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« on: Wed, 20 September 2017, 16:02:00 »
FIRST!  Please do not contact me about buying these, some are going to be sold and they will be sold to members here FIRST. I'm an advocate for them going to people who will use them and appreciate them and not to some E-Bay reseller.

Second, I have not tested them yet, I was just given to go-ahead to test and clean them up. Once that is done I will let everyone know. These are not mine, they are my bosses and he'll let me know how many at at what price we can let them go. Most are SSK only a few 104 and so far none of the 60% style.

This is a portion of what he has in storage so it's going to take me a few weeks to sort through, test and clean. I'm also still looking for the box of SDL cables.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/qO1jioYj59zUocZB3









Sorry about that, I hope the one link works now as there is a video as well showing a small selection of the actual SSK, there are also to Model F I think is what they are.
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« Reply #1 on: Wed, 20 September 2017, 16:08:15 »
The link doesn't lead to anything we can view; there must be some privacy permissions set wrong.

edit: Actually, it's a 404. So perhaps the link is mis-copied


God damn. It's a motherlode.
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« Reply #2 on: Wed, 20 September 2017, 16:29:45 »
Following this thread.  Hope to see some pics :)
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« Reply #3 on: Wed, 20 September 2017, 17:24:55 »
Sorry about that guys I forget I have to use the copy link instead of copying the url.

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« Reply #4 on: Wed, 20 September 2017, 17:26:59 »
Awesome find! Would love getting an AT and an SSK! Hope to hear news soon!

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« Reply #5 on: Wed, 20 September 2017, 17:56:23 »
Any '94 boards? I'm still looking for my Birthday M!

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« Reply #6 on: Wed, 20 September 2017, 18:02:00 »
I had to dig out a ps2 to usb adapter so I've only gotten a few tested so far but so far they all test good. I have an AT adapter around here too.

I haven't even started looking at dates yet.

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« Reply #7 on: Wed, 20 September 2017, 18:11:44 »
Nice find! I hope people pay attention, too, and notice that you've asked them NOT to contact you about these (which I failed to do, and sorry again about that).
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« Reply #8 on: Wed, 20 September 2017, 18:22:09 »
Nice find! I hope people pay attention, too, and notice that you've asked them NOT to contact you about these (which I failed to do, and sorry again about that).

It's fine to talk here, I just don't want to try to deal with a few hundred personal messages.


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Re: SSKanoly!
« Reply #9 on: Wed, 20 September 2017, 18:29:22 »
PMing you a few hundred pm's right now.

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« Reply #10 on: Wed, 20 September 2017, 21:23:24 »
I only managed to test 4 after we got back to the office before my nephew called needing a ride. Tomorrow will be different. Then Friday I go to look at two more locations that have even more. I'm still hoping to find the elusive 50% style Model Ms but I doubt it.

100% of the ones tested so far are in perfect working order. It takes longer to press all those keys than you think, it's harder than just typing because you have to make sure each key registers and you do the in order, it's not as natural as typing.

Once they have all been tested and cataloged I'll make a post in the classifieds section. People who were members before my original post will get precedence over anyone joining after, my small way of giving back to everyone who has been so kind here and I want them going to enthusiasts first and foremost. There are people on RMK and DT that will be upset but I spend far more time here.


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« Reply #11 on: Wed, 20 September 2017, 21:25:36 »
Thank you for being an awesome community member! Will be looking out for your post!

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« Reply #12 on: Wed, 20 September 2017, 21:34:57 »
Jimminy Christmas!  I watched the video and I don't even want to guess how many boards you have there.  That's nuts man.  What a find.

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« Reply #13 on: Wed, 20 September 2017, 22:17:09 »
Wow what a find. Congrats mate!

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« Reply #14 on: Wed, 20 September 2017, 22:26:43 »
I'll be following this closely.

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« Reply #15 on: Thu, 21 September 2017, 09:49:53 »
This is a good key testing program:

https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=34670.0
James McGill Buchanan decided he needed to influence policy at a deeper level. In the ensuing years, he sought to lead an economic and political movement in which he stressed that “conspiratorial secrecy is at all times essential” to mask efforts to protect the wealthy elite from the will of the majority. In September 1973, Buchanan held the inaugural meeting of the International Atlantic Economic Society, arguing for the need to “create, support and activate an effective counterintelligentsia” to reshape the way people thought about government. He believed the center-left controlled academia and “effectively indoctrinated political actors in both parties,” MacLean writes. To fight back, conservatives needed to develop new surrogates who could be “indoctrinated” in turn with right-wing ideas, and then “mobilized, organized and directed” to disseminate them.
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Re: SSKanoly!
« Reply #16 on: Thu, 21 September 2017, 15:49:35 »
Ok, I managed to steal enough free time to test about 25 boards today. One of the AT boards was non-responsive and the other worked fine so I think my adapters are working but I am going from AT to PS2 to USB to USB-C because I'm on a macbook pro.

As for the SSK, all of them tested worked but one has a stuck spacebar. I've not tried to fix it yet as I'll do all that after they have all been tested.


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Re: SSKanoly!
« Reply #17 on: Thu, 21 September 2017, 16:08:16 »
Ok, I managed to steal enough free time to test about 25 boards today. One of the AT boards was non-responsive and the other worked fine so I think my adapters are working but I am going from AT to PS2 to USB to USB-C because I'm on a macbook pro.

As for the SSK, all of them tested worked but one has a stuck spacebar. I've not tried to fix it yet as I'll do all that after they have all been tested.

Thanks for the update.  Sure would like to get my hands on an SSK :)
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Re: SSKanoly!
« Reply #18 on: Thu, 21 September 2017, 16:16:50 »
Oh please let there be an Unsaver in there... ;)

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« Reply #19 on: Thu, 21 September 2017, 17:01:30 »
Oh please let there be an Unsaver in there... ;)

Not yet, but we'll see what happens tomorrow.

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« Reply #20 on: Thu, 21 September 2017, 18:08:51 »
Oh please let there be an Unsaver in there... ;)

Not yet, but we'll see what happens tomorrow.

You're gonna spoil the market with your crazy find

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Re: SSKanoly!
« Reply #21 on: Thu, 21 September 2017, 20:53:04 »
Wow, nice find! Glad to see some folks here will be able to use these.
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« Reply #22 on: Thu, 21 September 2017, 21:26:41 »
Oh please let there be an Unsaver in there... ;)

Not yet, but we'll see what happens tomorrow.

So you're telling me there is a chance... 😍

It is awesome you guys found a good amount of SSKs and other BS keyboards. I'm glad they didn't get thrown away a long time ago.

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« Reply #23 on: Thu, 21 September 2017, 21:37:49 »
What a find! I will be following this thread.

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« Reply #24 on: Fri, 22 September 2017, 09:48:54 »
Here is a photo of the one's I tested the other day. There are 2 off screen that either didn't work or had issues and 3 I've set aside for personal use.



I'll probably get some more today to test next week and go through what else are in the other locations.

I was looking at pulling all the cap covers and putting them in a 5gal bucket of dawn free and clear and water to clean them and something similar with the top case, or should I not clean them at all or what is usually preferred. I know some people prefer them to be untouched and restore them themselves. The bottoms are more of an issue as the labels are paper sticker that would not fair well in water. I'm open to suggestions on this as I've not done anything other than test them this far.

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« Reply #25 on: Fri, 22 September 2017, 10:14:11 »
I think you're right that people are okay with doing the deep-clean themselves. Scrubbing the caps is nice. If you want to just take a moist rag to the cases (avoiding getting any paper labels wet) it'll probably be good enough to get them sold, the buyer can finish the detail work. Kudos for going through so many boards, you've got your work cut out.

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« Reply #26 on: Fri, 22 September 2017, 10:38:12 »
I think you're right that people are okay with doing the deep-clean themselves. Scrubbing the caps is nice. If you want to just take a moist rag to the cases (avoiding getting any paper labels wet) it'll probably be good enough to get them sold, the buyer can finish the detail work. Kudos for going through so many boards, you've got your work cut out.

Agreed, I think people would rather clean by themselves haha. Personally part of the joy in receiving a vintage board is the restoration itself.

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« Reply #27 on: Fri, 22 September 2017, 11:52:29 »
Ok, I'll just clean the cap covers and then give the cases a gentle wipe down with a damp cloth. I'm going to do the caps so that I can sort out the cleanest and ones without stickers (custom labels and brail). There is at least one with brail stickers and I will hold those for anyone that is in actual need of them an not just wanting them.


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« Reply #28 on: Sat, 23 September 2017, 21:16:52 »
I received an SSK that was left outside for several years. The plate was rusty and the membranes were completely shot. I was able to fully refurbish it with new 104 membranes from unicomp after a bolt mod.

So any of them that are in absolute trash condition: they are still salvageable. All you need is the case pretty much; everything else can be had from donor boards.

Shoving the 104 membrane in there was pretty tricky, I had to cut the middle section out and put tape over the contacts to prevent them from causing issues. then I folded it back under the plate.

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« Reply #29 on: Sat, 23 September 2017, 21:52:00 »
holy magikarp.  That's a lot of SSK!  Guess I'm gonna have to subscribe and hope for a shot at one!

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« Reply #30 on: Tue, 26 September 2017, 00:54:02 »
I hope to have these available by Friday if not sooner.

For transparency it is going to cost me $7.00USD each for bubble wrap and boxes.
The rough estimate for shipping is about 28-32USD.

To make things simple if you are in the continental USA the price is going to include shipping. Outside the continental USA we'll have to check the shipping prices for you and if they fall inside the same area no problem, otherwise we will have charge the difference in shipping.

I'm not selling them here yet I will make that post in the Classified section so were not breaking any rules but I'll let you know here and link to that post when it's live so hold on a bit longer. I still don't know how many we have total but I have about 30 that will be ready on Friday.

The average price for an SSK is $222.33 (based on as many sold listings as I could find all over the internet)
The Mean price is $224.95

Don't cry just yet. We plan to let them go for $150.00 USD with an initial limit of 1 per person.

Because I care about the things I sell these will be wiped clean, and the cap covers cleaned and air dusted inside and out. It's going to be a lot of work but I want to keep a spread sheet and give you a serial number, manufacture date and photos before we complete a transaction so you know exactly what you are getting. Again you will have to be a member here with a join date before my initial post, then after all those members that want one are taken care of newer members will be taken. After that anyone wanting an additional keyboard will be taken.

Hopefully no one is upset with this but I think you all are aware of what we have and that if I wanted I could trickle these out on EBay for more money. I would rather them all go to you all who will take care of and cherish them.

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« Reply #31 on: Tue, 26 September 2017, 02:13:45 »
Sweet, I'll keep an eye out. Thanks!


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Re: SSKanoly!
« Reply #32 on: Tue, 26 September 2017, 03:34:46 »
Are there any updates on the Model F? Waiting eagerly for the AT or an F122.

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« Reply #33 on: Fri, 29 September 2017, 17:25:59 »
Sorry for the lack of news, I had a dental emergency and antibiotics and pain medications both make me sick to my stomach.

I dis get a few wiped down and the key caps cleaned and found a few of the cables so I'll try to get that sorted tomorrow.

I know everyone is being very patient so again I apologies and will get what I have ready up as soon as I can.

Thanks for your patience.

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« Reply #34 on: Fri, 29 September 2017, 20:59:04 »
You probably got an infection from the keyboards.  Offer at discount to hasten removal of health hazards!!

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« Reply #35 on: Fri, 29 September 2017, 21:02:19 »
All the best for your recovery, take your time! Keyboards can wait, especially in times of personal trouble :)

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« Reply #36 on: Fri, 29 September 2017, 23:53:36 »
Patience is the one thing anyone in this hobby must learn and hone so don't fret it, friend. You do you and get your mouth situation sorted, that sounds like a lot of not-fun.

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« Reply #37 on: Sat, 30 September 2017, 05:44:46 »
I really should stop buy BS boards, but I can't resist the possibility of an SSK, haha.
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« Reply #38 on: Sat, 30 September 2017, 06:37:56 »
myabe a Kishsaver ?  ;D

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« Reply #39 on: Tue, 03 October 2017, 19:00:09 »
Ok, so to give you guys an idea what I've been going through. Somewhere in this pile or one of three others like it is a box of these blasted SDL cables.



I think I have 10 cables so far I'm going to test those and once I know they work I'll let the first 10 units go.

As far as the AT Model F go I have three I need to test and if those work I will list those as well.

There are some white labels with attached non-removable cables and one piece key caps that I have to sort out also. The units that are sold will have a basic water only wipe down and the keycap covers cleaned. None of them will be opened by me and will only have a light dusting out so they will still need some cleanup and probably some internal dusting. If things go better with my oral surgery tomorrow and I'm feeling up to it I will open them and at least inspect the boards which was my original intent but many of you want your hands on these ASAP and I can understand that.

If you have any more questions hit me with them and I'll get back to you ASAP.



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« Reply #40 on: Tue, 03 October 2017, 19:35:52 »
My guess is that this lode might prove at least as interesting as that $100K "warehouse" sale.
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« Reply #41 on: Tue, 03 October 2017, 20:12:16 »
Ok, so to give you guys an idea what I've been going through. Somewhere in this pile or one of three others like it is a box of these blasted SDL cables.

Show Image


I think I have 10 cables so far I'm going to test those and once I know they work I'll let the first 10 units go.

As far as the AT Model F go I have three I need to test and if those work I will list those as well.

There are some white labels with attached non-removable cables and one piece key caps that I have to sort out also. The units that are sold will have a basic water only wipe down and the keycap covers cleaned. None of them will be opened by me and will only have a light dusting out so they will still need some cleanup and probably some internal dusting. If things go better with my oral surgery tomorrow and I'm feeling up to it I will open them and at least inspect the boards which was my original intent but many of you want your hands on these ASAP and I can understand that.

If you have any more questions hit me with them and I'll get back to you ASAP.

Take your time, those keyboards have been waiting for years, they can wait a little bit longer.  ^-^

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« Reply #42 on: Wed, 04 October 2017, 10:50:04 »
My guess is that this lode might prove at least as interesting as that $100K "warehouse" sale.

Yeah, that was definitely sus as hell, with the seemingly obviously planted model M on top of a bin. This here is an exciting trove.
There are some white labels with attached non-removable cables and one piece key caps that I have to sort out also. The units that are sold will have a basic water only wipe down and the keycap covers cleaned. None of them will be opened by me and will only have a light dusting out so they will still need some cleanup and probably some internal dusting. If things go better with my oral surgery tomorrow and I'm feeling up to it I will open them and at least inspect the boards which was my original intent but many of you want your hands on these ASAP and I can understand that.

As for opening them up to check for dust, I still think it's not really necessary. Testing the keyboards to ensure functionality and giving a light wipe-down is enough. Best not to risk an accident while opening the cases and damaging a working board (not that I don't trust you by now to know your way around these boards).

Oh, and that image you tried to link is broken. It seems to be an image you have on a google drive, but the permissions aren't set properly for public hotlinking. I'd recommend using imgur instead. :thumb:

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« Reply #43 on: Mon, 16 October 2017, 17:11:45 »
Ok, I have 9 SSK and 1 Full size ready to go.

Sadly the AT keyboards all had issues so until I can solve those or something those wont go for sale.

I'll make the post in classified section some time this evening, before midnight EST.

I did not open or dust any of the keyboards by popular demand. They only got a light can or air dusting after they were cleaned. All of these are Blue Label SDL cable (except the full size, it has an attached cable) 2 part keycaps. All the cap tops were removed and given a bath in warm water because of how dusty/dirty they were and the cases were all wiped down with microfiber cloth dipped in warm water. That means they are presentable but will not actually be clean when you get them. None of the cable have been clean. They are all fairly stretched out to begin with and I didn't want to stretch them out further.

As of this writing it's 6:10pm EST

Photos (The AT wont be fore sale none of them worked propperly)

https://photos.app.goo.gl/hNkDiYfncs97tg7x2




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« Reply #44 on: Mon, 16 October 2017, 17:29:28 »
So are these going to be first come first serve?   I mean, I would love to have an SSK!
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« Reply #45 on: Mon, 16 October 2017, 18:23:54 »
What about selling the AT for parts?
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« Reply #46 on: Mon, 16 October 2017, 19:15:00 »
hyped for the chance to buy an SSK!  :eek:


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« Reply #47 on: Mon, 16 October 2017, 20:31:00 »
What about selling the AT for parts?

I will get with you about the issues they have this week. Things have been very busy here and I fell behind on getting the SSK ready for everyone and I feel bad about that so I want to get that out of the way first.

Then I have to find this elusive box of SDL cables but I will get with you this week for sure. One is mostly working just had one key that sticks.

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« Reply #48 on: Mon, 16 October 2017, 20:34:04 »
So are these going to be first come first serve?   I mean, I would love to have an SSK!

Yes, but I have a lot more we are just still hunting for a box of SDL cables. I probably have about 14 more ready to go when I find that box. Thats the reason the prices are going to be so low. I dont have a lot of full sized though.

I will be posting here in the next half hour as Im writing that post as soon as I make sure I've answered questions here.

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« Reply #49 on: Mon, 16 October 2017, 21:02:20 »
Okay then, I’ll just keep refreshing the classifieds  :thumb:

Hopefully the moderators will get it approved quickly
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« Reply #50 on: Mon, 16 October 2017, 21:10:18 »
Posted, pending moderation.

https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=92113.new#new  I don't know if that link changes after moderation or not. This is my first classified so I'm not sure.

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« Reply #51 on: Tue, 17 October 2017, 12:16:11 »
Thanks for the update!

Are all of the SSKs blue labels, or just the first 9 that you have ready?

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« Reply #52 on: Tue, 17 October 2017, 15:32:20 »
Where's the classified? I've been waiting all day for it to show up. <__<

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« Reply #53 on: Tue, 17 October 2017, 15:38:03 »
Where's the classified? I've been waiting all day for it to show up. <__<

Same.  Awaiting mod approval I guess.
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« Reply #54 on: Tue, 17 October 2017, 16:25:22 »
 Does anyone know how long it usually takes for a mod to approve classified ?

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« Reply #55 on: Tue, 17 October 2017, 16:27:23 »
Thanks for the update!

Are all of the SSKs blue labels, or just the first 9 that you have ready?

Just the ones I have ready.  I do have 3-4 white labels that will be in the next batch.

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« Reply #56 on: Tue, 17 October 2017, 16:54:33 »
Does anyone know how long it usually takes for a mod to approve classified ?

usually just a day
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« Reply #57 on: Tue, 17 October 2017, 17:35:38 »
Does anyone know how long it usually takes for a mod to approve classified ?

usually just a day

So for those of you following, probably some time after everyone in the US eats dinner.

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« Reply #59 on: Wed, 18 October 2017, 14:42:40 »
I have no idea why it's still awaiting approval.

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« Reply #60 on: Wed, 18 October 2017, 14:58:37 »
I have no idea why it's still awaiting approval.

Did you report the thread and/or PM a moderator? And did you make sure everything was following the rules? Sometimes they'll leave a note you need to update/change something to get it approved.

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« Reply #61 on: Wed, 18 October 2017, 15:03:17 »
I have no idea why it's still awaiting approval.

Did you report the thread and/or PM a moderator? And did you make sure everything was following the rules? Sometimes they'll leave a note you need to update/change something to get it approved.

I have not reported the thread as I saw nothing about needing to do so, but to my knowledge it 100% follows the rules.

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It has been over 24hrs so I did drop a message to the moderation team to ask that someone have a look at it.
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« Reply #63 on: Wed, 18 October 2017, 15:38:21 »
Very nice of you to have this sale <3

SSK is a bucket list keyboard for me :D and definitely agree with others that I look forward to the restoration


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« Reply #64 on: Wed, 18 October 2017, 15:41:37 »
gosh dang i go get a snack for 10 minutes and it opens and blows up before I can sit down and wipe off the crumbs lol

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« Reply #65 on: Thu, 26 October 2017, 03:19:34 »
So here are some photos of the 2nd storage space we are searching.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/qe1p777JBYs2ys1F2



https://photos.app.goo.gl/CC0uVQbAiRZ5XYXy1



https://photos.app.goo.gl/iaFV5FKGX2qJOYv92



And photos of most of the remaining keyboards the I'm still looking for cables for and have yet to test.


https://photos.app.goo.gl/OS9GYkQjkhu6ty5u2


https://photos.app.goo.gl/NoBZ8kMf2xPNevMj2


https://photos.app.goo.gl/ssfetfFBqfkfcCml1


https://photos.app.goo.gl/jwPwWQcr6IsGzBh93


In the photos are about 80 SSK, and with the ones I've already cleaned there are close to 100 plus the 9 that already went out.  No Unsavers and no working AT keyboards but there are still several more locations.

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« Reply #66 on: Thu, 26 October 2017, 03:22:38 »
Omfg that's amazing, you're going to singlehandedly cause the ssk market to collapse.

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« Reply #67 on: Thu, 26 October 2017, 03:28:09 »
I would love to rummage through that just to see all of the old stuff.

This has been a primary focus on BS boards but have you come across any interesting MX or Alps boards? If so, anything you'd be selling?
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« Reply #68 on: Thu, 26 October 2017, 03:31:49 »
what an amazing haul  :thumb:

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« Reply #69 on: Thu, 26 October 2017, 08:48:44 »
Omfg that's amazing, you're going to singlehandedly cause the ssk market to collapse.

For serious! 100+ SSKs, man...

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« Reply #70 on: Thu, 26 October 2017, 08:55:51 »
Many people forget that the SSK was the *standard config* with some PS/2's.   The full keyboard was extra.

Suspect some business bought a boatload of PS/2's and replaced the boards with something else (maybe aftermarket specialty boards).

Would love to know what else is hiding in there.
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« Reply #71 on: Thu, 26 October 2017, 10:37:31 »
Holy moly! That's a bunch of old stuff. I can't believe how many SSKs that is. You are a saint to release these to the community, to people who will really enjoy these. Excited to see what other cool things you might find in there.

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« Reply #72 on: Thu, 26 October 2017, 10:51:34 »
holy hell

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« Reply #73 on: Thu, 26 October 2017, 10:54:23 »
lawd
Then they start remembering the Klingon with the rings on.

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« Reply #74 on: Thu, 26 October 2017, 10:56:18 »
Looks like so much fun hunting through that garage!
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« Reply #75 on: Thu, 26 October 2017, 12:19:45 »
100x$150= ...

man, you could now do a better price ;) (not interested though, I'm an ISO guy :P )
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« Reply #76 on: Thu, 26 October 2017, 12:21:47 »
Curious to hear from those who have received the first 9 as to how many plastic rivets were broken.

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« Reply #77 on: Thu, 26 October 2017, 12:25:45 »
ohhh my 100 ssks... I may have to get in on this and finally get one and bolt and foil mod it. Any selectric typewriters to go with? I know  no unsavers already so i wont ask about those

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« Reply #78 on: Thu, 26 October 2017, 13:38:48 »
holy guacamole

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« Reply #79 on: Thu, 26 October 2017, 14:03:57 »
There is a **** ton of Apple ii stuff. Some IIc with alps. Tons more and it’s going to take time. Probably take some apple stuff to next years midwest vintage computer festival. There are actual ps2 to go with the ssk but we haven’t touched those yet.

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« Reply #80 on: Thu, 26 October 2017, 14:17:49 »
There is a **** ton of Apple ii stuff. Some IIc with alps. Tons more and it’s going to take time. Probably take some apple stuff to next years midwest vintage computer festival. There are actual ps2 to go with the ssk but we haven’t touched those yet.

If there are PS/2 towers, I could possibly go for a Mod 80 or 60. Those thing were damn tanks.
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« Reply #81 on: Thu, 26 October 2017, 14:19:44 »
There is a **** ton of Apple ii stuff. Some IIc with alps. Tons more and it’s going to take time. Probably take some apple stuff to next years midwest vintage computer festival. There are actual ps2 to go with the ssk but we haven’t touched those yet.
ooo alps and ssk and ps2 pcs... My interest is peaked.  I may have to run to the next state over to the MVCF this next year.

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« Reply #82 on: Fri, 27 October 2017, 16:41:01 »
If any of those SSKs is Displaywrite variant (model no 1392464) I would be very interested. Especially if it's missing caps, since I'm looking to find my missing one. Also, there wouldn't by any chance be a stray Macintosh portable in there? :)

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« Reply #83 on: Sun, 29 October 2017, 14:50:10 »
I was a tiny bit on the fence before but yeah I'd totally be interested in one of the ssk if any more of them work. Gonna bug wendle at level 1 techs and get info on his foil mod that gave his ssk full knro = D

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« Reply #84 on: Sun, 29 October 2017, 15:52:59 »
I am definitely interested in 1 SSK and 1 full board. Are they all Lexmark or you have grey/black badges as well?

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« Reply #85 on: Sun, 29 October 2017, 21:19:23 »
Thats a haul and a half. I'll be watching this thread for sure. Lordy if I could get my hands on one of those I'd die a happy man. Please update here before posting to classifieds :)

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« Reply #86 on: Mon, 30 October 2017, 12:14:26 »
Yooooo this is a sick find!

Like rubik said, please update this thread when round 2 is happening. I'd love to get my hands on an SSK :D
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« Reply #87 on: Tue, 31 October 2017, 18:54:56 »
Update on my board! I ordered a dozen custom-print caps from Unicomp...



and for about $20, I now have a Inverse Industrial! Or maybe it's more like SP's idea of Industrial. In any case, I love the look of it. I'm still madly in love with the spring-buckle of the buckling spring.  :p

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« Reply #88 on: Tue, 31 October 2017, 18:59:22 »
Update on my board! I ordered a dozen custom-print caps from Unicomp...

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and for about $20, I now have a Inverse Industrial! Or maybe it's more like SP's idea of Industrial. In any case, I love the look of it. I'm still madly in love with the spring-buckle of the buckling spring.  :p

Ayy, I dig the look you're going for bud! Will be posting mine up soon :D
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« Reply #89 on: Wed, 01 November 2017, 23:41:57 »
There is a **** ton of Apple ii stuff. Some IIc with alps. Tons more and it’s going to take time. Probably take some apple stuff to next years midwest vintage computer festival. There are actual ps2 to go with the ssk but we haven’t touched those yet.
This thread made my day. Just the sheer goodness of the find and people's reaction to the SSKs.

Can you update this thread when you fine any working Alps?

Thank you.
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« Reply #90 on: Sun, 05 November 2017, 02:59:52 »
Wow.  Just...wow.  That green typewriter under the box on the right side of that first pic looks like a Selectric, which should also find a good home.  That's probably true of all the stuff I don't recognize, and everything lurking in boxes, from what we're hearing, so I've no idea why I feel a need to point that one out.

100 SSKs just sitting in somebody's garage all these years.   :eek:  Please, please, please post more about what else you find in there.

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« Reply #91 on: Sun, 05 November 2017, 09:17:26 »
This is an absolutely amazing run of stuff!  The computers can find very good homes too!  :eek:

I'm only a state over in Illinois and would love to come just help you go through all this--for some reason doing stuff like that brings me inner peace.  :cool:  We could make a lot of people's Christmas very merry this year!  :thumb:  Let me know if you would like the assistance.  :thumb:

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« Reply #92 on: Sun, 05 November 2017, 12:46:37 »
There is a **** ton of Apple ii stuff. Some IIc with alps. Tons more and it’s going to take time. Probably take some apple stuff to next years midwest vintage computer festival. There are actual ps2 to go with the ssk but we haven’t touched those yet.
This thread made my day. Just the sheer goodness of the find and people's reaction to the SSKs.

Can you update this thread when you fine any working Alps?

Thank you.
:)

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So here is the low-down on the situation with a bit more details.

This collection belongs to a good friend and ex-boss. He's been involved in the computer business since at least the very early 80's. He's been a huge Apple fanatic. We recently closed the last business and he knows he needs to start getting rid of things but as you can imagine it's hard on him. This is going to be a slow process especially when it comes to the Apple stuff. Unfortunately there is a lot of damage to do to moisture and mice.

All the ALPS are in the form of Apple IIc machines so far. If I get permission to sell apple stuff it will likely be taken to the Mid-West Vintage Computer Faire 2018. Another friend from St Louis will also have a lot of old C64 stuff there as well.

That said I will let everyone know what is available Apple wise.

I did come across more full size model M and 3 more cables. The weather here today is bad (tornado warnings and watches), so I'm not out in the facility testing today. I've only been at the mechanical hobby about a year now so I'm still not super familiar with what has what in it so I'm constantly having to look up pieces on Deskthority and Wikipedia.

If anyone has a list of things you want me to be on the lookout for I'm happy to accommodate you. So far the only things thrown out have been paper goods (manuals etc) that were ruined beyond hope or repair.

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« Reply #93 on: Sun, 05 November 2017, 14:02:44 »
Personally I mostly just want an ssk if there by any spares, since I doubt any unsavers will be found. Aside from beam springs and selectic stuff thats all thats left on my list of want.  I'll probably try to talk to wendle of level1 techs to see if he can give me any info on the foil + diode mod.

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« Reply #94 on: Sun, 05 November 2017, 16:12:20 »
It sounds like I'm going to have to look into going to this Vintage Computer Faire (regardless if you'll be there or not, that just sounds like a fascinating event by the name of it).

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« Reply #95 on: Sun, 05 November 2017, 16:23:28 »
The last Atlanta meetup was hosted at the vintage Computer Festival Southeast. I am looking to have it there again in April.

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« Reply #96 on: Mon, 06 November 2017, 08:38:57 »
It sounds like I'm going to have to look into going to this Vintage Computer Faire (regardless if you'll be there or not, that just sounds like a fascinating event by the name of it).
Me too.  Depending on where it is, sounds like a fun time to meet other enthusiasts.

We should have some sort of gh getogether there.  It would be a nice place to put some faces to the names and talk about our favorite subject in person. :)


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« Reply #97 on: Tue, 07 November 2017, 02:22:41 »
There is a **** ton of Apple ii stuff. Some IIc with alps. Tons more and it’s going to take time. Probably take some apple stuff to next years midwest vintage computer festival. There are actual ps2 to go with the ssk but we haven’t touched those yet.
This thread made my day. Just the sheer goodness of the find and people's reaction to the SSKs.

Can you update this thread when you fine any working Alps?

Thank you.
:)

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So here is the low-down on the situation with a bit more details.

This collection belongs to a good friend and ex-boss. He's been involved in the computer business since at least the very early 80's. He's been a huge Apple fanatic. We recently closed the last business and he knows he needs to start getting rid of things but as you can imagine it's hard on him. This is going to be a slow process especially when it comes to the Apple stuff. Unfortunately there is a lot of damage to do to moisture and mice.

All the ALPS are in the form of Apple IIc machines so far. If I get permission to sell apple stuff it will likely be taken to the Mid-West Vintage Computer Faire 2018. Another friend from St Louis will also have a lot of old C64 stuff there as well.

That said I will let everyone know what is available Apple wise.

I did come across more full size model M and 3 more cables. The weather here today is bad (tornado warnings and watches), so I'm not out in the facility testing today. I've only been at the mechanical hobby about a year now so I'm still not super familiar with what has what in it so I'm constantly having to look up pieces on Deskthority and Wikipedia.

If anyone has a list of things you want me to be on the lookout for I'm happy to accommodate you. So far the only things thrown out have been paper goods (manuals etc) that were ruined beyond hope or repair.

Thank you for the context. I am perfectly fine waiting for a long time. This is a thread that I would be watching for sure. The reason I had asked about Alps is because it seems to be one kind of switch that is hard to find in India where I am based. And the shipping+eBay from anywhere else in the world are super expensive. So yeah. Happy to hear whenever you have anything.

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« Reply #98 on: Tue, 07 November 2017, 10:31:17 »
It sounds like I'm going to have to look into going to this Vintage Computer Faire (regardless if you'll be there or not, that just sounds like a fascinating event by the name of it).
Me too.  Depending on where it is, sounds like a fun time to meet other enthusiasts.

We should have some sort of gh getogether there.  It would be a nice place to put some faces to the names and talk about our favorite subject in person. :)

It would be awesome. Maybe id be able to find some info on my weird badge model f

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« Reply #99 on: Tue, 07 November 2017, 12:53:40 »
Can someone id the switches on this? I figure you guys will know quicker than I can google plus I’m cleaning keyboards.

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« Reply #100 on: Tue, 07 November 2017, 13:33:02 »
Can someone id the switches on this? I figure you guys will know quicker than I can google plus I’m cleaning keyboards.

It's got holes similar to Cherry ML but the rest of it doesn't look like ML.

edit: for pushing the thread into a new page, i'll repost the image and also flip it correctly.
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« Reply #101 on: Tue, 07 November 2017, 13:35:44 »
Can someone id the switches on this? I figure you guys will know quicker than I can google plus I’m cleaning keyboards.
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« Reply #102 on: Tue, 07 November 2017, 13:53:13 »
Thanks. I only have my phone and it assumes everything reads orientation from meta data.

Also of note, the caps on it are exactly the same as the top of the two part model m caps
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« Reply #103 on: Tue, 07 November 2017, 14:05:34 »
that's.. not bad :D
and i think that's an selectric II from the early 70s? pretty cool, seems undamaged.

i'm pretty curious to all the misc keyboards as well.. :o
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« Reply #104 on: Tue, 07 November 2017, 15:01:52 »
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« Reply #106 on: Tue, 07 November 2017, 16:38:36 »
Here is another I need help identifying.


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« Reply #107 on: Tue, 07 November 2017, 16:55:37 »
I think I'm keeping this one for myself but wanted to share with you all.


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« Reply #108 on: Tue, 07 November 2017, 20:12:40 »
I think I'm keeping this one for myself but wanted to share with you all.


Nice!  Is it rubber dome or actual buckling spring?


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« Reply #109 on: Tue, 07 November 2017, 20:19:28 »
What is the meaning/pun/slang/euphemism of "SSKanoly"?
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« Reply #110 on: Tue, 07 November 2017, 21:17:58 »
What is the meaning/pun/slang/euphemism of "SSKanoly"?

holy camoly + ssk = holy cannoli + ssk = holy sskannoli = sskannoli = sskanoly. The man must like cannoli.  Duh

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« Reply #112 on: Wed, 08 November 2017, 08:27:06 »
I think I'm keeping this one for myself but wanted to share with you all.

I love the font on those keys!

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« Reply #113 on: Wed, 08 November 2017, 08:34:29 »
I think I'm keeping this one for myself but wanted to share with you all.

I love the font on those keys!

I didn't know ATT made boards. Or is that an M branded for ATT? Anyone know anything more?

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« Reply #114 on: Wed, 08 November 2017, 08:40:27 »
I think I'm keeping this one for myself but wanted to share with you all.

I love the font on those keys!

I didn't know ATT made boards. Or is that an M branded for ATT? Anyone know anything more?

M with custom logo/case.  There's a few variations like this, like the Dell M or the relogoed Allen Bradley Industrial.
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Re: SSKanoly!
« Reply #115 on: Wed, 08 November 2017, 10:54:50 »
I think I'm keeping this one for myself but wanted to share with you all.


Nice!  Is it rubber dome or actual buckling spring?

It's an AT&T Model M from my understanding, all the parts are interchangable with Model M at least except for the case and cable as the AT&T uses a RJ11 style 6 pin to PS2.

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Re: SSKanoly!
« Reply #116 on: Wed, 08 November 2017, 10:57:16 »
What is the meaning/pun/slang/euphemism of "SSKanoly"?

holy camoly + ssk = holy cannoli + ssk = holy sskannoli = sskannoli = sskanoly. The man must like cannoli.  Duh

Something like that. I was excited at the time, still am, and was trying to be creative. The two probably did not mix well together.

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Re: SSKanoly!
« Reply #117 on: Wed, 08 November 2017, 11:00:31 »
Here is another I need help identifying.



Olivetti dome with slider
https://deskthority.net/wiki/Olivetti_dome_with_slider

Wow, thanks. This has an oddly nice feel to it for a dome! As you know by now it's another AT&Y Keyboard and has a 9 pin dsub connector. I dont know if the machine it goes to is in the mess or not yet.

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Re: SSKanoly!
« Reply #118 on: Wed, 08 November 2017, 11:25:03 »

It's an AT&T Model M from my understanding, all the parts are interchangable with Model M at least except for the case and cable as the AT&T uses a RJ11 style 6 pin to PS2.

I seem to remember the space bar being different, too.


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Re: SSKanoly!
« Reply #119 on: Wed, 08 November 2017, 20:32:28 »

It's an AT&T Model M from my understanding, all the parts are interchangable with Model M at least except for the case and cable as the AT&T uses a RJ11 style 6 pin to PS2.

I seem to remember the space bar being different, too.

Yep it has a normal key under it and the space bar snaps on but I replaced it with one off my personal FSK.