Just looking at the last few comments. Lots of bug bashing on the zed. Some of it is deserved. Learn the straight key. If you are not really 'bug qualified', buy one and learn to use the dah paddle as a straight key at lower speeds. It's like having two keys built into one. I do it often. Learn to send that way at the minimum speed of the bug without extra weights. Then start hitting the dit side. Not until. After you get your sending capability up to par, then use the bug at the speed it was designed to be used at. Respect the bug. Respect yourself and other ops. All the extra weight thing is like taping a sledge hammer head to a shovel to make it dig deeper. If folks would do the simple thing of learning the bug at speed, a lot of the bashing would go away. We would have some new bug ops worthy of the name.