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Offline roaduck

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British sources for IBM 1391406 - UK model M
« on: Mon, 21 September 2009, 12:04:35 »
Hello everybody - I'm John from Manchester in North West England.

First of all I wanted to thank you all for finally identifying the old keyboard that I used in the mid 80's - a 1391406.

I couldn't for the life of me remember the make or the model number until I discovered this forum. I just recall that it was big, heavy and utilitarian looking but was absolutely terriffic to type on.

You are so lucky in America to be able to source new and used IBM model M and their clones for peanuts.Importing say an International keyboard layout 1391406 would cost at least $50 for kb itself another $40-50 shipping then the really big cost when the customs and excise man slaps another $100+ import duty on it!

 This is really Rip Off Britain and I'm sick of it - I went to Monaco in May for the Grand Prix and it was miles cheaper in the South Of France than here for everything.

           After scouring the web for weeks I found at least three separate places to buy a keyboard and they are all computer surplus stores.

           I ordered one on Friday afternoon on the phone and it came today - Monday - amazing - total price £43.13 delivered.Obviously they are used but in a good refurbished condition.It was £25 for the model M plus £12.50 delivery and 15% V.A.T. If anybody is trying to source a good used model M I recommend R & R DMS Ltd.

I also ordered another new in box 1391406 from a place down south because I wanted a backup board and I have two computers which I don't want to swap keyboards on all the time.

My old keyboard is a BTC - 5123S which was my original keyboard that came with my junk Patriot computer from PC World in 2000.The poor little keyboard has been absolutely hammered - it is filthy, worn bent in the middle and the back riser leg is snapped but it still works after being used every day for over nine years - amazing considering its a rubber dome cheapy that must of cost £3.

I just wanted a proper buckling electro-mechanical for my new pc - A Dell Vostro 200 which I got for a song and I have already done surgery on it because I like everything customised even though I've only had it a week.


My first model M came from:

http://www.datarecovered.com
 
R & R DMS Ltd
R&R House
Normandy Lane
Stratton Business Park
Biggleswade
Bedfordshire
SG18 8QB
UK


Telephone +44 (0) 1767 319888
24hr Hotline +44 (0) 845 257 8181
Fax +44 (0) 1767 319889

IBM 1391406 - total price including VAT and P&P - £43.13

 £25.00 for kb + £12.50 delivery + VAT tax

Ask for Andy Kempster or John Hyde
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http://www.spares4it.co.uk

25 Bankside
Kidlington
Oxfordshire
OX5 1JE
Tel: 0044-845 026 0505
uksales@visioncomputer.nl

IBM 1391406 - total price including VAT and P&P - £70.44
 £49.00 for kb + £12.25 shipping + VAT tax

Ask for Stephen Gibbs
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http://www.bluegoosesystems.co.uk/index.php

BlueGoose Systems
44 Whitebridge Road
Onchan
Isle of Man
IM3 4HR
United Kingdom

Telephone: 01624 671719

IBM 1391406 - total price including VAT and P&P - £61.00

£51.50 for kb + £9.50 courier delivery and VAT

Ask for Julian Kirby
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Now about this keyboard - It's been cleaned and some of the letters and the
spacebar is worn, it is shiny and it came with an original detachable  IBM coiled PS/2 cable.

For some reason the label on the back of the 'board is missing so I don't know exactly how old it is but I do know that it was made in Greenock Scotland between '85 - '96.

It is a pleasure to type on especially for me as I am a heavy-handed typer.I wouldn't call myself a typist exactly because I usually just use one or two fingers but I can still type over 30 wpm with one finger.

I think it's about time I learnt to touch type and this wonderfull Human Interface Device - haha - (who coined THAT mad term?) will help me immeasurably.
« Last Edit: Thu, 08 October 2009, 22:38:50 by roaduck »
BS : IBM 1391406
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Offline Rajagra

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British sources for IBM 1391406 - UK model M
« Reply #1 on: Mon, 21 September 2009, 13:52:13 »
Thanks for the info.
And welcome to the club!

Offline InSanCen

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« Reply #2 on: Tue, 22 September 2009, 12:52:21 »
Fellow BS fetishest...

Welcome.
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Offline robert

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Test
« Reply #3 on: Thu, 08 October 2009, 12:12:23 »
I lost about 30 mins worth of text (I'm not a fast typist yet) when I tried to leave a reply here on Monday ... so I'm just posting this as a test before trying again!

Offline itlnstln

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« Reply #4 on: Thu, 08 October 2009, 12:43:18 »
Quote from: robert;123890
I lost about 30 mins worth of text (I'm not a fast typist yet) when I tried to leave a reply here on Monday ... so I'm just posting this as a test before trying again!

It worked!
 
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Offline robert

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« Reply #5 on: Thu, 08 October 2009, 15:32:57 »
Yes the test msg. worked - and thanks for the welcome!

Now ... several hours later .... I've spent another - quite long period - typing a proper message ... and exactly the same thing has happened!

ie. having finished and elected to preview my posting I've lost it all ... with feeback saying I either have insufficient priviledges or am not logged in.

Anyone have any suggestions? Is there a timeout or something? Or a limit to length ('tho I don't think it was any longer than Roaduck's original posting .. I'm just slow)?  I did email the administrator, I think on Monday when it first happened, asking for guidance ... but I've not had a reply.

I've just now previewd this - shorter posting - and everything seems to work fine. Anybody have any suggestions?

Offline itlnstln

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« Reply #6 on: Thu, 08 October 2009, 16:03:26 »
Quote from: ripster;123932
Geekhack limits the length of postings? Some people write postings the length of novelettes here.
 
I think you're accidentally triggering "Back" (alt+leftarrow on Firefox) on the browser.

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Offline rdh

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« Reply #7 on: Fri, 09 October 2009, 01:27:50 »
Quote from: robert;123930

Now ... several hours later .... I've spent another - quite long period - typing a proper message ... and exactly the same thing has happened!

ie. having finished and elected to preview my posting I've lost it all ... with feeback saying I either have insufficient priviledges or am not logged in.


Have you tried checking the 'Remember Me' box while logging in?
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Offline JBert

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« Reply #8 on: Fri, 09 October 2009, 02:05:20 »
Quote from: rdh;124039
Have you tried checking the 'Remember Me' box while logging in?
This must be it. If you don't check it, the website's session cookie will expire after about half an hour.

If you don't want to stay logged in, you could try to recover your post by clicking "Back" on your browser and then "Undo" in the text field to get the text back.
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Offline Rajagra

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« Reply #9 on: Fri, 09 October 2009, 04:19:44 »
I also think the 'remember me' option should help, but whenever I worry about that kind of thing happening I use Ctrl-A Ctrl-C to copy everything into the clipboard. If I'm feeling particularly paranoid I'll paste it into notepad too. Has saved my butt many times.

Offline robert

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Re:difficulty in posting a reply
« Reply #10 on: Mon, 12 October 2009, 14:29:04 »
Thanks very much for the suggestions as to why I've been losing text and what to do about it!

I'm going to try and leave a shorter reply to Roaduck's more recent posting from Oct. !st

It's basically just to "second" his suggestion as to where to get an IBM model M 1391406 in the U.K.  Having stumbled upon this website and his posting I checked out his leads and ended up following his suggestion to buy from R and R. I spoke to Andy Kempster - paid £43 and something all in - keyboard arrived next day. I'm very pleased indeed! It's in great condition and cheaper than the 2 I've seen privately advertised in this country on Ebay during the past few months.  Andy asked me to leave positive feedback here (he first asked where I'd heard about them) if I was pleased ... because he has another 14 available ... which he says are in the same condition .."refurb." but (apart from a slightly grubby lead) mine is in pretty much as new condition ... and so I do thoroughly recommend them.

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« Reply #11 on: Wed, 28 October 2009, 02:36:00 »
[note: text recovered days after Firefox crash and/or geekhack post timeout results in failure to submit this first time around]

I have been wanting a Model M again for a long time now. Finally, after finding this thread, I put an order in with Andy at R&R...and I couldn't be more pleased! I highly recommend ordering from there and may even get another one.

The details:
Model: 1386719 (Lexmark)¹, Date: 19th June 1995, Price: 43.13GBP to your door (UK incl. Northern Ireland), PayPal² accepted.

¹ Whilst this is not the 1391406 I ordered, I don't actually know the difference between the two. I had a Model M some years ago which had removable keycaps. This board does not, but it is of no consequence to me personally.

² If using PayPal: Best to telephone Andy to check stock, pay the balance to purchasing@randrplc.com (include your delivery address), and then give Andy a quick follow-up call to confirm payment received. In my case I conducted the entire transaction via email..to then find that the payment went through but that the order wasn't being processed at all. It was an honest mistake which was rectified the instant I picked up the phone. I guess they don't deal with PayPal payments very often and I imagine using traditional PoP protocol (plastic over phone) is best of all :)

Everything about this board is in good condition. It's pretty clean - outwardly at least - and all of the keys are working. When it arrived, the two plastic panels had come apart slightly by the lower left Ctrl key but they snapped together perfectly with a small press. The PS/2 connector was full of fluff, but again that's a minor gripe. The contacts are 100% and I just had to use a jeweler's screwdriver to clean it. Now, the only bogey is that the right Shift key is not quite as springy as it should be. For someone like me who would sooner type a whole paragraph with the right shift held down than use Caps Lock (which is remapped to Ctrl at this stage anyway), this slightly lazy key is of no consequence. The switch itself works perfectly, it's just the spring has 'gone'.
I respectfully decline the invitation to join your delusion.


Offline Rajagra

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« Reply #12 on: Wed, 28 October 2009, 02:48:07 »
Quote from: hacfed;128707
Model: 1386719 (Lexmark)
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Whilst this is not the 1391406 I ordered, I don't actually know the difference between the two. I had a Model M some years ago which had removable keycaps. This board does not,


My 1391406 also has 1386719 printed underneath.
It has removable keycaps, but was made in early 92.

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« Reply #13 on: Wed, 28 October 2009, 02:55:08 »
Quote from: hacfed;128707
¹ Whilst this is not the 1391406 I ordered, I don't actually know the difference between the two. I had a Model M some years ago which had removable keycaps. This board does not, but it is of no consequence to me personally.

IBM had a funny habit of making keyboards with random part numbers. If it has a UK layout, it's just a 1391406 for all intents and purposes.

I assume it also has a pemanently attached cable as opposed to a removable one? Out of curiosity, is the cable straight or coiled? And what is the colour of the border around the lock lights?

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« Reply #14 on: Wed, 28 October 2009, 07:58:48 »
Quote from: ch_123;128710
IBM had a funny habit of making keyboards with random part numbers.

 
Huh.  Sort of like Cherry.


Offline hacfed

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« Reply #15 on: Wed, 28 October 2009, 14:25:17 »
@ch_123: How right you are. And of course a UK layout M is - by definition - not a 1391406! D'oh. >_<



I respectfully decline the invitation to join your delusion.


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« Reply #16 on: Wed, 28 October 2009, 15:21:55 »
Looks like a 52G7000-based Model. European layout part numbers were even more fun - part numbers like 1391406 could refer to one of about 3 different models of keyboard using the UK layout.

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« Reply #17 on: Wed, 28 October 2009, 22:37:36 »
I just had a read through your Wiki. Great stuff! :)
I respectfully decline the invitation to join your delusion.


Offline dsb

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« Reply #18 on: Sat, 10 April 2010, 09:55:38 »
just got a refurbished 1391406 from bluegoose - came to £37 + vat
label on back says 1391406, made in uk, uk layout, manufacture date of 1993-02-08
has the detachable cable- and all seems fine with it - very nice.