The Signature edition embodies the experience gained with the Magnetic Classic and the Magnetic Professional paddles, and it incorporates improvements that were suggested by users of Begali keys. It was designed to be one of the finest paddles that can be produced with today’s techniques and materials, surpassed only in some aspects by the Begali Sculpture key and the Graciella vertical key.
The Signature edition is built on the same heavy base used in other Begali paddles, and it can be ordered with either gold plating or palladium plating. The precision bearings are specially selected and matched, and they exceed the standards that are usually applied for laboratory instruments. They are concealed in the base and in the central bearing block for a clean visual design. The friction springs for the gap adjustments are hidden inside the contact posts. The cable connection is made through a 3.5mm stereo jack in the base – so no unsightly cables are dangling around when it is not connected to your keyer.
The finger pieces are made of an anodized aluminium alloy, and the Signature edition comes with two sets as standard. One set has the longer geometry, similar to the plastic finger pieces for the other Magnetic paddles. The second set is slightly shorter. Some pilot users preferred the more direct translation ratio offered by shorter finger pieces – but as there was no clear cut choice Begali includes both shapes and leave it up to you to determine your preference.
Using magnets rather than springs for the action has distinct advantages, especially if you prefer a light touch with close spacing. As the moving magnets are imbedded in micro-threaded tubes they can be adjusted with utmost precision and maintain their setting over a wide range of temperature variations. The magnets on the arms are mounted close to the pivot which keeps the effective moving mass low and allows a responsiveness at high speeds that is unique for magnetic paddles. For that same reason the arms are made of a black anodized aircraft alloy that is very light but rigid.
Each of these paddles is personally inspected by Piero Begali to make sure that it meets his exacting standards, and it comes with a signed certificate of authenticity that also records the manufacturing date. Each paddle also has a serial number engraved in the base.
Once you have experienced this paddle in operation we are sure that you will join the ranks of our many enthusiastic customers.
RF SOLUTIONS has decided to refine our product range, and would like to inform you that effective as of Friday, 12 July 2019 we no longer carry ICOM products.