So I’m gearing up for my next build & it’s gonna be a 60% ALPS builds using the ADK64 case by Redsnotdead & Keyboardbelle. I’m really thinking the thick 3D printed plastic the case will be made with will make for awesome acoustics & a damn near end game ALPS custom with the right parts. So I got mostly all of the details of the build figured out, all but the switches I’ll be using. Which is where the tough decision comes in.
I’ve narrowed it down to using either SKCM browns or oranges, leaning more towards the browns since they are my all time favorite switch. The problem is the SKCM browns I have are in a Magnavox Videowriter that is in really good shape, not pristine but very close & the switches are very clean. So I’m torn between using an already harvested batch of SKCM oranges I have that are in very good shape or harvesting the browns from the Videowriter for my custom build & replacing the Videowriter’s switches with the oranges. Either way I still want to convert the Videowriter to USB eventually. Unfortunately that will require replacing the controller & I still have a lot of research to do before I am confident enough to take that project on.
So do I pull the browns from the Videowriter for my custom & put oranges back into it for when I eventually convert it. Or should I leave the Videowriter stock & just roll with the oranges. I should mention I already have a ALPS64 build with oranges & definitely prefer the feel of the browns over oranges. Also all of the USB conversion techniques I’ve found for Videowriters are very invasive which require removing the controller & almost all the caps/resistors on the top of the PCB. Then replacing the controller with a Teensy 2+ or Pro Micro & running a USB cable out from that. So that in & of itself takes it pretty far from stock condition.
Given all that I figured I’d ask you guys to get a consensus of what you would do in my position before I do anything, as this is really a tough decision to make for me. Any input is greatly appreciated!