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Title: [GB] Mesa TKL | Extras/B-stock sale - June 16 @ 3pm PST
Post by: dani_ on Sun, 25 October 2020, 17:38:01
(https://i.imgur.com/9nVdy8F.jpg)
Mesa TKL | Extras Sale June 16 @ 3pm PST


Extra A- and B-stock will be available here https://mesakeyboards.com/collections/mesa-tkl-extras (https://mesakeyboards.com/collections/mesa-tkl-extras) along with limited spare plates, PCBs, etc. The store will open June 16 @ 3pm Los Angeles time, all sales will be first-come-first-served. Orders will ship within a few days of purchase.



Current Status: Extras and B-stock go on sale June 16 @ 3pm PST
Expected Fulfillment: April-May 2021


IC Thread: https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=105006.0 (https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=105006.0)
Discord: https://discord.gg/rX7BZhK (https://discord.gg/rX7BZhK)
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mesakeyboards/ (https://www.instagram.com/mesakeyboards/)
Website: mesakeyboards.com (http://mesakeyboards.com)



Overview

Mesa TKL is a keyboard I designed to have the lowest typing height possible with MX-style switches. There's an opening in the bottom of the case that lets the PCB rest just above the desktop and as a result the switches and keycaps sit about 5-7mm lower than they do on most comparable keyboards. The stainless steel plate is gasket mounted with extra foam dampers for a stiff feel and a tight, muted sound profile. The aesthetic is minimalist and functional, with most of the design dictated by mechanical constraints. This keyboard is a workhorse: comfortable without a wrist rest, tuned for feel and sound, and elegant enough to make you take a second look.

After lots of feedback, two rounds of prototyping, and delivered commissions, this project is ready for a larger production run. Check out the IC thread for discussion, photos, build log, and typing videos and join the discord to get updates in real time.

Group Buy Details:

Supported layouts:
(https://i.imgur.com/7VoP0sE.png)

Included in kit:



How to Buy

Raffle link: closed

The group buy is limited to 50 spots which will be chosen in a raffle. The raffle will open on Oct. 29 7:00pm PST and run for 48 hours.

There are two variants of Mesa TKL, standard layout and winkeyless, each with its own separate MOQ of 20 units. Once the raffle is closed, entries will be drawn until the 50 unit limit is reached. If a variant does not reach MOQ, entries that chose the losing variant will be modified according to the "Alternative Layout" checkbox on the raffle form; those that checked the box will be converted to the winning variant, those that did not will be removed.

Entries will be drawn blindly and totally at random. Winning entries will get their first choice of layout - the drawing will not be manipulated to ensure that both variants are made.

If you receive a winning entry you must create an account in the store with the email address you provided in your raffle entry (you can do so by clicking on the roughly human shaped icon in the top right corner of the store's home page). This will unlock the products in the Mesa TKL Collection and let you add them to your cart. The shipping address you provide at checkout must match the one in the raffle entry.

Please refer to the terms and conditions on my website (https://mesakeyboards.com/pages/terms-and-conditions). I expect fulfillment to take between four and six months, but this is an estimate not a promise. Once I place my orders with the suppliers it's completely out of my hands so I can commit to transparency but not deadlines. Make sure you have given this thought and accept it before joining the group buy.



Photos and Renders

(https://i.imgur.com/brDewGG.jpg)
Height comparison with RAMA M60 (on the left)

(https://i.imgur.com/QgjcNbV.jpg)
A look at how the PCB emerges from the case.

(https://i.imgur.com/tJwXEnZ.jpg)
There are no copper traces or SMT components on the exposed portion of PCB.
(Note that the production version will have domed feet rather than flat pads.)

(https://i.imgur.com/VugEl2W.jpg)
Fully assembled prototype.
This was a commission and has been delivered, built with lubed aqua zilents and ePBT ABS Dolch caps.

(https://i.imgur.com/jgk3EUL.jpg)
Rear view of the USB port and weight.

(https://i.imgur.com/tAstyDh.jpg)
Note: This configuration will not be available in the GB!
It's just here to give you an idea of what the keyboard looks like in black.
The black colorway what will be available is e-black + stainless steel, whereas this is anodized black + brass.

Title: Re: [GB] Mesa TKL | in production
Post by: cong314159 on Fri, 13 November 2020, 11:30:03
GB already closed? I was only notified by Geekhack just now.
Title: Re: [GB] Mesa TKL | in production
Post by: dani_ on Fri, 13 November 2020, 12:21:08
GB already closed? I was only notified by Geekhack just now.

Probably my fault - I had been trying to contact Signature without any luck before somebody suggested that I just report the thread for approval.
Title: Re: [GB] Mesa TKL | in production
Post by: dani_ on Tue, 13 April 2021, 00:46:53
Quick update for those who aren't in the Discord:

I have taken delivery of the cases and am now preparing to start fulfilling orders. I'm aiming to have the first batch of orders out before the end of this month, and I'm working roughly in order of invoice number.

I'll be posting photos and videos of the fulfillment process on the Mesa Keyboards Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/mesakeyboards/) for those interested.

As always, let me know if you have any questions.
Title: Re: [GB] Mesa TKL | QA and packing!
Post by: Liub on Tue, 13 April 2021, 01:52:11
Most lowkey and quiet GB ever, keep up the great work dani_ looking forward to my board.
Title: Re: [GB] Mesa TKL | Shipping
Post by: dani_ on Tue, 11 May 2021, 00:58:53
The final batch of orders is all packed up!

If you have not received a keyboard, a tracking number, or an email from me requesting address confirmation, please contact me immediately!
Title: Re: [GB] Mesa TKL | Shipping
Post by: FearsomeCubedWarrior on Tue, 11 May 2021, 13:17:32
I've got it and it's perfect. Finish, design, engineering -- everything is top notch.
And the whole GB was the smoothest ride possible: timely update for every step, full transparency.
Title: Re: [GB] Mesa TKL | Shipping
Post by: Tyson on Tue, 11 May 2021, 22:42:36
I'd love to get my hands on an extra if there are any! Loved this board since the IC!

Disregard my message! Was able to get ahold of one from a friend! :D
Title: Re: [GB] Mesa TKL | Closed - stay tuned for extras/b-stock
Post by: dani_ on Mon, 24 May 2021, 00:34:29
Update time! (I saved the sappy stuff for the discord...)

All group buy orders have shipped. I still need to inventory my by overage but I expect to have six extra units available along with some spare plates and PCBs. The extras sale will be FCFS on the web store and I will give plenty of warning here and on the discord before opening it up.

A huge thank you to all the group buy participants and everyone who has supported this project along the way. I'm thrilled with the results and I hope you all are too. For now, it's back to the drawing board and I can't wait to do it all again!
Title: Re: [GB] Mesa TKL | Closed - stay tuned for extras/b-stock
Post by: hottrout on Mon, 24 May 2021, 04:24:36
Mesa + EV-02 + Vintage Wey Cherry Caps

(https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/775233756117598219/846097656702566420/20210523_194028.png)

(https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/775233756117598219/846097400343166986/DSC_3742.png)

(https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/775233756117598219/846097628864184370/DSC_3749.png)


Thank you Dani for producing something very special.
Title: Re: [GB] Mesa TKL | Closed - stay tuned for extras/b-stock
Post by: djmantis on Wed, 02 June 2021, 15:13:15
Any extras left?  :p
Title: Re: [GB] Mesa TKL | Extras/B-stock sale - June 16 @ 3pm PST
Post by: dani_ on Sun, 13 June 2021, 12:55:51
Extras and B-stock will go on sale Wednesday June 16 at 3pm Los Angeles time.

Store link: https://mesakeyboards.com/collections/mesa-tkl-extras (https://mesakeyboards.com/collections/mesa-tkl-extras).

There are six cases available:

- 1x Black WKL (A stock)
- 2x Black TKL (A stock)
- 1x White WKL (B stock)
- 2x White TKL (B stock)

along with some extra plates, PCBs, and other spares. B-stock listings include detailed photos of defects. Sale will be first-come-first-served.

As a reminder, orders will ship immediately and all sales are final.

Feel free to reach out with any questions.
Title: Re: [GB] Mesa TKL | Extras/B-stock sale - June 16 @ 3pm PST
Post by: Hell-es on Mon, 14 June 2021, 13:05:12
0.00$ is fine, but i guess these aren‘t the prices ;) ?
Title: Re: [GB] Mesa TKL | Extras/B-stock sale - June 16 @ 3pm PST
Post by: Neely_12 on Mon, 14 June 2021, 14:22:02
Might have to try for the extras on this
Title: Re: [GB] Mesa TKL | Extras/B-stock sale - June 16 @ 3pm PST
Post by: dani_ on Tue, 15 June 2021, 12:35:09
0.00$ is fine, but i guess these aren‘t the prices ;) ?

Fixed, prices are now live on the web store. A quick breakdown for the curious:

Base price for extras is Group Buy price +10% ($495 USD). This premium compensates me for the risk I took on in running the group buy. (The original group buy participants don’t pay it because they assumed part of that risk along with me.)

From that base price I deduct 10% for each 0.5mm of scratching on the top face of the case, and 5% for each 0.5mm of scratching on any other surface.

Pricing for spare plates, etc., will be the same as the group buy.
Title: Re: [GB] Mesa TKL | Extras/B-stock sale - June 16 @ 3pm PST
Post by: dani_ on Wed, 16 June 2021, 23:19:45
FYI I just cancelled an order so there's a B-stock white WK that's back up for sale:

    https://mesakeyboards.com/collections/mesa-tkl-extras/products/mesa-tkl-extra-6-white-standard-b-stock (https://mesakeyboards.com/collections/mesa-tkl-extras/products/mesa-tkl-extra-6-white-standard-b-stock)

All of the the other extras are spoken for.