Author Topic: Another Black vs Brown Cherry question...  (Read 16929 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline hotswank

  • Thread Starter
  • Posts: 33
Another Black vs Brown Cherry question...
« on: Sat, 28 February 2009, 14:44:18 »
Is the bottom (PCB) half of the switch the same for both switches?

If this is true, and you like (black) linear but you find it's too stiff, you could take the spring from the brown and it will be soft-linear.

If you like (brown) tactile, but you find it's too soft, you could take the spring from the black and it will be stiff-tactile.

Or is it not that simple? Thanks.

Offline wellington1869

  • Posts: 2885
Another Black vs Brown Cherry question...
« Reply #1 on: Sat, 28 February 2009, 14:52:32 »
its been done before where you swap springs between cherry switches. I think chloe or someone tried that at some point. Results are as you'd expect.
problem usually is in getting cherry switches open. They're not easy to open. Also there are two kinds of switches with diff mounting on the mounting plate in the board. The ones that are above-board are easier to open (but even there you will need some improvised tools to do so; search these forums for info, esp in the keyboard mod section). The switches that are flush-mounted are far more difficult to open.

"Blah blah blah grade school blah blah blah IBM PS/2s blah blah blah I like Model Ms." -- Kishy

using: ms 7000/Das 3

Offline hotswank

  • Thread Starter
  • Posts: 33
Another Black vs Brown Cherry question...
« Reply #2 on: Sat, 28 February 2009, 15:07:38 »
I read those threads yes, but it did not tell me if the 'bottom' part of both switches (including the switch leaf), are the same?

Offline lowpoly

  • Posts: 1749
Another Black vs Brown Cherry question...
« Reply #3 on: Sat, 28 February 2009, 16:39:31 »
Quote from: wellington1869;23102
its been done before where you swap springs between cherry switches. I think chloe or someone tried that at some point. Results are as you'd expect.
problem usually is in getting cherry switches open. They're not easy to open. Also there are two kinds of switches with diff mounting on the mounting plate in the board. The ones that are above-board are easier to open (but even there you will need some improvised tools to do so; search these forums for info, esp in the keyboard mod section). The switches that are flush-mounted are far more difficult to open.


Plate mounted switches cannot be opened. The other ones are pretty easy IMO. You just need one or two watchmaker screwdrivers.

Miniguru thread at GH // The Apple M0110 Today

Offline wellington1869

  • Posts: 2885
Another Black vs Brown Cherry question...
« Reply #4 on: Sat, 28 February 2009, 17:16:10 »
Quote from: hotswank;23106
I read those threads yes, but it did not tell me if the 'bottom' part of both switches (including the switch leaf), are the same?


well 'same enough' if people have swapped springs before. they need not be absolutely identical if all you want to do is swap springs.

"Blah blah blah grade school blah blah blah IBM PS/2s blah blah blah I like Model Ms." -- Kishy

using: ms 7000/Das 3

Offline Chloe

  • Posts: 679
  • Switch Kitten
Another Black vs Brown Cherry question...
« Reply #5 on: Sun, 01 March 2009, 05:09:32 »
I think the switch bases are the same internally, the difference is in the stem and spring. I did not have any issues when swapping brown, blue and black MX parts around.