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Offline Ellipse

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IBM 77 Key 4704 Keyboard 6019303
« on: Sun, 28 December 2014, 13:16:24 »
IBM 77 Key 4704 Keyboard 6019303

USB converted with one of xwhatsit's converters I ordered in bulk from a Chinese PCB manufacturer (I still have a few left if anyone needs some). 

Does anyone else have one of these besides Parak? Let's see some new photos!


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Re: IBM 77 Key 4704 Keyboard 6019303
« Reply #1 on: Sun, 28 December 2014, 13:17:56 »
Some more photos

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Re: IBM 77 Key 4704 Keyboard 6019303
« Reply #2 on: Sun, 28 December 2014, 13:19:08 »
Last group of photos - of the inner foam in great condition plus the repair log noting the internal assembly was replaced on 2/22/1991. 

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Re: IBM 77 Key 4704 Keyboard 6019303
« Reply #3 on: Sun, 28 December 2014, 13:35:58 »
I'm incredibly jealous. Where did this one come from? I know Parak's was a lucky ebay find.

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Re: IBM 77 Key 4704 Keyboard 6019303
« Reply #4 on: Sun, 28 December 2014, 13:38:34 »
This one was a lucky find from an IT recycler.  Probably ultimately came from a bank branch giving up its unused equipment.  This one did not appear to have been used much, if at all, after it was refurbished. 

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Re: IBM 77 Key 4704 Keyboard 6019303
« Reply #5 on: Sun, 28 December 2014, 14:25:13 »
This one was a lucky find from an IT recycler.  Probably ultimately came from a bank branch giving up its unused equipment.  This one did not appear to have been used much, if at all, after it was refurbished.

Wow, you have like a trillion old, valuable IBM keyboards. How do you get so lucky with these recyclers?

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Re: IBM 77 Key 4704 Keyboard 6019303
« Reply #6 on: Sun, 28 December 2014, 14:28:56 »
Not sure - many don't even know they have this great equipment somewhere on a shelf!

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Re: IBM 77 Key 4704 Keyboard 6019303
« Reply #7 on: Sun, 28 December 2014, 14:30:41 »
How exactly do you go about contacting them? I feel like I'm missing out.  :p

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Re: IBM 77 Key 4704 Keyboard 6019303
« Reply #8 on: Sun, 28 December 2014, 14:35:55 »
This keyboard looks soooooo nice, very jelly here!
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Re: IBM 77 Key 4704 Keyboard 6019303
« Reply #9 on: Sun, 28 December 2014, 14:46:57 »
The non-4704 key caps are mostly from a 1988 1393464 airline-customized Model M with extra bold key caps to better match the original 4704 keys (and the rest are from a regular Model M).

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Re: IBM 77 Key 4704 Keyboard 6019303
« Reply #10 on: Sun, 28 December 2014, 15:05:35 »
Ok so now I need this and a Kishsaver. Great find man!
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Re: IBM 77 Key 4704 Keyboard 6019303
« Reply #11 on: Sun, 28 December 2014, 18:31:30 »
That buckling spring technology was certainly used as much as possible by IBM.  So many different BS keyboards!
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Re: IBM 77 Key 4704 Keyboard 6019303
« Reply #12 on: Mon, 29 December 2014, 07:11:01 »
I really hope the Xtant project gets more help and development. In 2, 3, years I hope to see capacitative buckling springs on every possible layout. These awesome vintages really whet my appetite but I have other spending priorities than trying to compete with other geekhackers bidding on Ellipse's treasures.
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Re: IBM 77 Key 4704 Keyboard 6019303
« Reply #13 on: Mon, 29 December 2014, 18:54:04 »
 :eek:   I love this layout.  :)  Excellent photos, thanks for sharing.  Now we just need a big dump of these boards to come around...   :rolleyes:

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Re: IBM 77 Key 4704 Keyboard 6019303
« Reply #14 on: Sat, 28 March 2015, 13:21:51 »
Damn, this looks great with the arrows and ten key keyset on it.  :thumb: