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Offline proselytiser

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Availability of Topre boards and switches
« on: Mon, 14 September 2015, 01:53:00 »
I've been a happy owner of a TKL, variable weight, silent Realforce for a couple of years now.

I love it, and can't imagine ever using anything else.

But I'm worried about replacing it if anything ever goes wrong with it. I haven't seen these in stock anywhere online of late.

Should I be worried about these things disappearing from the market and never coming back?
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Offline raymogi

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Re: Availability of Topre boards and switches
« Reply #1 on: Mon, 14 September 2015, 01:59:02 »
I always see them in stock over at Amazon, or even eBay. So don't you worry :)
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Re: Availability of Topre boards and switches
« Reply #2 on: Mon, 14 September 2015, 02:02:04 »
I've been a happy owner of a TKL, variable weight, silent Realforce for a couple of years now.

I love it, and can't imagine ever using anything else.

But I'm worried about replacing it if anything ever goes wrong with it. I haven't seen these in stock anywhere online of late.

Should I be worried about these things disappearing from the market and never coming back?

i have a friend who loved those intellimouse explorer 3. he bought like 5 of them like 10 years ago. in case they would go out of production. Microsoft upgraded a little, but it has not gone out of production yet. not sure if he is happy or sad he did it. Me on the other hand would not buy something twice unless i have to.

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Re: Availability of Topre boards and switches
« Reply #3 on: Mon, 14 September 2015, 05:39:01 »
Welcome to Geekhack!

Not sure about a silenced 87U, but you could get a conventional 87U and put dental bands or similar on to effectively silence it yourself.
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Offline XMIT

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Re: Availability of Topre boards and switches
« Reply #4 on: Mon, 14 September 2015, 05:46:53 »
Hypersphere has been making and selling replica Topre silencing rings that work at least as well as the originals. Search around or contact him for details.

These keyboards are incredibly well made. Apart from shine on the Space bar they will keep working unless dropped or otherwise abused.

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Re: Availability of Topre boards and switches
« Reply #5 on: Mon, 14 September 2015, 05:48:23 »
Hypersphere has been making and selling replica Topre silencing rings that work at least as well as the originals. Search around or contact him for details.

These keyboards are incredibly well made. Apart from shine on the Space bar they will keep working unless dropped or otherwise abused.

And now we have Matt3o's PBT space bars to solve that!
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Re: Availability of Topre boards and switches
« Reply #6 on: Mon, 14 September 2015, 09:14:19 »
Realforce keyboards are built like tanks. Unless you get one that's bad out of the box, which is something I've never seen, you probably won't need to worry about needing to replace anything.

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Re: Availability of Topre boards and switches
« Reply #7 on: Mon, 14 September 2015, 12:45:06 »
Realforce keyboards are built like tanks. Unless you get one that's bad out of the box, which is something I've never seen, you probably won't need to worry about needing to replace anything.

A few of us had received faulty 87U Silents a while back with cracks/defects on the outside case.  EK took care of us though!

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Re: Availability of Topre boards and switches
« Reply #8 on: Mon, 14 September 2015, 21:17:49 »
My silenced 87U isn't the only board I use (partly because I've got boards in 3 different places), but it's a beautiful board that gives me a feeling of elegant, understated precision -- always a pleasure to use
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Offline Macsmasher

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Re: Availability of Topre boards and switches
« Reply #9 on: Mon, 14 September 2015, 23:53:58 »
I'm in the same boat. The 87U variable silent is the best keyboard I've ever used (I have two actually) and I wonder if I'll be able to get another in the future.

I'm typing this on my 55g 87U, and it feels great. But it's no variable silent. I enjoy my 55g RF when primarily coding. It feels great and it's snappy, and you're not typing constantly when coding. But if there's a lot of typing to do, the 87U variable or HHKB Pro 2 is the ticket.
« Last Edit: Mon, 14 September 2015, 23:56:03 by Macsmasher »

Offline proselytiser

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Re: Availability of Topre boards and switches
« Reply #10 on: Tue, 15 September 2015, 01:25:35 »
And now we have Matt3o's PBT space bars to solve that!

Oh my god. Why oh why didn't I hear about this sooner?
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Realforce 87U Tenkeyless Variable Silent (x2)

Offline TrptJim

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Re: Availability of Topre boards and switches
« Reply #11 on: Tue, 15 September 2015, 01:35:10 »
Oh my god. Why oh why didn't I hear about this sooner?

You may still be able to get some preproduction samples. Toss Matt3o a PM. I just received my preproduction black spacebar and I am completely satisfied. Perfect fit and color.
« Last Edit: Tue, 15 September 2015, 01:36:45 by TrptJim »

Offline yomammary

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Re: Availability of Topre boards and switches
« Reply #12 on: Tue, 15 September 2015, 07:00:54 »
Or people might sell a bunch of them when we get them (soon).
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Offline Sencha

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Re: Availability of Topre boards and switches
« Reply #13 on: Tue, 15 September 2015, 11:13:26 »
I've been a happy owner of a TKL, variable weight, silent Realforce for a couple of years now.

I love it, and can't imagine ever using anything else.

But I'm worried about replacing it if anything ever goes wrong with it. I haven't seen these in stock anywhere online of late.

Should I be worried about these things disappearing from the market and never coming back?

i have a friend who loved those intellimouse explorer 3. he bought like 5 of them like 10 years ago. in case they would go out of production. Microsoft upgraded a little, but it has not gone out of production yet. not sure if he is happy or sad he did it. Me on the other hand would not buy something twice unless i have to.


The intellimouse 3.0 went back out of production quite a few years ago now. You can get fakes and re-sprays on ebay still

Offline proselytiser

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Re: Availability of Topre boards and switches
« Reply #14 on: Sun, 20 September 2015, 02:23:26 »
I'm in the same boat. The 87U variable silent is the best keyboard I've ever used (I have two actually) and I wonder if I'll be able to get another in the future.

I think I might have been able to secure a second 87U variable silent (at least, it's in the mail, supposedly...)

Peace of mind! For a while, at least...

[Update: Yes, got it in the mail!]
« Last Edit: Tue, 22 September 2015, 23:26:00 by proselytiser »
wtb PBT Topre spacebars (prefer black) [PM me if you have any to sell]

Realforce 87U Tenkeyless Variable Silent (x2)