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THE VIBROPLEX STORY
A revolution in communcation occurred with the development of the telegraph. However, the early telegraph keys used to send messages caused severe strain on the telegrapher's wrist - a condition now known as carpal tunnel syndrome.
In 1902, inventor Horace G. Martin patented the first in a line of devices which solved the problem: the Martin Autoplex, an electro-mechanical sending device which required batteries.
Two years later, Martin went into business with a group of entrepreneurs, forming the United Electrical Manufacturing Company. It was also in 1904 that Martin filed his second patent for a new sending device which used a weighted, vibrating arm and did not require the use of a magnetic coil or batteries. This device was the basis for the first Vibroplex.
In 1908, the association between Martin and U.E.M. ended when the latter went out of business. However, J.E. Albright, who began a business catering to the telephone industry in 1890, began marketing the Vibroplex for Martin. On March 12, 1915, Albright filed a certificate of incorporation in New York for The Vibroplex Company, Inc. Within a few short years, Vibroplex came to represent the best of the telegraphic, and later Amateur Radio, industry.
Today, as in all of its proud history, the heritage of Vibroplex symbolizes the interest, camaraderie, and esprit de corps of the worldwide ham radio community.
See also Tom French's Vibroplex Collectors' Guide.
Vibroplex Original Standard
First patented in 1904, the Vibroplex© Original is designed for code speeds ranging from approximately 20 wpm to 50+ wpm. Owning this beautifully crafted instrument will link you to a great tradition. Weight 4 lbs. Cord not included. A left-handed version is available by special order.
Vibroplex Original Deluxe
Based on the Original, the Vibroplex© Deluxe has a highly polished chrome base, and jeweled pivots. Weight 4 lbs. Cord not included.
A left-handed version is available by special order.
Also available by special order:
Original Presentation - like the Deluxe but with gold-plated label
Original Gold - base is plated in 24K gold.
Vibroplex "VIBROCUBE" Dual Paddle
The VIBROCUBE registers just under 6 pounds on the scale. The base is USA-forged cold rolled steel, upper components are zinc, steel and brass. The finger pieces are hard red acrylic. Instead of magnetic tensioning, we use the tried and true spring loaded method which provides a greater range of possible tension settings than magnets allow.
Look at the red acrylic finger piece used on VIBROCUBE versus the standard finger piece as used on the Vibroplex Iambic Standard paddle. This is not a fragile, delicate device. All working parts except the finger pieces are metal. The base, frame, and levers are electrostatic powdercoated in a wrinkle black finish. It's difficult to chip or scratch the paint. Adjustment components are chromed brass; the contact points are coin-grade silver. Four non-skid rubber feet are affixed to the bottom for extra non-movement stability.
VIBROCUBE Standard Paddle:
VIBROCUBE Standard Upgraded Paddle:
Vibroplex "Iambic Standard" Dual Paddle
The "Iambic Srandard" dual paddle is a direct descendent of the Original Bug. It incorporates the traditional Vibroplex© look for use with modern electronic keyers. The code speed with the Iambic depends on the particular electronic keyer with which it is operated. And, you get the same crisp operation at 5 words per minute as you do at 50+ wpm. Weight 5 lbs. Cord not included.
Vibroplex "Iambic Deluxe" Dual Paddle
As above, with chrome base and jewelled pivots.
Iambic Presentation - like the Deluxe but with gold-plated label
Iambic Gold - base is plated in 24K gold.
Vibroplex "Brass Racer" Dual Paddle
The "Brass Racer Iambic" is crafted from solid brass with a lacquer coated brushed finish mounted on a hardwood base.
Weight 2.5 lbs. Cord included.
Vibroplex Square "Brass Racer" Dual Paddle
The Square "Brass Racer Iambic" is crafted from solid brass with a lacquer coated brushed finish mounted on a hardwood base. Includes the new Knoxville serialized Vibroplex nameplate
Weight 2.5 lbs. Cord included.
Vibroplex "Square Racer" Dual Paddle
A descendent of the original Brass Racer, the Square Racer has a solid steel base on four rubber feet which anchor the Square Racer in the operation position.
Weight 2 lbs. Cord included.
Vibroplex "Square Racer Deluxe" Dual Paddle
As above, with chrome plated base and red fingerpieces.
Vibroplex Code Warrior Jr Dual Paddle
The Vibroplex® Code Warrior Junior™ is the production version of the NORCAL K8FF paddle.
Weight 1.5 Lbs. Cord not included.
Vibroplex "Vibrokeyer" Standard Single Paddle
The Vibrokeyer is a single-lever paddle using the same main frame and decorative chrome finished parts as the Original "Bug" for the same smooth and easy operating Vibroplex® feel. The Vibrokeyer is for those who want to combine traditional skill with modern electronics. Weight 3 lbs. Cord not included.
Vibroplex "Vibrokeyer" Deluxe Single Paddle
Based on the Vibrokeyer Standard, the Deluxe model has a highly polished chrome base, and jeweled pivots. Weight 4 lbs. Cord not included.
Vibrokeyer Gold - base is plated in 24K gold.
Vibroplex Straight Key Standard
The design is distinctly Vibroplex®. A heavy solid steel base anchors the straight key to the operating position. The lever arm pivots in the famous chromed mainframe. A stainless steel spring allows complete control of the tension. And, of course, the Straight Key has the famous brass Vibroplex logo plate with a unique serial number pinned to the top of the base with stainless steel pins. With the logo plate attached, the new Straight Key is destined to become the latest Vibroplex Collectible.
The Straight Key has a unique mechanical action, unlike any straight key that has ever been manufactured! Yet, the smooth action and heavy steel base allow the operator to send perfect code. Weight 3 lbs. Cord not included.
Vibroplex Straight Key Deluxe
As above, with bright chrome plated base.
Straight Key Gold with base is plated in 24K gold.
Vibroplex "Know Code" Straight Key
Special series version of the standard straight key, on a distinctive red base.
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