I'm with you , WF4W. I don't like my key screwed to a board, nor to the desk. My favorite straight key is a Vibroplex. Is come mounted on a very heavy steel base. It will not move around nor topple over. Key feels great, too, though pretty noisy in action. I also have a Navy flameproof that I like very much. I have it mounted on a small but heavy brass plate that is pretty much the same width as the key but a bit longer than the total length. I have rubber feet on the plate. While not as heavy as the Vibroplex, it likewise does not move around nor tip in action. My last straight key is a Speed-X that I want to like, but just don't. I have it mounted the same way as the Navy key except it's on an aluminum plate. Not heavy. Yet is still doesn't move around nor tip. So, the mounting is good, but I just don't care for the key itself.