I think this is the perfect place to put a WTB. It may not get a million views, like over on Amibay, of course. (If you haven’t posted over on Amibay, I would highly encourage you to do so from a pure numbers perspective. I’d think you’d have a slightly better shot.)
So, this next part is just my own personal opinion. Feel free to toss it in the trash.
For me, the A1000 is a pure design marvel. It’s just drop dead gorgeous. And half of the beauty is the original keyboard. Sure, you could get an adapter and hook some other thing to it, but in my mind that sort of defeats the purpose. The original innards are fine, but to be frank the stock machine is quirky to say the least.
In a best case scenario, I’d wait until you find a machine that has its own keyboard that works. And then, I’d get a second one as a backup. (That’s what I’ve done.) I haven’t posted about this anywhere because I went on a trip soon after another acquisition, but I have 3 1000’s now. I picked up my 3rd, which came with its own keyboard. So I’m flush with 1000’s if you include the Phoenix (technically I have 4, but one is just a box of parts).
I’ve gotten one that looked brand new, but was dead. So it wasn’t expensive at all. Then I got one that looked like horse pee, but everything worked perfectly. Also cheap. Then I swapped all of the parts. That brought me to a very handsome artifact which gets regular use.
It takes patience of course, and an iron will.
I’d think finding a 1000 keyboard sans computer would be really, really hard. I can’t recall ever seeing a solitary 1000 keyboard. Just parts for one.
For what it’s worth, I think the 1000 keyboard is my favorite of all the Amigas I’ve ever used. It is very hefty, solid, and feels great. Aesthetically, the hardest parts are the outer case being a nice color and the keys not being faded. But again, if you can source 2 in various states, you can swap this and that.
I LOVE the A1000. It’s a near tie for me with the A2000. It’s a very strange, beautiful thing.
I’ll keep an eye out for you. And drop a note on this thread if you source one.