Mega ST keyboard, which Cherry MX Black type?

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Mega ST keyboard, which Cherry MX Black type?

Post by pixelpusher » Sat Mar 28, 2020 1:49 pm

Hi all,

I was looking into replacing a broken Cherry MX Black switch on a Mega ST keyboard. Browsing Cherry's key offerings I saw that there are two switches that could match: One with 3.7 mm travel (MX 3A-11nn), one with 4mm travel (MX 1A-11nn).

As I can't find a type code on the original switch, I tried measuring the key travel - it's somewhere in between those offerings.

Does anybody know which exact type was used by ATARI?

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Re: Mega ST keyboard, which Cherry MX Black type?

Post by Atarian Computing » Sat Mar 28, 2020 5:24 pm

Do you know if both types existed in 1987 or so?

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Re: Mega ST keyboard, which Cherry MX Black type?

Post by pixelpusher » Sat Mar 28, 2020 7:29 pm

Atarian Computing wrote:
Sat Mar 28, 2020 5:24 pm
Do you know if both types existed in 1987 or so?
Good hint - turns out of those only the MX 1A existed in 1987.

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Re: Mega ST keyboard, which Cherry MX Black type?

Post by Steve » Sun Mar 29, 2020 1:39 pm

I replaced mine with cherry browns and they're absolutely beautiful.
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Re: Mega ST keyboard, which Cherry MX Black type?

Post by PhilC » Sun Mar 29, 2020 1:57 pm

Steve wrote:
Sun Mar 29, 2020 1:39 pm
I replaced mine with cherry browns and they're absolutely beautiful.
Did you do the whole keyboard? Just wondering how much that cost and how long it took.
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Re: Mega ST keyboard, which Cherry MX Black type?

Post by pixelpusher » Sun Mar 29, 2020 3:58 pm

PhilC wrote:
Sun Mar 29, 2020 1:57 pm
Steve wrote:
Sun Mar 29, 2020 1:39 pm
I replaced mine with cherry browns and they're absolutely beautiful.
Did you do the whole keyboard? Just wondering how much that cost and how long it took.
I just need to replace one switch, but if you're interested in replacing more:

For 50-99 pcs the price is around 0.53 EUR per switch, 0,44 EUR per switch for >= 100 switches.

There are also two so called "Developer kits" for MX Silet Red and MX Speed Silver switches which cost 40 EUR and include 110 switches.

Best regards,

Wilfried

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Re: Mega ST keyboard, which Cherry MX Black type?

Post by PhilC » Sun Mar 29, 2020 3:59 pm

Thats for the info, will keep that i mid :D
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