HIBI.mx and Rama Drama

It appears that Kate Hou and Todd Hersey are no longer at Rama Works, with their names no longer being listed on Rama Works’ website.

It seems they have moved on to create HIBI, which is already carrying out similar work creating metal artisan keycaps. The first collabs featuring their work are live - Zen Pond, Soyamilk, and DMG.

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Interesting. Website says:

Based in Melbourne, Australia, HIBI specialises in designing and manufacturing mechanical keyboards, keycaps, and storage.

Sounds like they plan to develop many of the same products as RAMA. Wonder if there is beef here?

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Based on Rama and Kate’s personal instagrams, it certainly seems like there is some kind of beef there. They’re no longer together.

Also their dog is now Kate’s dog, and he is the namesake of Hibi.

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Huh. Might be a coincidence but Rama was clearing out their stock of metal artisans…

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And RAMA does have other products that aren’t keyboard related. I mean, he was known for things that weren’t keyboard related before the M65-A. Maybe RAMA wants out of the keyboad game. I wouldn’t blame him. Shit’s toxic. :slight_smile:

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And doing it before some of the vendors had a chance to ship theirs. Omni wasn’t too happy about it.

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word on the street that Rama went rogue…lol

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Rogue in what way? It seems Rama Works has also hired a new General Manager recently. I’m not at all sure what direction they’re headed in right now. It seems they’re after luxury goods outside of luxury keyboards.

Rogue what you have to be “bats”, “jars” and “tubs” crazy for me to believe that :wink: just kidding I love that stuff best wishes to all involved. Please still send me my Kate keycaps…

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What’s the deal with the bat BTW. What am I missing here…

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I want it though.

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It’s probably costs $100 so that you can be sure it’s a premium wiffle ball bat, much better than the $5 one from target

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I am curious though. Do they have wiffle ball in Australia? I’ve seen people play cricket with tennis balls but never wiffle ball (only visited a few times though).

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No idea, I’m in California lol I’ve never been to Australia (would love to visit though, looking at summer 2023)

Not saying this from a point of judgment or criticism, but the lavish lifestyle with tuxedos, exotic cars, etc. was interesting and definitely not what I was expecting to see on the other/more personal side of a small (albeit outrageously successful) keyboard/industrial design company.

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Honestly some of their products they sell on their site make me go like wtf (mainly the bat, the chess set and that car thing)

To be fair, Rama “made it” before he got into keyboards

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Yeah, I figured something perhaps along those lines. I don’t doubt there’s a back-story.

is there a tl;dr somewhere? i’m out of the loop.

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Yea he seems to come from a pretty wealthy background. His dad has a business which to my understanding basically connects businesses to Chinese manufacturers to create their products at least that’s my understanding. Kinda the perfect combo for the keyboard business. Someone correct me if I’m wrong.

I don’t know details. All I know is rama instantly had a new gf.

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