You all have sent me down a rabbit hole!
From where I sit, here at my desk at home, I can see 7 keyboards, not counting those on laptops. I have been poking, pretty much blindly, at the world of fancy keyboards for years, always looking for that one perfect fit. My situation is complicated by using a Macintosh as my primary computing platform. One doesn’t just stumble onto nice Mac-friendly keyboards. Apple’s monstrous mockeries distort the playing field.
My best hits were a Matias Tactile Pro, which served me great for a couple years before being vetoed by an ex over the noise it made. I should have known better than to throw aside a fine keyboard for a woman! My quest for a nice but quiet keyboard led me to the Moshi Celesta, which is like a full size version of a high-end laptop keyboard. Fine, but my fingers crave that mid-stroke crumpling sensation.
This thread had good advice for getting started on the search. Mainly in the straightforward way it lists the questions you should ask yourself. Vastly helpful to reduce a complex and specialized product space to a handful of differentiating factors. Tactile resistance or smooth travel? Noisy or quiet? Lots of keys at once or inexpensive? This list of keyboards by switch type was also excellent.
As always when I touch on one of these new subjects, I am surprised how deep it runs. I love the Youtube samples of people testing how noisy the keyboards are. Now, I am off to find myself a cherry brown N-key rollover.