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Posted: 10/26/2013 7:05:26 AM EST
Link Posted: 10/26/2013 7:09:51 AM EST
No Reserve!

This is a nice vintage Bencher key on a heavy metal base.

Since I know nothing about these, I can't accurately describe it but I have included lots of photos so that you know what you are getting. I'll try to answer questions if I can.

The base measures 4" x 3-3/4". It has a bunch of wires attached to the bottom, the base shows scuffing and it obviously needs a cleaning, but I see no obvious damage to the mechanism.

Thanks for looking!
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Link Posted: 10/26/2013 7:13:18 AM EST
If I had a pair of BY-1s that's how I would treat them... They suck anyways.
Link Posted: 10/26/2013 7:26:29 AM EST
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Originally Posted By Elijah1:
If I had a pair of BY-1s that's how I would treat them... They suck anyways.
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Could you expound upon that statement a little bit? The only set of paddles I've put my fingers on are BY-1's. I don't think they suck, but I have no basis for comparison.

How is a better set of paddles better?
Link Posted: 10/26/2013 7:52:07 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/26/2013 8:22:44 AM EST by Elijah1]
I do not like the spacing, or the flexing of the finger pieces and lack of adjust-ability of the weight. They are not terrible, unless you want to go QRQ, I guess...

In my opinion the Kent paddles are the best bang for the buck. There are better keys out there, but they cost 3x as much. The only real downside to the Kents, is the lacquer they put over the brass isn't the strongest and they turn colors quickly. But you can always disassemble and spray with clear Krylon to make it keep the finish.

I don't mean to crap on the most popular key ever made, but they have too many warts for their price. Now the Bencher Mercury key
Link Posted: 10/26/2013 9:40:33 AM EST
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Originally Posted By Elijah1:
If I had a pair of BY-1s that's how I would treat them... They suck anyways.
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Yes I will agree Benchers do indeed suck

Link Posted: 10/26/2013 9:50:17 AM EST
The design of my MFJ-564B looks almost identical. Wonder if it's a copy? Only paddles I've ever tried.

The condition of mine is like new compared to that one.
Link Posted: 10/26/2013 11:26:18 AM EST
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Originally Posted By KwaiChangCaine:
The design of my MFJ-564B looks almost identical. Wonder if it's a copy? Only paddles I've ever tried.

The condition of mine is like new compared to that one.
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MFJ copy a design.... NEVER
Link Posted: 10/26/2013 4:01:20 PM EST
I bet that thing smells like ashtray and moldy basement

Link Posted: 10/27/2013 4:02:22 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/27/2013 4:03:32 AM EST by Frank_B]
Judging from the appearance of the plastic paddle handles and insulator rings, I'd say it's been stored in a hot attic and belonged to a heavy smoker. The plastic is probably brittle and will have to be replaced. Smoke deposits probably fouled the contacts and the original owner may have tried filing them instead of using a burnishing tool. Caveat emptor on this set, IMHO.

Incidentally, a crisp, new dollar bill is excellent for cleaning key and paddle contacts. Put it between the contacts, lightly close them, and drag it through once or twice.

I have a BY-1 I bought used at a hamfest 30+ years ago and it's still my daily driver.
Link Posted: 10/27/2013 5:13:41 AM EST
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Originally Posted By Derek45:
I bet that thing smells like ashtray and moldy basement

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That what I thought as well

Link Posted: 10/27/2013 9:36:52 AM EST
[Last Edit: 11/6/2013 3:20:50 AM EST by BigDaddy0004]
Hi, my name is BigDaddy0004, and I own a Bencher BY-1. (but I don't keep it in the fireplace)

ETA: You guys shamed me into replacing my Bencher BY-1 with a Kent TP1-B. Thanks!
Link Posted: 10/27/2013 10:11:26 AM EST
I had to wash my hands after looking at the pictures.

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Link Posted: 10/27/2013 11:43:42 AM EST
I wouldn't take that paddle, if he paid me $60.

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