LK401 Keyboard

Dave Wade dave.g4ugm at
Tue May 17 09:15:22 CDT 2016

> -----Original Message-----
> From: cctalk [mailto:cctalk-bounces at] On Behalf Of Jerome H.
> Fine
> Sent: 17 May 2016 13:03
> To: General Discussion: On-Topic and Off-Topic Posts <cctalk at>
> Subject: Re: LK401 Keyboard
>  >Aaron Jackson wrote:
> >Hi Dave,
> >
> >Yes it was Harrison Lighting. I'm hoping there will be a spare
> >compatible keyboard lying around in my department. I don't think £50
> >was a bad price for a VT420, but it would have been much better if it
> >included the keyboard.
> >
> >
> >>Dave Wade writes:
> >
> >>If it's Harrison Lights he has keyboards priced so he gets what he
> >>thinks a
> >>VT420 is worth... :-(
> >>On 17 May 2016 10:28, "Aaron Jackson" <aaron at> wrote:
> >>
> >>>Hi all,
> >>>
> >>>Bought a VT420 off eBay last night which should be arriving sometime
> >>>this week. Unfortunately it doesn't come with a keyboard. Is there
> >>>anyone near Nottingham (UK) willing to sell an DEC LK401 keyboard for
> >>>a fair price
> >>>
> If I remember correctly, the LK201 from a VT220 or a VT320 will also work
> correctly on a VT420.  Can anyone else confirm this?
> That make help you to locate a keyboard that can be used with a VT420.
> For example, the keyboard for a VT100 is completely incompatible with both
> the VT220 and VT420.
> Jerome Fine

Keyboards seem quite rare. I have a couple of Vax Stations that are short of keyboards and I think these take an LK401 so I would also like one if any one has one. I am pretty sure he knows keyboards are hard to find and so he sells them outside E-Bay. Give him a ring and see what his price is. I got one and it wasn't totally extortionate. Daft thing is if he listed the keyboards with the terminals I am pretty sure the price would go up....


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