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  1. Tweetldee

    Tweetldee Guest

    Does anyone know of a source for the leather handles that used to adorn the
    old tube-type test equipment from HP, Tektronix, etc.? Hoping to find a few
    to replace broken/missing handles on some of my instruments. Also hoping
    that if there are a few to be found, that I won't have to mortgage my house
    and summer vacation villa to buy.
    Thanks for the leads.
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  2. http://www.keyelco.com/kec/pdfs/p54.pdf has four different types that
    might match what you need.
     
  3. Robert Baer

    Robert Baer Guest

    Wow! Who would have thought Keystone had *leather* handles?
    The catalog companies that carry Keystone products does not show
    them..
    ...i wound up faking one from a leather belt from a pair of pants.
     
  4. Tweetldee

    Tweetldee Guest

    Thanks for the lead, Michael. That really is interesting that Keystone makes
    the handles, but upon closer inspection, I noticed that the description says
    that they are made from a black leather "like" material. Probably a variety
    of vinyl. Not *exacxtly* what I was looking for, but in the absence of real
    leather, these will do (assuming that i can find a source).
    And you're right, Robert, in that most of the distributors or catalog
    vendors don't list the handles in their printed catalogs. But, that's no
    really big surprise, since I have seen lots of stuff in Keystone's catalogs
    that can't be bought from their resellers. However, Mouser, Digikey and
    Newark lists them in their online catalogs. They are non-stocked items,
    meaning that they would have to backorder them from Keystone. The price at
    $13 and change seems a bit high for "leather-like" material, but probably
    not unreasonable for that type of handle.
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  5. A E

    A E Guest

    They don't...
    "manufactured of black leather like material"
    No cows where harmed in the manufacture of these handles. Still, a good catch for
    the Tek heads out there. I wonder who makes the blue plastic ones for the later
    rounded blue cabinets?
    So, what holds up your pants now?
     
  6. Robert Baer

    Robert Baer Guest

    The reason why i made my own from a leather belt, is that all of the
    handles available online, via leather companies, were as expensive or
    more so.
    Also, none of them had the mounting clasp i needed - and none of them
    could be modified either.
    Good luck.
     
  7. Tweetldee

    Tweetldee Guest

    I can appreciate that. Can you give a brief on how you made the handles?
    How did you cut, fold, stitch, etc. How thick was the belt you started
    with?
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  8. Robert Baer

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    I "think" leather belts for pants are "standard" in thickness; i
    measure 1/8 inch.
    I punched holes in the belt (not easy without a leather punch), 4 on
    each end (square pattern), and used 6-32 screws to fasten directly to
    the metal box (heads on outside).
    Not pretty, but it works quite well and the price was right (50 cents
    at Goodwill for the belt - and enough to make almost a dozen handles).
     
  9. Tweetldee

    Tweetldee Guest

    Thanks for that.. sounds easy enough. I have several old belts around that
    have shrunk and no longer fit. I'm going to try to make one that's a little
    closer to the originals just to see if I can do it. Oh, just had an
    idea... pull one that's still in one piece off, & take it to a leather
    shop. See what they can do, or at least give me some advice on how to
    attempt to make it myself.
    Thanks for the tip,
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  10. I had talk a guy that made custom belts into making some replacement
    leather handles. He had a space right across the isle at a flea market
    I sold at, but when I came back the next weekend, he was in the hospital
    from a heart attack and was never able to come back to the market. He
    had quoted $5.00 to $10.00, including taking the hardware from the old
    handles, and putting it into the new ones.
     
  11. Tweetldee

    Tweetldee Guest

    Wow!! That's really too bad... Hope it wasn't fatal. I would really be
    sending him some business right now.. I have 5 handles that need
    replacement... two on a Tek 549 scope and three on small HP instruments.
    Was that flea market in or near Ocala?
    Well, if he said he could do it for that low price, then it must not be a
    difficult process... just have to get some advice on materials and
    technique.
    Thanks, Michael
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  12. The last I heard he was at home, and needed help with almost
    everything.

    The market was at Renniger's in Mt Dora.

    Maybe you can find someone at a local flea market who makes custom
    leather goods? I can't stay on my feet long enough to wander through the
    local flea market anymore, or i would check the ones around Ocala. If
    you do find someone who can make good copies, they could put up a
    website and sell a lot of them.
     
  13. Fred Abse

    Fred Abse Guest

    There must still be saddlers in business.

    Dammit, there's enough horses :)
     
  14. Tweetldee

    Tweetldee Guest

    Yup, there sure are... one just a few miles from my humble abode, and a
    couple more on the route to work.
    Great idea, Fred... I'll check it out right away.
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  15. So, You've been to Ocala before?
     
  16. John Fields

    John Fields Guest

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    If you have a summer vacation villa, then a few handles prob'ly won't
    break you!^)

    Try these guys:

    http://www.americanhandle.com/flat.htm
     
  17. Tweetldee

    Tweetldee Guest

    Well, that is true. However, I exaggerated slightly about my summer
    vacation villa... it's more like a fishing cabin on the banks of a
    vanishing lake in northeast Florida.
    But (and this is no exaggeration), I appreciate the URL. Upon first look
    at that page, it looks like they have a few basic models that they prefer to
    customize per a customer's order. I've sent an email.. waiting for a
    reply.
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