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IBM Model F PC/AT Keyboard (in Original IBM Box)—Preview [SOLD]

Because of my work schedule and a change of priorities, I decided to build up my collection of RSI-friendly keyboards while reducing the number of flat keyboards that I own.

The IBM Model F PC/AT keyboard is one of the most sought-after mechanical keyboards. I have sold four in the last 13 months—these have been archived on this website:

  1. IBM Model F PC/AT sold on February 22, 2012
  2. IBM Model F PC/AT sold on June 28, 2012
  3. IBM Model F PC/AT sold on July 10, 2012
  4. IBM Model F PC/AT sold on January 14, 2013

If you missed out on the previous sales, you’re in luck today because I’ve decided to put one more IBM Model F PC/AT keyboard on the market. Unlike the other Model Fs that I’ve sold, this one comes with its original IBM box. The condition of the box is fair (3/10 at best) but the keyboard is in excellent shape, i.e. 8.5/10 or better—see the photos below.

I purchased this keyboard more than a year ago, and was pleasantly surprised to see that it was in such great condition. This, together with the fact it came with its original IBM box and I was already using a superb IBM Model F AT keyboard as my daily driver, meant that this keyboard would be stored. I tested it with my Blue Cube for about half an hour to make sure everything worked—each key worked as expected—and promptly put the keyboard back in the box it came with and stored it in a temperature- and humidity-controlled environment. The keyboard has remained in storage throughout this time. I have not used it, and the only time I touched the box after testing was when we moved house in November 2012. I carried the box and its precious content (as well as all my other valuable keyboards) to the new place by hand.

Today was my scheduled day to inspect the keyboard and box, and to take photos and place an advertisement on this website. The latter is not going to happen today. I have been and remain terribly busy with work. Therefore, I wasn’t able to do much more than look at the box and keyboard (still in its plastic bag), and take some quick photos this afternoon. So, you can regard this post as a preview of the IBM Model F PC/AT keyboard that I will be selling.

Below are the photos of the keyboard and its box. I did not take the keyboard out of its plastic bag today.

There are some stains on the keyboard and its keycaps—I am confident that these will be removed easily when I get the opportunity to do so. There are no scratches, yellowing, or other more permanent (or difficult-to-correct) defects that I can see. Then again, I still need to remove the keyboard from its packaging to inspect in detail. I will do the latter when I find the time.

I pressed on a number of keys this afternoon, and they felt like how a Model F switch should feel (I should know).

I am 99% sure the keyboard works and each key registers because I remember testing it thoroughly last year. Then again, I’d like the chance to confirm that the keyboard is functioning as it should.

Make Me an Offer

A review of the selling prices of IBM Model F AT keyboards on eBay in the last 12 months tells me that this keyboard is worth more than $200, excluding the cost of shipping. The keyboards that have been sold on eBay are cosmetically inferior to this one, and their functionality is often questionable. This keyboard has zero discernible (permanent) defect, has all its rubber feet, and the keyboard cable has kept its coil (it’s like new!).

Without checking the keyboard in detail, it’s not fair (to all parties concerned) for me to fix a selling price yet—I know it is worth more than $200 but I don’t know how much more. It might take me another week (i.e. 7 days) before I clean the keyboard, check its functionality with a Blue Cube PS2-to-USB adapter, take more photos, and post an update on this site.

However, I do know that at least three persons (and possibly more) have been keenly anticipating the sale of this keyboard while I have been overseas in the last few weeks. Therefore, I’m open to offers.

If the information provided and photos above are sufficient for you to estimate the value of the keyboard, please feel free to place your offer by completing this simple (and brief) Google form.

I’ll consider any offer above $200 plus any condition(s) of the offer that will facilitate the transaction. If you do not hear back from me within 48 hours of placing your offer, you can safely assume that it wasn’t accepted. You may choose to revise it or wait and see what happens.

Please note that I accept payment by PayPal or cash only.

Make your offer for the IBM Model F PC/AT keyboard.

Edit March 11, 2013:

This keyboard is sold. Thanks to all who expressed their interest in this IBM Model F PC/AT keyboard.

Check back at my sales page over coming weeks for more vintage keyboards that I am selling.

Edit March 17, 2013:

Before sending this keyboard to the buyer, I had the opportunity to give it a light clean as well as take some photos.

This is the keyboard after cleaning:

The plastic film on the IBM badge is still intact! I had forgotten about this minor detail until I had a closer look. Of all the IBM Model F keyboards that I’ve come across, this is only the second one with this feature. The plastic film can be eaily peeled off—I’ll let the buyer decide if he wants to keep it as is or remove it.

The cable had undegone some “shelfwear”—boxwear, to be precise. While the keyboard was in its box, the Styrofoam had left some residue on the cable and the cable appears to have “melted” a little. This is quite common. Most of the Styrofoam residue came off after wiping with a damp cloth.

The buyer also wanted an AT-to-PS/2 cable, which I purchased from a local store:

I also inspected the bottom of the keyboard—it looks really good. All rubber feet are intact and the retractable legs work flawlessly. (Reminder to the buyer: push the knob in, then twist to extend or retract the leg. There is a small chance of breaking the leg if you do not push in (against the spring) before turning the knob. I prefer to type without the legs extended.)

This is one fine keyboard.

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