Well my Begali Intrepid bug has arrived direct
from Italy,very well packed and obviously shipped
with care by DPD Couriers.
The first thing that struck
me on unpacking the key was the weight (around 6lbs)
and solid construction. It's beautifully finished and
comes with a booklet describing the adjustment process.
The base is cast iron and finished in a dark grey while
the upper parts are gold plated with the levers in silver.
This key,once on the desk,is certainly not going to move
about. I've tried to move it with a very heavy keying fist
and it won't budge! There are 8 points of adjustment and
magnets are used for dot spacing and damping.The key can
be set for a very light action and with its solid feel,it
tends to give me an overall "in control" feeling.Once on
the desk and hooked up to the radio,I was surprised at
the complete silence of the pendulum,the only sound is
the making of the dash contacts with a light "click".
There are two speed weights and they can be set from
around 16/17wpm up to 40wpm.A nice 20wpm can be achieved
with one weight at either end of the pendulum. All
adjustments are made with fine threaded and spring loaded
screws (no lock nuts).
I've found the key very comfortable
to use and the weight and solid construction all adds to
the overall enjoyment. I'ts definately a winner for me.
At the price of 455euros,this translated to £420 and,for
many of us is a considered purchase (I sold 2 bugs to part
finance it). The key is No.16 so they're not selling in
vast quantities but I'm happy I got mine.