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An interesting bit of Vibroplex history as the colored base keys are fairly rare; not many survived this time in the company’s history when Vibroplex bugs mostly worked for a living and the amateur only dreamed of owning one. Note: I have used the relay for demonstration purposes and decided not to sell it.
Odd as it might sound, the results have a very nice feel in your hands; obviously the shape of the tape has been molded by many hours of operating. The sticker is faded and worn, but you can see the original color showing — blue — under one part of the edge that crumbled away. Included in this auction was a telegraph relay that I’ll likely list on e Bay and sell.
Editor’s Note: (UPDATED June 22, 2016) This is my growing list of my Vibroplex semi-automatic bugs listed by serial number and approximately year of manufacture. This complete Blue Racer has a black wrinkled finish base.
Photos are being added as I update this list; you may click the image to enlarge. Keying lever broken off at main spring; there is no main spring or weight rod. Key needs finger piece replaced (have one in stock). Key has what appears to be lots of coal soot coating it.
He Googled this Flash piece and it showed him what he needed to know.
The last day of operations in California was September 22.
Inrad is now up and running at the Vibroplex offices in Tennessee but the backlog of present orders on hand will take several more days to fill.
They were soft rubber but time turned them into hard plastic. The base has apparently been brush painted, but that finish has chips in all corners. .99 OTHER DAMAGE: Damper was bent some point in the past, severely. I may simply replace it with one from a similar period bug if I can find one. The base has unique rounded corners, and the ends of the frame where the adjustments are lcoated are also very rounded. It is a rather rare “Improved Vibroplex” key, shown by the unique rounded corners on the base, and the slightly different damper arm hinge.
This key has the pinned box dash lever, and it shows a great deal of wear. The lever stops are old style, I.e., screw heads rather than knurled like later models. I have not cleaned the contacts and used the key but will do so. Bug operates by shifting lever’s neutral position to the right. UPDATE: e Bay seller says damper wasn’t bent when shipped. UPDATE 2/14/11: Replaced the damper with one off a parts key I bought some time ago. No ID tag, probably removed to prevent ID as a counterfeit key!