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Offline sjp3568

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Realforce R2 Spacebar Purchases
« on: Mon, 06 May 2019, 22:45:30 »
Hey guys. I recently purchased this baby: Realforce R2TL-US4-BK-L

While trying to reverse my spacebar... I made a scratch on the keycap. Turns out there's no way to fix this?

So I am trying to buy a new spacebar for it and I just cannot find one! Only topre switch keycaps available is HHKB and those are 6u while mine measures 6.25u... Anyone know a place I might be able to purchase Topre 6.25u spacebar? Or better yet, fix the scratch on this PBT spacebar?

Thanks all!

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Re: Realforce R2 Spacebar Purchases
« Reply #1 on: Mon, 06 May 2019, 23:02:34 »
after 10 minutes of googling i also came up short

so i looked around in the unusual sources and couldn't find anything either

might be worth contacting support?
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Re: Realforce R2 Spacebar Purchases
« Reply #2 on: Mon, 06 May 2019, 23:50:49 »
after 10 minutes of googling i also came up short

so i looked around in the unusual sources and couldn't find anything either

might be worth contacting support?
Darn man... Yeah I reached out to both Leopold (original producer) and ebay seller... Lets see what they have to say. :(

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Re: Realforce R2 Spacebar Purchases
« Reply #3 on: Wed, 08 May 2019, 10:06:45 »
could you update us if you are lucky to buy one new? or the whole keyset?

because I am also currently searching for one as well. Thanks!

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Re: Realforce R2 Spacebar Purchases
« Reply #4 on: Wed, 08 May 2019, 10:47:40 »
could you update us if you are lucky to buy one new? or the whole keyset?

because I am also currently searching for one as well. Thanks!
So I reached out to 3 places. Leopold, Realforce, and Ebay seller who sold me the keybaord. Both Leopold and Realforce came back with a short answering say "no" they do not have any keycaps available. Ebay seller did tell me that Realforce only produce limited amount of keycaps 3-4 times a year and they do not foresee Reaforce releasing a new keycap anytime soon... It sucks.

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Re: Realforce R2 Spacebar Purchases
« Reply #5 on: Wed, 08 May 2019, 12:29:20 »
could you update us if you are lucky to buy one new? or the whole keyset?

because I am also currently searching for one as well. Thanks!
So I reached out to 3 places. Leopold, Realforce, and Ebay seller who sold me the keybaord. Both Leopold and Realforce came back with a short answering say "no" they do not have any keycaps available. Ebay seller did tell me that Realforce only produce limited amount of keycaps 3-4 times a year and they do not foresee Reaforce releasing a new keycap anytime soon... It sucks.

This is my biggies gripe against the topre ecosystem, no keycaps. You'd think they would at least be interested in making money off the enthusiast market...
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Re: Realforce R2 Spacebar Purchases
« Reply #6 on: Sat, 18 May 2019, 17:56:10 »
Drop has some (allegedly) 6.25u Topre space bars.

https://drop.com/buy/topre-pbt-spacebars?mode=guest_open

Although the discussions on the page do call in question whether they are 6u or 6.25u.
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Re: Realforce R2 Spacebar Purchases
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