Build Your Own Retropunk Keyboard
By James Grahame
Custom Victorian-style keyboards are so popular that Datamancer now offers a do-it-yourself alternative. Finished frames cost $300 in aluminum or $400 in brass. You can save an additional $150 if you're willing to do the polishing yourself.
He says, "Each frame comes with 2 drilled sides, two feet in your choice of the "swoop" foot or the triangle (pictured above, left and right), top and bottom rods (aluminum has square rods and brass has round rods), connecting hardware, and a backing plate (brass frame has wood plate, not pictured but included. Aluminum frame has metal plate with black-painted bottom). The working area inside the metal measures about 7" x 17" so these frames are made to fit a small, modern keyboard (either mechanical-switch or membrane), and NOT the larger IBM Model M-style keyboards. I am, however, working on a keyboard kit for the IBMs."
If you're not the DIY type, complete custom keyboards are available from $1200.