I just got this box in the mail. It's packed like the Crown Jewels or the Maltese Falcon or somethin':It's a handmade telegraph key from Jerry Pittenger:
Gaze upon its beauty! Ball-bearing pivots! Two pounds! Way, way shiny!
And here it is all dressed up:
Now, as impressive as this is, Roberta X has built a straight key, not out of brass bar-stock, but out of square brass tubing! I s**t you not! It's hollow.
Something tells me that for an encore, she may someday make one with the contacts hidden INSIDE the tubing. Just a guess.