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Offline 127001

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IBM 3178 Terminal Keyboard
« on: Fri, 10 January 2014, 18:55:59 »
http://www.ebay.com/itm/261360753103

He has them listed at $97. I submitted an offer for $35 & he countered with $55. I offered $40 and he accepted. I would bet you can get them for less from him if you play your offers right. The listing has been up for a while.(I've overpaid for every keyboard I have :P)

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Re: IBM 3178 Terminal Keyboard
« Reply #1 on: Fri, 10 January 2014, 19:11:23 »
Wicked.

Do you plan to hook it up or put it on the shelf?
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Re: IBM 3178 Terminal Keyboard
« Reply #2 on: Fri, 10 January 2014, 19:11:46 »
Bugger, $55 to ship to the UK.
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Re: IBM 3178 Terminal Keyboard
« Reply #3 on: Fri, 10 January 2014, 19:15:06 »
Wicked.

Do you plan to hook it up or put it on the shelf?

I'm thinking I need a new shelf :P...

ALSO:
I think some of these keys will work as a replacement for some of the missing Kishsaver keys...
« Last Edit: Fri, 10 January 2014, 19:17:49 by 127001 »

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Re: IBM 3178 Terminal Keyboard
« Reply #4 on: Fri, 10 January 2014, 19:18:42 »
All the advantages of the XT layout, now in an even bigger size!!
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Re: IBM 3178 Terminal Keyboard
« Reply #5 on: Fri, 10 January 2014, 19:19:36 »
All the advantages of the XT layout, now in an even bigger size!!

One of the few posts on here that have actually had me laughing.

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Re: IBM 3178 Terminal Keyboard
« Reply #6 on: Sat, 11 January 2014, 03:15:06 »
Don't know how you did it, but I got auto-rejected.

Am wondering whether they decided they sold too cheaply to you, and upped their expectations.

In any case I'm not paying a pile of money for this. Model Fs are nice, but hardly worth paying ridiculous prices for especially when you need to do lots of modding.

All the advantages of the XT layout, now in an even bigger size!!

One of the few posts on here that have actually had me laughing.
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Re: IBM 3178 Terminal Keyboard
« Reply #7 on: Sat, 11 January 2014, 03:53:41 »
Sold as is, but $97

What.

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Re: IBM 3178 Terminal Keyboard
« Reply #8 on: Sat, 11 January 2014, 03:59:54 »
Don't know how you did it, but I got auto-rejected.

Am wondering whether they decided they sold too cheaply to you, and upped their expectations.

Could be... shipping was only $6 too so I think they lost some money there too.

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Re: IBM 3178 Terminal Keyboard
« Reply #9 on: Sat, 11 January 2014, 06:42:28 »
Darn, that's what I call spoiling the market.

In retrospect, it would have been nice for you to have bought all, heh.

Anyway RecycledGoods doesn't sell things cheap. Must have been a pure mistake.

Don't know how you did it, but I got auto-rejected.

Am wondering whether they decided they sold too cheaply to you, and upped their expectations.

Could be... shipping was only $6 too so I think they lost some money there too.
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Re: IBM 3178 Terminal Keyboard
« Reply #10 on: Sat, 11 January 2014, 08:45:08 »
Don't know how you did it, but I got auto-rejected.

Did you top post your bid?

On the topic at hand, this place has been selling these for years and one point (at least) let them go for around $30, so it might be worth another shot.
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Re: IBM 3178 Terminal Keyboard
« Reply #11 on: Sat, 11 January 2014, 09:12:18 »
Don't know how you did it, but I got auto-rejected.

Did you top post your bid?

On the topic at hand, this place has been selling these for years and one point (at least) let them go for around $30, so it might be worth another shot.

Selling them for years?

Not surprising, given the exorbitant price of $97.

Made another bid for $35. If they reject, I'm not going to bother anymore. Not as if I'm great at modding.
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Re: IBM 3178 Terminal Keyboard
« Reply #12 on: Sat, 11 January 2014, 09:25:16 »


I don't recall how the IBM 3178's naming convention was done (I'm thinking there's a prefix identifier with C1, C2, C3, and C4). I just know that some had the extra function pad on the right side.

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Re: IBM 3178 Terminal Keyboard
« Reply #13 on: Sat, 11 January 2014, 11:05:57 »
Don't know how you did it, but I got auto-rejected.

Did you top post your bid?

On the topic at hand, this place has been selling these for years and one point (at least) let them go for around $30, so it might be worth another shot.

Selling them for years?

Not surprising, given the exorbitant price of $97.

Made another bid for $35. If they reject, I'm not going to bother anymore. Not as if I'm great at modding.

No auto rejection, manual this time. They didn't even bother to counteroffer.

Why am I so freaking unlucky?

In any case I'm not such a Model F fanatic that I would raise my bid.
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Re: IBM 3178 Terminal Keyboard
« Reply #14 on: Sat, 11 January 2014, 12:45:09 »
Don't know how you did it, but I got auto-rejected.

Did you top post your bid?

On the topic at hand, this place has been selling these for years and one point (at least) let them go for around $30, so it might be worth another shot.

I have this exact model, that I got for that price, including the manual.

About the PF keys on the right, I have images of the 4 layouts in the manual. The cool part about this is it shows which are typematic keys (send upcodes): you can also easily see why converting just the protocol is less than useful.

For what it's worth, only the model C1 (data entry) kb is missing those keys:
Images on my imgur have not yet been ported to my flickr http://imgur.com/a/Qe41v

For a while I wanted a C2 or C4 for the front printed F# legends on the number row keycaps, like the 6020218 has.
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Re: IBM 3178 Terminal Keyboard
« Reply #15 on: Sat, 11 January 2014, 13:20:04 »
Don't know how you did it, but I got auto-rejected.

Did you top post your bid?

On the topic at hand, this place has been selling these for years and one point (at least) let them go for around $30, so it might be worth another shot.

I have this exact model, that I got for that price, including the manual.

About the PF keys on the right, I have images of the 4 layouts in the manual. The cool part about this is it shows which are typematic keys (send upcodes): you can also easily see why converting just the protocol is less than useful.

For what it's worth, only the model C1 (data entry) kb is missing those keys:
Images on my imgur have not yet been ported to my flickr http://imgur.com/a/Qe41v

For a while I wanted a C2 or C4 for the front printed F# legends on the number row keycaps, like the 6020218 has.

I believe I have a C4 but I'd have to dig it out to check.

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Re: IBM 3178 Terminal Keyboard
« Reply #16 on: Sat, 11 January 2014, 14:10:39 »
it's a C2 (based on your picture and my manual).

The C4 has the rightmost keys printed with numbers on top and front printed with PF#

As a side note: even though they feature typematic repeat, IBM does not recommend using that functionality when pressing a PF key. Unexpected program behavior may occur.