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"white stem" keyboard parts?

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#1 Newsdee OFFLINE  



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Posted Sat Sep 23, 2017 8:28 PM

Does anybody know a good source of Apple IIe keyboard switches? I tried buying "black stem" ones on ebay but they don't fit. It has to be the ones with a white plastic stem.

Basically I'm trying to repair a couple of keys on a IIe. The rest of the keyboard seems OK.

#2 Keatah ONLINE  


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Posted Sat Sep 23, 2017 11:49 PM

I had that problem for a while with no luck. So I had to cannibalize a keyboard. With there was a better answer other than that or keep looking.

#3 bpatte02 OFFLINE  


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Posted Tue Oct 3, 2017 9:19 PM

I saw Laser 128 key stems on eBay for $3. I'm not sure if they even come close to what you're looking for, but I thought I'd put it out there.

#4 Osgeld ONLINE  



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Posted Tue Oct 3, 2017 9:39 PM

for a couple keys are you sure you cant take a file and make them fit?

#5 trash_44fr OFFLINE  


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Posted Mon Oct 9, 2017 5:45 AM


Here is an eBay auction (not mine).

#6 R.Cade OFFLINE  



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Posted Mon Oct 9, 2017 5:56 AM

There is a guy on eBay, and also a guy on AppleFritter forums that sells them from time to time. I was able to get some white stems to fix my early IIe keyboard once. There is also one particular kind of black stem that fits the white stem keyboard- it's the same other than the color.


Basically, the thin, longer "T" stem is available in black or white, the shorter "T" stem in black/brown only, and then the later "cross" stem.


I checked my history and remembered it's Steven Buggie that sells them on eBay.

Edited by R.Cade, Mon Oct 9, 2017 6:02 AM.

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