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  • Fernando
    Hello Everyone Picked up what I thought was a presnetation. It has the La Hiff s adjustment, the Gold Plate and red finger pieces. However, the base is
    Message 1 of 8 , Mar 4 10:55 AM
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      Hello Everyone

      Picked up what I thought was a presnetation.

      It has the La Hiff's adjustment, the "Gold Plate" and red finger pieces.

      However, the base is glossy gun metal grey color.

      According to my readings, all presnentations had chromed bases.

      The photo was black and white so I didn't looked at the base closely.

      Was fixated on the La Hiff mainspring adjustment.

      My question is :

      Has anyone seen a presentation with other than the chromed base?

      Tnx Fernando N2FQ/6
    • G2JL
      My Presentation (which was presented to me in the 60s) has a chromium-plated base, with a thin sheet of gold-plated brass on top of it. It has corroded badly
      Message 2 of 8 , Mar 4 11:45 AM
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        My Presentation (which was presented to me in the 60s) has a chromium-plated base,  with a thin sheet of gold-plated brass on top of it.  It has corroded badly over the 60 years I've had it,  just as I have done...
         
        73 de Mort,  G2JL
      • Fred Maas
        Nope, never have. does it have jeweled movement? MORT !!! Who left the back door to this list open??? Fred - kt5x www.kt5x.com ... Hello Everyone Picked up
        Message 3 of 8 , Mar 4 1:52 PM
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          Nope, never have.  does it have jeweled movement?
           
          MORT !!!  Who left the back door to this list open???
           
          Fred - kt5x
           
           
           
           

          Hello Everyone

          Picked up what I thought was a presnetation.

          It has the La Hiff's adjustment, the "Gold Plate" and red finger pieces.

          However, the base is glossy gun metal grey color.

          According to my readings, all presnentations had chromed bases.

          The photo was black and white so I didn't looked at the base closely.

          Was fixated on the La Hiff mainspring adjustment.

          My question is :

          Has anyone seen a presentation with other than the chromed base?

          Tnx Fernando N2FQ/6

          .

        • w9ya
          This sounds like a parts unit, which the factory did do from time to time, but as far as I have been told NEVER with a Presentation model from that vintage
          Message 4 of 8 , Mar 4 2:12 PM
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            This sounds like a "parts"unit, which the factory did do from time to time, but as far as I have been told NEVER with a Presentation model from that vintage (year). There apparently were some bugs (test bugs ?) with the adjustable mainspring, but they would have been serial numbered many years before the one you have.

            Could be someone made up the unit AFTER it left the factory. <- To me that seems like the most likely answer. If you didn't pay too much for it, it should be very easy to enjoy having a bug with an adjustable mainspring !! (Right now that is the preferred bug in my shack.)

            - Bob
            w9ya

            On Fri, Mar 4, 2011 at 11:55 AM, Fernando <n2fq@...> wrote:
            Hello Everyone

            Picked up what I thought was a presnetation.

            It has the La Hiff's adjustment, the "Gold Plate" and red finger pieces.

            However, the base is glossy gun metal grey color.

            According to my readings, all presnentations had chromed bases.

            The photo was black and white so I didn't looked at the base closely.

            Was fixated on the La Hiff mainspring adjustment.

            My question is :

            Has anyone seen a presentation with other than the chromed base?

            Tnx Fernando N2FQ/6







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          • G2JL
            I crept in through the cat-flap ! 73 de Mort, G2JL
            Message 5 of 8 , Mar 5 1:04 AM
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              I crept in through the cat-flap !
               
              73 de Mort,  G2JL
            • Fernando
              Hello Thanks to everyone who responded. I do have French s book and had consulted it. I also spoke with Vibroplex while ordering the top jeweled screw and Mr.
              Message 6 of 8 , Mar 5 12:45 PM
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                Hello

                Thanks to everyone who responded. I do have French's book
                and had consulted it. I also spoke with Vibroplex
                while ordering the top jeweled screw and
                Mr. Robbins affirmed that all presentations come with chromed
                bases.

                I suppose that it could have been misrepresented although
                when I purchased it their was no mention of it being a presentation
                model.

                I'll get it going and see how it plays.

                Again thanks to all who took the time to post.

                Some pictures here:
                <http://pages.sbcglobal.net/n2fq/Presentation/presentation.html>



                73 Fernando N2FQ/6
              • D.J.J. Ring, Jr.
                The key, a Vibroplex Presentation model made in 1966 by Vibroplex of 833 Broadway, NY, NY was ordered with a standard base instead of the chrome base. In 1966
                Message 7 of 8 , Mar 5 3:15 PM
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                  The key, a Vibroplex Presentation model made in 1966 by Vibroplex of 833 Broadway, NY, NY was ordered with a standard base instead of the chrome base.  In 1966 the standard base was gray as is this base.

                  Of course, a standard Original could have been dismantled and fitted with the "Deluxe model" yoke which had a tapped hole as this one indeed does have for the attachment of the grounding braid, jeweled trunnion on the top, and bottom, the special lever of the Presentation which was slotted on the top for the removal of the main spring and had two tapped holes for machine screws to hold the main spring secure.  Then add two red finger pieces, and a red circuit closer knob.
                  And to top it off - literally - the threaded red plastic piece that was used to seal the hole left by the short jeweled trunnion screw at the which had been changed in the Deluxe line about 1948.

                  The cost of the individual parts would have been prohibitive - Vibroplex didn't sell the parts wholesale so you could "kit" a key.  Only if the owner ordered the key from Vibroplex or if he worked there (same thing) could he have made the key economically.

                  The only evidence that it is a modified key is that the shorting braid isn't original - the original grounding braid was thinner and was a braid that was either tinned or silvered or made from tinned strands.  However, most people who take apart the Deluxe type keys for cleaning of the bearings forget to remove the thin braid and end up breaking it.  So they replace it with some sort of stranded wire.  These days I use "Solder Wick".

                  So Fernando, it seems like you have an authentic gray based Presentation - perhaps ordered by the Navy or someone who liked battle ship gray.

                  If the gray base is as well taken care of as the fragile gold plated top, you can be assured it is indistinguishable from "factory made" as everything is correct on the key.

                  Very 73,

                  DR

                  David J. Ring, Jr., N1EA
                  SOWP, VWOA, OOTC, FISTS, CW-Ops, JARL-A1, A1-OP, ex-FOC 1271 ARRL-LM
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                  On Sat, Mar 5, 2011 at 3:45 PM, Fernando <n2fq@...> wrote:
                  Hello

                  Thanks to everyone who responded. I do have French's book
                  and had consulted it. I also spoke with Vibroplex
                  while ordering the top jeweled screw and
                  Mr. Robbins affirmed that all presentations come with chromed
                  bases.

                  I suppose that it could have been misrepresented although
                  when I purchased it their was no mention of it being a presentation
                  model.

                  I'll get it going and see how it plays.

                  Again thanks to all who took the time to post.

                  Some pictures here:
                  <http://pages.sbcglobal.net/n2fq/Presentation/presentation.html>



                  73 Fernando N2FQ/6


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                • Fernando
                  Hello David Firstly let me say thank you for you detailed analysis. I m delighted to read what you ve said and consider myself fortunate. The base is in very
                  Message 8 of 8 , Mar 5 4:44 PM
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                    Hello David

                    Firstly let me say thank you for you detailed analysis.

                    I'm delighted to read what you've said and consider myself

                    fortunate.

                    The base is in very good condition. What did caught

                    my eyes though, was the new damper mounting screws.

                    Anyway, DR.. take and thanks for taking the time.

                    73 Fernando N2FQ/6

                    On Mar 5, 2011, at 3:15 PM, D.J.J. Ring, Jr. wrote:

                    >
                    >
                    > The key, a Vibroplex Presentation model made in 1966 by Vibroplex of
                    > 833 Broadway, NY, NY was ordered with a standard base instead of the
                    > chrome base. In 1966 the standard base was gray as is this base.
                    >
                    > Of course, a standard Original could have been dismantled and fitted
                    > with the "Deluxe model" yoke which had a tapped hole as this one
                    > indeed does have for the attachment of the grounding braid, jeweled
                    > trunnion on the top, and bottom, the special lever of the
                    > Presentation which was slotted on the top for the removal of the
                    > main spring and had two tapped holes for machine screws to hold the
                    > main spring secure. Then add two red finger pieces, and a red
                    > circuit closer knob.
                    > And to top it off - literally - the threaded red plastic piece that
                    > was used to seal the hole left by the short jeweled trunnion screw
                    > at the which had been changed in the Deluxe line about 1948.
                    >
                    > The cost of the individual parts would have been prohibitive -
                    > Vibroplex didn't sell the parts wholesale so you could "kit" a key.
                    > Only if the owner ordered the key from Vibroplex or if he worked
                    > there (same thing) could he have made the key economically.
                    >
                    > The only evidence that it is a modified key is that the shorting
                    > braid isn't original - the original grounding braid was thinner and
                    > was a braid that was either tinned or silvered or made from tinned
                    > strands. However, most people who take apart the Deluxe type keys
                    > for cleaning of the bearings forget to remove the thin braid and end
                    > up breaking it. So they replace it with some sort of stranded
                    > wire. These days I use "Solder Wick".
                    >
                    > So Fernando, it seems like you have an authentic gray based
                    > Presentation - perhaps ordered by the Navy or someone who liked
                    > battle ship gray.
                    >
                    > If the gray base is as well taken care of as the fragile gold plated
                    > top, you can be assured it is indistinguishable from "factory made"
                    > as everything is correct on the key.
                    >
                    > Very 73,
                    >
                    > DR
                    >
                    > David J. Ring, Jr., N1EA
                    > SOWP, VWOA, OOTC, FISTS, CW-Ops, JARL-A1, A1-OP, ex-FOC 1271 ARRL-LM
                    > Chat Skype: djringjr MSN: djringjr@... AIM: N1EA icq: 27380609
                    > Radio-Officers Google Group -- Marine Morse Historic Recordings Page
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    > On Sat, Mar 5, 2011 at 3:45 PM, Fernando <n2fq@...> wrote:
                    > Hello
                    >
                    > Thanks to everyone who responded. I do have French's book
                    > and had consulted it. I also spoke with Vibroplex
                    > while ordering the top jeweled screw and
                    > Mr. Robbins affirmed that all presentations come with chromed
                    > bases.
                    >
                    > I suppose that it could have been misrepresented although
                    > when I purchased it their was no mention of it being a presentation
                    > model.
                    >
                    > I'll get it going and see how it plays.
                    >
                    > Again thanks to all who took the time to post.
                    >
                    > Some pictures here:
                    > <http://pages.sbcglobal.net/n2fq/Presentation/presentation.html>
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    > 73 Fernando N2FQ/6
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