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QL 'Keyboard'

Postby Chr$ » Tue Nov 17, 2020 9:50 pm

It usually annoys me when people call the QL a 'keyboard', simply because in modern terms that's what it looks like to most people (or people under a certain age, dare I say).

Recently though, I profited from this poor descriptive term. There was a QL 'keyboard' on eBay. All you could definitely see was the top and bottom of it and it looked like the keys were standing proud, so I asked the seller if there was anything inside, e.g. k/b metal plate, rubber membrane, heatsink, expansion port covers, anything at all. He sent some other pics and I could clearly see that everything was inside. It was a complete QL! So I bought-it-now for £30.

It arrived today and looked like it had been in a barn for 20 years, but it booted so I completely disassembled it, cleaned it up, dried it out and it only bloody works, like everything - mdvs, keyboard (after some playing around; it has had a new membrane at some point). 2 keys were missing, but it really came up well. As a little bonus it's an issue 7 with JS ROMs.

Out load I exclaimed 'Alteeeeeer!!!' (German readers will understand).

Definitely one of my bargains of the year despite the £15 postage to here.

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Re: QL 'Keyboard'

Postby NormanDunbar » Tue Nov 17, 2020 10:24 pm

My QL bargain was at a show in Newcastle. I bought one raffle ticket for 50 pence. I won a brand new JS QL in the box.


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