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  • Trail Fox
    Here the vari-speed is shown on a 1917 Number 4 or Blue Racer. On Racers with the U-shaped damper, the weight can be directed straight back producing very
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 9, 2007
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      Here the vari-speed is shown on a 1917 Number 4 or Blue Racer.  On Racers with the U-shaped damper, the weight can be directed straight back producing very slow dits.  Unlike an extender, however, the vari-speed is useful even after you master the bug as it provides the quickest and most convenient way to control the speed from as slow as 12 wpm to a great as 50 wpm depending upon whether you use one weight or two, and just how you set up the mountings.  The blue finish on this bug is original, by the way.  The finger pieces are home-made from African Blackwood often mistaken for ebony.  I have the orginal finger pieces, but the wood is more pleasant to touch than the fibrous material used at that time.
       
       
      73,  Fred - kt5x
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