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May 11, 2021 at 3:07 AM Post #1,937 of 1,945

vLEGIONv

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Does basic soldering count? But best to be less of that level of modifications
That puts you in a better place then most people. the majority will be through-hole soldering, and for most keyboards the most complex things you'll ever solder are SMD diodes or leds. This will open you up to the world of ergo's and splits, or more specialty stuff.. I had zero idea what I was doing soldering and used a very basic $20 usd soldering kit to finish my first keyboard, which took 6 hours. That includes reading guides and desoldering mistakes.


if you're in singapore, take a look at kbdfans (pricey at times) or kprepublic(cheaper pick, large selection). if you don't want to mess around soldering, just pay attention to stuff like this. It's already soldered, just need to pick your switches, case, keycaps, and toss it all together.

Cost is going to be heavily dependent on what you decide to pick up. pcb/components to fill out the pcb shouldn't ever go above $100 (some of those presoldered pcb's are as little as $30 usd), but where you get caught up are switches, cases, and keycaps.
You can spend $3 per 10 for gateron yellows... or spend $18 per 10 for west german vintage blacks.
You can spend $30 for an aliexpress set of knock off keycaps... or wait 8 months for a $200 group buy set.
You could buy a simple case for $60 usd... or get one made out of brass that'll cost you $500.
World's your oyster, you might as well send it right off the bat to something tailored to you, and you don't HAVE to spend a ton of money to do it.

Tl;dr mechanical keyboards are a giant waste of money
 
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May 12, 2021 at 12:25 AM Post #1,939 of 1,945

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Being from Singapore, there are plenty of local vendors (mostly offering group buy stuff):
- https://ilumkb.com
- https://monokei.co
- https://hexkeyboards.com

Be aware though, that most things they sell are through group buys (easily taking 1 year to deliver) and individual parts of a keyboard (such as keycap sets)
 
May 12, 2021 at 4:03 PM Post #1,940 of 1,945

vLEGIONv

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Yup, I can do basic soldering I would say.

And boy that is really a huge range of prices right there! Yes I am based in Singapore and I will definitely take your suggestions into consideration
If you actually understand what you're doing you'll be fine building from the ground up. by my third keyboard I've gone into building my own earbuds, handwiring boards, and a pcb solder job for a split or 60% takes me 2 hours tops now. It's really not difficult, just kind of tedious.

Now it's just a matter of figuring out what switches, keycaps, and board you want to go with :)
 
May 13, 2021 at 10:32 PM Post #1,941 of 1,945

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Being from Singapore, there are plenty of local vendors (mostly offering group buy stuff):
- https://ilumkb.com
- https://monokei.co
- https://hexkeyboards.com

Be aware though, that most things they sell are through group buys (easily taking 1 year to deliver) and individual parts of a keyboard (such as keycap sets)
Wow 1 year would be too long man. But I will look at the links you provided here though! Its always good to read up more I guess
 
May 13, 2021 at 10:33 PM Post #1,942 of 1,945

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If you actually understand what you're doing you'll be fine building from the ground up. by my third keyboard I've gone into building my own earbuds, handwiring boards, and a pcb solder job for a split or 60% takes me 2 hours tops now. It's really not difficult, just kind of tedious.

Now it's just a matter of figuring out what switches, keycaps, and board you want to go with :)
I'm one who's kinda into tinkering stuff, so I hope i will do fine when the time comes :joy:
 
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