Built a prototype of a basic sideswiper this past weekend. Simple hack saw blade with one end mounted in a slotted block of solid aluminum and the other end spaced evenly between a two contact screws mounted in a solid aluminum contact holder. Blade can quickly and easily be moved on or out for tension and feel. It's mounted on a 4x 2.5 inch solid brass base. It matches the look of the Skinny Brick straight key and look great side by side. So I think this will make a good pair when bolted together. Bolted together it measures 4 x 5.5 inches and weighs in at about 5 pounds. I will probably make the sideswiper able to function as a single lever paddle and bug. Then you will have a straight key, paddle, bug (bug mode with keyer) and sideswiper all on one compact platform.
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