Celebration of the
Express presents the 2017 Christmas Key
So far, we have designed and produced a special
key for the holidays– every
single year in this century! No, wait-- every single year in this millennium!
This year we combine a traditional camel-back lever with a translucent
red knob, on a walnut base, for a stunning little key that
will turn heads wherever it goes. The camelback provides for
an elegant level transition down to the contacts but it also adds mass
to the lever, making it smoother to operate. That and the added
leverage that you get with the trunnion at the rear of the key make it
an excellent key for sending code.
The wires from the miniature binding posts are traced into the base and
covered with a felt pad so the key will be less likely to slip, and
won’t mar the table. The hardware is highly polished brass,
gold plated so that it will not tarnish or corrode.
Contact spacing and spring tension are both controlled by the single
adjusting screw just forward of the trunnion, an arrangement that I
have not seen on any other keys. It weighs 2-1/4 ounces (60g)
and measures 2-3/8 x 1-5/8" (60 x 40mm) at the base.
This is a miniature key that will be equally at
home in the radio shack, in the field, or as a holiday decoration.
Christmas keys represent my annual opportunity
to play around with key design and to have a master craftsman carry out
the work. This year we agreed on gold-anodized polished brass
mechanical parts and a translucent molded knob, and the result is
really gorgeous with a depth of finish
really stands out. The two miniature binding posts are on the
"far side" of the base, keeping the connecting cable tidy and out of
The Morse Express 2017 Christmas Key is a limited
edition, priced at $89.95 plus shipping and handling. Each key has a
“Christmas 2017” and a unique serial number.
you very much for your continued support of
this project, and I hope our Christmas key
extra joy to the holiday season for you!
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