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Ultimate Mango
Jan 18, 2005

She's a sharkmouth clam
beware
she is

So, I got those vortex doubleshot PBT keycaps for my CODE keyboard.

I think several of you said you had this setup.

The CODE space bar has a metal stabilizer bard (costar stabilizer?). The Vortex keys have extra cherry stem receptacles but no place for the stabilizer to hook into. Can I just not use the space bar keycap, or am I missing something?

Otherwise I think I am about to start pulling and replacing keys!

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Rexxed
May 1, 2010

Dis is amazing!
I gotta try dis!


Ultimate Mango posted:

So, I got those vortex doubleshot PBT keycaps for my CODE keyboard.

I think several of you said you had this setup.

The CODE space bar has a metal stabilizer bard (costar stabilizer?). The Vortex keys have extra cherry stem receptacles but no place for the stabilizer to hook into. Can I just not use the space bar keycap, or am I missing something?

Otherwise I think I am about to start pulling and replacing keys!

Most spacebars take inserts that have a little rectangular piece of plastic that the wire from the stabilizer fits into. You may have to pull them out of your old spacebar unless they're somehow built in (I doubt that they are). If you need extras:
http://www.wasdkeyboards.com/index....nsert-2pcs.html

Dr. Fishopolis
Aug 31, 2004

ROBOT

Ultimate Mango posted:

So, I got those vortex doubleshot PBT keycaps for my CODE keyboard.

I think several of you said you had this setup.

The CODE space bar has a metal stabilizer bard (costar stabilizer?). The Vortex keys have extra cherry stem receptacles but no place for the stabilizer to hook into. Can I just not use the space bar keycap, or am I missing something?

Otherwise I think I am about to start pulling and replacing keys!

Look carefully at the CODE spacebar keycap. The things that the bar grab onto should be little removable nylon pieces that you can transplant into your other spacebar.

Ultimate Mango
Jan 18, 2005

She's a sharkmouth clam
beware
she is

Dr. Fishopolis posted:

Look carefully at the CODE spacebar keycap. The things that the bar grab onto should be little removable nylon pieces that you can transplant into your other spacebar.

Yes, I finally figured out how to get the little inserts out and get everything back together. The first keyboard I took all the stabilizers out and apart, and had to consult Dr. Youtoob to learn that those dumb little nylon things have a specific orientation.

For my second keyboard I was able to get the nylon things out and leave all that stuff on the keyboard making it go much faster.

I think I managed to not break anything, but I didn't re lube anything either, so now I wonder if I need to get lube and whatever thing is needed to apply said lube.

But really, with these keycaps I'm done. Well, maybe some lube.

And then maybe learn to solder so I can make and ergodox. Or two.

ColHannibal
Sep 17, 2007


Ultimate Mango posted:

Yes, I finally figured out how to get the little inserts out and get everything back together. The first keyboard I took all the stabilizers out and apart, and had to consult Dr. Youtoob to learn that those dumb little nylon things have a specific orientation.

For my second keyboard I was able to get the nylon things out and leave all that stuff on the keyboard making it go much faster.

I think I managed to not break anything, but I didn't re lube anything either, so now I wonder if I need to get lube and whatever thing is needed to apply said lube.

But really, with these keycaps I'm done. Well, maybe some lube.

And then maybe learn to solder so I can make and ergodox. Or two.

Have you heard about our lord and savior Topre?

The Unlife Aquatic
Jun 17, 2009

Improvement makes straight roads; but the crooked roads without improvement are roads of genius.

ColHannibal posted:

Have you heard about our lord and savior Topre?

I would love to try Topre but they don't make 60% boards.

The Electronaut
May 10, 2009


The Unlife Aquatic posted:

I would love to try Topre but they don't make 60% boards.

Your Goldie locks between the HHKB and the Leopold FC660C :3

The Unlife Aquatic
Jun 17, 2009

Improvement makes straight roads; but the crooked roads without improvement are roads of genius.

The Electronaut posted:

Your Goldie locks between the HHKB and the Leopold FC660C :3

Thought about it, but those dye-sub keycaps and the difficulty of getting replacement Topre doubleshot PBT keycaps.

The Electronaut
May 10, 2009


The Unlife Aquatic posted:

Thought about it, but those dye-sub keycaps and the difficulty of getting replacement Topre doubleshot PBT keycaps.

I did a swap on my Novatouch board of the modifier to JTK sliders after Hypersphereing the keys and the feel isn't noticable to me.

Dr. Fishopolis
Aug 31, 2004

ROBOT

I wish there was a 75% novatouch. I love mine but TKL is a smidge too big and I'm not giving up my DSA caps for anything.

And before you tell me to swap the sliders, I am not far enough down the rabbit hole to consider my novatouch a "donor board".

The Unlife Aquatic
Jun 17, 2009

Improvement makes straight roads; but the crooked roads without improvement are roads of genius.

Speaking of 75% boards, does anyone here have a Vortex Race 3? I'm considering one myself since I want a new board.

Horizontal Tree
Dec 31, 2009


The Unlife Aquatic posted:

Speaking of 75% boards, does anyone here have a Vortex Race 3? I'm considering one myself since I want a new board.

Ooooh, that thing is pretty sweet, and comes with knockoff Granites. Interesting.

The Electronaut
May 10, 2009


Dr. Fishopolis posted:

I wish there was a 75% novatouch. I love mine but TKL is a smidge too big and I'm not giving up my DSA caps for anything.

And before you tell me to swap the sliders, I am not far enough down the rabbit hole to consider my novatouch a "donor board".

The JTK sliders aren't perfect but do work well enough.

teethgrinder
Oct 9, 2002



Grimey Drawer

The Unlife Aquatic posted:

Speaking of 75% boards, does anyone here have a Vortex Race 3? I'm considering one myself since I want a new board.
I'm really excited for it. Looks much better to me than the KBDfans 75% I had been eyeing but cancelled because it's rather pricey and didn't feel 100% on.

You might say I was only feeling 75%.

OnceIWasAnOstrich
Jul 22, 2006



My old cheap keyboard died recently so I went and bought an MK Disco Brown PBT. I would be happy with it except I ran into three issues. The biggest is that the left alt key does not seem to function at all, no keypress is detected by windows. Also the space bar appears to be attached at three points, the switch in the middle, and two smaller switch-like things on each side, but it doesn't actually stick to the one on the left, so it levers itself up anytime you hit it on the right side, which is unfortunately where I always hit space, so it slams into the base of the keyboard louder than all the other keys. Also I found random stickers with arrows on them inside the left control key because it felt kind sticky, I guess hidden stickers are a good reason for that to be the case...

Hopefully the mechanicalkeyboards.com people can get me a fully functional keyboard, because the combination of tenkeyless, brown switches, and the PBT caps for a reasonable price is great, and I love how if I leave all of the lights off it is very plain and subtle.

OnceIWasAnOstrich fucked around with this message at Jul 20, 2017 around 01:03

Dogen
May 5, 2002

Bury my body down by the highwayside, so that my old evil spirit can get a Greyhound bus and ride


Thanks thread I bought myself the expanded vortex backlit doubelshot pbt set for my K70. I donít even know that it will be much different but I canít help myself!

Ultimate Mango
Jan 18, 2005

She's a sharkmouth clam
beware
she is

Dogen posted:

Thanks thread I bought myself the expanded vortex backlit doubelshot pbt set for my K70. I donít even know that it will be much different but I canít help myself!

They feel really nice when new.

Will get get slick and shiny like ABS keys?

Ultimate Mango
Jan 18, 2005

She's a sharkmouth clam
beware
she is

ColHannibal posted:

Have you heard about our lord and savior Topre?

I like my Code with Clears. Have never typed on a Torpedo.

Slurps Mad Rips
Jan 25, 2009

Bwaltow!



My first Topre arrived today and I've been messing with it for a bit. It's a JIS91 layout. The layout is really loving with my muscle memory, but one of the nice things is having what is effectively a dedicated AESTHETIC key shortcut, which is good for getting that sweet sweet VAPORWAVE street cred I've heard all the kids talking about.

In all seriousness, I could see myself using a Topre at work, but it is way too light a touch for me and my current daily driver (which is just a CODE with SA profile caps).

I think I need to start selling some of these keyboards. I'm up to 6 at home, a 7th at work, and an ergodox infinity coming at some point.

Dogen
May 5, 2002

Bury my body down by the highwayside, so that my old evil spirit can get a Greyhound bus and ride


Ultimate Mango posted:

They feel really nice when new.

Will get get slick and shiny like ABS keys?

Nah I think thatís part of the point of them, consistency over time compared to ABS.

Lawen
Aug 7, 2000



I have a squeaky key that's driving me a little crazy. Not sure if it's the switch itself or the stabilizer but am assuming it's the switch since I can't really think of any part of the stabilizer that would squeak. Is there a hivemind consensus on the best lube for keyswitches?

emdash
Oct 19, 2003

and?


Slurps Mad Rips posted:

My first Topre arrived today and I've been messing with it for a bit. It's a JIS91 layout. The layout is really loving with my muscle memory, but one of the nice things is having what is effectively a dedicated AESTHETIC key shortcut, which is good for getting that sweet sweet VAPORWAVE street cred I've heard all the kids talking about.

In all seriousness, I could see myself using a Topre at work, but it is way too light a touch for me and my current daily driver (which is just a CODE with SA profile caps).

I think I need to start selling some of these keyboards. I'm up to 6 at home, a 7th at work, and an ergodox infinity coming at some point.

what's the actuation force on it? I have the 55g 87key for work and it's really good, but i guess if you like greens or something it might still be too light

TenaciousTomato
Jul 17, 2007

Until I went to the temple, where the High Priest asked me what my name was, and I said, 'Snoop Dogg.' And he looked me in my eyes and said, 'No more. You are the light; you are the lion.'


I bought that Nautilus key cap set. Someone pray for me

Dogen
May 5, 2002

Bury my body down by the highwayside, so that my old evil spirit can get a Greyhound bus and ride


If someone really likes scissor switches, is there a good more mechanical equivalent, or should they just stick with scissor? I was thinking maybe Topre sound similar but I've never tried one of those out.

The Electronaut
May 10, 2009


Lawen posted:

I have a squeaky key that's driving me a little crazy. Not sure if it's the switch itself or the stabilizer but am assuming it's the switch since I can't really think of any part of the stabilizer that would squeak. Is there a hivemind consensus on the best lube for keyswitches?

If it's a stabilized switch, can you pull the key and put a 1u key on top or just press switch itself with no key on top? That test should eliminate the stabilizer from the equation. There's definitely a possibility that a stab could squeak. As for lube, not sure off the top of my head but there are several commonly recommended formulations on r/mk and its wiki.

The Unlife Aquatic
Jun 17, 2009

Improvement makes straight roads; but the crooked roads without improvement are roads of genius.

TenaciousTomato posted:

I bought that Nautilus key cap set. Someone pray for me

We need pictures when you get them. (In a year, or two)

Zack Ater
Apr 17, 2013

I am protector of the innocent! I am the light in the darkness! I am truth! Ally to good! Nightmare to you!


The Unlife Aquatic posted:

Speaking of 75% boards, does anyone here have a Vortex Race 3? I'm considering one myself since I want a new board.

That looks sweet. Been waffling for quite a long time now on what my first mech should be, but I think I might just grab that one, probably with clears.

Lawen
Aug 7, 2000



The Electronaut posted:

If it's a stabilized switch, can you pull the key and put a 1u key on top or just press switch itself with no key on top? That test should eliminate the stabilizer from the equation. There's definitely a possibility that a stab could squeak. As for lube, not sure off the top of my head but there are several commonly recommended formulations on r/mk and its wiki.

Yeah, gonna try that tonight. I just hate fiddling with stabilizers so much that I was hoping to only do it once and, if I could use a common lube that I may already have lying around (so...WD-40 or sex lube, I guess?), just go ahead and lube it while I had the cap off. After looking at https://imgur.com/a/lhLqo I'm hoping now that it's actually the stab that's squeaking and either cleaning/reseating it will be sufficient or I can just pick up a tube of dialectric grease to fix it.

ColHannibal
Sep 17, 2007


The Unlife Aquatic posted:

I would love to try Topre but they don't make 60% boards.

I am so shocked you dont consider a HHKB a 60%, I mean technically its a 59% but are you that upset about losing the capslock key?

TenaciousTomato
Jul 17, 2007

Until I went to the temple, where the High Priest asked me what my name was, and I said, 'Snoop Dogg.' And he looked me in my eyes and said, 'No more. You are the light; you are the lion.'


The Unlife Aquatic posted:

We need pictures when you get them. (In a year, or two)

Will do!

surebet
Jan 10, 2013

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Slurps Mad Rips posted:

My first Topre arrived today and I've been messing with it for a bit. It's a JIS91 layout. The layout is really loving with my muscle memory, but one of the nice things is having what is effectively a dedicated AESTHETIC key shortcut, which is good for getting that sweet sweet VAPORWAVE street cred I've heard all the kids talking about.



Slurps Mad Rips posted:

In all seriousness, I could see myself using a Topre at work, but it is way too light a touch for me and my current daily driver (which is just a CODE with SA profile caps).

I think I need to start selling some of these keyboards. I'm up to 6 at home, a 7th at work, and an ergodox infinity coming at some point.

just bring them to work and plug them all in. don't explain why.

pr0zac
Jan 18, 2004

~*lukecagefan69*~




Pillbug

Got my Godspeed caps and slapped them on my Infinity 60% board. Was kind of surprised cause I got told my order was canceled cause I missed the "confirm you're still interested" email but some how here we are.

Kind of regret not springing for the modifiers set as well cause it means I don't have a capslock sized Ctrl key so I can't make a "not all novelties" layout but hey what are ya gonna do.

Keys feel really nice though, super thick, have a good heavy clunk feel.

LochNessMonster
Feb 3, 2005

I need about three fitty



pr0zac posted:

Got my Godspeed caps and slapped them on my Infinity 60% board. Was kind of surprised cause I got told my order was canceled cause I missed the "confirm you're still interested" email but some how here we are.

Kind of regret not springing for the modifiers set as well cause it means I don't have a capslock sized Ctrl key so I can't make a "not all novelties" layout but hey what are ya gonna do.

Keys feel really nice though, super thick, have a good heavy clunk feel.



That looks absolutely amazing.

I really need to resist my urge to jump at the Nautilus set as it reached the 99 dollar mark. I love the colours but really want a set with centered legends (i.e. SP instead of GMK).

I'm holding out for the Godspeed XDA PBT set from Mitro who is running an interest check right now. That or Calms Depth if that ever gets going again. The IC on that is not moving fast all.

Slurps Mad Rips
Jan 25, 2009

Bwaltow!



emdash posted:

what's the actuation force on it? I have the 55g 87key for work and it's really good, but i guess if you like greens or something it might still be too light

I use Greens (Reds when playing games), and before that the Unicomp Model M. I've considered building my own keyboard so I could put 180g springs in the switches.

But that's a level of keeb weeb I'm not ready for.

unpronounceable
Apr 4, 2010

You mean we still have another game to go through?!


Fallen Rib

So, after getting my front printed caps a while ago, decided to pop in to Massdrop, and see what they have there, and I find these pretty things. Is there anything I should know about Massdrop, as someone outside the US, before ordering?

I've also been using a Logitech G410 for the past week or so, and I can't stand it. Their Romer-G switches are tactile, non-clicky switches, and I wish I were able to articulate exactly why I dislike them so much. The actuation point on them is just really indistinct. Not like the browns I'm used to. It's like all the resistance is right at the top, and by the time the key moves at all, it actuates, but the actuation bump is really big, compared to the key travel. If anyone actually cares about it, maybe some more directed questions will help my description. Back to the store it goes, and I'll have to keep searching for a tenkeyless board.

Flying Spaghetti
Dec 1, 2002

Existence is overrated

unpronounceable posted:

So, after getting my front printed caps a while ago, decided to pop in to Massdrop, and see what they have there, and I find these pretty things. Is there anything I should know about Massdrop, as someone outside the US, before ordering?

I've also been using a Logitech G410 for the past week or so, and I can't stand it. Their Romer-G switches are tactile, non-clicky switches, and I wish I were able to articulate exactly why I dislike them so much. The actuation point on them is just really indistinct. Not like the browns I'm used to. It's like all the resistance is right at the top, and by the time the key moves at all, it actuates, but the actuation bump is really big, compared to the key travel. If anyone actually cares about it, maybe some more directed questions will help my description. Back to the store it goes, and I'll have to keep searching for a tenkeyless board.

I've ordered from them before, for delivery to Malaysia, and everything has showed up. Nothing but the usual Malaysian customs hassle I have with any foreign order.

On that note, I just order the Vortex Race 3 from Massdrop also. Needed a work board.

TenaciousTomato
Jul 17, 2007

Until I went to the temple, where the High Priest asked me what my name was, and I said, 'Snoop Dogg.' And he looked me in my eyes and said, 'No more. You are the light; you are the lion.'


surebet posted:



top to bottom: portland, dolch, ashen

Kind of late but,

foutre
Sep 4, 2011

RIP ZEEZ


Rexxed posted:

Most spacebars take inserts that have a little rectangular piece of plastic that the wire from the stabilizer fits into. You may have to pull them out of your old spacebar unless they're somehow built in (I doubt that they are). If you need extras:
http://www.wasdkeyboards.com/index....nsert-2pcs.html

Late, but thanks for posting this. I'd run into the same problem and was struggling.

Now I've swapped out all the keycaps on my TKL, but have a full set of lovely numpad keys left over. I'd like to get a numpad to put them on, but am having trouble deciding on one to get.

I'm leaning towards the Leopold FC210TP with browns, but it's 1) out of stock everywhere except a kinda sketchy Ali Express site that's 20 dollars more expensive and 2) it looks like the 2016/17 versions output true numpad codes whereas the 2015 one doesn't, and it's really hard to tell which one you're getting. Does anyone have any alternative suggestions for numpads, or advice re: figuring out which one you're getting? I'm basically just looking for a black numpad with the correct key sizes, like this (but in stock):

NTRabbit
Aug 15, 2012

the only True Conservative Alternative

Now this is a mechanical keyboard I can get behind, preferably with Cherry Syrup switches

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SymmetryrtemmyS
Jul 13, 2013



NTRabbit posted:

Now this is a mechanical keyboard I can get behind, preferably with Cherry Syrup switches

That has always seemed pretty expensive to me. I mean, sure, he had to make a mold, but come on, $50 for a manual waffle iron? It's $70 at regular price, and that's just ridiculous.

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