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Re: Alps Appreciation Thread
« Reply #5950 on: Fri, 02 February 2018, 19:41:46 »
I think Iíll do an alps64 or one of the 65 or 68 PCBs from lfkeyboards.

Thanks for the feedback guys.
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Re: Alps Appreciation Thread
« Reply #5951 on: Fri, 02 February 2018, 20:08:54 »
I have a question about cleaning alps switches as well.

I managed to snag two AEK's with Orange Alps off eBay; one super nice and clean and the other, which I plan to use with an Alps64 PCB, is really dirty. Not sure if the user who sold me the clean one also cleaned the switches or just barely ever use it, but the switches feel like they're in pristine condition. Although, both of these being my first alps boards, I don't know what that feels like. The dirtier one feels super scratchy and nasty.

I have an ultrasonic cleaner and I have desoldered most of the switches already (some of them have pins bent onto the PCB which makes it a pain in the ass to remove) so I am getting ready to cleaning them.

As I understand it, you should clean the bottom housing, the top housing, the sliders & springs.

To the questions now: Is it safe to clean the bottom housing with the contact leaf still inside? The one that is connected to the two pins. Some of the pins have excess solder on them preventing them from coming out. I know this is easy to remedy but just wanted to ask if it was okay/recommended to throw those in the cleaner as well.
Also, is it recommended/okay to throw the tactile leaf into the cleaner as well?

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Re: Alps Appreciation Thread
« Reply #5952 on: Sat, 03 February 2018, 23:54:00 »
Honestly I was thinking about buying an AEK II just to rip out the switches, not to use as-is.  They're relatively cheap and accessible.  But I'm surprised you guys are so negative about the switches as I generally have heard good things about them.

How would you compare the AEK II switches to a Matias 'quiet click'?

I like dampened cream switches but I guess I'm in the minority. They're better than Matias' quiet click switches. The Matias switches feel slightly cheaper, are a little scratchier and the double-tactile bump takes some getting used to.

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Re: Alps Appreciation Thread
« Reply #5953 on: Sun, 04 February 2018, 12:23:34 »
I like Dampened Cream Alps and the Matias Quiet.  I decided to give up the AEK II and my Griffin iMate after I got the Maias Quiet Pro keyboard.  Less fiddling with key remappers with the quirks of the old Apple Keyboards. 

I wouldnt say it's my favorite switch or even my favorite Alps switch, but they come in real handy when microphone recording is involved...such as podcasting, livestreaming, etc.

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Re: Alps Appreciation Thread
« Reply #5954 on: Sun, 04 February 2018, 15:33:04 »
Even though I'm not a fan of Cream Damped, I might buy another AEK to use at work.

By the way, are there any TKL or 100% Alps boards with aluminum cases (that aren't selling for $800+ like the Kingsaver)?
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Re: Alps Appreciation Thread
« Reply #5955 on: Sun, 04 February 2018, 15:46:17 »
Hello guys quick question.
I was wondering if there is any available 60 or 65 PCB for ALPS with a split spacebar? I've been looking for one, but it seems the only options are in GB phase and not regularly held or anything.

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Re: Alps Appreciation Thread
« Reply #5956 on: Sun, 04 February 2018, 16:09:31 »
Hello guys quick question.
I was wondering if there is any available 60 or 65 PCB for ALPS with a split spacebar? I've been looking for one, but it seems the only options are in GB phase and not regularly held or anything.

Www.lfkeyboards.com


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Re: Alps Appreciation Thread
« Reply #5957 on: Sun, 04 February 2018, 16:37:32 »
Even though I'm not a fan of Cream Damped, I might buy another AEK to use at work.

By the way, are there any TKL or 100% Alps boards with aluminum cases (that aren't selling for $800+ like the Kingsaver)?

You could always get a KBParadise V80 MTS and put it in one of the TEX alu cases.

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Re: Alps Appreciation Thread
« Reply #5958 on: Sun, 04 February 2018, 16:41:59 »
You could always get a KBParadise V80 MTS and put it in one of the TEX alu cases.

Oh ya I forgot about those. I have a bunch of new Green Alps so I might do a build with them at some point.
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Re: Alps Appreciation Thread
« Reply #5959 on: Sun, 04 February 2018, 17:13:18 »
Hello guys quick question.
I was wondering if there is any available 60 or 65 PCB for ALPS with a split spacebar? I've been looking for one, but it seems the only options are in GB phase and not regularly held or anything.

Www.lfkeyboards.com

Thank you very much for the suggestion, although I'm looking for a 60 pcb to fit in a standard 60 case or 65 to fit in a TADA kind of case. Might consider a 68 though, not too much wider actually.

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Re: Alps Appreciation Thread
« Reply #5960 on: Sun, 04 February 2018, 17:23:44 »
Hello guys quick question.
I was wondering if there is any available 60 or 65 PCB for ALPS with a split spacebar? I've been looking for one, but it seems the only options are in GB phase and not regularly held or anything.

Www.lfkeyboards.com

Thank you very much for the suggestion, although I'm looking for a 60 pcb to fit in a standard 60 case or 65 to fit in a TADA kind of case. Might consider a 68 though, not too much wider actually.

http://www.lfkeyboards.com/smk65.html

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Re: Alps Appreciation Thread
« Reply #5961 on: Sun, 04 February 2018, 17:47:10 »
Hello guys quick question.
I was wondering if there is any available 60 or 65 PCB for ALPS with a split spacebar? I've been looking for one, but it seems the only options are in GB phase and not regularly held or anything.

Www.lfkeyboards.com

Thank you very much for the suggestion, although I'm looking for a 60 pcb to fit in a standard 60 case or 65 to fit in a TADA kind of case. Might consider a 68 though, not too much wider actually.

http://www.lfkeyboards.com/smk65.html

Unfortunately this one does not support split space bar, but thank you very much for the suggestion, I actually didn't see it was also compatible with regular ALPS. If I can't find anything with a split spacebar I'll take one of those.
Thanks again!

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Re: Alps Appreciation Thread
« Reply #5962 on: Sun, 04 February 2018, 22:29:19 »
Hello guys quick question.
I was wondering if there is any available 60 or 65 PCB for ALPS with a split spacebar? I've been looking for one, but it seems the only options are in GB phase and not regularly held or anything.

Delirious' suggestion is a great one.  If you need the split spacebar, LFKeyboards has their 68-key Alps PCB:

http://www.lfkeyboards.com/lfk78-pcb-68key.html

There's also Clueboard PCB's.  You can see the supported layouts near the bottom of the page:

https://clueboard.co/parts/clueboard-66-pcb-25

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Re: Alps Appreciation Thread
« Reply #5963 on: Sun, 04 February 2018, 23:11:51 »
Delirious' suggestion is a great one.  If you need the split spacebar, LFKeyboards has their 68-key Alps PCB:

http://www.lfkeyboards.com/lfk78-pcb-68key.html

Where would you get a case for one of those PCBs without buying a whole VA68M just for its case?  Because those aren't exactly cheap.


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Re: Alps Appreciation Thread
« Reply #5964 on: Sun, 04 February 2018, 23:37:12 »
Delirious' suggestion is a great one.  If you need the split spacebar, LFKeyboards has their 68-key Alps PCB:

http://www.lfkeyboards.com/lfk78-pcb-68key.html

Where would you get a case for one of those PCBs without buying a whole VA68M just for its case?  Because those aren't exactly cheap.



Vamillo have their own subforum here on GH, someone was able to contact them and buy just the case alone before. Maybe they still have that offer.

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Re: Alps Appreciation Thread
« Reply #5965 on: Mon, 05 February 2018, 07:35:37 »
Va68m kit:
http://s.aliexpress.com/7Vj2auUz

You can message the seller and see if you can get just a case
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Re: Alps Appreciation Thread
« Reply #5966 on: Mon, 05 February 2018, 08:05:19 »
Considering building out a TKL, but not sure whether I should get aluminum or acrylic. Suggestions?
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Re: Alps Appreciation Thread
« Reply #5967 on: Mon, 05 February 2018, 10:09:54 »
Considering building out a TKL, but not sure whether I should get aluminum or acrylic. Suggestions?

I like the sound of acrylic and the feeling of aluminum, so are you going to use linears or tactiles/clickies?

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Re: Alps Appreciation Thread
« Reply #5968 on: Mon, 05 February 2018, 11:03:13 »
Considering building out a TKL, but not sure whether I should get aluminum or acrylic. Suggestions?

I like the sound of acrylic and the feeling of aluminum, so are you going to use linears or tactiles/clickies?

Most likely green but I might swap in my blues at some point. I think I'm liking the look of acrylic but then I'd probably be tempted to also add LEDs...
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Re: Alps Appreciation Thread
« Reply #5969 on: Mon, 05 February 2018, 15:03:39 »
Most likely green but I might swap in my blues at some point. I think I'm liking the look of acrylic but then I'd probably be tempted to also add LEDs...

Yeah, clear acrylic with backlighting is always a good option!

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Re: Alps Appreciation Thread
« Reply #5970 on: Tue, 06 February 2018, 03:22:33 »
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Re: Alps Appreciation Thread
« Reply #5971 on: Tue, 06 February 2018, 03:23:07 »
Tina, Alps64, custom copper plate, linear-modded un-damped Creams w/ 70cn springs.

Will be putting DCS Alpine Winter on this in 7u HHKB layout, just need to sort out the stabilizers really.

I had originally click-modded the damped Creams after refurbing them but IO just wasn't happy with the consistency, so removed the leafs to make them linear. Not the perfect switch, granted, but they' re smooth and have a nice clack on the bottom-out.



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