Re: [cw_bugs] BlueRacer hybrid
- I just found out that you had a picture!
It looks like (from your description) that you have both:
1) An Original with a cloverleaf frame and a U damper.
2) A Blue Racer with Original parts on a Original base.
I think it is most likely that it is an Original with a cloverleaf
frame and a U damper - but I will tell you it is darned odd.
And I just looked at Tom French's web page - not having seen any
advertisement for the Blue Racer on the 3.5 inch base, I'm curious
about one thing. Compare the placement of the button knob with
relation to the base. It is placed like an Original which suggests to
me that the key is NOT a Blue Racer but an Original.
Grover, measure (carefully) the size of the pendulum, the height of
the cloverleaf frame and the length of the main lever. They should be
a different (smaller) size than your Original.
It won't be the first time Tom French has been wrong. He told me that
my left handed Original was not worth much - but he is selling one for
$350 or so. I told him that would be a realistic price for it. He
said they're common and not worth much. He must have been wrong about
the price and thankfully realized it before he sold one of them. Of
course the price might have doubled since last year. I'll give him
the benefit of the doubt.
Sometimes Vibroplex substituted parts - but
On 8/5/07, P. Grover Cleveland <clevelandg@...> wrote:
> I made a discovery today (verification sought here) that seems to say
> that my 1919 Vibroplex Original is really a Blue Racer hybrid! I hope
> I am right.
> Here's what happened: I borrowed a friend's Blue Racer dating to the
> early twenties for the purpose of cleaning it and adjusting the
> mechanism; it was a filthy key. I was admiring it and then set it down
> next to my "Original" and noticed that the mechanisms were identical
> in every way, but mine was mounted on a japaned, pin-striped 3.5"
> base. Then I looked more carefully at photos of Originals of the
> 1919-1920 era and for the first time noticed that the yoke on those is
> always square whereas mine is the "cloverleaf" variety. My Martin Jr.
> of 1919 has a yoke that is of this square variety.
> Can this be the case - do I have an early BR hybrid after all?
> A photo of the bug in question is in my folder. Please take a look.
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