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what switch is this? From a vintage Wang board
« on: Fri, 31 July 2020, 14:57:33 »
Here is a close up shot

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Re: what switch is this? From a vintage Wang board
« Reply #1 on: Fri, 31 July 2020, 15:03:03 »
Any model identifier? Might narrow it down.

At least one Wang used Alps SKCL/SKCM switches, but those stems have nubs further down the side, not in the corners. The SKFR/SKFS switches have corners like that, but with a raised section in the middle. I think Alps 'common mount low profile' (or SKFM/SKFN if you prefer) match these closest, but as far as I can find, there weren't any pale blue ones, so these might be clones.
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Re: what switch is this? From a vintage Wang board
« Reply #2 on: Fri, 31 July 2020, 15:07:26 »
Thanks, here are some more pics.

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what switch is this? From a vintage Wang board
« Reply #3 on: Fri, 31 July 2020, 15:14:45 »
Thatís interesting, the only examples I can find for 725-4500 boards had Pink SKCM switches. That said, they seem to be fairly rare (at least I canít find many listings for them and DeskAuthority doesnít have a page for them) so itís entirely possible only those ones have ever come up for sale.

Are the switches under the alpha keys the same?
     
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Re: what switch is this? From a vintage Wang board
« Reply #4 on: Fri, 31 July 2020, 15:31:09 »
https://deskthority.net/wiki/SMK_Alps_mount

(The article lumps clicky and non-clicky together, but all blue should be clicky)
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Re: what switch is this? From a vintage Wang board
« Reply #5 on: Fri, 31 July 2020, 15:35:35 »
I will try and take more pics. Could they be Monterey Blues?

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Re: what switch is this? From a vintage Wang board
« Reply #7 on: Fri, 31 July 2020, 15:42:45 »
Do you think those are PBT keycaps?

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Re: what switch is this? From a vintage Wang board
« Reply #8 on: Fri, 31 July 2020, 15:47:08 »
Do you think those are PBT keycaps?

Since other boards of the era from Wang had dye-sub and double dye-sub PBT keycaps, it seems likely.
     
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Re: what switch is this? From a vintage Wang board
« Reply #9 on: Fri, 31 July 2020, 16:34:01 »
https://deskthority.net/wiki/SMK_Alps_mount

(The article lumps clicky and non-clicky together, but all blue should be clicky)

Definitely what the switches are, Monterey Blues. I got a batch for a 660 style SMK build & they are identical to the one OP pictured.

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Re: what switch is this? From a vintage Wang board
« Reply #10 on: Fri, 31 July 2020, 20:12:26 »
Do you like the Monterey blues? How would you compare them?