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Key switch for a Master/Electron

Posted: Tue Jan 27, 2015 12:03 am
by Wookie
Hi

Does anyone have a spare Master/Electron type key switch I can have, so I can avoid cannibalising a working electron just to repair my master ?

The switch it's self actually still works but the white plastic bit that the key top clips onto is broken off/missing.

Thanks

Re: Key switch for a Master/Electron

Posted: Tue Jan 27, 2015 9:08 am
by flaxcottage
PM Mark at Retroclinic. I bet he has loads. :D

Re: Key switch for a Master/Electron

Posted: Tue Jan 27, 2015 11:37 pm
by Wookie
flaxcottage wrote:PM Mark at Retroclinic. I bet he has loads. :D
Good Idea.

I contacted Mark and yes he has them at a pound each :shock: only kidding :lol: so I've ordered 2 that way I'll have a spare that I'll never need :D

Re: Key switch for a Master/Electron

Posted: Sat Apr 25, 2015 1:58 am
by stevendt
Hi,

Looking for a few of these too, yes, I know Mark is selling them at £1 + P&P, but as I need a few, the cost will probably get to the point where I could buy a working Electron off ebay and have lots of keys for not too much more money. It's obviously not a great idea to buy a working machine to break for spares though.

So, does anyone have a broken Electron (or Master) keyboard, or a number of (working) keys that they'd like to sell please?

Regards
Dave

Re: Key switch for a Master/Electron

Posted: Sat Apr 25, 2015 9:38 am
by richardtoohey

Re: Key switch for a Master/Electron

Posted: Sat Apr 25, 2015 10:04 am
by DutchAcorn
stevendt wrote:Hi,

Looking for a few of these too, yes, I know Mark is selling them at £1 + P&P, but as I need a few, the cost will probably get to the point where I could buy a working Electron off ebay and have lots of keys for not too much more money. ..
I'm curious: why do you need a few? Did you know they are quite easy to fix if not physically broken (bits broken off)? See this thread.

Re: Key switch for a Master/Electron

Posted: Sat Apr 25, 2015 12:40 pm
by stevendt
Hi,

Thanks a lot, I'll check it out

Regards
Dave
richardtoohey wrote:Might be worth a bid?

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Acorn-Electro ... 1754539625

Re: Key switch for a Master/Electron

Posted: Sat Apr 25, 2015 12:46 pm
by stevendt
Hi,

Thanks for the tip, I'll check the thread.

The reason that I need a few, is that they are the same keyswitches as used in MTX computers. I have a couple of my own machines that have a couple of problematic keys - more than just sticky switches. I have also just got a machine to fix for a mate and he has at least one u/s key.

The MTX is what I spend most of my Retro time on, and if I am going to get any switches, then I might as well stock up while I'm at it. The keys are commonly a problem on an MTX and they can't always be revived by exercise/cleaning

Regards
Dave

DutchAcorn wrote:
stevendt wrote:Hi,

Looking for a few of these too, yes, I know Mark is selling them at £1 + P&P, but as I need a few, the cost will probably get to the point where I could buy a working Electron off ebay and have lots of keys for not too much more money. ..
I'm curious: why do you need a few? Did you know they are quite easy to fix if not physically broken (bits broken off)? See this thread.

Re: Key switch for a Master/Electron

Posted: Wed Apr 29, 2015 12:48 am
by stevendt
Found this, people might find it useful......

http://deskthority.net/wiki/Futaba_low-profile_linear

Good description of the key-switches, disassembly, reassembly and some good photos of the parts

regards
Dave

p.s., I bought the Electron !

Re: Key switch for a Master/Electron

Posted: Wed Apr 29, 2015 6:13 am
by richardtoohey
stevendt wrote:p.s., I bought the Electron !
Looks like it didn't go very cheaply in the end, but that seems to be the way of things these days. But hopefully (whisper) a good number of decent key switches in there for you.

Re: Key switch for a Master/Electron

Posted: Wed Apr 29, 2015 10:00 am
by stevendt
Yes, it was a bit more than I'd hoped to pay for a non-working machine.

As you say though, hopefully, I can get a lot of good switches from it

regards
Dave

Re: Key switch for a Master/Electron

Posted: Wed Apr 29, 2015 11:13 am
by DutchAcorn
It's sold as untested so it may well work! So can we congratulate you with your Acorn Electron and help finding a new key cap for the letter "X"? 8)

You are not seriously considering to mutilate a (potentially) working Electron are you? :twisted: :lol:

Re: Key switch for a Master/Electron

Posted: Wed Apr 29, 2015 11:31 am
by richardtoohey
DutchAcorn wrote:mutilate
What a harsh word! How about "re-purpose"? :wink:

Or "it will live on" ... in a bunch of other machines? :lol:

Definitely don't throw any bits out - you never know when someone might come along here needing an Electron space bar or lower case or ... etc.

Re: Key switch for a Master/Electron

Posted: Thu Apr 30, 2015 2:04 am
by stevendt
DutchAcorn wrote:It's sold as untested so it may well work! So can we congratulate you with your Acorn Electron and help finding a new key cap for the letter "X"? 8)

Don't even joke about it!

I have recently taken on yet more projects that I don't have time to start, never mind finish! I couldn't possibly start an Electron project too.
Mmm, could I? .........
NO - stop! ! !

[-X


You are not seriously considering to mutilate a (potentially) working Electron are you? :twisted: :lol:

Re: Key switch for a Master/Electron

Posted: Thu Apr 30, 2015 2:09 am
by stevendt
richardtoohey wrote:
DutchAcorn wrote:mutilate
What a harsh word! How about "re-purpose"? :wink:

Or "it will live on" ... in a bunch of other machines? :lol:

Definitely don't throw any bits out - you never know when someone might come along here needing an Electron space bar or lower case or ... etc.

Well, you could say "The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the one" :D

No, won't throw anything away, at least, not unless the wife makes me :(