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Behind the Scenes of Issue 85

Cherokee MBK Myth and MelGeek Mojo 84 in the mailbox, 50+ discounts with dedicated page, meetup database, still in holiday mode.

dovenyi
Published July 4, 2022

Hey y'all,

PSA: I'll be at home this week but not next Monday. I'll see if I can send out KBD#86 on Sunday.

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Welcome back for another edition of Keyboard Builders' Digest (this time Issue #85), a weekly roundup of this DIY keyboard focused newsletter and blog from Tamas Dovenyi – that's me. If you are new to this, you can read how this started out and what this is all about nowadays. If you like what you see, you can subscribe to the newsletter (free) and donate some bucks to keep this otherwise free and ad-free project alive.

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Quick news

Chosfox low-pro keycap (CFX). The controversial original post was removed (I still have the url) but here is the follow-up announcement.

The point is: there is a new low-pro keycap profile. At first sight, it's very similar to MBK, but on the second look, it's different in almost every aspect.

I don't want to dedicate a real post to this until I can test and compare them to MBKs, and a sample is already on the way. (However, it will take two weeks to arrive.)

All in all, after the initial controversy – namely putting "MBK" mistakenly in the title on the product page – this might be something interesting.

I guess this was the Drop MT2 moment for Chosfox, and I'm sure it was a mistake and they have learned a lot from it.

(In fact, I reached out to Robin for an explanation who told me the whole story in details but he doesn't want it to be published.)

In the mailbox

MBK Myth – at last. And MelGeek Mojo 84 – This has literally arrived in a few hours and all I can do before sending out the newsletter is posting a few shots.

So very quickly: this Mojo 84 was sent to me by MelGeek. I'm not sure I'm the best person to send such models to, but thanks anyway... :)

It seems this model isn't available yet. At least I couldn't find any product page, except this one.

As far as I can tell, this is basically the Mojo 68 with an extra F-row.

I'm not really into standard staggering either, but I love the MDA profile, and this one sports the white version of the This Is Plastic set.

I'll try to do a proper review later. Until then: I really dig the aesthetics of the transparent plastic, and the packaging is probably the most professional one I've ever seen.

The board feels and sounds absolutely awesome, and it's surprisingly heavy – which is good.

Click here for a few pics on imgur.

Vendor database

  • Kat from Kat Koil updated the coupon code to KBDNEWS and its value to 10%. Thanks! In addition, she offered me affiliate partnership so from now on by ordering one of her cool cables you support kbd.news too.
  • Unicorn Cables updated the code too and now offers you free shipping.
  • Onyx Cables added, and Tristan offered you a 5% discount (code: KBDNEWS).

As the latest big push in an effort to standardize the discount codes, I emailed all the vendors with "non-standard" ones – other than "KBDNEWS".

Responded and updated: Heebie Keebies, Dream Cables, Switch Captain, Keebstuff Kabelmanufaktur, Shockport Keyboards, Kat Koil, Unicorn Cables.

Thanks guys & gals!

Coupons page

With almost 60 shops offering you various discounts via the KBDNEWS coupon code, I put a link to the dedicated page listing these shops – and these shops only:

coupon

Only 6 stores to go, and you can use the standard code without much thinking. ;)

(If I remember right, I've already mentioned this link in a previous editorial but now it's on the front page.)

Meetup database

I created a list of upcoming meetups. Only showing 7 meetups right now, but the engine is ready so I thought I publish this as well.

Feel free to send me missing meetups. I'm aware many such events are organized locally or on Discord and I'm unable to keep an eye on all those channels. So it may take some time for this to pick-up, but look at the vendor database... ;)

As you can see, this interface is based on the vendor database. In fact, the two are linked together by the sponsor field: e.g. check the Edmonton Meetup.

Also, it was the development of this meetup feature that lead me to Onyx Cables, so I hope there will be some synergies here.

Giveaway

As already told, I'll continue the raffle later, hopefully in two weeks. However, you can play this week too.

Thanks to all who gave their opinion about the collab with a shop who also offers clone sets.

You have a chance to win the metal artisans or something else from the raffle pool once the holiday season is over.

I don't really have good questions for this week so now you can play by commenting questions I could ask. :D Plus your country.

Or also by sending me missing meetups from the database (with links to the source).

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That's all for today folks. Thanks for reading.

Feel free to comment in this issue's r/mk thread, and as always: keep learning and building.

Cheers, Tamás

Published on Mon 4th Jul 2022. Featured in KBD #85.


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