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Review Summary For : Schurr Profi
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Handmade precision brass key
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G3OZN Rating: 2017-10-02
A thing of beauty is a joy for ever Time Owned: more than 12 months.
I have used this key for 9 years (see my review 9 years ago), really is a super piece of craftsmanship, I would buy a second one to put in the XYLs china cabinet, but she prefers 19th century Messein china, (no counting for taste HI) OH it sends good CW as well.

Earlier 5-star review posted by G3OZN on 2008-03-16

I've owned Vibroplex,Kent,Katsumu & various other keyers/paddles, all nice and functional in their own way. The Schurr Proffi-2 is a pleasure to use in every respect,it came set up and perfectly worked straight from the box. It does make sending CW almost effortless.
I'm happy in every respect with this key (yes I know its pricey but worth the cost)for my supplier Vine Antennas I have nothing but praise, (ordered by telephone 10-30am and arrived at my door the next day at 8-15am)what a pleasure to do do business with an owner of the business you can talk to and get sensible advice and help from, I have dealt before with this company for Strumech and Palstar items and have had similiar service, a difference from the "Ham Supermarkets" and box shifters!
DL1MEV Rating: 2015-05-28
I just love it Time Owned: more than 12 months.
Although I am not high speed op I simply enjoy using this wonderful piece of high-quality craftmanship. The adjustment of force and contact-distance stay very stable and the solid weight prevents skidding on the table.
I also use it instead of a keyboard when transmitting in RTTY and PSK-31 with the K3. I love it more than the keybord.
DD4DA Rating: 2011-04-26
Well designed Time Owned: more than 12 months.
I owned some other keys before - a Bencher BY1, ETM8 and some other brands. All of them got the same problem with the feeling and precision. In the late 2004 i purchaised a Profi-2 Key and worked a couple of years with that fine key.
I agree in that point, that a key must fit to the operator who uses it. If not, you will not be sucessfully with that.
I actually moved to the "Einhebel" Key (Single Lever) by "Scheunemann Morsetasten" who the follower of "Schurr Morsetasten" are, to get more keyer brand (timing) independence.
vy 73 de Gerd, DD4DA
VE3FDT Rating: 2009-12-29
A truly beautiful key with a crippling, disqualifying flaw. Time Owned: more than 12 months.
One of the very first reviewers of this key said years ago: "The Schurr Profi is wonderfully made key, lovely to look at, a pleasure to own. It has a flaw. Every one of them I have tried simply refuses to be adjusted to very close tolerance. Admittedly, I adjust keys so close they will activate when blown upon, or I will if the key will, and this one won't. If you are a banger, you will love it!."

This reviewer then proceeded to give the key 4 out of 5.

In my pursuit of the "ultimate" key I have gone through many paddles, both single and dual lever ones, from run-of-the-mill Benchers (and lower!) to the creations of the trade's artisans (in some cases: artists), from the bottom to the top of the price scale.

One thing that I learned is this: there is no objective, scientifically established and supported by clinical and verifiable rules of engineering set of criteria by which a CW key of any kind can be judged. Hear me loudly: a ranking of a CW paddle is as subjective as your own hand! Your ability, your background, the way you learned the code, the way you send it, the way the anatomy of your hand is, all those contribute to your judgement of a key; you, as an individual, judge the key; you, you, you...

I realize that some years ago there was an individual on this forum who took upon himself an ill conceived responsibility to be a supreme judge of the race for the "ultimate" key; a kind of imperial Rome "arbiter elegantiarum", if you will. I realize that he received some (limited! it turns out hams are more sane than most people give us credit for) following. Let his name and the call sign, and those of the followers, go unmentioned, for he was a fool.

A judgement of any CW key is a matter of individual taste and individual taste only!

For this reason, I say (note the fine differences from the quoted statement above): "The Schurr Profi is wonderfully made key, lovely to look at. It has a flaw; a debilitating flaw! Every one of them I have tried simply refuses to be adjusted to very close tolerance while maintaining any noticeable return force. If you like extremely narrow spacing with lots of return force, you will be utterly unable to adjust a Schurr paddle to you liking. Simply put: if you are heavy fisted, you will absolutely, unequivocally hate it with a passion!"

I then proceed to give the key 1 out of 5.

I would have given it a zero, but it is beautiful, even I have to give it that. Unfortunately, it is also supposed to be useful. And it is not, not for me.

A few words of caution: I am not a CW "speed daemon". I feel comfortable up to about 40 WPM and even that I discovered very recently after finding a (single lever) paddle that really is an "extension of my fist". I used to think of myself as a 30 WPM or so operator, until I found the right paddle. (I will write a review of it one day after I have had it for about a year or so. I have had it for a week only and it has been miraculous in improving my CW, but this might be just my seasonally impaired judgement: my new paddle has been the best Christmas gift I got for myself in the longest while.) Also, I come from a single lever paddle background, which means that I do not use the iambic technique much.
OE5CSP Rating: 2007-12-18
My favourite paddle Time Owned: more than 12 months.
This is my favourite paddle.I also own a Kent twin paddle and an MFJ paddle, but the Schurr Profi is outstanding.All these paddles work.The MFJ, which I also like, needs permanent adjustment.The Kent is better than the MFJ, but the space between the paddles is too wide for me and it feels a bit bulky.The Schurr is just everything I want.Bravo!!
KT5X Rating: 2007-05-05
Good paddle, could be better Time Owned: 3 to 6 months.
Very nicely made, but... the ten cent finger pieces could be more comfortable, more ergonomic, more interesting material commensurate to the rest of the key, and with the several examples of this paddle I have tried, I could never get one to adjust very closely without just closing. There are better paddles out there.

Earlier 4-star review posted by KT5X on 1999-09-17

The Profi is wonderfully made key, lovely to look at, a pleasure to own. It has a flaw. Every one of them I have tried simply refuses to be adjusted to very close tolerance. Admittedly, I adjust keys so close they will activate when blown upon, or I will if the key will, and this one won't. If you are a banger, you will love it!
WD5EAE Rating: 2007-03-22
Functional Art Time Owned: 0 to 3 months.
Replaced my Elecraft/Bencher paddle. No comparison.

Looks, as other reviewers have noted, is superb. But more importantly, the paddle precision is incredible. And a piece of cake to tweak both tension and travel. My only regret is that I waited so long to get a good paddle.
G4SJP Rating: 2007-01-22
Beautiful! Time Owned: 0 to 3 months.
I have been through three keys in the last year or so - a Bencher, an early G4ZPY and a Kent twin paddle, but could not be truly happy with any of them. I've a touch of what is probably some arthritis in the last joint of my index finger which may be to blame. Too many dits, not enough dahs on occasions- embarassing really! I could not maintain any better than about 18wpm with any accuracy.

The Schurr key is absolutely beautiful. Exquisitely made and extremely attractive, a real gem of engineering. I felt immediately at home with it. I found 18wpm seemed too slow. I'm now sending at 25wpm after only two weeks use at least as accurately as I was before at 18wpm.

In my opinion it's worth every penny and I won't be parting with this one!
K4RWW Rating: 2006-12-22
Work of art Time Owned: 3 to 6 months.
Allow me to provide the 50th bravo for this superb cw machine. It is truly a work of art. I have tried many high end paddles and believe the Begali and Schurr are among the best. Both brands have excellent performance characteristics but the Schurr has the edge on fit and finish. I particularly like the solid hinged cover that comes with the Profi. A little pricey perhaps but value and excellence comes at a cost.
DJ0RD Rating: 2006-12-06
The Best Paddle Time Owned: more than 12 months.
I've been a Ham since 1961 and my first keyer was an Eldico with two, I believe 12AU7s. In all these years the Schurr is the one left on the desk.
I met Herr Schurr at Ham Radio a few years ago and asked what he thought of the Bencher paddle. He just smiled and said "It's a nice paddle". He never bad mouthed his competition (What competition?) :)))