime, clee made some astounding QMK programming guides for Linux and MacOS, based off the work done by others such as donut, jetpacktux, wokechill etc. I flashed my Black Pearl with QMK per his instructions, then tried flashing it back to BMC and it worked, but with some permanent damage. DualAction doesn't work correctly anymore and macros are kind of ****ed in BMC. So be careful when taking the plunge into QMK, the BMC soul of Pearl dies, but can be brought back. What is dead may never die

Other clarifications because I keep getting asked. I am down for a second Pearl GB in the future! Make the tolerances less tight by a few mm's, decrease the height a bit, play with the layout, explore other colors. Whatever really! Also wanted to thank everyone for everything. This buy has been so much work but so much fun. Seeing the community come out and contribute help, share information and builds, discuss the project, just everything, makes me so happy! To be a part of it all is a wonderful thing.
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This weekend artisan TinyMakesThings flew in to Orlando with her friend. Had the pleasure of meeting up with her and my local buddies as well, super fun! The four of us in the middle worked tirelessly through the buy to pack, wash, inspect, catalogue and ship your Pearls! If you see them (Jenny, R0b0tical, Mangoes (ek555), me, don't be a stranger! Any issues encountered in the buy are immediately delegated to them. I apologize for their savagery.
Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/sXdabBI.jpg)


Obligatory Moomoo da keeb cat pic as well
Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/jOpm8uL.jpg)

Very nice to hear this! I may even join in for a 40 pearl, they really look so nice, but I am mainly looking for the 60 pearl! Where is it :p? Shipping is almost finish I think, I cannot wait for the IC to pop up x) !

Keep it up, amazing work!
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% GB R1 Closed - Shipping to you - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: curist on Mon, 19 March 2018, 00:03:46
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Hey everyone! Wanted to check in, see how all the builds were, how the Pearls are holding up, comments, complaints etc. Any help anyone needs please don't hesitate to contact me!

UPDATE: I ran out of some supplies during zFrontiers orders and am waiting on those to arrive. Waiting on all our acrylic plates and PCB's as well. This stuff takes time to make!

In the meantime, clee made some astounding QMK programming guides for Linux and MacOS, based off the work done by others such as donut, jetpacktux, wokechill etc. I flashed my Black Pearl with QMK per his instructions, then tried flashing it back to BMC and it worked, but with some permanent damage. DualAction doesn't work correctly anymore and macros are kind of ****ed in BMC. So be careful when taking the plunge into QMK, the BMC soul of Pearl dies, but can be brought back. What is dead may never die

Other clarifications because I keep getting asked. I am down for a second Pearl GB in the future! Make the tolerances less tight by a few mm's, decrease the height a bit, play with the layout, explore other colors. Whatever really! Also wanted to thank everyone for everything. This buy has been so much work but so much fun. Seeing the community come out and contribute help, share information and builds, discuss the project, just everything, makes me so happy! To be a part of it all is a wonderful thing.
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This weekend artisan TinyMakesThings flew in to Orlando with her friend. Had the pleasure of meeting up with her and my local buddies as well, super fun! The four of us in the middle worked tirelessly through the buy to pack, wash, inspect, catalogue and ship your Pearls! If you see them (Jenny, R0b0tical, Mangoes (ek555), me, don't be a stranger! Any issues encountered in the buy are immediately delegated to them. I apologize for their savagery.
Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/sXdabBI.jpg)


Obligatory Moomoo da keeb cat pic as well
Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/jOpm8uL.jpg)

Very nice to hear this! I may even join in for a 40 pearl, they really look so nice, but I am mainly looking for the 60 pearl! Where is it :p? Shipping is almost finish I think, I cannot wait for the IC to pop up x) !

Keep it up, amazing work!

Wishes:

1. Have a more durable material for the weight. While the look and feel is amazing for the current brass one, it's beautiful, but untouchable at the same time. It need special care for it. I'd really like an option to have the weight to be built using stainless steel or other durable material.
2. Let the first button on the asdf row 0.25 unit shorter, so the keyboard will have a more standard staggered layout. I don't know if this change will break the compatibility with popular keycap sets though...
3. Less height definitely. For a person adores a 40%, I love minimal things, and would definitely like Pearl to be more lightweight and has less height.

Please take these as mere suggestions from a Pearl lover; this group-buy experience is fantastic, Pearl itself is gorgeos; whatever you come up with next time, will always be a insta-buy for me :D
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% GB R1 Closed - Shipping to you - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: ojrask on Mon, 19 March 2018, 11:57:01
Pearl #91 done! Typing speed dropped again to accustom to a new layout yet again. Currently wearing GMK Yuri but will put on GMK Laser once it arrives. :)

Potato quality but will get better photos later. The Yuri kinda works with the Cyan case in my opinion.

[attach=1]

Also, this one runs on QMK and you can find my layout at the QMK repo once the PR is hopefully merged (PR also has my instructions for using QMK with Pearl on Linux): https://github.com/qmk/qmk_firmware/pull/2563
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Post by: Koobaczech on Mon, 19 March 2018, 16:50:52
Thats really interesting that's you're down for R2 because that's totally how I feel too
Some feedback on the Pearl

-I would like to see the base get some more degrees. This is purely an A E S T H E T I C S point of view and the board is functionally fine to type on with the current angle.
-I would also like to see your take on a matching numpad or minipad like the Roadkit or the M6-A that could also be included in the GB alongside Pearl R2.

Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/Ag4VQp1.jpg)


Gosh what a freaking beauty!!! Thanks for the feedback man<3 Golden

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Hey everyone! Wanted to check in, see how all the builds were, how the Pearls are holding up, comments, complaints etc. Any help anyone needs please don't hesitate to contact me!

UPDATE: I ran out of some supplies during zFrontiers orders and am waiting on those to arrive. Waiting on all our acrylic plates and PCB's as well. This stuff takes time to make!

In the meantime, clee made some astounding QMK programming guides for Linux and MacOS, based off the work done by others such as donut, jetpacktux, wokechill etc. I flashed my Black Pearl with QMK per his instructions, then tried flashing it back to BMC and it worked, but with some permanent damage. DualAction doesn't work correctly anymore and macros are kind of ****ed in BMC. So be careful when taking the plunge into QMK, the BMC soul of Pearl dies, but can be brought back. What is dead may never die

Other clarifications because I keep getting asked. I am down for a second Pearl GB in the future! Make the tolerances less tight by a few mm's, decrease the height a bit, play with the layout, explore other colors. Whatever really! Also wanted to thank everyone for everything. This buy has been so much work but so much fun. Seeing the community come out and contribute help, share information and builds, discuss the project, just everything, makes me so happy! To be a part of it all is a wonderful thing.
More
This weekend artisan TinyMakesThings flew in to Orlando with her friend. Had the pleasure of meeting up with her and my local buddies as well, super fun! The four of us in the middle worked tirelessly through the buy to pack, wash, inspect, catalogue and ship your Pearls! If you see them (Jenny, R0b0tical, Mangoes (ek555), me, don't be a stranger! Any issues encountered in the buy are immediately delegated to them. I apologize for their savagery.
Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/sXdabBI.jpg)


Obligatory Moomoo da keeb cat pic as well
Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/jOpm8uL.jpg)

Very nice to hear this! I may even join in for a 40 pearl, they really look so nice, but I am mainly looking for the 60 pearl! Where is it :p? Shipping is almost finish I think, I cannot wait for the IC to pop up x) !

Keep it up, amazing work!
Thanks fox!! :D

Wishes:
1. Have a more durable material for the weight. While the look and feel is amazing for the current brass one, it's beautiful, but untouchable at the same time. It need special care for it. I'd really like an option to have the weight to be built using stainless steel or other durable material.
2. Let the first button on the asdf row 0.25 unit shorter, so the keyboard will have a more standard staggered layout. I don't know if this change will break the compatibility with popular keycap sets though...
3. Less height definitely. For a person adores a 40%, I love minimal things, and would definitely like Pearl to be more lightweight and has less height.

Please take these as mere suggestions from a Pearl lover; this group-buy experience is fantastic, Pearl itself is gorgeos; whatever you come up with next time, will always be a insta-buy for me :D
Thanks so much man! Love your thjoughts and opinions! I'm looking into better finishes such as PVD coating and such to fix the brass issues! And the rest is noted!

Pearl #91 done! Typing speed dropped again to accustom to a new layout yet again. Currently wearing GMK Yuri but will put on GMK Laser once it arrives. :)

Potato quality but will get better photos later. The Yuri kinda works with the Cyan case in my opinion.

Also, this one runs on QMK and you can find my layout at the QMK repo once the PR is hopefully merged (PR also has my instructions for using QMK with Pearl on Linux): https://github.com/qmk/qmk_firmware/pull/2563
Wew lad! Glad that your second PCB had no issues :P Lovely build! The yuri is very bold!

Thanks for the feedback and everything else friends! Keep up the awesome work.
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Post by: ojrask on Mon, 19 March 2018, 18:39:07

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Wew lad! Glad that your second PCB had no issues :P Lovely build! The yuri is very bold!


Thanks! Yuri's orange does really pop with the cyan case. :)

I'm currently looking at the shipping pricing to get you that broken PCB back for refurbishment, looks like I can use the same box you sent me the functional one in and it won't cost me too much. I'll get back to you on this.
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Post by: MikeTheTiger on Mon, 19 March 2018, 19:23:20
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180320/0a63f3c782917237fdfb7c80275e424a.jpg)
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Post by: RealLaugh on Tue, 20 March 2018, 02:32:29
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whooo dat color match  :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
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Post by: stoic-lemon on Tue, 20 March 2018, 09:03:31
Well, I finally opened the box and took at look at my stuff. Even though I'd seen lots of photos and some streams, I was still blown away by the care that had been taken in packaging and how beautiful the parts are. I love that I chose the rose gold as it looks amazing. Hope I can do it justice in the build. And I'm really happy that I got 109, since that has a meaning for anyone who knows Tokyo. Thank you Koobaczech!
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Post by: hndle on Tue, 20 March 2018, 09:06:14
WOW R2 !!!!! really good news!I will definitely in.
Of course I want to have one before R2... :'(
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Post by: MikeTheTiger on Tue, 20 March 2018, 11:49:55
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(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180320/0a63f3c782917237fdfb7c80275e424a.jpg)


whooo dat color match  :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:

 ;)
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% GB R1 Closed - Shipping to you - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: r4wromg on Sun, 25 March 2018, 22:19:29
I'm having trouble flashing my QMK hex onto my Pearl using the MacOS instructions. Everything compiles fine, but I keep getting the following Import error on several different computers after running the 'program' command with the Pearl in bootloader mode.

Code: [Select]
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "./util/atmega32a_program.py", line 22, in <module>
    import usb
ImportError: No module named usb
make[1]: *** [program] Error 1
make: *** [pearl:tilted:program] Error 1
Make finished with errors

Anyone have any ideas?
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% GB R1 Closed - Shipping to you - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: gutsack on Sun, 25 March 2018, 23:29:06
I'm having trouble flashing my QMK hex onto my Pearl using the MacOS instructions. Everything compiles fine, but I keep getting the following Import error on several different computers after running the 'program' command with the Pearl in bootloader mode.

Code: [Select]
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "./util/atmega32a_program.py", line 22, in <module>
    import usb
ImportError: No module named usb
make[1]: *** [program] Error 1
make: *** [pearl:tilted:program] Error 1
Make finished with errors

Anyone have any ideas?

You need pyusb:

Code: [Select]
pip install pyusb
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Post by: r4wromg on Mon, 26 March 2018, 00:30:53
I'm having trouble flashing my QMK hex onto my Pearl using the MacOS instructions. Everything compiles fine, but I keep getting the following Import error on several different computers after running the 'program' command with the Pearl in bootloader mode.

Code: [Select]
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "./util/atmega32a_program.py", line 22, in <module>
    import usb
ImportError: No module named usb
make[1]: *** [program] Error 1
make: *** [pearl:tilted:program] Error 1
Make finished with errors

Anyone have any ideas?

You need pyusb:

Code: [Select]
pip install pyusb

Thanks!! That worked perfectly.
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% GB R1 Closed - Shipping to you - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: mr scooty on Mon, 26 March 2018, 12:12:28
My only thoughts on an R2 would be please make the R1 and R2 boards compatible with each other. I'd like to mix and match my r1 and r2 boards since i regret not getting more colors in the first round  :p
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% GB R1 Closed - Shipping to you - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Koobaczech on Mon, 26 March 2018, 13:59:40
Hey fellas/ladies! Long weekend. Shipped zFrontier orders, and did some other Pearl chores. I should have PCB's and Acrylic plates stocked on my store this week. Would most likely be $70 for a combo shipped free within CONUS with 3 LED's. Or $35 for one plate or PCB. A good variety of colors. Red, white, black, orange, green, blue, etc. I'll have pics. Very limited on foam pieces for now, maybe 10 since I sent a bunch off already to people who reserved them! Got a FEW more orders to ship and then this GB will be in the maintenance phase.

Hope everyone's happy with their Pearls. I apologize to anyone who doesn't love it. And thanks all for the ride!

If anyone is interested, I'm also making a 60%. Just waiting to present it after all this Pearl stuff goes on autopilot. Got cool plans for it! Things like the custom artisans from Komatoz and Boomsnapcaps took a bit too long, and we all apologize, so they will be moved into the 60% GB if it ever runs! No promises on either. This 60 is experimental in many ways like Pearl was, and hoping its received well by you all<3!

Show Image
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180320/0a63f3c782917237fdfb7c80275e424a.jpg)

WEW lad!! That purp xD

Well, I finally opened the box and took at look at my stuff. Even though I'd seen lots of photos and some streams, I was still blown away by the care that had been taken in packaging and how beautiful the parts are. I love that I chose the rose gold as it looks amazing. Hope I can do it justice in the build. And I'm really happy that I got 109, since that has a meaning for anyone who knows Tokyo. Thank you Koobaczech!
Chok!! Thanks so much man! Everyone's been linking me your unboxing vid haha. Even my local friends who are just starting out in the hobby follow you and mentioned it. I was like damn!! Also 109 might have been coincidental, or might have been part of the Pearl magic. The world may never know ;D

You need pyusb:

Code: [Select]
pip install pyusb

Thanks!! That worked perfectly.
Thanks so much man! Killing it with the help :)

My only thoughts on an R2 would be please make the R1 and R2 boards compatible with each other. I'd like to mix and match my r1 and r2 boards since i regret not getting more colors in the first round  :p
My plan at the minimum was to kind of thin out the case, add a tiny bit more angle, make the tolerances a tad lower. Thinning out the case would mean sharing the usb cutout with the bottom case part as well as the top case part. That would definitely kill compatibility on case parts, but not on internals like the core (pcb/plate/switches). I'll really have to think about this!
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% GB R1 Closed - Shipping to you - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: tanvir175 on Mon, 26 March 2018, 14:08:56
If anyone is interested, I'm also making a 60%. Just waiting to present it after all this Pearl stuff goes on autopilot. Got cool plans for it! Things like the custom artisans from Komatoz and Boomsnapcaps took a bit too long, and we all apologize, so they will be moved into the 60% GB if it ever runs! No promises on either. This 60 is experimental in many ways like Pearl was, and hoping its received well by you all<3!

Gimme, pls
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% GB R1 Closed - Shipping to you - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: SBN on Mon, 26 March 2018, 14:13:09
If anyone is interested, I'm also making a 60%. Just waiting to present it after all this Pearl stuff goes on autopilot. Got cool plans for it! Things like the custom artisans from Komatoz and Boomsnapcaps took a bit too long, and we all apologize, so they will be moved into the 60% GB if it ever runs! No promises on either. This 60 is experimental in many ways like Pearl was, and hoping its received well by you all<3!

Gimme, pls

This!! :D
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% GB R1 Closed - Shipping to you - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: hndle on Mon, 26 March 2018, 14:40:04
Wait for the acrylic plate and the foam. Happy. Happy. :))
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% GB R1 Closed - Shipping to you - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: d.caminero on Mon, 26 March 2018, 15:06:23
[attachimg=1]Pearl #100 reporting!

I present you my little gray LightCycle, powered by an Orange ALPS engine and a brass + aluminium frame:

(https://i.imgur.com/CCqIHjD.jpg)

It's my joy and almost pretty engame-y for me. I ultrasonically cleaned the switches (even the bottoms and tactile leafs, everything but plates), lubed them with FinishLine dry lube and carefully bent the leafs to make them more tactile. Turns out testing tactility on a policarbonate plate and then using it on a brass plate it's not a good idea, because now they are too tactile  :p

Now I'm just waiting for the Nexus sliders and I will drop GMK Yuri on this beauty to lauch it to space.

You can see a couple more pictures here https://imgur.com/a/aPSRw (https://imgur.com/a/aPSRw), including my unique and completely-more-valuable-than-yours weight, signed by Koobaczech  :thumb: :thumb:

I still have some interesting plans for my other PCB involving holtites for ALPS.

Does anyone here have run into clearance issues with the switches on the "split" positions? I had to push those keys extremely hard to the edges because the keys would overlap each other so slightly but enough to catch one with the other.

EDIT: Image was not properly attached
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Post by: Koobaczech on Mon, 26 March 2018, 15:47:04
Jesus dude lol. I've never heard of someone lubing ALPS before, much less messing with the leafs. You are an inspiration, and instill some ALPS romance in me with such a pretty build. I would absolutely love it if you made a video where we can see the sound of your Orange Alps, with and without keycaps! Maybe comment on how they feel too, before you launch that hoe straight into space
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Post by: stoic-lemon on Mon, 26 March 2018, 17:34:20
Yeah, I'd love to hear those ALPS, too. Do you usually use Finish Line four them? There's so many differing opinions on which lube to use. When I get some more switches, I'm going to try them all haha. Looking forward to seeing yours with Yuri.
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Post by: d.caminero on Mon, 26 March 2018, 19:13:55
Yeah, I'd love to hear those ALPS, too. Do you usually use Finish Line four them? There's so many differing opinions on which lube to use. When I get some more switches, I'm going to try them all haha. Looking forward to seeing yours with Yuri.

It's actually my first ALPS build but I've been reading a lot about lubing or not. I tried some switches without lube and some with lube and it is definitely a good change. I didn't feel any tactile loss, but they were louder and smoother. In fact I think I'll need to lube them a bit more because I think I didn't apply enough on some of them since FinishLine will evaporate rather quickly.
Anyway, for tactile (or clicky for that matter) ALPS, any dry lube should be used. FinishLine was the most affordable and readily available here, but superlube is a good option as well, there's even a WD40 version of it. You just need to make sure it does contain teflon and PTFE.
What I would not advise for tactile or clickly alps is using the "bag method" as in you put all the sliders and some lube in the bad and just shake them. This does get a nice, even and thin coat, but I don't wanted to cover the side where the tactile leaves touch the slider to not lose any tactile feeling. I did use a little brush to "paint" the lube on the sides of the sliders and top housings.

I'm getting some blues ready (cleaning them rn) and I'll do the same, assemble some without, some with a nice coat and compare them, but I suspect I'll prefer it lubed as well.

Jesus dude lol. I've never heard of someone lubing ALPS before, much less messing with the leafs. You are an inspiration, and instill some ALPS romance in me with such a pretty build. I would absolutely love it if you made a video where we can see the sound of your Orange Alps, with and without keycaps! Maybe comment on how they feel too, before you launch that hoe straight into space

Thank so much for your kind words mate :) I had been planning this build for so long that I think I cannot include more things besides holtites and the sliders XD

I'll try to get a hold of a decent mic from a friend a do a typing video, but it may take a while, although sound right now is not wonderful since switches are still not consistent, some of them do sound perfect but some of them sound kind of metallic.

About feelings, I was very very hyped for oranges and I'm not entirely content with the current state but I now what I need to change for them to be perfect.
As I said in my previous comment, when I was tuning them I was mounting them in the policarbonate plate, which has more flex than brass. In their "default" configuration, they were nicely tactile but I had heard about bending the leaves to "restore" some of their tactile feeling and I tried some of them, being very cautious about not breaking them. So when I compared them side to side I instantly fell in love with the tuned version and I started tuning all of them.
Problem is that then I decided to build it with the brass plate, because why the hell not? And turns out brass will provide such a firm support that when I tried them they were not the same. I still like them over any other tactile switch I've tried before, people describe them like topre but more mechanical (I haven't tried topre, but I get what they mean). It's almost like popping bubble wrap, there's no travel before the bump so you just press hard and then you overpass the bump and you bottom out quite hard. It's like you either press it instantly or you don't press it at all, no mid travel bull****.

Anyway, since you can open ALPS without desoldering, I plan to open them and bend back a bit the tactile leaves and lube the ones that need it most to achieve a consistent feel across the board. I may wait for the nexus sliders though, so I only open them all one time and not two hahah
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% GB R1 Closed - Shipping to you - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: neorobo on Mon, 26 March 2018, 23:12:53
#123 checking in :) I love it so far, and fits so well with Carbon which just arrived!

Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% GB R1 Closed - Shipping to you - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: RealLaugh on Tue, 27 March 2018, 04:33:46
Making GB runners sign my weight is a meme I shall apply to all GBs that I join going fowards.


Yes, I am jelly of you number 100  :p
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% GB R1 Closed - Shipping to you - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: notflipperdan420 on Tue, 27 March 2018, 12:45:11
r2 soon with "centered" indicators please  :-X
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% GB R1 Closed - Shipping to you - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: d.caminero on Tue, 27 March 2018, 12:57:09
Making GB runners sign my weight is a meme I shall apply to all GBs that I join going fowards.


Yes, I am jelly of you number 100  :p

It just ocurred to me while writing a PM to Koob that it'd be neat to make him sign it as the piece of art it truly is, but now I plan to do it ocasionally as well hahah

The number was purely coincidental, but I love it. I'd take 100 or the last one, because they are milestones for this GB.
But no jelly please! We all have beautiful Pearls!  :p :p
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% GB R1 Closed - Shipping to you - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: tanvir175 on Tue, 27 March 2018, 17:11:45
Making GB runners sign my weight is a meme I shall apply to all GBs that I join going fowards.


Yes, I am jelly of you number 100  :p

It just ocurred to me while writing a PM to Koob that it'd be neat to make him sign it as the piece of art it truly is, but now I plan to do it ocasionally as well hahah

The number was purely coincidental, but I love it. I'd take 100 or the last one, because they are milestones for this GB.
But no jelly please! We all have beautiful Pearls!  :p :p

TFW you don't have a beautiful Pearl

(https://img.fireden.net/v/image/1460/62/1460623005667.png)

Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% GB R1 Closed - Shipping to you - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Koobaczech on Tue, 27 March 2018, 20:39:05
Hey everyone! Got Acrylic Switchplates (40+ stocked) , PCB's(40+ stocked) and Foam Midlayers(7 stocked) for anyone that wants them! At www.pearlboards.com !
(https://i.imgur.com/NHzU2P6.jpg)
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% GB R1 Closed - Shipping to you - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: hndle on Tue, 27 March 2018, 20:55:51
I'm in right now :p
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% GB R1 Closed - Shipping to you - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: xondat on Wed, 28 March 2018, 05:19:27
Hey everyone! Got Acrylic Switchplates (40+ stocked) , PCB's(40+ stocked) and Foam Midlayers(7 stocked) for anyone that wants them! At www.pearlboards.com !
Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/NHzU2P6.jpg)


Foam midlayers? :-\

What for? Would love pictures :))
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% GB R1 Closed - Shipping to you - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: hahihuhei on Wed, 28 March 2018, 05:21:41
For this: https://www.instagram.com/p/BgjVcUsBKtN/


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Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% GB R1 Closed - Shipping to you - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: xondat on Wed, 28 March 2018, 05:34:09
For this: https://www.instagram.com/p/BgjVcUsBKtN/


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Ah interesting. I thought it'd be foam below the PCB. This does make a lot of sense though...
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% GB R1 Closed - Shipping to you - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Koobaczech on Wed, 28 March 2018, 09:20:04
Hey Xondat! I'm not taking credit for this since it was Jordi's idea, and you probably already know, but the 1.5mm foam midpiece sits between the PCB and switchplate. It eliminates that ~1.5mm pocket of air and brings all the sound to the top end of your keyboard.

What really happens is you don't hear pings, resonance or echoing in the interior of the board. The foam absorbs some of it! Its not necessarily quieting or dampening, more like acoustically redirecting.

You can also put foam under the pcb, but with most people building with the RGB diffuser, I didn't make anything like that as it would block the RGB.

And that's really the beauty of Pearl. Since its small, top mounted, has brass/alu/acrylic plates that support switch top removal, cherry/Alps and QMK/BMC, and stocked extra PCB's, people have the freedom to try new builds without killing themselves from tons of work, while getting comparable switch feel quality of say a high end TKL or something, with again way less work.

Here are pics! You can see the foam sandwiched between the plate and pcb
(https://i.imgur.com/374LdXd.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/gisFuUg.jpg)
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% GB R1 Closed - Shipping to you - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: hervuli on Wed, 28 March 2018, 20:45:37
The foam midpiece is a brilliant idea. On your website it's listed as specifically for the acrylic plate - is that because the acrylic plates have a different cut or thickness compared to the alu/brass plates? I would imagine the effect on resonance etc would still apply to metal plates.
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% GB R1 Closed - Shipping to you - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Koobaczech on Wed, 28 March 2018, 20:58:04
The foam midpiece is a brilliant idea. On your website it's listed as specifically for the acrylic plate - is that because the acrylic plates have a different cut or thickness compared to the alu/brass plates? I would imagine the effect on resonance etc would still apply to metal plates.
Thanks buddy! Acrylic plates are 3mm thick to compensate for their brittleness. Alu/Brass are 1.5mm. Thus, the foam mid pieces are half the size of the pocket of air that would remain if a metal plate was used! So you'd need 2 for them vs 1 for acrylic plates!
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% GB R1 Closed - Shipping to you - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: BobCarltheThird on Wed, 28 March 2018, 21:00:15
Honestly the only thing stopping me from picking all this up is my fear of stripping more of my screw holes. Shame too as I'd love a chance at one of those artisans.
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% GB R1 Closed - Shipping to you - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Koobaczech on Wed, 28 March 2018, 21:02:50
Honestly the only thing stopping me from picking all this up is my fear of stripping more of my screw holes. Shame too as I'd love a chance at one of those artisans.
Awe man x[ I'm sorry dude. What color Pearl do you have again?
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% GB R1 Closed - Shipping to you - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: BobCarltheThird on Wed, 28 March 2018, 21:08:55
Honestly the only thing stopping me from picking all this up is my fear of stripping more of my screw holes. Shame too as I'd love a chance at one of those artisans.
Awe man x[ I'm sorry dude. What color Pearl do you have again?
Purple with a brass plate. Pretty sure it was slightly bent and forcing the screws in messed some of them up in the upper left hand corner. Its still study as all getout so I'm not complaining any.
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% GB R1 Closed - Shipping to you - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: Koobaczech on Fri, 30 March 2018, 09:26:31
Hey fellas/ladies. With some acrylic plates arriving today, I just wanted to issue a warning.

Please be careful with the plates. They are very fragile, especially on the bottom. Handle them with care and don't bend them. Jordi cut and packaged them very well when they got sent to me and none broke. I packaged them very well too and they shouldn't arrive broken. I don't want to hear that they came broken when you snapped them please lol. Also, they don't "out of the box" work with Zeal screw in stabs. Zeals stabs are too chunky, youd need to dremmel the cutouts a tiny bit. Also, if they break, they can still work. Some of mine have multiple breaks and work fine. Cheers friends!

Purple with a brass plate. Pretty sure it was slightly bent and forcing the screws in messed some of them up in the upper left hand corner. Its still study as all getout so I'm not complaining any.
I do apologize again :/ I think its the diffuser man. I drilled all 4 corner holes a bit on each diffuser when I sent them out, after I noticed the issue. This was after the first Pearls shipped. I fixed this in my 60% with .3mm wider holes on the cases and diffusers. Gives the screws a bit more play for better alignment. On Pearl the holes are only .1mm wider than their respective metric screw. So a hole for an M2 screw is 2.1mm . Problem with that is that sizes can reach +- .1mm if you factor in screw, case, diffuser and anodization variances. Was just something that I didn't know as a new maker, and you only learn through experience, or by a maker like me telling you :| Not only that, some colors are thicker than other colors, like RG. Live and learn!! Its all about improvements.
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% GB R1 Closed - Shipping to you - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: babyphil on Sat, 31 March 2018, 21:19:26
57 checking in.
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% GB R1 Closed - Shipping to you - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: RealLaugh on Sun, 01 April 2018, 02:39:55
57 checking in.

Nice job! I think for the 2nd PCB with acrylic plate I might do split space, you guys posting your pics with split space bars have convinced me!
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% GB R1 Closed - Shipping to you - www.pearlboards.com
Post by: d.caminero on Mon, 02 April 2018, 15:38:38
57 checking in.

Nice job! I think for the 2nd PCB with acrylic plate I might do split space, you guys posting your pics with split space bars have convinced me!

For me it's the only way since trying it in a Let's Split. It just makes sense, specially in a little board like this one. I plan to not use a regular spacebar never again.
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% R1 Complete - www.pearlboards.com - Thank you!
Post by: Koobaczech on Wed, 04 April 2018, 11:29:07
Hey everyone! All of the Pearls from the GB have been totally shipped, with 2 exceptions. One person so far doesn't have a Pearl as its been lost in transit and we both opened claims into it. The other is a friend of mine and is still paying it off!

This GB is now in the maintenance phase. I will be supplying replacement PCB's and screws if needed, and have no extra cases. I will look into all my pm's on GH, Discord, Reddit and emails and see what I've missed and try to accommodate everyone! Any repairs can or are being taken care of by TurboMech at Turbokeys.us .

Extra PCB's, Acrylic plates, Foam mid layers and RGB diffusers available on my storefront - https://pearlboards.com - Free 2 day priority shipping on all CONUS orders, and random orders will have my limited, commissioned treasure chest cap, "Koobs Plunder", from Komatoz and BoomSnapCaps thrown in free.

If anyone needs more bumper feet, cables, screws or Efferdent's those are available too, not listed on my site. Just pm me broskis.

No extras available, and Round 2 planned for a very distant future as I have OUR 60% to introduce first. Thank you all for everything! Special thanks to everyone who helped me out as well. Follow me on IG:Koobaczech !
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% R1 Complete - www.pearlboards.com - Thank you!
Post by: donut_sauce on Wed, 04 April 2018, 11:34:15
Hey everyone! All of the Pearls from the GB have been totally shipped, with 2 exceptions. One person so far doesn't have a Pearl as its been lost in transit and we both opened claims into it. The other is a friend of mine and is still paying it off!

This GB is now in the maintenance phase. I will be supplying replacement PCB's and screws if needed, and have no extra cases. I will look into all my pm's on GH, Discord, Reddit and emails and see what I've missed and try to accommodate everyone! Any repairs can or are being taken care of by TurboMech at Turbokeys.us .

Extra PCB's, Acrylic plates, Foam mid layers and RGB diffusers available on my storefront - https://pearlboards.com - Free 2 day priority shipping on all CONUS orders, and random orders will have my limited, commissioned treasure chest cap, "Koobs Plunder", from Komatoz and BoomSnapCaps thrown in free.

If anyone needs more bumper feet, cables, screws or Efferdent's those are available too, not listed on my site. Just pm me broskis.

No extras available, and Round 2 planned for a very distant future as I have OUR 60% to introduce first. Thank you all for everything! Special thanks to everyone who helped me out as well. Follow me on IG:Koobaczech !

Thanks, Koob and congrats on being done-ish on your first GB. Excited for the 60% GB!
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% R1 Complete - www.pearlboards.com - Thank you!
Post by: gutsack on Wed, 04 April 2018, 16:41:54
Congrats on a hugely successful GB. Given that it was your first it demands an extra congrats. Looking forward to your next buy down the road.
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% R1 Complete - www.pearlboards.com - Thank you!
Post by: tanvir175 on Thu, 12 April 2018, 11:58:30
Hey everyone! All of the Pearls from the GB have been totally shipped, with 2 exceptions. One person so far doesn't have a Pearl as its been lost in transit and we both opened claims into it. The other is a friend of mine and is still paying it off!

This GB is now in the maintenance phase. I will be supplying replacement PCB's and screws if needed, and have no extra cases. I will look into all my pm's on GH, Discord, Reddit and emails and see what I've missed and try to accommodate everyone! Any repairs can or are being taken care of by TurboMech at Turbokeys.us .

Extra PCB's, Acrylic plates, Foam mid layers and RGB diffusers available on my storefront - https://pearlboards.com - Free 2 day priority shipping on all CONUS orders, and random orders will have my limited, commissioned treasure chest cap, "Koobs Plunder", from Komatoz and BoomSnapCaps thrown in free.

If anyone needs more bumper feet, cables, screws or Efferdent's those are available too, not listed on my site. Just pm me broskis.

No extras available, and Round 2 planned for a very distant future as I have OUR 60% to introduce first. Thank you all for everything! Special thanks to everyone who helped me out as well. Follow me on IG:Koobaczech !


Congrats Koob! I didn't mind holding out until R2 but I saw a post on mechmarket and immediately jumped on it. I'll be a proud Pearl owner in some days. The generous man sold the Pearl at GB pricing and I can not wait to build and use it!

I have a question, though. It says that the included plate in the kit only supports PCB mounted switches. Why is that? I can assume for acrylic plates, it is because the switches won't clip in at 3mm but why would plate mount switches not clip into the alu or brass plates?
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% R1 Complete - www.pearlboards.com - Thank you!
Post by: Koobaczech on Thu, 12 April 2018, 12:34:12
Congrats Koob! I didn't mind holding out until R2 but I saw a post on mechmarket and immediately jumped on it. I'll be a proud Pearl owner in some days. The generous man sold the Pearl at GB pricing and I can not wait to build and use it!

I have a question, though. It says that the included plate in the kit only supports PCB mounted switches. Why is that? I can assume for acrylic plates, it is because the switches won't clip in at 3mm but why would plate mount switches not clip into the alu or brass plates?
Thank you very much friend, and congratulations yourself too! Hope you love it!

To clarify, I'm not sure if you misread or if its a typo on my end, but all the plates only support PCB mounted STABILIZERS. The switches don't need to clip to be useful and are all fine. Its a convenience really to have them clip. But the stabs do need a housing if they are to be clipped onto the plates. Since the plates are open, there is no housing, and plate mounted STABILIZERS wont work. Let me know if you need any other information sir! Have a great one :]



Thank you to the rest of the people who congratulated me for the GB! You are all wonderful! It was all thanks to you!
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Post by: tanvir175 on Thu, 12 April 2018, 13:07:21
Congrats Koob! I didn't mind holding out until R2 but I saw a post on mechmarket and immediately jumped on it. I'll be a proud Pearl owner in some days. The generous man sold the Pearl at GB pricing and I can not wait to build and use it!

I have a question, though. It says that the included plate in the kit only supports PCB mounted switches. Why is that? I can assume for acrylic plates, it is because the switches won't clip in at 3mm but why would plate mount switches not clip into the alu or brass plates?
Thank you very much friend, and congratulations yourself too! Hope you love it!

To clarify, I'm not sure if you misread or if its a typo on my end, but all the plates only support PCB mounted STABILIZERS. The switches don't need to clip to be useful and are all fine. Its a convenience really to have them clip. But the stabs do need a housing if they are to be clipped onto the plates. Since the plates are open, there is no housing, and plate mounted STABILIZERS wont work. Let me know if you need any other information sir! Have a great one :]



Thank you to the rest of the people who congratulated me for the GB! You are all wonderful! It was all thanks to you!

*facepalm*

That was on me. It does say stabilizers and I read switches. Thank you!
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Post by: Koobaczech on Thu, 12 April 2018, 13:17:53
*facepalm*

That was on me. It does say stabilizers and I read switches. Thank you!
Lmao!! xD You're very welcome! Lmk if you ever need anything
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Post by: RealLaugh on Sun, 15 April 2018, 10:36:16
In the past couple of weeks I have tried to change my keymap, but when I open the bootmapper client and click on 'download' I get this error:

Error setting action: Communication error with device

can anyone help?

Thanks in advance
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% R1 Complete - www.pearlboards.com - Thank you!
Post by: lordgiblite on Sun, 15 April 2018, 10:48:25
In the past couple of weeks I have tried to change my keymap, but when I open the bootmapper client and click on 'download' I get this error:

Error setting action: Communication error with device

can anyone help?

Thanks in advance
You may need to flash the firmware to the keyboard as well. Thats what I had to do. Do you have a ps2avrGB.hex (or something like that)

You'll then use the firm up tool in options to flash the firmware (hold Q while plugging in) and then from there you go to keymapper and hit toggle bootmapper up top. Then download to get the existing layout in the client that you can edit and follow that with upload when you're done. Hopefully that helps :)

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Post by: clickityClackity on Sun, 15 April 2018, 17:59:14
User bmihnz had the genius idea of swapping the bottom cases on our Pearl Boards. I was a bit reluctant when he first mentioned it, but the keycap set I put on there seemed like it might match well so I agreed... I just got it and DAMN SON, it's ****ing perfect! Good call bmihnz!

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180415/970d8554d52ec91d0012d31d419e8e48.jpg)

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180415/7a612821c5091b5ed414c3f4d899a93f.jpg)

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180415/3a37af5dffd0b35270508be7baf286c3.jpg)
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Post by: ojrask on Sun, 15 April 2018, 18:31:56
User bmihnz had the genius idea of swapping the bottom cases on our Pearl Boards. I was a bit reluctant when he first mentioned it, but the keycap set I put on there seemed like it might match well so I agreed... I just got it and DAMN SON, it's ****ing perfect! Good call bmihnz!

<snip>

Wow, that looks really awesome. Would you be able to get better pictures at some point?
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Post by: clickityClackity on Sun, 15 April 2018, 18:32:32
User bmihnz had the genius idea of swapping the bottom cases on our Pearl Boards. I was a bit reluctant when he first mentioned it, but the keycap set I put on there seemed like it might match well so I agreed... I just got it and DAMN SON, it's ****ing perfect! Good call bmihnz!

<snip>

Wow, that looks really awesome. Would you be able to get better pictures at some point?
Yeah for sure, my phone camera really sucks unfortunately!
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Post by: clickityClackity on Tue, 17 April 2018, 02:29:10
Damn that looks good....

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Post by: cijanzen on Tue, 17 April 2018, 11:19:28
Hey Koob, What is the script typeface used on the weight? Is it custom? I'm having no success finding it.
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Post by: Puddsy on Tue, 17 April 2018, 17:55:29
Damn that looks good....

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nice
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Post by: RealLaugh on Tue, 17 April 2018, 23:45:18
top / base color choice would be a welcome option in R2
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% R1 Complete - www.pearlboards.com - Thank you!
Post by: Puddsy on Tue, 17 April 2018, 23:47:33
top / base color choice would be a welcome option in R2

it makes sorting a nightmare, but if koob is willing i'm not gonna be the one to stop him
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Post by: Koobaczech on Wed, 18 April 2018, 12:56:52
top / base color choice would be a welcome option in R2

UPDATES!
1-Can do a few orders different colored top/bottoms - If you really want it done PM me your order # and what you'd like!
2-@tameone I can do your order RAW sandblasted. If you still want this let me know what parts you want raw. Same price, you'd think it would be cheaper but its less parts for the anodizer and they actually want more work. Sorry my dude. If it turns out cheaper in the end ill PayPal you back money.
3-Bobcarlthethird mentioned engraving order numbers to the Pearls, will find out more soon!

My friends, this was possible already in Round 1 lol. I said that if you wanted a different bottom and top to just pm me haha. Gotta read the fine print!
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% R1 Complete - www.pearlboards.com - Thank you!
Post by: RealLaugh on Wed, 18 April 2018, 15:20:41
In the past couple of weeks I have tried to change my keymap, but when I open the bootmapper client and click on 'download' I get this error:

Error setting action: Communication error with device

can anyone help?

Thanks in advance
You may need to flash the firmware to the keyboard as well. Thats what I had to do. Do you have a ps2avrGB.hex (or something like that)

You'll then use the firm up tool in options to flash the firmware (hold Q while plugging in) and then from there you go to keymapper and hit toggle bootmapper up top. Then download to get the existing layout in the client that you can edit and follow that with upload when you're done. Hopefully that helps :)

Sent from my SM-J320P using Tapatalk

Hey thanks for all that info, but I don't have any hex files for this board since I just always downloaded whatever layout was already there in the BMC and then modified the layout. I plugged in the PCB while holding down Q and the status lights started flashing but then the client gave me a different error when trying to connect: Error opening ps2avrGB device: The specified device was not found.

I would do some trial and error but already bricked a different PCB with the bootmapper client (user error - I managed to flash and destroy the bootloader so I could never flash the chip ever again) so I'll patiently wait to see if anyone can point me in the right direction :)

top / base color choice would be a welcome option in R2

UPDATES!
1-Can do a few orders different colored top/bottoms - If you really want it done PM me your order # and what you'd like!
2-@tameone I can do your order RAW sandblasted. If you still want this let me know what parts you want raw. Same price, you'd think it would be cheaper but its less parts for the anodizer and they actually want more work. Sorry my dude. If it turns out cheaper in the end ill PayPal you back money.
3-Bobcarlthethird mentioned engraving order numbers to the Pearls, will find out more soon!

My friends, this was possible already in Round 1 lol. I said that if you wanted a different bottom and top to just pm me haha. Gotta read the fine print!

My bad, I will rephrase then: I will have to request a color combo for R2 if that's still an option  ;D
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% R1 Complete - www.pearlboards.com - Thank you!
Post by: lordgiblite on Wed, 18 April 2018, 17:00:18
In the past couple of weeks I have tried to change my keymap, but when I open the bootmapper client and click on 'download' I get this error:

Error setting action: Communication error with device

can anyone help?

Thanks in advance
You may need to flash the firmware to the keyboard as well. Thats what I had to do. Do you have a ps2avrGB.hex (or something like that)

You'll then use the firm up tool in options to flash the firmware (hold Q while plugging in) and then from there you go to keymapper and hit toggle bootmapper up top. Then download to get the existing layout in the client that you can edit and follow that with upload when you're done. Hopefully that helps :)

Sent from my SM-J320P using Tapatalk

Hey thanks for all that info, but I don't have any hex files for this board since I just always downloaded whatever layout was already there in the BMC and then modified the layout. I plugged in the PCB while holding down Q and the status lights started flashing but then the client gave me a different error when trying to connect: Error opening ps2avrGB device: The specified device was not found.

I would do some trial and error but already bricked a different PCB with the bootmapper client (user error - I managed to flash and destroy the bootloader so I could never flash the chip ever again) so I'll patiently wait to see if anyone can point me in the right direction :)

top / base color choice would be a welcome option in R2

UPDATES!
1-Can do a few orders different colored top/bottoms - If you really want it done PM me your order # and what you'd like!
2-@tameone I can do your order RAW sandblasted. If you still want this let me know what parts you want raw. Same price, you'd think it would be cheaper but its less parts for the anodizer and they actually want more work. Sorry my dude. If it turns out cheaper in the end ill PayPal you back money.
3-Bobcarlthethird mentioned engraving order numbers to the Pearls, will find out more soon!

My friends, this was possible already in Round 1 lol. I said that if you wanted a different bottom and top to just pm me haha. Gotta read the fine print!

My bad, I will rephrase then: I will have to request a color combo for R2 if that's still an option  ;D
When I get home from work I'll see if I can put something more robust together for you! Hopefully we can solve this easily :)

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Post by: RealLaugh on Fri, 20 April 2018, 04:37:58

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When I get home from work I'll see if I can put something more robust together for you! Hopefully we can solve this easily :)

Sent from my SM-J320P using Tapatalk

Thanks! I have a 2nd PCB here that I got with the acrylic backplate, if I plug that in can I extract the hex from there? Still don't know how I could flash once I have the hex since the board isn't connecting to the bootmapper.  :eek:
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Post by: Spaghetti on Fri, 20 April 2018, 08:39:40
Well, it's finally built, ended up settling on regular weight box navies after experimenting with swapping in box black springs.  I'll probably get the ol' lightbox together this weekend and take some better pics.(https://i.imgur.com/PN2pBTI.jpg)
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Post by: lordgiblite on Fri, 20 April 2018, 09:04:56

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When I get home from work I'll see if I can put something more robust together for you! Hopefully we can solve this easily :)

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Thanks! I have a 2nd PCB here that I got with the acrylic backplate, if I plug that in can I extract the hex from there? Still don't know how I could flash once I have the hex since the board isn't connecting to the bootmapper.  :eek:

Sorry I didn't get back to you the other day, this totally slipped my mind!

But hopefully this helps, I am going to link the Firmware FAQ from Winkeyless.kr as well and that can point you in the right direction in most places as well.

https://winkeyless.kr/firmware-installing-and-setting/ (https://winkeyless.kr/firmware-installing-and-setting/)

Hopefully that helps :)
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Post by: RealLaugh on Sat, 21 April 2018, 02:37:03

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When I get home from work I'll see if I can put something more robust together for you! Hopefully we can solve this easily :)

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Thanks! I have a 2nd PCB here that I got with the acrylic backplate, if I plug that in can I extract the hex from there? Still don't know how I could flash once I have the hex since the board isn't connecting to the bootmapper.  :eek:

Sorry I didn't get back to you the other day, this totally slipped my mind!

But hopefully this helps, I am going to link the Firmware FAQ from Winkeyless.kr as well and that can point you in the right direction in most places as well.

https://winkeyless.kr/firmware-installing-and-setting/ (https://winkeyless.kr/firmware-installing-and-setting/)

  • Basically, you should just download the firmware (step 2) and then open up Bootmapper.
  • Go to Options, then hold in Q and plug in the Pearl, that should get it into bootmode, keep holding Q.
  • Click Firm Up and find the hex file: ps2avrGB_NKRO.hex
  • that is your firmware file
  • Then you should be able to see a box with some numbers going back and forth, once those are done you can let go of Q
  • Next you will go to the keymapper in bootmapper and select the Toggle Bootmapper function.
  • If this doesn't toggle then we'll have to figure something else out.
  • From there you should be able to hit the download function and download the existing keymap you have and then you can edit it and then use upload to upload it.
Hopefully that helps :)

Hey there

Much love for the guide. I downloaded fresh bootmapper and firmware just to try it out. I could do the step where I upload the .hex and let go of Q, but when I get back to toggling the bootmapper the error comes back. Instead of uploading the ps2avrGB_NKRO.hex in the options tab, should I try and use the .hex file that Koob linked in his setup guide or is that a different thing?

Koob's guide -> https://www.pearlboards.com/pages/setup
Koob's hex -> https://drive.google.com/file/d/1o4Csy8AGy_cD0BN9OaRmo8gM97-oPoNq/view
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Post by: RSC on Sat, 21 April 2018, 04:00:32
Guys, when going with 6.25u spacebar, what's best for the bottom row: 1u/1.25u/spacebar or 1.25u/1u/spacebar?
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Post by: RealLaugh on Sat, 21 April 2018, 06:36:25
Guys, when going with 6.25u spacebar, what's best for the bottom row: 1u/1.25u/spacebar or 1.25u/1u/spacebar?

I have 1.25u/1u/spacebar/1u/1.25u because I would rather have 1.25 CTRL and ALT keys and 1u Windows/FN keys, but looking at Spaghetti's post a few posts up I think that it looks better the other way around. All depends on what keys you would use the most along that row and then I would determine what order to use.
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Post by: SynkRz on Sat, 21 April 2018, 13:00:17
Guys, when going with 6.25u spacebar, what's best for the bottom row: 1u/1.25u/spacebar or 1.25u/1u/spacebar?

I use 1.25u 1u space 1u 1.25u because I like having a bigger fn key as well as control since theyíre used more often.
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Post by: cijanzen on Sat, 28 April 2018, 16:58:41
I finally got my Pearl built. I was not part of the original group buy  :'( but I managed to find one!
The one thing I am struggling with is the bottom row hitting the case. It is very mild but occasionally the keys will scrape against the case wall. I have made sure to move the plate as close to the back as possible. Maybe it is just the DSA keycaps I am using.

I also needed to use an exacto blade to shave the acrylic plate holes a bit bigger but now everything screws in just fine!

Without further ado, here is my Pearl. Has lubed MX Silent Blacks with red springs and DSA Miami Dolch. I will be putting SA Pulse on this board when R3 ships.
(https://i.imgur.com/Ml9MPKF.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/mNgEibx.jpg)

I also made a custom foam insert as I am using the aluminum plate. It took forever to cut out!
(https://i.imgur.com/mjkPjkX.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/Pirxcg2.jpg)

What an awesome board Koobaczech! Oh I am also still wondering what font you used for the brass plate!
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Post by: ShrimplyPibbles69 on Sat, 28 April 2018, 23:43:26
This has got to be one the of the most well-built 40% keyboards out there. Any chance of a round 2?


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Post by: RealLaugh on Sun, 29 April 2018, 05:53:04
I finally got my Pearl built. I was not part of the original group buy  :'( but I managed to find one!
The one thing I am struggling with is the bottom row hitting the case. It is very mild but occasionally the keys will scrape against the case wall. I have made sure to move the plate as close to the back as possible. Maybe it is just the DSA keycaps I am using.

I also needed to use an exacto blade to shave the acrylic plate holes a bit bigger but now everything screws in just fine!

Without further ado, here is my Pearl. Has lubed MX Silent Blacks with red springs and DSA Miami Dolch. I will be putting SA Pulse on this board when R3 ships.

I also made a custom foam insert as I am using the aluminum plate. It took forever to cut out!

What an awesome board Koobaczech! Oh I am also still wondering what font you used for the brass plate!

Hey there

I have used the Pearl with a couple of sets. The GMK set's bottom row was close but didn't hit the front of the case. Now I am using a DSA set like yourself and if I were to hit the spacebar at an angle then the space bar would rub against the front of the case. Same for the bottom row 1.25u keys. For R2 hopefully Koob can add a little more tolerance here, since I took my Pearl apart yesterday to clean the fingerprints off of the brass weight I took a look to see if the plate could be moved, but it's so well positioned and screwed in from every angle that there is now way to move it up or down, as is the case with some other tray or plate mounted kits.

Great job on cutting out the foam, I have tried to do that myself before with some A4 sheets of foam paper from the craft store, but the result is always too ugly and crap for me to dare use it in the end. And also congrats on finding a Pearl outside of the GB  :thumb:

This has got to be one the of the most well-built 40% keyboards out there. Any chance of a round 2?


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R2 has been tentatively announced by Koob himself here - https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=92259.msg2587763#msg2587763
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Post by: ojrask on Sun, 29 April 2018, 14:57:52
After using my Pearl40% for a while I must say as that this is not good for me as a programmer. As a regular typer and gamer (of games that don't require a ton of keybinds) this is a really nice keyboard but going down to 40% is just too painful when doing programming. Maybe rigorous practice would ease things but I do have to keep some speed up when programming. :D

The board itself is beautiful and will stay in my rotation and will be using it from time to time when I'm not programming. A well run GB, quality product, quality packaging, and much more. Even if I can't use the board as much as I'd like I still feel good about putting a money into this. Many thanks, Koob!

Will be waiting for rumors on your 60% project. ;)
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Post by: lordgiblite on Sun, 29 April 2018, 17:05:23
After using my Pearl40% for a while I must say as that this is not good for me as a programmer. As a regular typer and gamer (of games that don't require a ton of keybinds) this is a really nice keyboard but going down to 40% is just too painful when doing programming. Maybe rigorous practice would ease things but I do have to keep some speed up when programming. :D

The board itself is beautiful and will stay in my rotation and will be using it from time to time when I'm not programming. A well run GB, quality product, quality packaging, and much more. Even if I can't use the board as much as I'd like I still feel good about putting a money into this. Many thanks, Koob!

Will be waiting for rumors on your 60% project. ;)
Go to his Instragram. But be warned, opening Pandora's box is dangerous.

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Post by: cijanzen on Mon, 30 April 2018, 09:08:09
After using my Pearl40% for a while I must say as that this is not good for me as a programmer. As a regular typer and gamer (of games that don't require a ton of keybinds) this is a really nice keyboard but going down to 40% is just too painful when doing programming. Maybe rigorous practice would ease things but I do have to keep some speed up when programming. :D

The board itself is beautiful and will stay in my rotation and will be using it from time to time when I'm not programming. A well run GB, quality product, quality packaging, and much more. Even if I can't use the board as much as I'd like I still feel good about putting a money into this. Many thanks, Koob!

Will be waiting for rumors on your 60% project. ;)

I'm going to take a serious go at using this for programming myself. I've already put QMK on it and it's become 100x more productive. We'll see how long I last but with layers, tap dance, and hold vs tap functionality I think it might work. I'm currently working on setting up single tap bracket, double tap parenthesis keys. Got a few kinks to iron out but it's coming along nicely. I actually used your QMK keymap as a starting point so thank you for putting that up there!
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Post by: FearsomeCubedWarrior on Mon, 30 April 2018, 10:15:17
After using my Pearl40% for a while I must say as that this is not good for me as a programmer. As a regular typer and gamer (of games that don't require a ton of keybinds) this is a really nice keyboard but going down to 40% is just too painful when doing programming. Maybe rigorous practice would ease things but I do have to keep some speed up when programming. :D

The board itself is beautiful and will stay in my rotation and will be using it from time to time when I'm not programming. A well run GB, quality product, quality packaging, and much more. Even if I can't use the board as much as I'd like I still feel good about putting a money into this. Many thanks, Koob!

Will be waiting for rumors on your 60% project. ;)

Can you share your git?

I'm going to convert my second PCB to QMK as well.

I'm going to take a serious go at using this for programming myself. I've already put QMK on it and it's become 100x more productive. We'll see how long I last but with layers, tap dance, and hold vs tap functionality I think it might work. I'm currently working on setting up single tap bracket, double tap parenthesis keys. Got a few kinks to iron out but it's coming along nicely. I actually used your QMK keymap as a starting point so thank you for putting that up there!
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Post by: ojrask on Mon, 30 April 2018, 14:54:39
After using my Pearl40% for a while I must say as that this is not good for me as a programmer. As a regular typer and gamer (of games that don't require a ton of keybinds) this is a really nice keyboard but going down to 40% is just too painful when doing programming. Maybe rigorous practice would ease things but I do have to keep some speed up when programming. :D

The board itself is beautiful and will stay in my rotation and will be using it from time to time when I'm not programming. A well run GB, quality product, quality packaging, and much more. Even if I can't use the board as much as I'd like I still feel good about putting a money into this. Many thanks, Koob!

Will be waiting for rumors on your 60% project. ;)

Can you share your git?

I'm going to convert my second PCB to QMK as well.

I'm going to take a serious go at using this for programming myself. I've already put QMK on it and it's become 100x more productive. We'll see how long I last but with layers, tap dance, and hold vs tap functionality I think it might work. I'm currently working on setting up single tap bracket, double tap parenthesis keys. Got a few kinks to iron out but it's coming along nicely. I actually used your QMK keymap as a starting point so thank you for putting that up there!

You typed strangely into the quote I think, but my setup for Pearl 40% on QMK is available at the official repository: https://github.com/qmk/qmk_firmware/tree/master/keyboards/pearl/keymaps/rask

Glad you found my setup helpful cijazen. :)
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Post by: FearsomeCubedWarrior on Wed, 09 May 2018, 14:08:07
122 reporting. Assembled it like a month ago, but didn't have time to share.

(https://i.imgur.com/58VL4MU.jpg)

more pics here (https://imgur.com/gallery/dQ0oA).
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Post by: RealLaugh on Wed, 09 May 2018, 14:14:26
122 reporting. Assembled it like a month ago, but didn't have time to share.

Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/58VL4MU.jpg)


more pics here (https://imgur.com/gallery/dQ0oA).

is it weird to call you my Pearl bro since you have 122 and I have 121?

Great job on the split backspace, I am using DSA too and I think it fits better with the case angle than GMK profile which I was using before.

Just some opinion that you didn't ask for  :p
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Post by: Koobaczech on Wed, 09 May 2018, 14:27:15
Omg that Pearl is incredible xD!!!
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Post by: FearsomeCubedWarrior on Wed, 09 May 2018, 14:39:34
is it weird to call you my Pearl bro since you have 122 and I have 121?

Great job on the split backspace, I am using DSA too and I think it fits better with the case angle than GMK profile which I was using before.

Just some opinion that you didn't ask for  :p

Thanks. Actually, that's XDA, not DSA.
I've used XDA Canvas I had laying around since no one was interested in it on r/mm and XDA Godspeed 40s and novelties kit I've ordered sporadically.
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Post by: HamKenobi on Wed, 09 May 2018, 18:55:32
My clear pearl

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Post by: pixelpusher on Wed, 09 May 2018, 21:38:17
My clear pearl

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it's exquisite

Can you tell us how you got the case made?  It looks soooo nice.  I'd like to do this with a 60% board.
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Post by: HamKenobi on Thu, 10 May 2018, 08:00:17
Thanks im really loving it.

I got it made by my friend Jolimon. He makes custom acrylic cases.
You can find a bunch of them at his website https://stratakb.com/
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Post by: trexous on Thu, 10 May 2018, 13:01:11
any chance you'll be restocking any pcb's?
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Post by: Koobaczech on Thu, 10 May 2018, 13:24:06
any chance you'll be restocking any pcb's?
Hey fella. PCB's sold out today 5/10/18. This is due to the acrylic Pearl case, made for Ham and Tennis by JordiJolimon, trending on reddit and a lot of people buying them out. So here's a plan.

My PCB supplier requires a minimum order quantity of at least 50 PCB's, which would cost me over 1k to front the cash out of pocket. So I wont be doing that.

Jordijolimon from stratakb might run a Group buy for his acrylic Pearl case. If he does, I will be supplying PCB's for his buy and you can get one along with the case. If this does happen, I will buy some extra PCB's to stock for my existing customers as well.

If Jordi does not run a group buy, I'm looking at 1k+ out of pocket expenses for a minimum order of 50 PCB's. Id have to run my own group buy for them :0

Stay tuned my friends, I'll be working on it for you all.
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Post by: pixelpusher on Thu, 10 May 2018, 14:52:19
any chance you'll be restocking any pcb's?
Hey fella. PCB's sold out today 5/10/18. This is due to the acrylic Pearl case, made for Ham and Tennis by JordiJolimon, trending on reddit and a lot of people buying them out. So here's a plan.

My PCB supplier requires a minimum order quantity of at least 50 PCB's, which would cost me over 1k to front the cash out of pocket. So I wont be doing that.

Jordijolimon from stratakb might run a Group buy for his acrylic Pearl case. If he does, I will be supplying PCB's for his buy and you can get one along with the case. If this does happen, I will buy some extra PCB's to stock for my existing customers as well.

If Jordi does not run a group buy, I'm looking at 1k+ out of pocket expenses for a minimum order of 50 PCB's. Id have to run my own group buy for them :0

Stay tuned my friends, I'll be working on it for you all.

Wait, so you're telling me there is a chance I could own one of those sweet-ass acrylic Pearls?  OMG OMG OMG

I loved the original case design too, btw.  Just didn't have funds at the time.
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Post by: RealLaugh on Thu, 10 May 2018, 15:04:07
any chance you'll be restocking any pcb's?
Hey fella. PCB's sold out today 5/10/18. This is due to the acrylic Pearl case, made for Ham and Tennis by JordiJolimon, trending on reddit and a lot of people buying them out. So here's a plan.

My PCB supplier requires a minimum order quantity of at least 50 PCB's, which would cost me over 1k to front the cash out of pocket. So I wont be doing that.

Jordijolimon from stratakb might run a Group buy for his acrylic Pearl case. If he does, I will be supplying PCB's for his buy and you can get one along with the case. If this does happen, I will buy some extra PCB's to stock for my existing customers as well.

If Jordi does not run a group buy, I'm looking at 1k+ out of pocket expenses for a minimum order of 50 PCB's. Id have to run my own group buy for them :0

Stay tuned my friends, I'll be working on it for you all.

Is there an IC or something for us to follow? Will it get posted where if and when it goes live? Would be down for an acrylic case + PCB  :-X
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Post by: rowie on Thu, 10 May 2018, 16:17:41

any chance you'll be restocking any pcb's?
Hey fella. PCB's sold out today 5/10/18. This is due to the acrylic Pearl case, made for Ham and Tennis by JordiJolimon, trending on reddit and a lot of people buying them out. So here's a plan.

My PCB supplier requires a minimum order quantity of at least 50 PCB's, which would cost me over 1k to front the cash out of pocket. So I wont be doing that.

Jordijolimon from stratakb might run a Group buy for his acrylic Pearl case. If he does, I will be supplying PCB's for his buy and you can get one along with the case. If this does happen, I will buy some extra PCB's to stock for my existing customers as well.

If Jordi does not run a group buy, I'm looking at 1k+ out of pocket expenses for a minimum order of 50 PCB's. Id have to run my own group buy for them :0

Stay tuned my friends, I'll be working on it for you all.

Thank you, I reached out to Jordi as well and he said he's looking into an IC for it, I guess maybe he is coordinating with you?  Hope this will be my chance to own a Miami Pearl.  :thumb:
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Post by: tex_live_utility on Thu, 10 May 2018, 16:20:18
Heck, I knew it would start to sell but didn't think it would sell out *that* quickly. I had a PCB in my cart and didn't bother to place the order!

I would probably be in for a standalone PCB group buy (I would probably end up designing my own case) or a Jolimon acrylic case group buy.
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Post by: trexous on Fri, 11 May 2018, 06:43:25
any chance you'll be restocking any pcb's?
Hey fella. PCB's sold out today 5/10/18. This is due to the acrylic Pearl case, made for Ham and Tennis by JordiJolimon, trending on reddit and a lot of people buying them out. So here's a plan.

My PCB supplier requires a minimum order quantity of at least 50 PCB's, which would cost me over 1k to front the cash out of pocket. So I wont be doing that.

Jordijolimon from stratakb might run a Group buy for his acrylic Pearl case. If he does, I will be supplying PCB's for his buy and you can get one along with the case. If this does happen, I will buy some extra PCB's to stock for my existing customers as well.

If Jordi does not run a group buy, I'm looking at 1k+ out of pocket expenses for a minimum order of 50 PCB's. Id have to run my own group buy for them :0

Stay tuned my friends, I'll be working on it for you all.

pretty much the reason why I asked for the pcb! thats great to hear!! definitely interested for the group bundle for the case+pcb from jordi
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Post by: Koobaczech on Fri, 11 May 2018, 12:34:46
I've persuaded Jordi many times to get on Geekhack but he hasn't lol. The acrylic case for the Pearl wasn't made with my input at all, and that's fine. So we haven't coordinated at all on that account, but moving forward I told him if he wants cases we need more PCB's, so here's what I know.

The current acrylic case you've all seen uses an integrated plate. Meaning you cant reuse your already built Pearl core in the acrylic case. So you would need to buy a standalone PCB for it. Jordi did say he is working on an acrylic case that can use the existing core, so there's that too. I'll drop updates along as I receive them!
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Post by: jolimon on Thu, 17 May 2018, 15:18:36
I guess I did have an account after all, just never used it! lol. Current plan is to have a store page for acrylic pearls up this weekend on my site and get an IC going for PCBs and Case combos. Currently the acrylic cases I've made use a built in plate but I am working on trying to find a way to make an empty case that can take pre-existing metal or acrylic plates from the R1 buy Koob did. With the IC if it looks like we can get the 50MOQ I'll be working with Koob to essentially run a new GB for Acrylic Cases+PCBs. I'll try to check this thread more often and I'll be sure to post the links here and on r/mk when the page is live this weekend. Looking forward to working some more with ya Koob!
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Post by: ShrimplyPibbles69 on Thu, 17 May 2018, 16:57:59
I guess I did have an account after all, just never used it! lol. Current plan is to have a store page for acrylic pearls up this weekend on my site and get an IC going for PCBs and Case combos. Currently the acrylic cases I've made use a built in plate but I am working on trying to find a way to make an empty case that can take pre-existing metal or acrylic plates from the R1 buy Koob did. With the IC if it looks like we can get the 50MOQ I'll be working with Koob to essentially run a new GB for Acrylic Cases+PCBs. I'll try to check this thread more often and I'll be sure to post the links here and on r/mk when the page is live this weekend. Looking forward to working some more with ya Koob!
Count me in for a case+pcb if that happens. Saw your cases on /r/mk and been hyped ever since.
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Post by: krey on Mon, 21 May 2018, 04:06:18
Unfortunately missed the GB for the original pearl.

Would definitely join for the case+pcb if the acrylic pearls are available.
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Post by: oh_chesteroni on Mon, 21 May 2018, 20:17:34
I guess I did have an account after all, just never used it! lol. Current plan is to have a store page for acrylic pearls up this weekend on my site and get an IC going for PCBs and Case combos. Currently the acrylic cases I've made use a built in plate but I am working on trying to find a way to make an empty case that can take pre-existing metal or acrylic plates from the R1 buy Koob did. With the IC if it looks like we can get the 50MOQ I'll be working with Koob to essentially run a new GB for Acrylic Cases+PCBs. I'll try to check this thread more often and I'll be sure to post the links here and on r/mk when the page is live this weekend. Looking forward to working some more with ya Koob!

Is it possible to have an angle on the acrylic cases?
Either way, count me in for an acrylic case.
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Post by: Astrasa on Thu, 07 June 2018, 01:39:55
I've been checking pearlboards pretty religiously, any idea when we'll have info on a possible new gb? I have 40% void in my life after selling my NIU in anticipation for a pearl ;D
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Post by: tanvir175 on Thu, 07 June 2018, 02:13:14
I've been checking pearlboards pretty religiously, any idea when we'll have info on a possible new gb? I have 40% void in my life after selling my NIU in anticipation for a pearl ;D

It's probably gonna be 2019 before an R2 for Pearl even enter IC phase.
Unless something has changed, Koob is working on a 60% now.
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Post by: Astrasa on Thu, 07 June 2018, 02:17:18
I've been checking pearlboards pretty religiously, any idea when we'll have info on a possible new gb? I have 40% void in my life after selling my NIU in anticipation for a pearl ;D

It's probably gonna be 2019 before an R2 for Pearl even enter IC phase.
Unless something has changed, Koob is working on a 60% now.
Oof a ways out, guess I'll have a look at his 60% and keep an eye out for other 40s then. I hope I see you one day pearl lol
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Post by: Koobaczech on Thu, 07 June 2018, 15:29:42
Hey everyone! Hope you are all splendid. Just checking up on the thread, making sure no craziness has happened in my absence, like Pearls being used as murder weapons and me being blamed for it. You know, the usual!

I've been checking pearlboards pretty religiously, any idea when we'll have info on a possible new gb? I have 40% void in my life after selling my NIU in anticipation for a pearl ;D
Hey bud! Thanks for asking about a new GB. I started making a 60% since some people wanted to see one! These things take time. I'll push R2 out right after the 60 if it runs! If the 60 doesn't run, I might do the R2 right away! Unlikely though :!

It's probably gonna be 2019 before an R2 for Pearl even enter IC phase.
Unless something has changed, Koob is working on a 60% now.
On point :thumb: Ty

Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% R1 Complete - www.pearlboards.com - Thank you!
Post by: Astrasa on Thu, 07 June 2018, 15:36:52
Hey everyone! Hope you are all splendid. Just checking up on the thread, making sure no craziness has happened in my absence, like Pearls being used as murder weapons and me being blamed for it. You know, the usual!

I've been checking pearlboards pretty religiously, any idea when we'll have info on a possible new gb? I have 40% void in my life after selling my NIU in anticipation for a pearl ;D
Hey bud! Thanks for asking about a new GB. I started making a 60% since some people wanted to see one! These things take time. I'll push R2 out right after the 60 if it runs! If the 60 doesn't run, I might do the R2 right away! Unlikely though :!

Got it! Realized I'm not following you on insta so I'll be sure to watch updates there, thanks :)
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% R1 Complete - www.pearlboards.com - Thank you!
Post by: d.caminero on Thu, 07 June 2018, 18:08:27
Hey Koob, any word on that poly case GB with jolimon? If you remember, I wanted to buy another PCB and a custom plate for my alps layout but then you run out of PCB's, so I'm still waiting for that.
Thanks!
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% R1 Complete - www.pearlboards.com - Thank you!
Post by: ShrimplyPibbles69 on Sat, 09 June 2018, 13:23:56
Hey Koob, any word on that poly case GB with jolimon? If you remember, I wanted to buy another PCB and a custom plate for my alps layout but then you run out of PCB's, so I'm still waiting for that.
Thanks!
Also curious about this. Grabbed a PCB but was holding off on sourcing a case myself since it was mentioned that the acrylic case/pcb GB might be happening.
Title: Re: [GB] Pearl 40% R1 Complete - www.pearlboards.com - Thank you!
Post by: RealLaugh on Mon, 11 June 2018, 13:32:17
I know that some of this info was already reported on when people started to receive and flash their Pearls but I would like most up to date information

To compile the firmware: Can I use the Github FAQ https://github.com/qmk/qmk_firmware/tree/master/keyboards/pearl (https://github.com/qmk/qmk_firmware/tree/master/keyboards/pearl) and Bash for Windows 10 and check that all the packages are installed or do I need to be running Linux natively?
Bricking the PCB: Is it technically possible the brick the Pearl if it goes wrong?
Switching between firmwares: Can you switch back to ps2avr from QMK?

Thanks in advance