At 12:35 3/2/2008, John wrote:
>Once again I am enjoying the emails I have received from the group. I
>have found out from my friend that the bug he is loaning me is a
>Vibroplex with a black base and a chrome top, serial number is: 168981
>If anyone knows a manufacturing date or how old this bug is, let me
>know. He said he thinks it is from the 70's.
> gives an
estimated build date of 1950 -- but some of the dates might be off a bit.
> As far as slowing down
>the bug. I am going to try and use the bug as is. The only way I will
>try to slow it down would be if I could not learn it at the lowest
>speed adjustment of the bug.
At 09:48 3/2/2008, cloud runner wrote:
>Neither the extendadot nor extra (meaning third) weight methods of
>slowing bugs down are satisfactory to me. both add a lot of mass to
>the lever arm and completely changes the feel and handling of the bug.
>Instead, I suggest the replica of the Hills speed changer made by
>Tim Soxman and sold by Vibroplex. it has permanent utility because
>in addition to slowing the bug w-a-y down, it also allows for very
>quick speed changing at any speed. You put one weight on it, it in
>itself is about equal to one other weight, so together does not add
>mass to the lever. when folded back, it places the mass far away
>from the mainspring so it slows the bug way down, but when folded
>forward, the bug will go very fast. You will keep using this even
>after no longer a beginner whereas the extadot is destined for
>residence in a drawer never to be used again.
Vibroplex calls this the Varispeed -- picture at
> toward the bottom. I
have had two of these, I gave one away with a bug to a dear friend
who lost everything in Katrina. The Varispeed works well, just as
described by KT5X, and its indispensable to me when I'm having an off day.
KD5XB -- Earl Needham
Clovis, New Mexico DM84jk
Quoting from the Coast Guard: ZUT