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Hello, Is there anyone who might like to comment on the pro's and con's of magnetic paddle keys?
Are they really an advancement on the spring return type?
I am considering purchasing a quality single paddle but before deciding would like some feedback from a user who has experience of both types
as I have not had the opportunity of a hands on. Thanks in advance.John


Tue Oct 29, 2019 10:32 pm
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An advancement no. Different yes. But marginally.

I have one of each in my daily use collection... I prefer the spring as it seems to have more feel but the crisp clakcety clack of the magnets is also not unpleasant.

Buy it. You will only be unhappy if you dont like it, which sounds like a tautology but is true. However it feels, if you like it you will be happy. Mind you, same is true of any key

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Many thanks David, After your comments I think I may stay with what I'm used to. John


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G3LNW wrote:
Hello, Is there anyone who might like to comment on the pro's and con's of magnetic paddle keys?
Are they really an advancement on the spring return type?
I am considering purchasing a quality single paddle but before deciding would like some feedback from a user who has experience of both types
as I have not had the opportunity of a hands on. Thanks in advance.John


I've never owned a magnetic key, but I've tried keys owned by others.
To be honest, I rate magnetic repulsion centring as a bit of a gimmick.
The 'stroke' of a key spring is so small that I really couldn't tell any difference.
The fact that you are going for a single paddle suggests that you're a bit of a traditionalist. I'm happy with my Kent single, which is about as 'trad' as you can get. :)

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I have a Vibroplex twin paddle key which uses springs, and also a Tom Withers 'Magpad'
key, also twin paddle which uses magnets. I must say that the Vibroplex is slightly better in use and has a very good feel to it. As someone said, when
you get used to a particular key you tend to stick to it. Never got the hang of a single paddle key though.
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I just think of my single paddle as a lazy man's mechanical bug.
It's just horses for courses, I even wire mine the wrong way round (i.e. thumb for 'dah', finger for 'dit').

I must just be weird. :)

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G6CSL wrote:
I just think of my single paddle as a lazy man's mechanical bug.
It's just horses for courses, I even wire mine the wrong way round (i.e. thumb for 'dah', finger for 'dit').

I must just be weird. :)

Another weirdo here then!
I have always preferred the "Dah's" on my thumb sweep of the paddle! :)
Having only ever been actually "taught" on a straight up and down key, when I finally acquired and tried a single paddle one, I just wired it up that way, as that felt more comfortable to me, and then just settled into thinking of it as the "right" way to use it! :D
I wire my old twin paddle Bencher exactly the same way.

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"...Is there anyone who might like to comment on the pro's and con's of magnetic paddle keys?..."

Depends on how you use them. If you like a narrow gap and a light touch then a magnetic return is better, inasmuch as it doesn't 'creep' with time as the springs on my Kent paddle always used to. I've had my BamaTech magnetic paddle for over 2 years now and I've never touched the settings once. Or had to clean them.

But if you like a wider gap and tend to slap the paddle around the bench then you probably won't notice much difference.

Always surprises me to hear people comment on the 'clacking' of magnetic paddles. You must have your spacing set way wider than me because (on the basis of one example, admittedly) I don't get any noise out of my BamaTech magnetic.


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Some people use monster gaps. I just pull a folded (losing) lottery ticket through my points. :)

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My spacing is slightly less than yours. The tension can be varied from 5 to 45g. Comes set at 12g from factory and I've never found the need to change it.


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I'm amazed you know the weight. I just set mine till they feel.good.

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I'm amazed you know the weight. I just set mine till they feel.good.

Snap, and then they never get shifted again! :D
I wouldn't even know what the weight was! ;)
I have always just tinkered with the weight and gap till it "feels right to me"....of course someone else might think "Yuk" and twiddle it to their preference if they tried it! :D

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"...I'm amazed you know the weight..."

I read the manual :-)

If I had one of those 'letter scales' it would be easy enough to check though.

If you get to the point where you can key the rig by sneezing I think maybe the weight is a lil too light :-)


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"...I'm amazed you know the weight..."

I read the manual :-)

If I had one of those 'letter scales' it would be easy enough to check though.

If you get to the point where you can key the rig by sneezing I think maybe the weight is a lil too light :-)


Excuse the reply from a new operator, would it be wise to get a green key if sneeze operated. :D


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"...I'm amazed you know the weight..."

I read the manual :-)

If I had one of those 'letter scales' it would be easy enough to check though.

If you get to the point where you can key the rig by sneezing I think maybe the weight is a lil too light :-)



The manual tells you what can be set, surely, not what is set.

However, if you are the sort of chap who reads manuals are you sure this is the hobby for you? ;^)

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