I started out with a straight key in the summer of 1963. In early 1964 I started using a Vibroplex bug. Not long after that I purchased my first keyer ( Hallicrafters HA-1 ) and Vibroplex Vibrokeyer paddle. Later on I acquired a what-was-then-new MFJ ( electronic ) keyer. Despite being off the air for the best part of 30 years, that MFJ keyer and Vibrokeyer paddle stayed with me, on the shelf, as a reminder of things to come. When I came back to the hobby in 2013 I tried the old MFJ keyer and it failed. Not surprising. It had weathered so many interstate moves that I have lost count. So I replaced it with the ( newer ) MFJ-495 keyer and it worked just fine with my old Vibrokeyer paddle and terminal emulation software. I added two more MFJ-495's and two more Vibrokeyers so I could have two stations set up at home and a third one for mobile operations. I was happy. In the meantime I added a Microham Microkeyer II and now have ten different ways to send CW, thanks to paddles, keyers, and software. But one still needs a paddle that works and works well. As my code copying speed climbed into the 30-40 wpm range I found that it was harder and harder to keep the Vibroplex Vibrokeyer properly adjusted for good CW. And thanks to a massive head injury ( and some loss of physical dexterity ), I now have trouble sending beyond 25 wpm. I thought about buying a Magnakeyer but there is apparently a huge backlog. So I just ordered a Begali Sculpture Mono and almost immediately received a confirmation email with shipping scheduled for early next week. If it works as well as I think it will, I will buy two more and retire all three of the Vibroplex paddles.