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Offline Icemanrec

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GB soon  :cool:

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Just now seeing this thread. Delicious, delicious Alps...
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Re: [IC] Lunar II - 60% Alps AEK with solenoid | GB to launching on the 26th
« Reply #152 on: Thu, 21 July 2022, 15:36:01 »
Lunar II Pre-GB Info

Forgot to announce the earlier batch of info on this thread, although I'm guessing most saw it through other channels of information.
As a final pre-GB announcement, here are all the details to prepare for the upcoming group buy.


Pricing
Base kit:
 - 419USD at Switchplate Peripherals (US)
 - 399USD at TypePlus (CN)
Extra PCBs: 39USD each
Extra plates (Alu): 29USD each
Extra solenoid kits: 10USD per pack of 2

Colors
- Anodized silver
- Anodized grey
- Powdercoat roughly color-matched to AEK keycap off-white

Launch Time
26th @ 9PM Pacific Time = 27th @ 12PM China Time

Unit Cap
100 per vendor (if that even manages to sell out)


Hopefully I haven't forgotten anything important.
Color renders will be posted shortly.

Offline gaunt

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Re: [IC] Lunar II - 60% Alps AEK with solenoid | GB launching on the 26th
« Reply #153 on: Fri, 22 July 2022, 05:58:39 »
Always very exciting when an Alps GB goes live. Any chance of a typing video without the solenoid?

Offline KingOfMemes

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Re: [IC] Lunar II - 60% Alps AEK with solenoid | GB launching on the 26th
« Reply #154 on: Fri, 22 July 2022, 15:11:37 »
Can't wait for the gb. Anyone got any recommendations on where to get blank alps caps?

Offline FearsomeCubedWarrior

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Re: [IC] Lunar II - 60% Alps AEK with solenoid | GB launching on the 26th
« Reply #155 on: Fri, 22 July 2022, 16:19:01 »
I don't think there ever were blank AEK keycaps. I guess, one can make them with sandpaper and dedication though.
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Re: [IC] Lunar II - 60% Alps AEK with solenoid | GB launching on the 26th
« Reply #156 on: Sat, 23 July 2022, 17:32:25 »
Man, I had promised myself no more boards after the Nearfield but my own... I had forgotten about this.

Needless to say, my wallet will damn you on the 26th lol.

Been wanting one since the first Lunar.

Offline menuhin

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Re: [IC] Lunar II - 60% Alps AEK with solenoid | GB launching on the 26th
« Reply #157 on: Mon, 25 July 2022, 03:53:15 »
Am always supporting ai03's designs among some other great designers, regardless of the vendors / partners.

Have been eyeing on one of these for over a few years, but this time I probably can't afford it unless I win a lottery (which I don't actually buy any in reality).

GLWGB and GL for productions!
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Re: [IC] Lunar II - 60% Alps AEK with solenoid | GB launching on the 26th
« Reply #158 on: Mon, 25 July 2022, 10:57:49 »
Fantastic. Selling my B-stock Lunar 65% has been my biggest keeb regret. Happy to correct that mistake with a powder-coated 60% soon.

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Re: [IC] Lunar II - 60% Alps AEK with solenoid | GB launching on the 26th
« Reply #159 on: Mon, 25 July 2022, 12:32:44 »
Niiiice! Alps AND a nice curve? Dope.
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Re: [IC] Lunar II - 60% Alps AEK with solenoid | GB launching on the 26th
« Reply #160 on: Mon, 25 July 2022, 13:01:24 »
I've been sitting on 3 AEKIIs for years waiting for a Lunar.  Going to stack them on my desk and flip it if I don't get one. 

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Re: [IC] Lunar II - 60% Alps AEK with solenoid | GB launching on the 26th
« Reply #161 on: Tue, 26 July 2022, 10:54:12 »
I've been sitting on 3 AEKIIs for years waiting for a Lunar.  Going to stack them on my desk and flip it if I don't get one. 

(┛ಠ_ಠ)┛彡┻━┻

Rooting for you - ai03 hit it out of the park with the first one. Hoping I'll be lucky enough to drive my wife insane in our shared office with this solenoid.

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Re: [IC] Lunar II - 60% Alps AEK with solenoid | GB launching on the 26th
« Reply #162 on: Tue, 26 July 2022, 17:59:34 »
Cherry switch compatible? 

Rough ETA from GB to delivery? 
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Re: [IC] Lunar II - 60% Alps AEK with solenoid | GB launching on the 26th
« Reply #163 on: Tue, 26 July 2022, 18:01:49 »
Cherry switch compatible? 

Pretty sure the answer is no.

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Re: [IC] Lunar II - 60% Alps AEK with solenoid | GB launching on the 26th
« Reply #164 on: Tue, 26 July 2022, 23:03:58 »
Copped. Love my Lunar I. What color did everyone get?

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Re: [IC] Lunar II - 60% Alps AEK with solenoid | GB launching on the 26th
« Reply #165 on: Tue, 26 July 2022, 23:21:45 »
Copped. Love my Lunar I. What color did everyone get?

I got beige, but I'm second guessing and want to switch to grey.  What color did you get?

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Re: [IC] Lunar II - 60% Alps AEK with solenoid | GB launching on the 26th
« Reply #166 on: Tue, 26 July 2022, 23:32:58 »
First order was the anodized gray.
I wasn't planning on getting a second one, but then I caved and got another -- in anodized silver!

I'm surprised that there are still spots (as of this writing);
I was thinking that all the units would have been bought out in 5 minutes or less,
and had panicked when I tried to order and realized that I never made an account with switchplate! FML.

Lunar II is my first group buy, ever!
So glad to finally have a chance to cop a custom that properly contours the AEK caps.
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Offline joshuarubin

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Re: [IC] Lunar II - 60% Alps AEK with solenoid | GB launching on the 26th
« Reply #167 on: Wed, 27 July 2022, 00:05:57 »
Beige. Not enough customs in beige. Also, matches the caps well. Beige is the way.

Offline catamscott

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Re: [IC] Lunar II - 60% Alps AEK with solenoid | GB launching on the 26th
« Reply #168 on: Wed, 27 July 2022, 00:39:59 »
Copped. Love my Lunar I. What color did everyone get?

silver was a serious contender, but ultimately couldn't pass up the powdercoat. so stoked for this!

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Re: [IC] Lunar II - 60% Alps AEK with solenoid | GB launching on the 26th
« Reply #169 on: Wed, 27 July 2022, 04:32:20 »
Copped. Love my Lunar I. What color did everyone get?

I got beige, but I'm second guessing and want to switch to grey.  What color did you get?

Was considering silver, but the beige is unique and my Lunar I is silver, so I figured I'd change it up and go for the beige.

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Re: [IC] Lunar II - 60% Alps AEK with solenoid | GB launching on the 26th
« Reply #170 on: Wed, 27 July 2022, 08:55:33 »
Went with gray.   :thumb:

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Re: [IC] Lunar II - 60% Alps AEK with solenoid | GB launching on the 26th
« Reply #172 on: Wed, 27 July 2022, 23:35:36 »
Switchplate has only sold 19 so far. Surprised.

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Re: [IC] Lunar II - 60% Alps AEK with solenoid | GB launching on the 26th
« Reply #173 on: Wed, 27 July 2022, 23:41:16 »
Switchplate has only sold 19 so far. Surprised.

Wow. Surprising. How do you know how many they sold?

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Re: [IC] Lunar II - 60% Alps AEK with solenoid | GB launching on the 26th
« Reply #174 on: Thu, 28 July 2022, 06:35:51 »
Wow. Surprising. How do you know how many they sold?

if you try to put 100 in your cart it puts 81 (max. available). Works with a lot of stores to check available quantitiy for listed articles.
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Re: [IC] Lunar II - 60% Alps AEK with solenoid | GB launching on the 26th
« Reply #175 on: Thu, 28 July 2022, 07:20:00 »
Wow. Surprising. How do you know how many they sold?

if you try to put 100 in your cart it puts 81 (max. available). Works with a lot of stores to check available quantitiy for listed articles.

Got to love Shopify / mech keyboard GB hacking research. So interesting that so few sold.

Offline toniwonkanobi

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Re: [IC] Lunar II - 60% Alps AEK with solenoid | GB launching on the 26th
« Reply #176 on: Thu, 28 July 2022, 07:27:23 »
Beige powdercoat is clearly the most popular choice:


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Re: [IC] Lunar II - 60% Alps AEK with solenoid | GB launching on the 26th
« Reply #177 on: Thu, 28 July 2022, 12:57:02 »
Switchplate has only sold 19 so far. Surprised.

Wow. Surprising. How do you know how many they sold?

If I had to guess, I think it's bad timing for a lot of people finances right now. Like I'd love to get one of these, but I just can't unfortunately.

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Re: [IC] Lunar II - 60% Alps AEK with solenoid | GB launching on the 26th
« Reply #178 on: Thu, 28 July 2022, 13:29:33 »
I mean, it's a 60%, and the market definitely trends to 65% a the moment.  Also, it's Alps.  Also, you have to own AEKII caps (extra cost invested to buy).  Also, most people looking for boards at the moment are looking for the workd "gasket" or "leaf spring"  or "o-ring."  Also, it's expensive.  That's at least 5 strikes against the board for a large chunk of the current community.

Now, for those of us who know... well, we know.   :cool:

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Re: [IC] Lunar II - 60% Alps AEK with solenoid | GB launching on the 26th
« Reply #179 on: Thu, 28 July 2022, 13:35:11 »
All good points. It wasn’t exactly a high volume run to begin with tho. Anyway, I’m content to run my skcm orange with this, but anyone got an in on some blues or browns?

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Re: [IC] Lunar II - 60% Alps AEK with solenoid | GB launching on the 26th
« Reply #180 on: Thu, 28 July 2022, 14:25:46 »
My NOS SKCM Browns will go to PC Sinne, SKCL Greens go to green F13 frog and SKCM Blues go here, in grey Lunar II. Not sure where oranges and salmons will go to though.

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Re: [IC] Lunar II - 60% Alps AEK with solenoid | GB launching on the 26th
« Reply #181 on: Thu, 28 July 2022, 14:36:52 »
Is it 100 units total? That would mean it is actually close to hitting the limit. I got in with ano silver. And true this is definitely not the best time to have a gb but it is what it is.

Beige powdercoat is clearly the most popular choice:

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Re: [IC] Lunar II - 60% Alps AEK with solenoid | GB launching on the 26th
« Reply #182 on: Thu, 28 July 2022, 16:18:06 »
I am sure this board will sell out soon!
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Re: [IC] Lunar II - 60% Alps AEK with solenoid | GB launching on the 26th
« Reply #183 on: Fri, 29 July 2022, 01:17:03 »
 :-*

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Re: [IC] Lunar II - 60% Alps AEK with solenoid | GB launching on the 26th
« Reply #184 on: Sun, 07 August 2022, 02:02:43 »
Oh crap, looks like i missed the boat by a few days….  :-[