I started thinking about this recently while looking into silencing Topre and wondered if any of the switch gurus here have ever experimented with it. What would an MX switch with only one end of the stem dampening pad sound/feel like?
In the example of Topre, silencing rings only dampen the upstroke of the plunger hitting the housing (since the downstroke of Topre is already inherently dampened by nature of the rubber domes).
In an MX switch, however, dampening pads are found on both the top and bottom of the stem slider to silence both the upstroke and downstroke. With silent linears, people often complain about mushiness when these pads aren’t firm enough. This seems to be less of an issue with silent tactiles since the tactile bump itself is enough to feel some sort of non-dampened contact during the key travel.
Would removing just the bottom of the dampening pad on a silent linear MX switch yield a favorable typing experience (by reducing upstroke noise but still allowing for clean contact on the downstroke)?