this could be the future of keyboard cases
The future of cases would probably be undesign, in the spirit of Apple, I thought. I would not have started this mod if Filco would have put the daughter chipset behind the top right corner maybe, and not make extra holes in the switchplate; ideally, the switchplate would be part of the case, if it were extended on the back and sides. The base could then just be a sheet as a cover. Cases are overrated to me but they exist with actual sides for the protection of keys, in case of drops, don't they.
Had I the patience, skills and insurance, I would have attempted to desolder the daughter board
and the quick-pins and resoldered it directly to the mother board, though am still unsure if it would fit entirely in the hole (would probably also need to grind down the solder points some. Then you could probably go super-slick and insert a laser-cut piece of veneer?!)
As for why Filco wouldn't execute my ideal, I could only wildly guess that it's not possible with existing machines to solder upon something with sides on it (PCB must be on an unobstructed plane), and they also save on raw metal costs by cutting holes anyway...
But incidentally, the 104key Majestouch looks much cleaner
in this regard.
do you notice a change in the keyboard's sound?
I didn't notice a change in sound. The default Filco case is quite solid. Then again, I had removed the casing within hours of obtaining the board.
Coming from a rubberdome, it's loud, even after inserting into the keycaps 87 donuts made from 2mm foam sheet on day 1. The 2mm actually shortens the throw of the Brown Cherries by perhaps 0.5mm?
I also tried aquarium tubing but it stretches too much for the diameter I have on hand, and it's hard to consistently trim such thin pieces, so I went with foam. The foam is slightly more dampening.