I have finally decided to get rid of my keyboard problems and start fresh on a hitbox. Given that “official” hitboxes shipping is half the price of the box itself I was looking for someone who could make me one either in Europe or from the US at a more affordable price.
Hit me up on the thread rather than private message, I forget to log in from year to year
Should be able to get 24mm and 30mm Forstner for about $10 each, might be easier to find in store for him since he’s in Europe.
In USD, costs would be approximately (minus shipping):
$35 for a Cthulhu, or $60 for a PS360 (less for a padhack, which would require more tolls that the OP probably doesn’t have).
$35-$40 for buttons.
~$10 for wire
<$5 for .110 connects
$20 for Forstners
…and the cost of the box, which could be very cheap at minimum.
…So yeah, I guess buying one straight from the source wouldn’t be a bad deal- although shipping costs may be very prohibitive where he lives.
Yes, I learned the hard way that DIY/ Custom routes are not the cheapest.
Like I should not be sinking more money at Radio shack then how much the damn case cost me.
$10 for wire is a rough guestmate, as soon as you add 5 more cheap items the cost adds up and then next thing you notice you sunk another $40 for just wiring, barrier posts, solder and various connectors and accessories.
Not to take away from Hitbox’s business, but I built my own hitbox because I did not like the dimensions of the official hitbox. They make it so that you can’t rest your palms on the case which is something I prefer when using a hitbox. They recommend you use it as if you were typing with your wrist and palms in the air but I don’t like using it that way. So you may want to consider that when deciding to go official or get one built.
I definitely ended up spending more than I had anticipated on my first mod and first build, mostly on tools (old soldering iron was a POS, needed better solder, hot glue gun, dremel, tip tinner, forstner (30mm), hole saw (24mm). The build, which I had envisioned as a cheap stick made from leftover Madcatz parts and a digital PS1 padhack, would have stayed really cheap had I planned better from the start- the biggest wastes were buying .187" disconnects at Radio Shack and cutting my first box wrong (used a Viewlix template I though was printed to correct scale, it’s spaced for Shaq hands now). I would have saved about $30 had it not been for those, around $38 had I not used terminal strips.
The flip side is that a) I had a lot of fun doing it (so much so that I want to build/improve more now, despite having no need for more sticks) and b) I learned a lot and got much better at soldering.