[GB] Melody65

Hello everyone!
I’m here to announce that the Melody65 GB started today. This is a design from me, inspired by the old Melody96, in cooperation with Dion. Also KBDFans will host it, produce and handle the after-sale.

Unfortunately the Founder Edition went sold-out in less than a minute, but we should still have many standard kit units.

Links here
Melody65 collection - All the items
Melody65 Standard (limited to 500 units)

Price
$239 USD - For the Standard Kit

Standard Kit includes

  • Aluminium/Polycarbonate Top Housing (pc top can be matched only with pc bottom)
  • Aluminium/Polycarbonate Bottom Piece (pc bottom can be matched with both the tops)
  • Aluminium/Polycarbonate/Brass Plate
  • Custom KBD67 V2 (QMK and supports VIA) - layout of the 2 pcb’s here
  • Matte Brass target weight with logo, coated

Renders and colors Album here

Real photos: Album here

Real colors: Album here

Upgrades

  • PC plate (upgrade from alu to pc plate is free)
  • Brass plate (+$17)
  • Hotswap pcb, has rgb per switch on top (+$15)
  • Foam Plate (+$7)
  • Foam Case (+$7)
  • E-white top (+$16)
  • E-white bottom (+$16)
  • E-white plate (+$7)

Extra

  • PC plate ($18)
  • Alu plate ($18)
  • Alu e-white plate ($25)
  • Brass plate (+$35)
  • Hotswap PCB ansi, rgb per switch on top(+$49)
  • Universal PCB solder multi-layout, rgb underglow (+$34)
  • Foam Plate (+$7)
  • Foam Case (+$7)

Alu colors

  • E-White
  • Black
  • Dark gray
  • Silver
  • Dark Purple
  • Burgundy (Red-Dark Red)
  • Navy Blue (Dark Blue)

Other Info

  • Composition: Full alu keyboard available, Full Polycarbonate keyboard available, a mix between Alu and Polycarbonate available

  • Typing Angle: 7 degrees

  • Mount: top mount

  • PCB: Hotswap OR Standard Solder, all VIA compatible. Also a daughterboard Type-C

  • Box: There will be a nice custom magnetic box

Approx weight (some combination):

  • Alu bottom / alu top / brass plate : approx 2.6 Kg / 5.7 lbs

  • Brass bottom (FE) / alu top / brass plate: approx 5.2+ Kg / 11.5 lbs

  • PC bottom / alu top / alu plate: 1.7 Kg / 3.7 lbs

  • Full Polycarbonate, no idea

Notes:

  • Note that the keyboard is very high and big, about 25mm from front, but we are working to make it 2-3mm lower in height. We still suggest to use it with a wrist rest, final should be around 21-22mm height
  • Hotswap ansi pcb has rgb on top, no underglow, while the universal pcb needs soldering and has rgb underglow, but no rgb on top. To achieve the rgb bottom, you need PC bottom and rgb universal pcb.

Photos of the OLD prototype, mixed with fuonder

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Underglow/RGB Examples of old proto

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Let me know if you have any question regarding the keyboard or the GB. Cheers!

-Jkaos

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Wow! That looks amazing! Definitely going to be joining this as my first ever GB!

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Glad to hear man :slight_smile: I hope you will like it!

Do you have an estimated ship time?

We don’t have a good estimate yet, but should be 5-6 months

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Just an update about numbers, 375 / 525 were sold.
About 150 units missing before we close the GB.

Also, another render by Raz with is amazing Avanguardia

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UPDATE
GB went very well and it will close soon :thumb:
Last time we checked we had 30 orders missing to reach the limit, we should check again in few hours.

As announced, i wanted to announce final dimensions since many asked, but also to make some improvements and here we are!
(please don’t refer at the colors of the renders below, also what is showed is the founder but these modfications are for the standard kit too)

Plates and mounting points :
We were bothered by the many screws (16 before) and few people also noticed it. Our goal was always to remove some of them, but the problem was that the design had the whole plate touching directly the top and the plate was bigger than the top.
In a nutshell removing mounts with the old internal structure, with the plate in direct touch on a big area with the top, would have lead to more vibrations (basically plate hitting/vibrating/flexing against the case), ending by making the sound worse.

The solution was to make some spacing on the case where the ends of the plate sits, making the plate to have contact with the top of the case ONLY on the mounting point. Once we did that, was pretty clear that removing the unnecessary screws was simple at this point and it would have been the best solution. At this point we also removed the side screws and also repositioned the mounting point in “smarter areas” (e.g. making the spacebar more free as possible from screws).
Ended up having 8 final mounting points (also changed the mount from m2 to m2.5)

The slightly changed mount system:

Modified plates here, also included some relief cuts, these won’t do much but still, here we go:

Keeb size and height :
The keyboard was finalized so i can realease the current sizes, should be final now.
I adjusted the height slightly, around 2.5mm lower, in the image below you can find the final dimension (i also included flat and angled dimension). It should be totally easier to use now and also improve the sound (no waste of empty space internally).
Still a wrist rest is recommended unless you have big hands!

Founder logo :
The Founder logo was smoothed out, cuz why not…

Back Type-C hole :
Given how Type-c connects with cables, if the back of a keyboard is totally flat with the connector, the cable would always show some part of his “male-part” from the very top of the keyboard.
It was made a small recession-hole to make the cable more aesthetic once connected

Screws :
All the screws of the keyboard are now m2.5, Founder is sure to include gold colored screws (probably titanium screws, plated in a gold color, not brass screws because these are too soft).
For standard we will see!

PCB :
Since many asked, the PCB showed on Taeha Types stream wasn’t the final PCB, it was just a prototype PCB.
The hotswap PCB will be some kind of KBD67MKII (v2), while we must still understand which will be the exact final Standard PCB.
Also ESD should be included with both the PCBs, but we will make sure to confirm this with Wei again (we should ask him again at this point).

I believe that even if these improvements might end up to increase the price slightly on our end, it could be appreciated for everyone to have a better keeb.
Let me know if you have any question, and thanks for joining our GB :)

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plate mounted or pcb stabs?

PCB Mounted.
The GB units reached the limit (525 units) so it wasn’t available anymore, but i see that 2-3 people asked the refund, so there are 2 units of a specific color/configuration still avaialable.

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