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Offline y11971alex

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$75 5251 Beamspring Get x2
« on: Wed, 15 February 2017, 11:37:29 »
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Price: $75 each  :)

« Last Edit: Wed, 15 February 2017, 19:46:30 by y11971alex »
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Re: $75 5251 Get x2
« Reply #1 on: Wed, 15 February 2017, 12:17:09 »
Congrats! Quite a steal for these bad boys. The keycaps are absolutely gorgeous. I have yet to try beamspring and hopefully one day I will.

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Re: $75 5251 Get x2
« Reply #2 on: Wed, 15 February 2017, 12:22:18 »
Wow those both look to be in fantastic condition too! Congrats on that find. What are you going to do with them?
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Re: $75 5251 Get x2
« Reply #3 on: Wed, 15 February 2017, 12:37:25 »
I thought you were selling them.  :(

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Re: $75 5251 Get x2
« Reply #4 on: Wed, 15 February 2017, 13:08:49 »
I thought you were selling them.  :(
You did, didn't you :P

Keyboards owned: IBM Selectric | 3278 | 3101 | 5251 | Model F XT | AT | 122 (6110344) | Model M 1390120 | 1390131 | 1391472 | 1392464 (DisplayWriter SSK) | 1395100 (SSK) | Honeywell RD IBM 09F4230 | Leading Edge DC-2014 (Blue Alps) | Chicony 5891 (Monterey Blue) | E&E-101 (KPT Blue) | BTC 5100 | 5100C | 5369 | DEC VT100 (Hi-tek Linear) | Burroughs TP109 (Hall) | Realforce 87 (55g)

Keyboards wanted: IBM Model F 104 (Unsaver) | Model M 1391401

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Re: $75 5251 Get x2
« Reply #5 on: Wed, 15 February 2017, 13:10:52 »

Offline y11971alex

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Keyboards owned: IBM Selectric | 3278 | 3101 | 5251 | Model F XT | AT | 122 (6110344) | Model M 1390120 | 1390131 | 1391472 | 1392464 (DisplayWriter SSK) | 1395100 (SSK) | Honeywell RD IBM 09F4230 | Leading Edge DC-2014 (Blue Alps) | Chicony 5891 (Monterey Blue) | E&E-101 (KPT Blue) | BTC 5100 | 5100C | 5369 | DEC VT100 (Hi-tek Linear) | Burroughs TP109 (Hall) | Realforce 87 (55g)

Keyboards wanted: IBM Model F 104 (Unsaver) | Model M 1391401

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Re: $75 5251 Get x2
« Reply #7 on: Wed, 15 February 2017, 14:47:09 »
 Where do you live, OP?  ^-^

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Re: $75 5251 Get x2
« Reply #8 on: Wed, 15 February 2017, 15:00:29 »
Keyboards owned: IBM Selectric | 3278 | 3101 | 5251 | Model F XT | AT | 122 (6110344) | Model M 1390120 | 1390131 | 1391472 | 1392464 (DisplayWriter SSK) | 1395100 (SSK) | Honeywell RD IBM 09F4230 | Leading Edge DC-2014 (Blue Alps) | Chicony 5891 (Monterey Blue) | E&E-101 (KPT Blue) | BTC 5100 | 5100C | 5369 | DEC VT100 (Hi-tek Linear) | Burroughs TP109 (Hall) | Realforce 87 (55g)

Keyboards wanted: IBM Model F 104 (Unsaver) | Model M 1391401

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Re: $75 5251 Beamspring Get x2
« Reply #9 on: Wed, 15 February 2017, 22:20:01 »
What's the exact name of those keyboard beamspring models?

I'm confused, how did you buy two for $75?
Any advice for others on how to find any for a decent price?  I'd like one of those!!

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Re: $75 5251 Beamspring Get x2
« Reply #10 on: Wed, 15 February 2017, 22:47:33 »
What's the exact name of those keyboard beamspring models?
These are IBM 7362149.

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I'm confused, how did you buy two for $75?
Any advice for others on how to find any for a decent price?  I'd like one of those!!
I bought them for $75 each.
« Last Edit: Thu, 16 February 2017, 02:18:00 by y11971alex »
Keyboards owned: IBM Selectric | 3278 | 3101 | 5251 | Model F XT | AT | 122 (6110344) | Model M 1390120 | 1390131 | 1391472 | 1392464 (DisplayWriter SSK) | 1395100 (SSK) | Honeywell RD IBM 09F4230 | Leading Edge DC-2014 (Blue Alps) | Chicony 5891 (Monterey Blue) | E&E-101 (KPT Blue) | BTC 5100 | 5100C | 5369 | DEC VT100 (Hi-tek Linear) | Burroughs TP109 (Hall) | Realforce 87 (55g)

Keyboards wanted: IBM Model F 104 (Unsaver) | Model M 1391401

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Re: $75 5251 Beamspring Get x2
« Reply #11 on: Thu, 16 February 2017, 03:12:39 »
deez caps are sexxxxxxxxxxxy  ;D ;D ;D

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Re: $75 5251 Beamspring Get x2
« Reply #12 on: Thu, 16 February 2017, 12:14:30 »
Any advice from any of you more experienced guys on how to find these items?  What were these models called exactly?  I don't even know what to search for.

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Re: $75 5251 Beamspring Get x2
« Reply #13 on: Thu, 16 February 2017, 13:23:14 »
Any advice from any of you more experienced guys on how to find these items?  What were these models called exactly?  I don't even know what to search for.

Honestly all my best finds have been local.  You make friends with people at electronic recycling places/surplus warehouses and hope that they don't check ebay.

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Re: $75 5251 Beamspring Get x2
« Reply #14 on: Thu, 16 February 2017, 13:39:55 »
Web searches are nearly useless for this.  Find someone who has access to real-time online catalogues, and ask them to search by part numbers.  Membership at these online catalogues is expensive, often upwards of $100 a month.
Keyboards owned: IBM Selectric | 3278 | 3101 | 5251 | Model F XT | AT | 122 (6110344) | Model M 1390120 | 1390131 | 1391472 | 1392464 (DisplayWriter SSK) | 1395100 (SSK) | Honeywell RD IBM 09F4230 | Leading Edge DC-2014 (Blue Alps) | Chicony 5891 (Monterey Blue) | E&E-101 (KPT Blue) | BTC 5100 | 5100C | 5369 | DEC VT100 (Hi-tek Linear) | Burroughs TP109 (Hall) | Realforce 87 (55g)

Keyboards wanted: IBM Model F 104 (Unsaver) | Model M 1391401

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Re: $75 5251 Get x2
« Reply #15 on: Thu, 16 February 2017, 20:14:25 »
... What are you going to do with them?

I'm also wondering what these can be used for exactly.

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Re: $75 5251 Get x2
« Reply #16 on: Thu, 16 February 2017, 20:44:59 »
... What are you going to do with them?

I'm also wondering what these can be used for exactly.
The original controller and its 25-pin plug can be replaced with a xwhatsit's controller and a USB cable, making it usable on a modern computer.
Keyboards owned: IBM Selectric | 3278 | 3101 | 5251 | Model F XT | AT | 122 (6110344) | Model M 1390120 | 1390131 | 1391472 | 1392464 (DisplayWriter SSK) | 1395100 (SSK) | Honeywell RD IBM 09F4230 | Leading Edge DC-2014 (Blue Alps) | Chicony 5891 (Monterey Blue) | E&E-101 (KPT Blue) | BTC 5100 | 5100C | 5369 | DEC VT100 (Hi-tek Linear) | Burroughs TP109 (Hall) | Realforce 87 (55g)

Keyboards wanted: IBM Model F 104 (Unsaver) | Model M 1391401

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Re: $75 5251 Beamspring Get x2
« Reply #17 on: Fri, 17 February 2017, 10:48:56 »
Interesting.  It looks like you could fit a modern SFF mobo inside this keyboard housing and convert it into an all-in-one PC.

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Re: $75 5251 Beamspring Get x2
« Reply #18 on: Fri, 17 February 2017, 14:32:22 »
Web searches are nearly useless for this.  Find someone who has access to real-time online catalogues, and ask them to search by part numbers.  Membership at these online catalogues is expensive, often upwards of $100 a month.

Impressive technique. Sounds like you really earned this find. :thumb:

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Re: $75 5251 Beamspring Get x2
« Reply #19 on: Sun, 19 February 2017, 04:37:21 »
And the stretch limo of spacebars!
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Re: $75 5251 Beamspring Get x2
« Reply #20 on: Sun, 19 February 2017, 07:58:26 »
Got to type on one of these at the Toronto meetup yesterday. It's so cool. :3

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Re: $75 5251 Beamspring Get x2
« Reply #21 on: Sun, 19 February 2017, 10:05:30 »
Interesting.  It looks like you could fit a modern SFF mobo inside this keyboard housing and convert it into an all-in-one PC.
There's less room in there than you'd think, but you could fit a couple Pi's
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Re: $75 5251 Beamspring Get x2
« Reply #22 on: Sun, 19 February 2017, 11:06:34 »
Interesting.  It looks like you could fit a modern SFF mobo inside this keyboard housing and convert it into an all-in-one PC.
There's less room in there than you'd think, but you could fit a couple Pi's

I'all take a pic from behind to show the crampness of the interior.
« Last Edit: Sun, 19 February 2017, 11:12:03 by y11971alex »
Keyboards owned: IBM Selectric | 3278 | 3101 | 5251 | Model F XT | AT | 122 (6110344) | Model M 1390120 | 1390131 | 1391472 | 1392464 (DisplayWriter SSK) | 1395100 (SSK) | Honeywell RD IBM 09F4230 | Leading Edge DC-2014 (Blue Alps) | Chicony 5891 (Monterey Blue) | E&E-101 (KPT Blue) | BTC 5100 | 5100C | 5369 | DEC VT100 (Hi-tek Linear) | Burroughs TP109 (Hall) | Realforce 87 (55g)

Keyboards wanted: IBM Model F 104 (Unsaver) | Model M 1391401

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Re: $75 5251 Beamspring Get x2
« Reply #23 on: Sun, 19 February 2017, 11:47:20 »
Beamspring is my absolute favorite switch, it feels sooo wonderful.  It's The switch I dream of using on a modern small keyboard (with Cherry-compatible stems, heh).  Cool find!
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