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Norbaforce Mark II: Ghost-of-Christmas-Future Edition

Norbaforce Mark II: Ghost-of-Christmas-Future Edition


Christmas Day 2019 Limited Edition

Note: if you see any units available above, they are extras from clients who reserved a unit on Christmas Day but never followed through on their order. These are in stock and ready to ship until they're gone.

This is a special frosted polycarbonate version of the Norbaforce Mark II aftermarket housing for Realforce TKL keyboards.

It was commissioned by two dear friends of mine (keyboard streamers both) on a recent trip we took to take in the vintage California Christmas vibes at Disneyland. They had both been urging me to consider polycarbonate as a material for some time, and perhaps because the context put me in a holiday frame of mind, it occurred to me that frosted polycarbonate looks strikingly like carved ice. So I came up with the idea of offering a tiny production run as special edition exclusively on this ancient winter holiday. And so here we are. 😊🎄


This item was offered on Christmas Day 2019 exclusively to subscribers of my newsletter and is not currently available. 


The finish on these is hand-sanded and then medium-frosted, which preserves the ice-like translucency of the material. It is not quite as aggressively blasted as some polycarb keyboards, but it doesn't look unfinished either.


This housing fits both the older 87U and newer R2 family of Realforce keyboards from the high-end Japanese keyboard maker Topre.

You'll still need to select and order a breakout PCB kit based on the keyboard you want to use with the housing. These kits will ship with the Norbaforce Mark II group buy, likely in February. Order separately if you want your housing to ship in advance of the PCB. 

These will ship in the linen-covered retail boxes I used on the Norbaforce Mark I. A Realforce keyboard itself is, of course, not included.