The VIBROCUBE, Scott Robbins, W4PA, the owner of Vibroplex. One of the things I've heard again and again from American hams is how we don't like our small, lightweight CW paddle sliding around on the operating table when in use. When I took over Vibroplex in 2009 I vowed I was going to create a large paddle that would stay in place on the desk and accomodate my large hand comfortably. The result of many hours of conversation with the ham community is VIBROCUBE.
IT'S SIX POUNDS OF SOLID STEEL
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.
Not really! The base measures 1.5" H x 3.5" W x 3.5" D, the overall height of the key with rubber feet installed is 4.25". The large oversize acrylic finger pieces are 2.125" at their tallest point. See the illustration below of the red acrylic finger piece used on VIBROCUBE versus the
standard finger piece as used on the Vibroplex Iambic Standard paddle. Large paddles accomodate a large hand easily and take minimal hand movement to use.
This is not a fragile, delicate device. All parts except the finger pieces and the two decorative top jewels are metal. The base, mainframe, and lever bars 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.
IT'S MADE IN USA
It's not merely "assembled in USA" - parts and components used on VIBROPLEX are American made and all assembly is done in our facility in Knoxville, TN. We proudly affix the MADE IN USA label to each and every VIBROPLEX key built.