Originally Posted by The Solutor
You are just mixing two opposite philosophies, in every aspect.
IBM/Unicomp = relatively not expensive, unbreakable, waterproof, sold by just a company, bulky, underrated.
Filco= hugely expensive, not reliable, not so durable, can be killed by the first spill of water, cherry MX are sold by a zillion of companies, minimalistic, overrated.
I am with Solutor, I think Filco's are over-priced. That doesn't they aren't good boards. I don't know about the ping issue, if it has been something that has been going on for ages or not. But, it does exist with Filco, and with other companies as well (ie. Mionix pinged as well).
Putting that aside I still think Filco's are over-priced. Filco tenkeyless prices compared to Leopold is a good example. You get PBT with Leopold, and on top of that you pay 20-30 dollars less.
You have to pay for shipping I believe with EK, and possibly taxes. So it's not a 30 dollar difference, but should be cheaper with a Leopold. Also, the option to go blank with a Leopold is a good option. I think Das (student discount opton), and EK-Leopold have some of the best deals on non-backlit keyboards.