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Offline TyPo.mk

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ePBT Axolotls!
A pbt cherry profile keycap set based on one of my favorite animals

Group buy July 13th-August 13th

Estimated to ship Q1 2022



Vendors and Prices

Worldwide- KBDfans     
USA- kono.store
EU-mykeyboard.eu     
UK-proto[typist]     
SEA/PH-Zionstudios
Australia-Dailyclack
Mexico-Rheset.mx   
Canada-Alphakeys.ca 
Japan-Basekeys
South America-Fancy Customs



Kits

Base
All about that base, this kit will cover most tkl, 60/65%s, and features UK ISO, alice B and F13 [size]

Numbers
Number pad add on

Larva (40's)
This kit should cover most of the popular 40% keyboards out there.
Please note due to IC feedback I opted to keep icon mods for enter, shift, tab, and backspace because I think those legends in text + mod form are ugly on smaller u keys.


Tails (Space bars) and Mini Bars
The Tails kit features a space bar in each accent color in 7u and 6.25u as well as an alpha 6u. That makes 7 tails
The mini bars kit features alpha and accent bars smaller sizes
To be clear these are two different kits!


Morphs (Accents)
Accent colors

Novelties


Each novelty kit features a color based on some of my favorite axolotl morphs. Repetition of novs is by design. Different layouts will need the faces on different rows to accommodate all 4. E.G. a TKL can fit all 4 in an f cluster but a 65 could put them in a macro column. The leucistic kit also has Ñ.

NorDe
Axolotls are probably illegal to own where you live but this kit isn't.


Board Renders

 
Pictured on RAMA M60 by RAMA works



Pictured on the TGR Jane by Yuktsi


Pictured on the Rosa by Oggi


Pictured on Alice by Yuktsi


Pictured on RAMA M65a by RAMA works


Pictured on TGR-910 by Yuktsi


Pictured on Cypher by Cable Car designs


Pictured on RAMA U80 by RAMA works


Desk Mat

Choose between Quatrolotls  and Axolotsls. 900x400,4mm thick, rubber bottom mats with Pantone 705U stitching   

Vendors and Prices Again!
More

Collabs
Metal Artisan- Asero Foundry

Features Champaign pink cerakote and white laser engraving 

Shirouu caps - RAFFLE JULY 21st!


Cables- Cookie Cables

https://cookiecables.com/collections/group-buys/products/axolotl-cables

Resin artisans- Miroticaps and more coming later

Other stuff!
Axolotl-fy your whole setup with stickers, coasters, cups, clothing, and more through my Redbubble shop.
Shop link





Find me


Instagram - @TyPo.mk
Discord - Ty#0711
Linktree - https://linktr.ee/TyPo.mk


Pantones
More
Kit rendered as close to how they appear in D50 light as possible.
Everyone has different monitors and different lighting so colors may vary
Alpha keys - 9224u
Modifier keys - 705U
Legends - 217U
Accent/Novelties
   Wild-7485U keys, 2422U Novelty legends
   Golden- 600U keys, 136U Novelty legends
   Melanoid- 2330U keys, Black 6U Novelty legends
   Leucistic- Match modifier keys and legends
   

Shout outs
A special thanks goes out to all the friends who helped and supported me along the way (Bub, Tom, Andromache, Skok and many more)
NoPun, Hali, and Aad who helped with kitting
A second shout out Skok for sick renders.
And thank YOU for reading this far.


Group buy Live July 13th - August 13th!
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Offline boku

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Re: [GB] ePBT Axolotls | July 13th to August 13th
« Reply #1 on: Mon, 12 July 2021, 19:48:33 »
I love this. As a fan of axolotls myself, I will be picking up base and leucistic novelties. Well done.

Offline TyPo.mk

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Re: [GB] ePBT Axolotls | July 13th to August 13th
« Reply #2 on: Mon, 12 July 2021, 21:07:07 »
I love this. As a fan of axolotls myself, I will be picking up base and leucistic novelties. Well done.

Thank you so much for the support!

 GB is LIVE on KBDFans, KONO, and MyKeyboard!

Offline TyPo.mk

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Re: [GB] ePBT Axolotls | July 13th to August 13th
« Reply #3 on: Tue, 13 July 2021, 05:30:04 »
Dailyclack and basekeys live!
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Re: [GB] ePBT Axolotls | July 13th to August 13th
« Reply #4 on: Tue, 13 July 2021, 06:49:32 »
GLWGB, Ty!

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Re: [GB] ePBT Axolotls | July 13th to August 13th
« Reply #5 on: Tue, 13 July 2021, 07:00:22 »
i'm in! GLWGB

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Re: [GB] ePBT Axolotls | July 13th to August 13th
« Reply #6 on: Tue, 13 July 2021, 17:13:03 »
woot woot, glwgb!

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Re: [GB] ePBT Axolotls | July 13th to August 13th
« Reply #7 on: Wed, 14 July 2021, 07:52:26 »
Congrats on the GB!! This set is amazing.

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Re: [GB] ePBT Axolotls | July 13th to August 13th
« Reply #8 on: Sun, 18 July 2021, 21:14:55 »
I'm in.It's awesome.GLWGB.

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Re: [GB] ePBT Axolotls | July 13th to August 13th
« Reply #9 on: Mon, 19 July 2021, 22:48:22 »
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Re: [GB] ePBT Axolotls | July 13th to August 13th
« Reply #10 on: Tue, 20 July 2021, 07:37:04 »
Please buy my set I need to feed my family


There’s currently a cable giveaway on my Instagram and Reddit

Both links can be found here

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Re: [GB] ePBT Axolotls | July 13th to August 13th
« Reply #11 on: Tue, 20 July 2021, 12:12:56 »
Love the stickers that come with it!

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Shirouu had to move the collab raffle up early and it’s open July 21st !

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdMQhMYFiv4obZmeS3wb07WEvulKt1iLK-fCg7xNTgIFkmPQg/closedform

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Re: [GB] ePBT Axolotls | July 13th to August 13th
« Reply #13 on: Fri, 23 July 2021, 21:02:27 »
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Re: [GB] ePBT Axolotls | July 13th to August 13th
« Reply #14 on: Sat, 24 July 2021, 06:29:56 »
Some more numbers trickled in, we’re above 100 base kits now  :D

Over halfway to moq and the group buy is less than halfway done

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Re: [GB] ePBT Axolotls | July 13th to August 13th
« Reply #15 on: Tue, 03 August 2021, 14:15:54 »
All kits will be made! Doesn’t look good for asero cap though.

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Re: [GB] ePBT Axolotls | July 13th to August 13th
« Reply #16 on: Mon, 16 August 2021, 17:45:51 »


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Offline TyPo.mk

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Re: [GB] ePBT Axolotls | July 13th to August 13th
« Reply #17 on: Wed, 01 December 2021, 17:10:54 »
Mandatory monthly update:

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Re: [GB] ePBT Axolotls | Awaiting samples
« Reply #18 on: Wed, 05 January 2022, 21:29:21 »
I have still yet to receive any samples from epbt. The estimate Q1 ship date is very unlikely 
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Re: [GB] ePBT Axolotls | Awaiting samples
« Reply #19 on: Wed, 16 March 2022, 10:21:37 »
I have still yet to receive any samples from epbt.

Any updates?

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Re: [GB] ePBT Axolotls | Awaiting samples
« Reply #20 on: Thu, 17 March 2022, 01:51:17 »
very pinky, nice

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Re: [GB] ePBT Axolotls | Awaiting samples
« Reply #21 on: Thu, 17 March 2022, 11:02:38 »
I have still yet to receive any samples from epbt.

Any updates?

Samples allegedly in production.

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Re: [GB] ePBT Axolotls | Awaiting samples
« Reply #22 on: Wed, 30 March 2022, 09:07:46 »
Still no samples despite several sets that have ran after mine receiving multiple rounds of samples already. I have been asking about them for months. I’m very frustrated by this process and would like to apologize to all the people who supported the group buy. I’m trying to move it along but KBDfans/epbt refuse to give me any kind of updated eta.

Latest news from kbdfans is that that epbt’s factory is completely shut down due to covid, so no idea when I’ll ever get samples.

Offline phrj

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Re: [GB] ePBT Axolotls | Awaiting samples
« Reply #23 on: Mon, 18 April 2022, 06:37:39 »
Man, i hope we get some good news soon. Was kinda hoping the set would be shipping around now, but not even getting the first samples is rough.

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Re: [GB] ePBT Axolotls | Awaiting samples
« Reply #24 on: Fri, 22 April 2022, 10:57:18 »
I just received my first round of “samples”

I received only blank bars for each of the keycap colors. Not a single legend. So basically my samples are missing half the colors in the set.

Meanwhile epbt creative studio has full set samples despite never being in group buy. I have confronted kbdfans about this and expressed my frustration that I have hundreds of customers who have been told this would have been delivered already but they clearly do not care.

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Re: [GB] ePBT Axolotls | Awaiting samples
« Reply #25 on: Sat, 23 April 2022, 06:32:37 »
I just received my first round of “samples”

I received only blank bars for each of the keycap colors. Not a single legend. So basically my samples are missing half the colors in the set.

Meanwhile epbt creative studio has full set samples despite never being in group buy. I have confronted kbdfans about this and expressed my frustration that I have hundreds of customers who have been told this would have been delivered already but they clearly do not care.

:( How are the colours on the samples you have received? Are they at least where you'd want them?

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Re: [GB] ePBT Axolotls | Awaiting samples
« Reply #26 on: Tue, 26 April 2022, 07:23:39 »
A shame about the delays. Really been looking forward to this set, but hopefully things get into gear soon. I think we're all pretty conditioned to group buy delays at this point.

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Re: [GB] ePBT Axolotls | Awaiting samples
« Reply #27 on: Wed, 01 June 2022, 05:06:46 »
No May update  :(

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Re: [GB] ePBT Axolotls | Awaiting samples
« Reply #28 on: Wed, 01 June 2022, 07:46:45 »
No May update  :(

Still waiting for real samples. I asked kbdfans yesterday if they had any updates or a rough timeline and they did not. 

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Re: [GB] ePBT Axolotls | Awaiting samples
« Reply #29 on: Wed, 01 June 2022, 12:56:00 »
No May update  :(

Still waiting for real samples. I asked kbdfans yesterday if they had any updates or a rough timeline and they did not.

Appreciate you trying!
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Re: [GB] ePBT Axolotls | Awaiting samples
« Reply #30 on: Sat, 04 June 2022, 11:11:50 »
Update regarding deskmats:

The vendor in charge of deskmats had decided to delay the deskmats to be more in line with the extremely delayed epbt queue, after a conversation with them they have decided to produce the mats now so hopefully deskmat only orders won’t have to wait too much longer.

Also, post GB Kono notified me that they elected to manufacture there own mats rather than the manufacturer I/the other vendors decided on, so mat only orders from them are likely on a different timeline than the mats from every other vendor.

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Re: [GB] ePBT Axolotls | Awaiting samples
« Reply #31 on: Wed, 13 July 2022, 06:30:42 »
Happy one year anniversary. Still no dye sub samples. Kbdfans is “investigating” Why they haven’t received them yet

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Re: [GB] ePBT Axolotls | Awaiting samples
« Reply #32 on: Fri, 15 July 2022, 00:07:19 »
I see a lot of kits shipping now, maybe it's a sign that they are finally starting to pick up?

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Re: [GB] ePBT Axolotls | Awaiting samples
« Reply #33 on: Mon, 18 July 2022, 05:34:35 »
The incompetence of epbt/kbdfans continues. I was told my full set of prototypes was on the way to kbdfans a month ago. Today I get photos of plastic chips… of the colors I ALREADY approved.  Oh and they lost the Pantone chip for my alphas that I bought and mailed to them a year ago because for some reason they can’t buy a Pantone pastel and neons book for themselves.
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Re: [GB] ePBT Axolotls | Awaiting samples
« Reply #34 on: Mon, 18 July 2022, 13:51:58 »
The incompetence of epbt/kbdfans continues. I was told my full set of prototypes was on the way to kbdfans a month ago. Today I get photos of plastic chips… of the colors I ALREADY approved.  Oh and they lost the Pantone chip for my alphas that I bought and mailed to them a year ago because for some reason they can’t buy a Pantone pastel and neons book for themselves.

Really disappointing from them. Prob won't bother with ePBT in future, this has been really poorly handled.

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Re: [GB] ePBT Axolotls | Awaiting samples
« Reply #35 on: Wed, 03 August 2022, 15:46:50 »
Unfortunate update yet again,

I received my "full set prototype" (the entire accent kit and any of the multicolor novs are missing, presumably because these require reverse dyesub).

The alpha and modifier keys do not match the blanks that I approved nearly 4 months ago now.

PLEASE do not make final color judgments based on these photos, they're crappy cell phone pics purely to demonstrate the difference in color between the blanks I recieved previously vs the new "full set" of samples 


This lighting is atrocious but it is what best allowed my camera to capture just how DIFFERENT these two colors are. Above is a BRIGHT pink enter key, below is a pastel pink blank. These should be the same color



left is the approved beige blank, right is a borderline brown blank from the new samples.


Under a bright ring light the difference is less noticeable, however IMO the pink is still far too bright on Enter sample compared to the original sample ( and this light is brighter than the light pantone recommends you match under, I'm just trying to best photograph what my eyes see )

I will also be having them change this pink legend color., its far darker than the renders so I'd like to bring it more in line with them.

The only good news is the Green on green. orange on yellow, and black on grey novelties look great and can be approved.



It has also been revealed that EPBT handles their queue VERY differently than other manus like GMK. Instead of spots in the queue being secured upon invoicing, spots are secured upon sample approval. This means once you approve your samples, you're put at the END of the list of sets with approved samples (Even ones that haven't started production yet!). EPBT/KBDfans cant give any reason why they do this rather than like GMK where if your spot in queue comes and your color aren't ready, they move onto the next set and then come back to you. This means people who bought sets like my own and EPBT Aesthetic that struggled to even get samples from EPBT get double screwed by long wait times.


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Re: [GB] ePBT Axolotls | Awaiting samples
« Reply #36 on: Wed, 03 August 2022, 16:02:38 »
Good to see some progress with the set! I heard reverse dye sub color matching is still a very difficult process.

So, what would happen if they held the production spot until a set is ready? Doesn't that mean no one else can get their already approved set made because they have to wait until the set in front of theirs to complete?

Offline TyPo.mk

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Re: [GB] ePBT Axolotls | Awaiting samples
« Reply #37 on: Wed, 03 August 2022, 16:15:11 »
So, what would happen if they held the production spot until a set is ready? Doesn't that mean no one else can get their already approved set made because they have to wait until the set in front of theirs to complete?
No, I’ll use GMK Dracula as an example since it had famously long color matching. When Draculas spot came and colors weren’t ready, they just kept making the next set in queue until draculas colors were approved, then it got the next production slot. Had dracula been an epbt set, it would have been pushed behind every set with approved samples, not just the current one being produced.

If epbt worked like GMK and axolotls was theoretically approved today, it would be the 8th set in queue. With the epbt system, if it was approved today it would be the 14th set in queue.

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Re: [GB] ePBT Axolotls | Awaiting samples
« Reply #38 on: Wed, 03 August 2022, 19:35:59 »
seems like a pretty dumb way to do the queue. also disappointing the color is so off, but at least it’s samples so it’s progress i guess? lol

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Re: [GB] ePBT Axolotls | Awaiting samples
« Reply #39 on: Thu, 04 August 2022, 14:51:09 »
I guess the positive of the getting the samples of the colours you already approved is, the second samples are off and at least you can't nip that in the bud before production now.
Nice to see some kind of progress at least!

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Re: [GB] ePBT Axolotls | Awaiting samples
« Reply #40 on: Fri, 16 September 2022, 18:32:06 »
No new keycap samples, vendor in charge of desk mats ignored my inquiry about desk mat status

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Re: [GB] ePBT Axolotls | Awaiting samples
« Reply #41 on: Mon, 19 September 2022, 20:39:03 »
I have just been informed that kbdfans will not be requesting any more samples from epbt.

Kbdfans will “strictly control the quality”

I have NEVER seen a single key from the accent kit, a single multicolor novelty, and I have not approved the alpha legend color.
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Re: [GB] ePBT Axolotls | Awaiting samples
« Reply #42 on: Tue, 20 September 2022, 02:03:58 »
Nicetm

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Re: [GB] ePBT Axolotls | Awaiting samples
« Reply #43 on: Fri, 23 September 2022, 13:05:00 »
Sounds rough, I hope they come out as intended.......

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Re: [GB] ePBT Axolotls | Awaiting samples
« Reply #44 on: Fri, 23 September 2022, 18:37:04 »
this is taking too long

Offline TyPo.mk

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Re: [GB] ePBT Axolotls | Awaiting samples
« Reply #45 on: Sun, 25 September 2022, 22:37:00 »
Kbdfans has agreed to make a full set of prototypes including all colors this time

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Re: [GB] ePBT Axolotls | Awaiting samples
« Reply #46 on: Mon, 07 November 2022, 21:10:48 »
I was just told the dyesub factory has been locked down so no update

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Re: [GB] ePBT Axolotls | Awaiting samples
« Reply #47 on: Fri, 02 December 2022, 18:50:24 »
I was just told samples are still “a few weeks” from being finished :(

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Re: [GB] ePBT Axolotls | Awaiting samples
« Reply #48 on: Sat, 03 December 2022, 06:13:05 »
Hello everyone :) and thank you for all the constant updates on this project  :thumb:

I am just curious about whether there is any status updates on the deskmats as well? I ordered just the quatrolotls mat, so I am wondering whether deskmat-only orders have a chance of being fulfilled this month still or whether there is any expected date for those already?

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Re: [GB] ePBT Axolotls | Awaiting samples
« Reply #49 on: Wed, 07 December 2022, 09:39:19 »
Hello everyone :) and thank you for all the constant updates on this project  :thumb:

I am just curious about whether there is any status updates on the deskmats as well? I ordered just the quatrolotls mat, so I am wondering whether deskmat-only orders have a chance of being fulfilled this month still or whether there is any expected date for those already?

Afaik mats are still in production. The vendor in charge of mats didn’t want to produce them until the keyset was ready so they (understandably) wouldn’t have mats sitting around for ages but I convinced them to go ahead and make them now. I received mat samples 11/4 and approved them. I just realized I posted photos of the samples on my Instagram story but not anywhere permanent, I’ll try to take new photos of mats when I get the next round of keycap samples.

Do note that KONO uses their own mat manu and I never received a physical sample and they’ve given no timeline on when they plan on fulfilling mat only orders.