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Offline InShure

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Case recommendations
« on: Wed, 11 November 2020, 10:34:49 »
Hello all!

I'm relatively new to the Custom Keyboard scene and want to build an elegant board, with-out spending over 1000$ just on the case.

I need recommendations on cases, i am a huge fan of TKL boards (will also enjoy 75%)
I like the aesthetics of the KeyCult No1/No2 boards and also love the aesthetic of Polaris ai65 boards too..i like the black aluminum and brass on the back/sides

I know these are hard to come by, but what boards would resemble this look and might be available (soon/now) in tkl/75%

Offline ddrfraser1

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Re: Case recommendations
« Reply #1 on: Wed, 11 November 2020, 11:09:29 »
You won’t find anything that cool looking that is available now. Your best option is to check out some of the TKL group buys that are coming up. Alternatively, Amazon, Ali express and WASD have some CNC cases that you can put on the cooler master, Filco and WASD boards. Drop also has some aluminum cases available and there are some in a few other places you just have to search around.

Offline InShure

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Re: Case recommendations
« Reply #2 on: Wed, 11 November 2020, 11:12:53 »
How can i keep track of Group Buy's?
And when can i know when they are coming up?

I don't mind waiting for the right board/aesthetic, but i want to be sure to know how to keep track of them..

Offline Auxo

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Re: Case recommendations
« Reply #3 on: Wed, 11 November 2020, 11:41:25 »
How can i keep track of Group Buy's?
And when can i know when they are coming up?

I don't mind waiting for the right board/aesthetic, but i want to be sure to know how to keep track of them..

Keeping track of group buys, at the moment, is all manual.

Check out the GB section to see what hasn't officially started yet, read through and see how each vendor/designer updates their stuff.
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Offline ddrfraser1

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Re: Case recommendations
« Reply #4 on: Wed, 11 November 2020, 22:03:04 »

Offline YESWEKEN

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Re: Case recommendations
« Reply #5 on: Thu, 12 November 2020, 00:21:42 »
honestly, if you are interested in building a kb sooner rather than later, getting a TOFU 65% from KBD fans is prob a good way to get in and familiar with messing around with boards before you drop serious money and commit to a long wait time for a group buy.


Offline ddrfraser1

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Re: Case recommendations
« Reply #6 on: Thu, 12 November 2020, 11:33:23 »
The bella is available. It's not a TKL but it's still a pretty nice looking board.

https://kbdfans.com/collections/diy-kit/products/bella?variant=34248579055755

Let us know what you end up doing.  :thumb:

Offline InShure

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Re: Case recommendations
« Reply #7 on: Thu, 12 November 2020, 12:01:58 »
I was looking at the bella :( but sadly everything is sold out on KBDFans...
Sad.

However i'm thinking of maybe buying a KBDFans 75V2 As you said to "test the waters"

I messed around with a Drop Ctrl keyboard (lubed stabs/switches) but i'm kinda upset about that purchase since it has some pretty annoying problems with it...

I think the 75% format isn't tooooo ugly..plus i can get a brass plate for the bottom

Offline Auxo

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Re: Case recommendations
« Reply #8 on: Thu, 12 November 2020, 12:31:41 »
I was looking at the bella :( but sadly everything is sold out on KBDFans...
Sad.

However i'm thinking of maybe buying a KBDFans 75V2 As you said to "test the waters"

I messed around with a Drop Ctrl keyboard (lubed stabs/switches) but i'm kinda upset about that purchase since it has some pretty annoying problems with it...

I think the 75% format isn't tooooo ugly..plus i can get a brass plate for the bottom

Your best bet is probably to do a little bit more research into what you want, instead of spending potentially hundreds of dollars to "test the waters".

Stick around, research what it is in a keyboard that interests you, see what's available, and join a group buy when you're nice and ready. The hobby isn't going anywhere, and new cool things are designed every month.

Enjoy your time here
IBM Model F AT - Dell AT101 Linearised - KBD67 HSE Linjärs LZ-FE | TGR Jane V2 CE | Dolphin Linger 2017 | Duck Lightsaver V3 | Kira80 | HHKB pro 2 | Southpaw 65+ | NIU MINI | Mountain | TX-1800 V2 | ZZ96 | Mira SE | SK0G | VE.A | TG3 BL82 | Octagon V2 | Singa PC | Alice | Volcano | Fjell | TMO50 | Ares | Pearl |TGR-Alice | TGR-Jane v2 | TGR-Jane v2 CE | Kyuu Proto 005 | Seulgi | Nayeon | Seulgi v2 | 420.2 | hbcp | Nunu
TGR Jane CE v2, Keycult No.2 Classic Stainless, Keycult No.2 Contemporary Red
KMAC Happy | LSJ Ares | LZ CLS h | NIX Sofia | Noxary X60 | OTD 356 Mini | PFU Limited HHKB Pro 2 (Black) | PFU Limited HHKB Pro 2 Type-S | PFU Limited HHKB JP Type-S | SINGA x TGR Unikorn | TGR 60% | Weaston & nachie GSKT-00 |
QFR | MJ2 TKL | "Bulgogiboard" (Keycon 104) | MIRA SE | TGR Alice | Southpaw Fullsize (pending shipping) | Daily driver: TGR Alice
Collection: Salamander PC, Keycult No1(OG) Salamander TKL, M60A, THE60, Jane V2, LZ MP, LZ GH V2, KC 1/60, OTD 456GT. Kepler, Think 6.5 Brass, Think 6.5 PC, T60, The Raine, F77, E7-V1 SE
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Offline InShure

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Re: Case recommendations
« Reply #9 on: Thu, 12 November 2020, 13:22:38 »
I really appreciate this feedback..

You're right about waiting until i have full and ready to join a group buy..
I know what i am looking for in a keybaord, i definitely want a brass bottom insert, brass plate, and aluminum body, solder pcb and preferably TKL lay out (or a nice looking 75% would be nice for me too)

Guess i would just wait for a nice 75%/TKL to be available
 Thank you!!