Hello I am DVCHAN

Hello everyone,

I am DVCHAN also known as Dustin Vang from my youtube channel. I have always been a tech fanatic. From tearing apart toys to building my first Custom computers in middle school with spare server parts I found in the trash for Counter-Strike. I have always been profoundly interested in the way things work and how to make them my own. Recently I was introduced to the custom keyboard world without knowing how far and deep I would engulf myself with its perfection of imperfection. For months I read post after post on Reddit and watched youtube videos over and over until I felt I was ready. I built my keyboard and I haven’t stopped thinking about them since. \

While building computers in the early years was something that was a rare occurrence it soon became very mainstream. I really appreciated the growth and newfound respect for the PC master race but I also felt the personal touch I used to have on my PC builds wasn’t as rewarding as it once was. So far I have built custom USB cables, tofu60, kbd8x MkII, 2x Kbd67mkii, rebuilt my CM storm quickfire and converted to QMK, built discipline65 and many other budget keyboards. I still haven’t filled my thirst for more :). I just enjoy the ability to build and make things complete and perfect similar to the way you can build a computer. My favorite thing about keyboards is there is no perfect way to build them. Perfection is always based on preference. To the builder, it is up to them what makes it perfect or satisfactory. I have been sharing my builds on youtube and even with all the toxicity that comes with youtube, there has been nothing but friendly community members showing love and appreciation. It’s a great feeling to be apart of something so good.

Thanks for this awesome hobby, Covid-19 knocked a lot of us back but this hobby definitely helps to get through things a lot better.

Stay awesome!

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Another KBD Fans… uh, fan! Welcome!

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Thank you so much!

Welcome !

I feel like KBDFans took a high risk - high reward route.

I’m in the hobby since 2016-2017, when things were scarce and everyone was hunting OG keycaps and used whatever they could get, and also GB’s were rare, not running 3-4 GB’s at least per month like now.

So they slowly started offering accesible + popular layout stuff, and constantly developing and bringing new stuff. No cool 60% high profile case ? Presenting tofu ! Surprise with hotswap and integrated plate ! How about a programmable alu case TKL? How about a well priced metal 65% with brass options? And so on and so forth :slight_smile: I applaud the R&D, and the bring something new and keeping up with trends.

After seeing how much the order numbers increased, I feel like they made a name of themselves and hit the jackpot in this market, being on everyones’s lips when it comes for custom accessible mechanical keyboards stuff.

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I agree, they definitely offer the most common budget/entry-level boards for people just starting, and that’s kind of where I am at. I’ve always had an affinity for mechanical keyboards. Believe it or not, my first mechanical keyboard was the IBM M I pulled from an older server workstation. I ended up trading that for something more modern and with linears like the cm storm quickfire back in 2012. At the time I didn’t know what I had, unfortunately. I think that is also why I am more interested in building now more than before. there really wasn’t much other than modding your current board or dumping a lot in a gb that rarely happened. Now it’s like a new board every 2 weeks is going out.

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Interesting and very relatable story. The folks here at Keebtalk seem to be the most welcoming and fun community I’ve seen, though I’ve been a part of the hobby for a very short time. What are you looking to do next in the hobby? Something high-end custom? More budget friendly builds?

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I’m looking to jump to a higher end board in the next 12 months. I have had a DZ60 And am currently am on a KBD67mkii. I’m thing maybe a Think6.5 extra or something similar. I’ve also been all Linear and might like to try Tactile.

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What do you think is lacking about those entry level boards? Mounting style? materials? functionality? layout? design?

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I really like doing videos on budget builds since I relate to a lot of the people just getting started but I am definitely trying to reach higher in the custom keyboards. Id like to get my hands on a higher-end gasket mount but that may be a little ways away.

Yeah, Its not a big deal for me to go to a more higher end board right now but that is the goal. To get something that I am satisfied with and play around with budget boards too. I just got some yok pandas and halo clears to may holy pandas. That’s going to be super fun!

Honestly they aren’t lacking much with the kbdfans boards really ai03 is a reputable builder and the keyboards sound and type amazing. I think for me though Id like to try another style of board like gasket mount and see how it compares. So far my kbd8x mkii is my favorite. just types amazing :slight_smile:

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ai03 is building some nice customs right now too. The Constellation is looking pretty amazing.

Oh whoops. That’s not ai03’s…xD I was looking at the Vega I think a bit.

oh yeah, he’s been doing super nice builds lately otherwise. I like following his discord.

Welcome to Keebtalk!

What build are you looking the most forward to? :smiley:

Thank you :slight_smile: , I just got in on the protozoa group buy but Id like to see how some of the other GB’s come out. Every time I jump in on the raffles for other high-end boards I never get it but ill keep trying :slight_smile:

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my daily driver :slight_smile:

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