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Reviews Categories | Keys & Paddles | Vibroplex Square Racer Help


Reviews Summary for Vibroplex Square Racer
Vibroplex Square Racer Reviews: 13 Average rating: 4.7/5 MSRP: $139.95
Description: Iambic paddle with magnetic return
Product is in production.
More info: http://www.vibroplex.com
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K6JEY Rating: 5/5 Dec 13, 2004 09:55 Send this review to a friend
Classy Paddle  Time owned: more than 12 months
First, I am a 25wpm CW'er. I also play classical guitar and I find that a key with a light touch more to my liking. I feel the Square Racer DeLuxe is one of the nicest looking keys made and will stay nice looking longer. The construction and geometry all fit what has been described as belonging to an excellent key. The key operation and settings are very stable and repeatable at the speeds I use it and it is a pleasure to use.
 
AA8PP Rating: 5/5 May 28, 2004 03:50 Send this review to a friend
SMOOTH OPERATION  Time owned: more than 12 months
PURCHASED THE STANDARD MODEL (BLACK BASE) UNIT AND HAVE BEEN VERY HAPPY WITH IT.VERY SMOOTH FEEL TO IT AND INFINITE ADJUSTMENT RANGE. PREFERRED THE BLACK BASE TO THE CHROME ONE - GUESS JUST TO BE DIFFERENT! 73 DE AA8PP BOB
 
N2DE Rating: 5/5 Mar 19, 2004 21:32 Send this review to a friend
Great paddle at a bargain price  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
My first iambic paddle with magnetic return, about 25 years ago, was the Hamco. That company is long gone, but their key with its unique triangular base survived and is still sold today as the Vibroplex Brass Racer. The latest incarnation of that basic design is the Vibroplex Square Racer, and it's a great paddle at this price (I bought the Deluxe version which is listed at $139.95 - the standard version is $119.95) The flawless chrome finish avoids the susceptibility to corrosion that its brass siblings have, and with the red finger pieces it truly is a beauty.

The old Hamco design with a frictionless suspension of very light levers is still unique, and it performs very well up to the highest speeds. The return force is finely adjustable with sliding magnets, and you can adjust the paddle spacing within a narrow range. The large contacts are made of silver, and the gap adjustment (like the paddle spacing adjustment) is made with a hex key and stays put once it's done.

Compared to other designs that use sealed bearings, this paddle is not as robust. You can't hammer it like, say, a Begali, and I wouldn't want to bounce it around in a suitcase. But if you have a light touch this is a precision instrument with great looks and a venerable brand name at a price that's hard to beat.


 
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