Re: Coffin bug
- --- In email@example.com, <wf2u@...> wrote:
> Then came the Telegraph Apparatus "hole in the wall" bug about ayear ago
> or so, and immediately it became the number one key in my preference.gadgets.
> As you know, McElroy was involved with that company, so it's still a
> McElroy key... I'd like to add a McElroy brand key to my collection
> A few months ago I bought a Speed-X bug at a hamfest, and i fell in love
> with it... It has an incredible speed range without any external
> So now I have the TAC key set for high speed (it's much better at high...///snip///
> speeds and smoother than the Vibroplexes), and the Speed-X set for low
> speed at my main "modern" operating position.....
Interesting--I also also have a TACO CP-510, a SPEED-X 501, a "Coffin
key" (HI-MOUND BK-100 design), a Lionel J-36, and of course several
Vibroplexes, mostly 50s vintage. I agree, The TACO hole in the wall
key is the best, as it has a solid, snappy, smooth feel to it. The
'Coffin' has a kind of plastic feel to it and the clattering noise it
makes is really annoying. Any way to deaden that noise? I also have
trouble dealing with the paddle which is actually like the SPEED-X
(flat, no knob). I actually ended up putting a straight key knob on
the left side of the paddle of the SPEED-X, I hope this doesn't offend
any purists....The SPEED-X is also really fun to use.
73, Paul, AA1LL