USED and DEMO keys
Most of our used keys are bugs or paddles that have been lightly cleaned, missing parts installed if necessary (or available), rusted or excessively corroded items removed or replaced, readjusted and checked to assure proper operation. Used keys do not always have all parts correct for the era of the key, or have been extensively cleaned up, restored, rehabilitated. Examples would be units that we obtain with broken finger pieces, missing weights, missing other parts etc., that we have replaced or installed.
Some used keys are listed as "unrestored." These are used keys that are generally sold for $100 or less that we have done no labor on other than minor cleaning and doing an air check with an HF transceiver to assure it is working and ready to be used.
Photos are available for any used or demo item on request by email.
We sell used keys on 15 day approval. If you are not happy with the used key you bought, contact us within 15 days of receipt and on return of the item will credit you back 100% of the purchase price when the key is received at Vibroplex, less the shipping charge you were invoiced to send it out. We also offer a 90 day trade back period at full value toward new keys. If you bought a used key direct from us and decide you wanted a brand new one instead, we will credit you the full purchase price back towards the purchase of your new one within a 90 day period.
We buy, sell, and trade used Vibroplex keys. Contact us firstname.lastname@example.org or (865) 309-5073. We do not have on-line ordering for used items as they can often sell quickly - please call us or email us to assure the item is still available.
USED AND DEMO KEYS IN STOCK AND AVAILABLE:
Last update to list below was on May 22, 2018
BENCHER BY-1 IAMBIC PADDLE. Black base. New, never sold. Has a couple of scratches middle rear that is a steel defect. The raw steel base is scratched, and the black powdercoating has been applied over it. Not easy to see, but enough that this key cannot be sold as a new unit. $129 plus shipping, this is a 25% discount off the new price.
BENCHER BY-2 IAMBIC PADDLE. Chrome base. Used. Some light scratches, fairly good shape. $125 plus shipping.
BENCHER BY-2 IAMBIC PADDLE. Chrome base. Used. Nice condition, couple of light scratches on front edge, rest of base looks good, has a 3.5mm cable attached. $150.
VIBROPLEX CHROME WARRIOR iambic paddle. Chrome base version of the Code Warrior. Nice condition, has 3.5mm transceiver cable attached. $100 plus shipping.
VIBROPLEX IAMBIC STANDARD PADDLE. Black base. New, never sold. Serial # 407369. Has some small chrome/zinc pitting on the sides of the bell shaped mainframe of the key. This is a zinc alloy die casting defect that had chrome applied on top of it. Minor, but enough that this key can't be sold as a new unit. $129 plus shipping, this is a 25% discount off the new price.
VIBROPLEX ORIGINAL DELUXE BUG. Chrome base. Used. SN 269039. New York, NY 1972. Some minor pitting and small scratches on base, slight corrosion on serial number plate. Operation fine. Does not have circuit closer assembly installed. $140 plus shipping.
VIBROPLEX ORIGINAL STANDARD BUG. Black base. Crinkle finish. SN 131652. New York NY 1944. Base looks good, does have some paint chipping on the 4 edges of the base but the top looks good. The serial number plate and the chrome top parts a little worn in spots. Circuit closer is missing. This key uses 2 small weights and runs a little fast on the low end, maybe 25 WPM. Could use another weight or the Vari-Speed to slow it. $100 plus shipping.
VIBROPLEX ORIGINAL STANDARD BUG. Black base. Crinkle finish. SN 170703. New York NY 1950. Couple of small paint chips on the base, chrome parts look good, overall good condition. Circuit closer assembly intact. $135 plus shipping.
VIBROPLEX ORIGINAL STANDARD BUG. Classic grey base. SN 191493. New York NY 1955. Good condition! Base looks really nice with only 1 little paint chip we can see, chrome parts have some nicking and minor marks. Circuit closer intact. $145 plus shipping.