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FTLspawn
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Apr 6, 2017
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I have had the bamboo 87-key version since the beginning of March, and I've thoroughly enjoyed it. However, I have already begun to notice significant warping, cracking and splitting of the bamboo (see attached pictures). I emailed XMIT support a few days ago but I haven't heard back yet. I was wondering if anyone else had noticed this.
I live in the Northeast US so I expected this with the drier indoor climate I have, but not this soon.
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Apr 6, 2017
stevepet
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Apr 6, 2017
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I have the 60% Bamboo and am seeing the same thing. Very disappointing.
Apr 6, 2017
ASRBriggs
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Apr 6, 2017
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Holy crap. Hope mine doesn't do that. It's kind of amazing in a morbid way though.
Apr 6, 2017
FZeroWing
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Apr 9, 2017
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This has happened to my TKL as well, at this point I am not sure what I want to do with this keyboard. I am intending on making my own case for it and replacing the stabilizers, though I am not sure if it's worth that extra money. I am pretty disappointed in the end result of the product quality.
EDIT: I forgot to mention that I also live Northeast US
Apr 9, 2017
XMIT
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XMIT
May 12, 2017
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Please forgive the long reply time here. I'm hard at work making notes of all of the issues with this round of boards for extended follow-up. (For anyone else reading this: even if I haven't replied to you specifically, I've read every single comment to date.)
Part of the issue here is that the bamboo cases in this round all used unidirectional bamboo. This means that *all* of the grains are in one direction. This makes them extra susceptible to warping, cracking, and other issues, particularly in dry indoor climates like the Northeast in the early spring.
The best I can offer for now is a replacement case option. Please follow up with Massdrop support for tracking if this is something you would like to pursue!
For next time, I'm exploring alternating the orientation of the grain between layers of the board, and gluing parts of the board together. This should help with some of the switch binding issues we've been seeing as well.
May 12, 2017
RichardSmith
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Sep 2, 2017
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I live in tennessee, a humid climate, but dry due to air conditioning, and I noticed the bamboo was raw, so I immediately gave it a coat of old english, and then 2 more coats a week apart from each other, and my board still hasn't warped. I guess most people wouldn't expect raw wood to do this, but it is completely normal. I guess they could have let people realize the maintenance required for raw wood with an insert however.
The problem here isn't necessarily with high humidity, but a relative humidity difference. Wood shrinks where I live due to air conditioning drying the air. The example in your picture is wood shrinkage due to low humidity, and oiling the wood would have prevented it. This is for future educational purposes. Sorry that happened to your keyboard :(
Sep 2, 2017
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