It was worth the wait.
A Zenith ZKB-2, at long last.
I’ve been hunting for one of these keyboards for almost exactly one year (as a matter of fact, it was one year ago today that I put out a request on Geekhack for one- to which I got zero responses). I’d heard such good things about the smoothness of its key switches, which are Alps SKCL green – a linear switch that was purportedly as smooth as butter. I had to try them.
Finally, one showed up on eBay from Portland, Oregon. I’d posted a message to the seller asking if the key switch sliders were yellow or green, and that was last Friday. He finally responded on Monday: “Green.” Within seconds I purchased it, as he was a high-rated seller with a lot of sales behind him.
It has a number of blemishes and warts, but overall I am very satisfied with it. It has a unique feel and sound, and is another “dream board” to type on. It was produced in October 1987 and weighs almost exactly 5 pounds with the cord.
Tonight, on a Friday night, I put off all social engagements or even the hint of social engagements so I could do a rudimentary clean-up job and actually use this thing after waiting for so long for one. I was going to disassemble it fully, but couldn’t figure out how the back plate separated from the case! All six screws were removed, but something was causing a hangup, and considering that the plastic is very brittle, I didn’t want to take any chances in screwing something up. So, that tare-down and accompanying photo-documentation will have to wait (sorry, Daniel!).
A great video review from Chyros here (consequently a board I almost ended up with, but am glad he ended up with it because I like his reviews!).
This is a bittersweet moment in a way, because I feel that this was the last keyboard I really “had” to have. I do not think my enthusiasm for keyboards is diminishing (that should be obvious in the next post), but I think my “problem” of acquiring them is finally subsiding.
Not my fastest speed, but OK for the first test with this board – it was a blast to test drive it on 10FastFingers.com. It just felt “right.”