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Vibroplex Needs $$$

Discussion in 'General Ham Radio Discussion' started by Mudfoot, Jul 31, 2018.

  1. Mudfoot

    Mudfoot Sr. Member

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  2. Shadetree Mechanic

    Shadetree Mechanic 808 On The North Side of Dover

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    They only need $5k. Let me check the couch cushions and see what I come up with........
     
  3. Handy Andy

    Handy Andy Do Your Research First, Then Decide...

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    Why does the Emblem look like an Embossed Cockroach?
     
  4. Tallman

    Tallman W9WDX Amateur Radio Member, KW4YJ EXTRA class

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    He has an antenna farm, and you can't have a farm with out roaches!
     
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  5. BJ radionut

    BJ radionut Supporting Member and 6m addict

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    Vibroplex
    Industry Telegraphy, amateur radio
    Headquarters Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
    Key people
    Scott Robbins
    Products Morse code keys
    Website Vibroplex Co., Inc.
    Vibroplex is the brand of side-to-side mechanical, semi-automatic Morse key first manufactured and sold in 1905 by the Vibroplex Company, after its invention and patent by Horace Greeley Martin of New York City in 1904. The original device became known as a "bug", most likely due to the original logo, which showed an "electrified bug". The Vibroplex Company has been in business continuously for 109 years.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vibroplex
     
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  6. sunbulls

    sunbulls Well-Known Member

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    The aluminum plate does look cheap and I’m sure there have been customer complaints. Their expensive quality line of keys deserves better. I’m just surprised it would cost 5K to make another die, especially considering today’s laser etching technology. It’s not like someone is working with a jewelers lens all day. I’d also be disappointed if the new embossed plate isn’t coin sharp. Again, that’s easily accomplished with a laser made die.
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  7. Handy Andy

    Handy Andy Do Your Research First, Then Decide...

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    Oh, that's why...now I understand - the BUG...

    (yikes)

    The sites' own "embossed" version was not very well done - so it needs to have what Sunbulls did and post a side to side comparison - makes A LOT more sense.
     
  8. Shadetree Mechanic

    Shadetree Mechanic 808 On The North Side of Dover

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    They should get a credit card. $5K?? I mean really are they in business to make keys or not?
     
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  9. Shadetree Mechanic

    Shadetree Mechanic 808 On The North Side of Dover

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    I have never seen the bug before. This one belonged to my grandfather.

    IMG_20180731_170206724.jpg IMG_20180731_170309358.jpg
     
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    BJ radionut Supporting Member and 6m addict

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    BJ radionut Supporting Member and 6m addict

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    Looks like your Grandfather's Nameplate...Shade Tree...vintage 1906 possibly Vibroplex "Original"
    Very Cool OM
     
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  12. sunbulls

    sunbulls Well-Known Member

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    It looks like you have one of the early Martin Vibroplex keys made around 1907. Since it was your grandfathers you probably don’t want to sell it, but it is highly collectable and going price on those vary between 50 to a little over 100 dollars depending on condition of course. A collector would tear down, clean and burnish all the parts plus replace anything missing. Vibroplex makes replacement parts including the missing vertical knob on the knife switch. Not all bugs or other keys have that switch, but it’s handy for keying down a transmitter for long periods. I still have my chrome Vibroplex bug that I bought in the 60’s, but it’s only been a memento since I later purchased a keyer. Check the following link if you’re interested in a little history about Martin and your bug.

    Horace G. Martin
     
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  13. MicroWave

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    That would be a great restoration project, provided you have the right tool and material for it. Disassemble, derust, polish, replace, assemble, adjust - done! (y)
     
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