The Graciella vertical key was designed to be the ultimate vertical dual-lever paddle. The feedback from CW experts around the world and the experience that Begali gained with other magnetic paddles has been combined into a revolutionary design of stunning beauty.
The Graciella uses the highest quality bearings, gold or palladium plated components, aircraft alloy for moving elements to reduce their masses and maximize responsiveness, micro-threaded adjustment screws for the contact gap and the magnetic tension, and a stereo jack for the connection cable. The Graciella has massive gold contacts for the ultimate in reliability.
The vertical architecture allows the reduction of the dimensions of the moving elements and their masses, while retaining the ideal leverage ratio for optimum tactile feedback. The mechanism is mounted on a vertical “wall” that slides inside a channel in the base for height adjustment. The spacing of the finger pieces can be adjusted with a conical backstop for the levers. This complete flexibility to adjust the position of the finger pieces is accomplished without compromising the mechanical robustness of this key.
Although the footprint is only 7.5cm x 7.5cm, smaller than any other Begali paddle, this is a heavy key, weighing in at about 1.6kg – so you can be sure that it won’t walk around on your table. That weight is the result of heavy duty components that were designed for a lifetime of reliable service.
The base shape of the original Graciella was designed to minimize the footprint on your table. If your personal keying style demands that you have a little more space around the finger pieces, you can order the key with the optional wide base. (You can order the base separately if you already have a Graciella with a narrow base.)
As an option you can order the finger pieces of the Graciella with mother of pearl inlays that not only look beautiful but also are warmer to the touch than the aluminium alloy of the standard finger pieces. The finger pieces are easily replaceable, so you can also order these optional finger pieces at a later time or even replace them with something of your own design.
Each of these paddles is personally inspected by Piero Begali to make sure that it meets his exacting standards for quality and workmanship that you can be proud of.