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Offline HungHingDaiLo

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Hi all! Welcome to IC for GMK Maestro, inspired by my love for vintage classic/grand piano and classical music primarily composed by all-time famous maestros such as J.S. Bach.



Colors

Primary colors for this set are GMK Stock colors WS4 and CR. Accent color will be RAL Ochre Yellow to resemble gold.



Maestro base kit, novelties and golden accent on J-01 keyboard case by Jae ProtoTypist

Vendors
GMK Maestro is expected to run at Q1 (February) 2021, with vendors from all around the world:

ConUS: Txkeyboards US
Canada: Deskhero
Europe: protoTypist.net
China & Rest of Asia: zFrontier
South East Asia: iLumKB
Oceania: DailyClack

All vendors are set for now


The Kits
Please note that these are the initial kits (not final), that could very well change on the course of Interest Check period.
First update on page 2!

Base
Maestro's base kit offers compatibility for 60% layout and up, and features the OG icon mods and text mod combination.



Novelties
Minimalist musical pictograms that are universally used on music sheets. I will surely expand the novelties (add some compatibility to match the base kit's modifiers) after I collect IC responses.



Golden Accents
Gold accents to add elegance to your keyboard setup, inspired by grand musical instruments that have gold accent that symbolizes luxury and beauty. Gold Color is RAL Ochre Yellow.



Obscure
40s and split 'support'



Kit renders by hark(GH) u/harkarth (Reddit)

Deskmat
Prelude, Cadenza & (?/TBA)
Update October 19, 2020: Announcing Collab for another deskmat design, by 1stGarden. Will reveal once the artwork is close to being finished.



Deskmat Design #1: Prelude



Deskmat Design #2: Cadenza - Art by Paula Amelia

Kit Renders





Vanquish65 by GeonWorks



Sunsetter by Charue Design





M011Y by TheKeyCompany - Renders by hark



TKC 1800 by TheKeyCompany



U-80A by Rama



YAS62 v2 by ycpkeyboards.id



Nemui by Bachoo - Render by Bachoo

RAMA Metal Keycaps
Will announce here once I have visuals, stay tuned!

Artisan Collabs
Latrialum
Artkey Universe

Deskmat Collab
1stGarden

ZeusCables x Maestro Collab
Happy to announce that ZeusCables has jumped in for collab. Pic of custom cable coming soon.

Charue Design x Maestro Collab - Sunsetter Keyboard
Happy to announce that Charue Design joined collab. More info of collab project coming soon. Keyboard renders: https://imgur.com/a/n8Uds30



Other Collabs
Keebnerd is my choice for apparel collaboration! Will post pic as soon as design is finalized.

IC Form & Discord Link
Kindly fill the ic form here: https://forms.gle/XMxL4CLWruBNe8FN6
if you're interested on this set. I will be thankful for constructive advice, suggestions and feedbacks.

Or, join in Discord: https://discord.gg/V4GFUKM

Special Thanks
Too many, Prior to this IC launch I have been helped here and there with kittings, suggestions, and feedbacks from this community, especially: konstantin (for his knowledge of kittings), Jeff/Langelandia (for his support when I checked upon 'similarity' opinions to his design GMK Café), *tom (designer of GMK Deep Navy) for his interest and his valuable advice on kitting and many more whom I thank for (also Emir for reminding me that I prefer OG cherry icon mods).


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Offline HungHingDaiLo

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Estimated GB on Q1 (January or February) 2021
« Reply #1 on: Mon, 28 September 2020, 01:45:25 »
To-do List

  • Vendors - Finding lead vendor and other region vendors: Done
  • Feedback - Gathering
  • Artisans - Waiting for GB Date
  • Deskmat - Waiting for Commissioned art to be done
  • Date & Pricing - Maybe as early as December 2020 GB start, Pricing N/A yet.

Changelog

09.28.2020 - Create Initial IC post, provide IC form link
09.29.2020 - Added new renders (Vanquish by GEONworks), added ZeusCables as collaboration
09.30.2020 - Set a more realistic GB date, to February 2021 the earliest.
10.02.2020 - Kit update v.001

Base Kit Changes v1:
- Removed '@, #~ keys
- Adding R1 1u F13 key (modifier color)
- Changed R4 1.5u Code to Super



Novelty changes (thanks to dvorcol):
- Added more R4 compatibility
- Added common time symbol (1u, 1.25u) for Fn novelty.



Accent changes:
- Added R1 golden legend F13 key
- Added R4 golden arrow cluster key



Obscure changes/brainstorming:
- Added Lower and Raise key
- Added 1u '" modifier key
- Changed the R3 1u icon mod of tab to ^ (picture is wrong. R2 tab showing ^. It will still be a regular tab icon mod)
- Removed 3u convex bar



Will update again in couple weeks or earlier.

10.03.2020 - Report first week IC result


10.05.2020 - Deskmat #2 teaser sketch
10.05.2020 - Listed protoTypist.net as European vendor
10.07.2020 - Glad to have TXkeyboards US as lead & US vendor[/url])
10.09.2020 - Keebnerd.com apparel collaboration announced.
10.14.2020 - Collab updates, new renders & deskmat revision/deskmat 2 announcement (gallery: https://imgur.com/a/dwfcaHn)
10.16.2020 - Collab with Charue Design - w/ renders


10.19.2020 - Collab 1stGarden for third deskmat design
« Last Edit: Mon, 19 October 2020, 00:30:51 by HungHingDaiLo »

Offline itsundone

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Re: [IC]GMK Maestro - Piano/Classical Music Theme Keyset
« Reply #2 on: Mon, 28 September 2020, 01:48:57 »

This is awesome, looking forward to it


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Re: [IC]GMK Maestro - Piano/Classical Music Theme Keyset
« Reply #3 on: Mon, 28 September 2020, 01:54:00 »
Definitely In
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Re: [IC] GMK Maestro - Piano/Classical Music Theme Keyset
« Reply #4 on: Mon, 28 September 2020, 02:15:57 »
ne pp novelty avail..
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Re: [IC] GMK Maestro - Piano/Classical Music Theme Keyset
« Reply #5 on: Mon, 28 September 2020, 02:27:15 »
good

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Re: [IC] GMK Maestro - Piano/Classical Music Theme Keyset
« Reply #6 on: Mon, 28 September 2020, 02:37:22 »
Will learn the way of the ISO for that G clef enter.
What do you think of incorporating the black piano key on white for alphas as a kit? I think if seen as a whole row, it'll look like a piano.

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Re: [IC] GMK Maestro - Piano/Classical Music Theme Keyset
« Reply #7 on: Mon, 28 September 2020, 03:11:18 »
Yes. I had a long paragraph written but wasn't looking and when I was almost finished I looked up to see I hadn't typed a single word. All that gut emotion gone. Oh well. I like this. Please list color ident numbers. Pantone or PAL or GMK base. It would be nice to know (unless I missed it....then my bad). [edited] - yup, I missed it. Right there at the very beginning.
« Last Edit: Mon, 28 September 2020, 03:12:57 by hiddensong »

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Re: [IC] GMK Maestro - Piano/Classical Music Theme Keyset
« Reply #8 on: Mon, 28 September 2020, 03:20:39 »
Great design, can’t wait

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Re: [IC] GMK Maestro - Piano/Classical Music Theme Keyset
« Reply #9 on: Mon, 28 September 2020, 03:47:50 »
Very nice, glad to see this in IC

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Re: [IC] GMK Maestro - Piano/Classical Music Theme Keyset
« Reply #10 on: Mon, 28 September 2020, 05:33:36 »

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Re: [IC] GMK Maestro - Piano/Classical Music Theme Keyset
« Reply #11 on: Mon, 28 September 2020, 05:40:43 »
So clean! So classy! +1 vote for thatppguy!  :thumb:

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Re: [IC] GMK Maestro - Piano/Classical Music Theme Keyset
« Reply #12 on: Mon, 28 September 2020, 05:55:14 »
There have been many piano themed sets, but this is by far the best.

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Re: [IC] GMK Maestro - Piano/Classical Music Theme Keyset
« Reply #13 on: Mon, 28 September 2020, 07:20:26 »
If you'd have described this set to me, I wouldn't have been interested, but it looks fantastic. Great work.

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Re: [IC] GMK Maestro - Piano/Classical Music Theme Keyset
« Reply #14 on: Mon, 28 September 2020, 08:33:35 »
This is for all the musicians. Thank you for pulling this together!

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Re: [IC] GMK Maestro - Piano/Classical Music Theme Keyset
« Reply #15 on: Mon, 28 September 2020, 08:40:17 »
calming combo ! love this



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Re: [IC] GMK Maestro - Piano/Classical Music Theme Keyset
« Reply #16 on: Mon, 28 September 2020, 09:21:26 »
perfect, this is music to my ears :D

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Re: [IC] GMK Maestro - Piano/Classical Music Theme Keyset
« Reply #17 on: Mon, 28 September 2020, 09:41:56 »
Form sent. I'm very looking forward to buying this.

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Re: [IC] GMK Maestro - Piano/Classical Music Theme Keyset
« Reply #18 on: Mon, 28 September 2020, 09:46:28 »
Nice and simple :thumb:

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Re: [IC] GMK Maestro - Piano/Classical Music Theme Keyset
« Reply #19 on: Mon, 28 September 2020, 11:02:37 »
This simply looks amazing-- I filled out the interest check form and noted that i would love an off-centered 6u in one of the sets. It seemed to be offered in the more expensive #2 obscure set mentioned in the form, if so -- I'd go for that! 7V by gok offers that layout option and most recently, the Adelie keyboard -- so there might be some interest there!  :thumb:
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Re: [IC] GMK Maestro - Piano/Classical Music Theme Keyset
« Reply #20 on: Mon, 28 September 2020, 11:09:19 »
Love it, cool novelties

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« Reply #21 on: Mon, 28 September 2020, 11:12:12 »
very nice

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Re: [IC] GMK Maestro - Piano/Classical Music Theme Keyset
« Reply #22 on: Mon, 28 September 2020, 19:56:28 »
Very interesting concept. I really like the novelties and the OYoB accents.

With that said, please review the following items on the base kit:

- Consider the inclusion of an F13 key.

- Consider the inclusion of the Alice B key.

- It strikes me as odd that the alternative R3 Ctrl key is icon only, while the normal Ctrl mods are text only.

- Your support for English (US) over ISO, terminal style, is correct (R4 <> and R3 \|), but the support for English UK over ISO is too incomplete (only the two R3 keys is present, '@ and #~, while R4 \| and all the R1 keys are missing). You need to review this and determine whether to actually support English (UK) or not.

Offline HungHingDaiLo

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Re: [IC] GMK Maestro - Piano/Classical Music Theme Keyset
« Reply #23 on: Mon, 28 September 2020, 22:22:16 »
Thank you all for the generous compliments!

Very nice!

ne pp novelty avail..
+1

I personally considered this but pp sounds so wrong for non-musicians.

Very interesting concept. I really like the novelties and the OYoB accents.

With that said, please review the following items on the base kit:

- Consider the inclusion of an F13 key.

- Consider the inclusion of the Alice B key.

- It strikes me as odd that the alternative R3 Ctrl key is icon only, while the normal Ctrl mods are text only.

- Your support for English (US) over ISO, terminal style, is correct (R4 <> and R3 \|), but the support for English UK over ISO is too incomplete (only the two R3 keys is present, '@ and #~, while R4 \| and all the R1 keys are missing). You need to review this and determine whether to actually support English (UK) or not.

Noted & thank you! Will strongly consider F13 inclusion. Not sure if I were to include Alice's B on the base kit without split bars. I thought they were inseparable.

For UK ISO support, I totally agree about the incompleteness, and I think I will remove English (UK) support (konstantin addressed this as well).

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Re: [IC] GMK Maestro - Piano/Classical Music Theme Keyset
« Reply #24 on: Mon, 28 September 2020, 23:02:45 »
love this! def gonna join :)

Offline HungHingDaiLo

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Re: [IC] GMK Maestro - Piano/Classical Music Theme Keyset
« Reply #25 on: Tue, 29 September 2020, 01:46:20 »
Update 09.29.2020

  • Added new renders (Vanquish by GEONworks)
  • ZeusCables collaboration announcement

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Re: [IC] GMK Maestro - Piano/Classical Music Theme Keyset
« Reply #26 on: Tue, 29 September 2020, 05:00:17 »
- It strikes me as odd that the alternative R3 Ctrl key is icon only, while the normal Ctrl mods are text only.

https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=107383.msg2930291#msg2930291

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Re: [IC] GMK Maestro - Piano/Classical Music Theme Keyset
« Reply #27 on: Tue, 29 September 2020, 05:07:04 »
What a great idea for a keycap set! Good luck with the IC

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Re: [IC] GMK Maestro - Piano/Classical Music Theme Keyset
« Reply #28 on: Tue, 29 September 2020, 08:38:13 »
Wow! This is excellent. I don't have any connection to pianos or classical music but the set itself looks incredible and will become an instant classic.

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Re: [IC] GMK Maestro - Piano/Classical Music Theme Keyset
« Reply #29 on: Tue, 29 September 2020, 08:46:50 »
Fantastic set. Please consider changing the r4 1.5 code key to FN. Otherwise, this is must buy

Offline HungHingDaiLo

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Re: [IC] GMK Maestro - Piano/Classical Music Theme Keyset
« Reply #30 on: Tue, 29 September 2020, 09:44:42 »
Fantastic set. Please consider changing the r4 1.5 code key to FN. Otherwise, this is must buy

Considered. Between Super or Fn

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Re: [IC] GMK Maestro - Piano/Classical Music Theme Keyset
« Reply #31 on: Tue, 29 September 2020, 10:23:57 »
Fantastic set. Please consider changing the r4 1.5 code key to FN. Otherwise, this is must buy

Code is a generic legend that can work both as an OS key (Super) for Mac / OG HHKB bottom row users, and as a 1.5u Fn key for WKL users. Imo it should stay.

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« Reply #32 on: Tue, 29 September 2020, 12:08:39 »
Fantastic set. Please consider changing the r4 1.5 code key to FN. Otherwise, this is must buy

Code is a generic legend that can work both as an OS key (Super) for Mac / OG HHKB bottom row users, and as a 1.5u Fn key for WKL users. Imo it should stay.

It kinda clashes with 1.25 fn. Doesn't look consistent.

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Re: [IC] GMK Maestro - Piano/Classical Music Theme Keyset
« Reply #33 on: Tue, 29 September 2020, 15:02:37 »
It kinda clashes with 1.25 fn. Doesn't look consistent.

And exactly which keyboard would use 1.5u Code and 1.25u Fn simultaneously?

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Re: [IC] GMK Maestro - Piano/Classical Music Theme Keyset
« Reply #34 on: Tue, 29 September 2020, 19:01:59 »
Very nice set!

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« Reply #35 on: Tue, 29 September 2020, 20:52:57 »
It kinda clashes with 1.25 fn. Doesn't look consistent.

And exactly which keyboard would use 1.5u Code and 1.25u Fn simultaneously?

I never said both are used at the same time. I said it clashes with the consistency of the set

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« Reply #36 on: Tue, 29 September 2020, 21:19:18 »
classy, aesthetic - i'm in love

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« Reply #37 on: Wed, 30 September 2020, 00:20:57 »
This set is very classy , when you look into it in more details on the modifier it show how much time put on to this.

Offline HungHingDaiLo

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Re: [IC] GMK Maestro - Piano/Classical Music Theme Keyset
« Reply #38 on: Wed, 30 September 2020, 00:40:58 »
Update 09.30.2020

  • Revised the estimated GB launch to February 2021

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Re: [IC] GMK Maestro - Piano/Classical Music Theme Keyset
« Reply #39 on: Wed, 30 September 2020, 08:29:50 »
Hi HungDingDaiLo, check your pm's here in GH if you can :)

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Re: [IC] GMK Maestro - Piano/Classical Music Theme Keyset
« Reply #40 on: Wed, 30 September 2020, 10:15:58 »
I never said both are used at the same time. I said it clashes with the consistency of the set

Sorry, but that argument is a non-starter. GMK legends are already full of inconsistencies like that to begin with. And I also disagree with you, I don't think it clashes with Fn at all.
« Last Edit: Wed, 30 September 2020, 10:17:58 by konstantin »

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Re: [IC] GMK Maestro - Piano/Classical Music Theme Keyset
« Reply #41 on: Wed, 30 September 2020, 10:50:47 »
Very attractive. Will likely get the base kit. good job.

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Re: [IC] GMK Maestro - Piano/Classical Music Theme Keyset
« Reply #42 on: Wed, 30 September 2020, 11:03:56 »
Keycaps look absolutely beautiful!

For the first deskmat, is it possible to get the bass clef in there? It's a bit strange seeing the Prelude in C major but missing a note.

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Re: [IC] GMK Maestro - Piano/Classical Music Theme Keyset
« Reply #43 on: Wed, 30 September 2020, 13:21:05 »
I never said both are used at the same time. I said it clashes with the consistency of the set

Sorry, but that argument is a non-starter. GMK legends are already full of inconsistencies like that to begin with. And I also disagree with you, I don't think it clashes with Fn at all.

Looks like we'll have to agree to disagree :cool: we'll see how OP feels :thumb:

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Re: [IC] GMK Maestro - Piano/Classical Music Theme Keyset
« Reply #44 on: Wed, 30 September 2020, 15:36:36 »
clean!

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Re: [IC] GMK Maestro - Piano/Classical Music Theme Keyset
« Reply #45 on: Wed, 30 September 2020, 21:19:31 »
This is the perfect set for musicians. All in for this.

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Re: [IC] GMK Maestro - Piano/Classical Music Theme Keyset
« Reply #46 on: Wed, 30 September 2020, 21:48:55 »
Filled out the IC! I'm leaning towards picking this set up as of right now. The only thing I would like to add to the set is that the second deskmat be a bit more minimal/less busy.

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Re: [IC] GMK Maestro - Piano/Classical Music Theme Keyset
« Reply #47 on: Thu, 01 October 2020, 01:20:42 »
as a lifelong musician this is perhaps one of my favorite kit concepts yet. my favorite is the novelty grand staff caps to double bar enter key, so clever and cute!!

this will be a an absolute MUST buy for me, I didn't think I could ever love a monochrome kit so much!
« Last Edit: Thu, 01 October 2020, 01:22:47 by peachie »
 
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« Reply #48 on: Thu, 01 October 2020, 01:45:45 »
Art.

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