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Offline BahaMech

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Prototype Photos

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*the font/case has been cleaned up since these photos were taken


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Important Note - We Will be looking into decreasing the height of the case, after receiving Taeha's feedback.



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- Alu colors: E-white, Black, Gunmetal (Dark Grey), Navy (dark blue), Silver, Burgundy (dark red), Midnight Purple (Dark Purple)

- Materials: Full alu keyboard available, Full Polycarbonate keyboard available, a mix between Alu and Polycarbonate available, a lot of options to mix and match

- Founder edition available (Only 25 units), a full brass bottom

- Typing Angle: 7 degrees

- Mount: top mount

- Plate: Alu, Brass, PC

- PCB: Hotswap and standard solder, all VIA compatible. Also a daughterboard PCB for the USB port

- Box: There will be a nice custom magnetic box

Approx weight (some combination):

- Alu bottom / alu top / brass plate : approx 2.6 Kg / 5.7 lbs

- Brass bottom (FE) / alu top / brass plate: approx 5.2+ Kg / 11.5 lbs

- PC bottom / alu top / alu plate: 1.7 Kg / 3.7 lbs

- Full Polycarbonate, no idea

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What included in the kit:


Standard Kit

- Aluminium/Polycarbonate Bottom Piece
- Aluminium/Polycarbonate Plate
- Aluminium/Polycarbonate Top Housing
- Custom KBD67 V2 (with VIA)
- Matte Brass Weight


Founders Edition Kit - Very Limited

- Full Matte Brass Bottom Piece
- Aluminium/Polycarbonate Plate
- Aluminium Top Housing
- Custom KBD67 V2 (with VIA)

Supported Layouts

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Extras Such as a Brass Plate Will Also Be Available

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Price:

$239 USD - For the Standard Kit
$349 USD - For the Founders Edition Kit (Full Brass Bottom)

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Release Info:

26th of October - 10:00AM EST - Only Available At KBDfans

500 Base Kits Available
25 Founders Edition Kits Available
Unlimited Extras

Links;
Collection - All Items
Standard Kit
Brass Founders Edition Kit
Plate (Extra)
PCB (Extra)
Foam (Extra)

Please make sure to carefully read all the notes and description

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Colour Options

- E-White
- Black
- Gunmetal
- Silver
- Midnight Purple
- Red
- Navy Blue

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Other Photos/Details

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More Photos From When the Sample was Being Produced
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Founders Edition Brass Bottom*
            

*the photos taken were when the brass was not completely finished

Underglow/RGB Examples
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Thanks a lot.  :)

Dion
« Last Edit: Tue, 27 October 2020, 18:30:11 by BahaMech »

Offline Gondolindrim

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Ok so maybe I understood it wrong, but the kit includes two plates, a brass and an alu one?
A pessimist will tell you the cup is half empty. An optimist will tell you the cup is half full. An engineer will tell you it's exactly twice the size it needs to be.

Offline BahaMech

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Ok so maybe I understood it wrong, but the kit includes two plates, a brass and an alu one?
Yep

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You have my attention.

Looking for a layout similar to Massdrop ALT.

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Will the board feature a weight? You mention "paired with the brass plate, and weight it would be an absolute stunning case", but it is not obvious if you refer to overall weight, or an internal weight. :)

I've felt a melody keyboard before, hefty for a good price! Looking forward to more details for this one as well!

Voted 60% HHKB layout.

Offline BahaMech

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You have my attention.

Looking for a layout similar to Massdrop ALT.
We are using that layout

Offline BahaMech

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Will the board feature a weight? You mention "paired with the brass plate, and weight it would be an absolute stunning case", but it is not obvious if you refer to overall weight, or an internal weight. :)

I've felt a melody keyboard before, hefty for a good price! Looking forward to more details for this one as well!

Voted 60% HHKB layout.
Yes by brass weight, i meant a polished brass weight screwed into the bottom

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Will the board feature a weight? You mention "paired with the brass plate, and weight it would be an absolute stunning case", but it is not obvious if you refer to overall weight, or an internal weight. :)

I've felt a melody keyboard before, hefty for a good price! Looking forward to more details for this one as well!

Voted 60% HHKB layout.
Yes by brass weight, i meant a polished brass weight screwed into the bottom

Great! Looking forward to renders and prototypes! :)

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Can you add an option for alu bottom?

Offline BahaMech

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Can you add an option for alu bottom?
For this GB we have stuck with acrylic for all boards.
Sorry about that.

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I'd definitely consider joining for that price.
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Melody96's GB was very smooth.+1 for this!

Would it be possible to receive a raw aluminum case?

Offline InvidiousIgnoramus

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A nice purple 65% to match my purple Melody96.  ;D
I long for the day when I find a beamspring. (At a not insane price)

Offline BahaMech

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I'd definitely consider joining for that price.

Melody96's GB was very smooth.+1 for this!

Would it be possible to receive a raw aluminum case?

A nice purple 65% to match my purple Melody96.  ;D

A nice purple 65% to match my purple Melody96.  ;D
Good to know. Keep your eye pealed. Designs and samples will come out in a month, give or take

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 :thumb:
I long for the day when I find a beamspring. (At a not insane price)

Offline Ares2105

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Hey Dion,

How's the design coming along? Are there any updates yet you might be able to share with us?
Really looking forward to this GB!

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Also curious to see how this is going?

Offline BahaMech

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Hey Dion,

How's the design coming along? Are there any updates yet you might be able to share with us?
Really looking forward to this GB!

Also curious to see how this is going?

Also curious to see how this is going?


We are have had some issues with the software when making the design, but jkaos has estimated that in about 2 weeks the design will be done.
I will make an update when it is done, and hopefully, get samples made asap.
Thanks

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Hey Dion,

How's the design coming along? Are there any updates yet you might be able to share with us?
Really looking forward to this GB!

Also curious to see how this is going?

Also curious to see how this is going?


We are have had some issues with the software when making the design, but jkaos has estimated that in about 2 weeks the design will be done.
I will make an update when it is done, and hopefully, get samples made asap.
Thanks
Nice! Glad this is still working on.

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Any updates on this?

Offline cosmo10292

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I was just checking out Aliexpress for a ymdk65 to complement my 96! Cant wait for some renderings :D


Offline BahaMech

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I was just checking out Aliexpress for a ymdk65 to complement my 96! Cant wait for some renderings :D

very close to getting samples made

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I hope there's a split space bar option...then I'm definitely in!

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What's the mounting style going to be?

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I hope there's a split space bar option...then I'm definitely in!


There is!

What's the mounting style going to be?

Top mount




Offline Ares2105

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Looking forward to getting in on this. Have you already decided on the final colours available for the GB?

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Looking forward to getting in on this. Have you already decided on the final colours available for the GB?
yep, Black, Silver, Grey, Midnight Purple, and E White

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Any ETA on prototype/renders and estimated GB date?

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Any ETA on prototype/renders and estimated GB date?

^ This

A simple one-liner of how it's going would be cool  ;)

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Any ETA on prototype/renders and estimated GB date?

^ This

A simple one-liner of how it's going would be cool  ;)

Speaking for OP since i'm doing the design and i'm the reason of it being late.
Design is kinda done, i'm waiting for pcb sample with daughterboard  (which was shipped) to test it with the 3d sample (which will be printed soon).
If everything it's ok at that point, renders will be posted and a real sample in alu/acr/brass will be requested.
« Last Edit: Sat, 20 July 2019, 08:06:15 by KaosJ »




Offline cosmo10292

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Any ETA on prototype/renders and estimated GB date?

^ This

A simple one-liner of how it's going would be cool  ;)

Speaking for OP since i'm doing the design and i'm the reason of it being late.
Design is kinda done, i'm waiting for pcb sample with daughterboard  (which was shipped) to test it with the 3d sample (which will be printed soon).
If everything it's ok at that point, renders will be posted and a real sample in alu/acr/brass will be requested.

Hell yeah! I'm just happy this didn't die out


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very interested!!  ;D

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I hope we can choose a non hotswap pcb

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I hope we can choose a non hotswap pcb

yes you can. Hotswap or Solder - up to you

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Speaking for OP since i'm doing the design and i'm the reason of it being late.
Design is kinda done, i'm waiting for pcb sample with daughterboard  (which was shipped) to test it with the 3d sample (which will be printed soon).
If everything it's ok at that point, renders will be posted and a real sample in alu/acr/brass will be requested.

Great to hear that you guys pour so much time into this. I am really curious about the first pics.
How is the prototyping coming along? Also, mind me asking what about the design proved to be a challenge?

Offline BahaMech

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Speaking for OP since i'm doing the design and i'm the reason of it being late.
Design is kinda done, i'm waiting for pcb sample with daughterboard  (which was shipped) to test it with the 3d sample (which will be printed soon).
If everything it's ok at that point, renders will be posted and a real sample in alu/acr/brass will be requested.

Great to hear that you guys pour so much time into this. I am really curious about the first pics.
How is the prototyping coming along? Also, mind me asking what about the design proved to be a challenge?

1. making the typing angle 7 degrees while having the acrylic diffuse evenly
2. power outage, causing jkaos to loose quite a bit of work
3. Wei taking a while to respond as jkaos needed the pcb file to even get the design started
4. Work and family being our first priorities

Hope that answers your question

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Speaking for OP since i'm doing the design and i'm the reason of it being late.
Design is kinda done, i'm waiting for pcb sample with daughterboard  (which was shipped) to test it with the 3d sample (which will be printed soon).
If everything it's ok at that point, renders will be posted and a real sample in alu/acr/brass will be requested.

Great to hear that you guys pour so much time into this. I am really curious about the first pics.
How is the prototyping coming along? Also, mind me asking what about the design proved to be a challenge?

1. making the typing angle 7 degrees while having the acrylic diffuse evenly
2. power outage, causing jkaos to loose quite a bit of work
3. Wei taking a while to respond as jkaos needed the pcb file to even get the design started
4. Work and family being our first priorities

Hope that answers your question
Wow, that really sucks with losing the progress. Great to hear you are paying so much attention to these details and looking forward to first pics.

Take all your time you need. Keebs truly are not the priority in life. ;-)

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Speaking for OP since i'm doing the design and i'm the reason of it being late.
Design is kinda done, i'm waiting for pcb sample with daughterboard  (which was shipped) to test it with the 3d sample (which will be printed soon).
If everything it's ok at that point, renders will be posted and a real sample in alu/acr/brass will be requested.

Great to hear that you guys pour so much time into this. I am really curious about the first pics.
How is the prototyping coming along? Also, mind me asking what about the design proved to be a challenge?

1. making the typing angle 7 degrees while having the acrylic diffuse evenly
2. power outage, causing jkaos to loose quite a bit of work
3. Wei taking a while to respond as jkaos needed the pcb file to even get the design started
4. Work and family being our first priorities

Hope that answers your question
Wow, that really sucks with losing the progress. Great to hear you are paying so much attention to these details and looking forward to first pics.

Take all your time you need. Keebs truly are not the priority in life. ;-)

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At this point, with the design finished, we are waiting for Wei replies about colors (for eventual rendering) and for other info about options that we can do with him.




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Re: [IC] YMDK Melody65 Interest Check - Aluminium \ Brass \ Acrylic \ Anodise
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Re: [IC] YMDK Melody65 Interest Check - Aluminium \ Brass \ Acrylic \ Anodise
« Reply #39 on: Fri, 16 August 2019, 22:22:06 »
Show Image


Again, we are very close, just need to (1) make a 3d printed prototype. (2) sort out the exact color codes. (3) design the packaging. (4) order a sample. (5) make renders.
This may seem like a long list, but most of it can be done at the same time.

Hope that helps

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Re: [IC] Melody 65 Sample is Here
« Reply #40 on: Sat, 31 August 2019, 00:38:47 »
Sample is finally done.

gallery

This is by no means the final product, but its close. We will be needing to make the aluminium top again, do to some sizing changes.

I have made another google form for you to be able to tell me if there is anything you would like to see changed/improved ---> google form
No response, means no improvements needed.

Thanks, Dion
« Last Edit: Sat, 31 August 2019, 01:05:33 by idontwanttoshowmyname »

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Re: [IC] Melody65 Sample is Here
« Reply #41 on: Sat, 31 August 2019, 03:24:52 »
FUARK those bezels are beautiful. Pretty much perfect except for the spacer for the arrow keys, feels like I'm in the minority in the community that dislikes it though. How much space is there between the pcb and the acrylic bottom? The r1 Chiwi boards had a lot of space between them and because of that the sound was kinda bad.

Offline BahaMech

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Re: [IC] Melody65 Sample is Here
« Reply #42 on: Sat, 31 August 2019, 03:48:11 »
FUARK those bezels are beautiful. Pretty much perfect except for the spacer for the arrow keys, feels like I'm in the minority in the community that dislikes it though. How much space is there between the pcb and the acrylic bottom? The r1 Chiwi boards had a lot of space between them and because of that the sound was kinda bad.
Thanks. Jkao would have to answer you for the spacing as he designed it.

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Re: [IC] Melody65 Sample is Here
« Reply #43 on: Sat, 31 August 2019, 07:41:28 »
Sample is finally done.

gallery

This is by no means the final product, but its close. We will be needing to make the aluminium top again, do to some sizing changes.

I have made another google form for you to be able to tell me if there is anything you would like to see changed/improved ---> google form
No response, means no improvements needed.

Thanks, Dion
Damn, the design looks really nice, especially from the side. Can we get a fully built one where the underglow is visible?

Also what was the design decision regarding the usbc port? Normally this one is a little "sunk in" if you know what I mean.
Sadly I am not a fan of the brass plate design. I know this might be controversial but the font would be better in a more simplistic design like the keyboard imo.

Looking forward to the gb.
P.s.: can we get a typing test too to hear what my predecessor has asked about? Reallt curious about that sound :)


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Offline BahaMech

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Re: [IC] Melody65 Sample is Here
« Reply #44 on: Sat, 31 August 2019, 09:01:29 »
Sample is finally done.

gallery

This is by no means the final product, but its close. We will be needing to make the aluminium top again, do to some sizing changes.

I have made another google form for you to be able to tell me if there is anything you would like to see changed/improved ---> google form
No response, means no improvements needed.

Thanks, Dion
Damn, the design looks really nice, especially from the side. Can we get a fully built one where the underglow is visible?

Also what was the design decision regarding the usbc port? Normally this one is a little "sunk in" if you know what I mean.
Sadly I am not a fan of the brass plate design. I know this might be controversial but the font would be better in a more simplistic design like the keyboard imo.

Looking forward to the gb.
P.s.: can we get a typing test too to hear what my predecessor has asked about? Reallt curious about that sound :)


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Pretty sure the USB ports was one of our problems, and im pretty sure Jkaos is fixing it.

Offline BahaMech

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Re: [IC] Melody65 Sample is Here
« Reply #45 on: Sat, 31 August 2019, 09:02:55 »
Im sorry for constantly posting forms, but after some more feedback i decided to create another form, just to fix some of the small things we weren't sure about.
So if you are somewhat interested in the keyboard, please participate here

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Re: [IC] Melody65 Sample is Here
« Reply #46 on: Fri, 06 September 2019, 11:40:07 »
Is there an eta on when this will go up on kbsfans?

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Re: [IC] Melody65 Sample is Here
« Reply #47 on: Fri, 06 September 2019, 14:04:19 »
I think a Polycarb version would be sick as well  ;)


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Re: [IC] Melody65 Sample is Here
« Reply #48 on: Sat, 07 September 2019, 10:18:10 »
Corners are quite sharp looking. Melody96 has much rounder edges.
I long for the day when I find a beamspring. (At a not insane price)

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Re: [IC] Melody65 Sample is Here
« Reply #49 on: Sat, 07 September 2019, 12:27:00 »
I think a Polycarb version would be sick as well  ;)
I am considering a full polycarb/acrylic version