Good news for everyone who wants to build his very own mechanical keyboard: The switches from German manufacturer Cherry are now also sold individually and within so called developer kits.
Construct your own Mechanical Keyboard
The individually sold switches are especially appealing for experimenting and trying out. There now is a cheap way to test different switch mechanics and find the one you like most. Furthermore, these switches might be very useful when you need to repair a mechanical keyboard that uses Cherry MX switches. The German electronics store Reichel sells individual switches for about 60 Cents per piece.
The developer kit is a package for those, who want to build their very own mechanical keyboard. It contains 110 switches and has a recommended retail price of 40 Euro.
A more detailed device description, as well as installation information can be found at the developer page from Cherry.
Distribution and Switch Types
For now, the developer kit will only be available with Cherry MX Silent Black and Cherry MX Speed Silver. Individual switches will be available of the types Cherry MX Black, Silent Black, Blue, Brown, Clear, Green, Red and Silent Red. They will be sold via the German vendor Reichelt.de, as well as global distributers Arrow Electronics and Greendich Enterprise.