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my request: do it like 1976 and others and have base kits for different keyboard types (60%, ergodox, tkl, planck/atomic) so we don't have to produce masses of tkl modifiers most of us won't use
Hey einalex, that's a great idea, I just wasn't sure how it would be cost-wise.
I assumed a single TKL kit would be cheaper than a 60% + TKL kit which is why I went that way.
I think 1976 went that way because of the stripes though, using the base alphas on an ErgoDox or Planck wouldn't look right compared to this set since they're all the same color.
I would suggest you try to get price information for both options from the manufacturer if you can. The pricing on 1976 seems rather reasonable, so I don't think doing multiple base kits for the main form factors increases price significantly if at all. According to the information I could gather, the advantage of ordering more of a kit rapidly drops and is rather insignificant after an amount of about 150 units. Also most of the keys in the base kits would be the same across all the different base kits. I as a manufacturer would produce all those same keys in one batch and then split them. Anyway, a third option would be to split the alphas from the modifiers and just have different modifier kits for the different form factors. If you do get pricing info on the different options I would be very interested in that. ;)
If a TKL base kit does end up being a better option I don't think the 3rd option you have will be necessary.
If so it'll just up the price for 60%/TKL users which is the majority & unlike Deep Space or Granite there's only one mod color so splitting it seems unnecessary.
I'll contact them & see if I can get the answer we're looking for :D
Thanks for the helpful feedback!
The argument I see for having separate modifier kits are the different modifier form factors (1u keys for planck/atomic, 1u/1.5u keys for ergodox, some specials for the WhiteFox variants). It's like having multiple common kits just with the option to get one set of alphas and multiple sets of modifiers which allows you to put the set on different keyboards consecutively without having to buy the alphas for each of those form factors.
If the TKL/60% crowd is the biggest anyway, the additionally sold "normal form factor" mod keys (in case one has just a TKL common kit) will not significantly decrease the price of that common kit as the amount without all the other form factor users is already high enough (500 is the lowest I have seen) to get most of the available price drop. Splitting the TKL common kit into an alpha and a modifier kit should not affect the discount at all, as the same number of keys are getting sold.
From the kits I have looked at lately (Granite, Pulse, 1976, Nantucket Selectric) it looks like the ratio of TKL/60% to other form factors heavily depends on how attractive the offered kits are for the owners of non-standard form factor keyboards. As can be expected the owners of those keyboards favour sets that cater to them.
Also it bears remembering that the Ergodox and WhiteFox crowds are growing rapidly thanks to massdrop and IC.
Good luck with your inquiry! I really hope we can shed some light on this issue for the sake of the community :)
Hey einalex, before contacting SP I messaged livingspeedbump to see if he knew had info since he's very knowledgeable on the topic seeing as Jukebox is readying up for round 2.
Lets just say separating the alphas from each of the mod kits will be very likely :D
Alphas, mods, TKL etc.
Thank you for bringing the topic up in the first place.
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