This is a page of links to video recordings of some of my keys in action. There are detailed descriptions of these instruments elsewhere on the web site.
The NanoBug I *NEW*
DoubleBug No. 8
This is an experimental instrument that was made to try out some new design ideas and also to see how small a functional bug can be made. Click here to for a sample of how it sounds.
This is an experimental Parkwood PaddleBug. It was part of a project investigating ways to change the duration of each dot (the weight, or duty cycle). Small changes in the duration of the dots make a big difference in the "sound" of the Morse code produced. Click here to see this key in operation.
This is the latest attempt to produce a "user friendly" fully-automatic bug. This design, with a single lever and dual pendulums, has come to closest to this ideal. It is fairly well-behaved and easy to adjust. Here is how it sounds.
This is a Standard RotoBug (there is also a Compact version and many experimental models). Instead of a pendulum it uses an oscillating rotor to provide the basic timing of the dots. Watch it work here.
The RotoBug design has been extended to a fully-automatic version that does a nice job at moderate speeds. Besides, it is fun to watch: click here.
This bug was an early attempt to create an instrument with a small footprint. It is built on a base of cocobolo wood. Despite its small size, it sounds pretty good. Hear it here.
The on-going effort to make a smooth-working fully automatic bug produced this complex instrument with moderate success. (Pardon the video quality - I will redo it sometime). I hope you can copy its "song" here.