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New Atari Keyboard Domes: Revision II

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New Atari Keyboard Domes: Revision II

The new prototype domes showed up and so far I'm really happy with them - good tactile feel and not as "stiff" as the TT Touch domes are, and a decent amount of travel unlike the first prototype which was definitely too short. I'm going to type on them for a while and see how I feel but I think this might be the final revision for mass production. Left to right: OEM Atari, TT Touch, Prototype 1, Prototype 2

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First Run of Keyboard Domes

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First Run of Keyboard Domes

New keyboard domes showed up - they feel great and work fine but there's a couple mm less key travel than with Atari or "TT Touch" domes - trying to decide whether to stick with these or try producing another batch. One of the changes I made here was to add a *much* larger contact pad than on the OEM domes so typing should be way more reliable as well. Guess I'll load up a full keyboard and try typing on it for a few days and see what I think.

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"TT Touch" Reborn!

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"TT Touch" Reborn!

Just placed an order for a big lot of custom replacement domes for our ST/Falcon keyboards that should be similar to the “TT Touch” domes and significantly improve how our keyboards feel. The “TT Touch” domes were a massive improvement and definitely worth doing, and I’m hoping these will be the same. If they come out as expected, I should have them for sale on my web shop in about a month or so. Final price TBD but they should be pretty cheap. I’m also exploring options for springs as well, the domes alone should be a huge improvement but...

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Getting There!

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Getting There!

The new slightly-revised batch of floppy adapter boards works perfectly and makes assembly way easier. I’ve finally got a bunch of stock assembled ready to ship for new orders. I’ve worked out some more efficient assembly processes as well – think we’re finally in “full production” mode!

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The First Batch

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The first batch of floppy adapters didn’t go exactly as planned but they’re all done now and will be in the mail tomorrow. I still haven’t found an easy way to put the pins into the DIN14 boards and hold them there for soldering so it’s a hugely manual process but I have a few ideas to try I also received a batch of floppy power pigtails that were a larger gauge than I ordered and had to modify things to work with the last batch of boards I ordered. It took some time to make what I had on...

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