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Evening folks,
Been fiddling with a Kent paddle key and a straight key, see if I can post an image or two.

Alloy paddles from https://www.bamatech.net/
Drilled to reduce the weight, now lighter than the original paddles.
Zinc plated the brass
Narrowed the gap between paddles
It's now playing very well.

The Straight key is mounted on a steel base.

hope someone likes the handywork

73
Ray


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Nice work. The holes arent to my taste, but i can appreciate the engineering

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Thanks Dave,
The holes are definitely an an acquitted taste.
I was not sure about them either but the original paddles were 4 grams and the alloy paddles were 12 grams so something had to be done.

The main thing is the feel, and it does feel nice. No flex or spongy feeling now, just a solid response and good balance.

Cheers
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EI3GD wrote:
Evening folks,
Been fiddling with a Kent paddle key and a straight key, see if I can post an image or two.

Alloy paddles from https://www.bamatech.net/
Drilled to reduce the weight, now lighter than the original paddles.
Zinc plated the brass
Narrowed the gap between paddles
It's now playing very well.

The Straight key is mounted on a steel base.

hope someone likes the handywork

73
Ray


It's given me an idea for some spare Begali paddles I have laying around...

I'm curious about the Kent Straight Key. Is that one of the Kent steel bases that's been stripped of paint and shaped/polished, or is it homebrew?

I can also see that the knob on the straight key looks taller than the standard ones. Is the 'ring' visible on the photo some kind of packing device to lift it higher, and does it make much difference to the feel of the key?

Thanks, Mark...

Edit:- Just spotted the tall legs on the paddle key base. Are these to give clearance for the larger paddles, or just down to personal preference?

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Hi Mark,
Good questions, let me try to answer.

The straight key base is a home brew, an engineer friend of mine put a block of steel on his C&C machine, he routed out the bottom to accommodate the spring and recessed the screw holes. He even made teflon insulators for the signal line.

The knob on the straight is raised to accommodate my thumb which now sits snugly into the gap. I got this idea from Bagali keys which have a larger gap. Yes it feels a lot better in the fingers now.

The legs on the paddle key are raised for comfort, I prefer a raised paddle as my hands are large, it just sits nicely between my finger and thumb now.
I saw some folk addressed this by reversing the paddle finger pieces to point upwards, but I didn't like that solution it looks weird.
The legs are 15mm solid Brass bar drilled out and I used longer screws to attach the legs, they also add a bit of extra weight.


cheers & 73

Ray


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Yeah, I've seen Kent paddles with reversed finger pieces, not a pretty sight.

That base on the Kent straight key really does look the part. I've always known them with dark coloured bases so it's interesting to see what they look like with a bright base. I did think about maybe stripping the black paint off one of mine and then polishing up the surface, but it occurred to me that they are only steel so I guess it would tarnish rapidly.

Still food for thought though, maybe a respray would work instead.

Thanks for the info on the keys. :thumbsup:

73, Mark...

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