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Re: Lowest Possible Cost Mechboard64

Posted: Tue Aug 04, 2020 12:22 pm
by Zippy Zapp
Wow! 950 Euros, that is insane. I will stick to my clunky original keyboard before I would ever pay that.

Re: Lowest Possible Cost Mechboard64

Posted: Sun Sep 20, 2020 7:38 pm
by obitus1990
rpiguy9907 wrote:
Wed Jul 22, 2020 3:28 pm
obitus1990 wrote:
Fri Jul 17, 2020 8:34 pm
I'd like to buy a kit from you. I just finished a SixtyClone board that I want to put into a clear PixelWizard case and this would finish it off since I don't have any spare keyboards.

PM sent.
Ok since you are willing to solder it yourself here is the total cost:

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$   2.96     PCB from China
$   3.73     All surface mount components except switches and the cable headers (I already have tons of headers)
$  17.50    Key switches
$ 24.19

$ 16.72 for a 1.2MM steel plate
$ 27.72 for a 1.5MM steel plate
$ 26.44 for a 1.6MM aluminum plate
$ 56.81 for a 1.6MM brass plate
$ 85.44 for a 1.5MM Titanium plate

Plus shipping (figure $5-10 USD for CONUS)
In order to finish this build you would need some way to mount the plate (I haven't gotten that far yet I am just about to order an unbent plate and see if I can make it work).

You will also need a 40 pin IDE cable or 20pin custom cable, the 3D printed keycap adaptors, and costar stabilizers (can be ordered from Aliexpress, eBay, or directly from Matias in Canada).

Still interested? It is a lot of work to put one of these together :-)
Yes, I am still interested. I somehow missed your reply and just went back to check on the thread since it popped back into my memory :)

Re: Lowest Possible Cost Mechboard64

Posted: Fri Oct 09, 2020 10:52 pm
by obitus1990
I'm still wanting to buy a kit from you...

Out of curiosity, will the PCB fit in a regular old C64 keyboard frame? I have a pretty much dead keyboard PCB in one of my 64s. More than half the keys no longer work because the carbon contacts are destroyed due to the machine being housed in an extremely humid outside shed for years by the prior owner. I'd like to just salvage the frame and keycaps to adapt them to this PCB, if that is possible.