A few weeks ago I accompanied James and Tanika to the Bay Area Mechanical Keyboard Meetup--perhaps one of my most 'South Bay' experiences to-date. The event took over at Mosaic, a restaurant in San Jose, with both companies (such as Massdrop and WASD), and individuals showcasing their keyboards.
It's fantastic to see how much creativity and personality people express through their keyboards. I'm personally fond of the diminutive Planck by OLKB, and it was great to see so much variety in even this little keyboard.
In addition to the commonplace Cherry MX switches and everyday key-caps, there were a number of builds using different switches and older manufacturing processes. James and I were particularly impressed with the feel of this Preonic-like JJ50 keyboard by Evan, which employed DSA Honeywell key-caps and Box Royal switches.
And, needless to say, there was also an IBM Model M in attendance:
There were many split keyboards, with a Rorschach, Helix, and various Iris keyboards, to name but a few. The looped cables give these real character, and there are some fantastic meta keys on the Rorschach.
There were also many keyboards from older systems: one chap brought his collection of mechanical calculators, and I was overjoyed to finally have a chance to try out a Curta calculator.