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December 17th, 2001

Deck-to-Deck Key Duping

We went to Admittedly, it’s been a while since I’ve had a key duplicated, but I had no idea how easy it is. It’s like dubbing a tape! First they match your key to a particular size blank key, similar to finding the proper length cassette). Then they put it into a machine with two openings, one labeled “original” and the other labeled “duplicate,” just like loading a dual-well tape deck. Then they close it, hit the green button (the equivalent to record) and a few seconds later, the duplicate is made. They then run it back and forth through some other slot, which I assume smoothes everything out. I guess it’s similar to popping the record tabs out of a cassette.

Oddly, it’s about as cheap as a cassette, too (about a $1.25). Pretty impressive stuff, considering the last time I had a key duplicated, I think it was done by hand (or at least by a much more rudimentary piece of equipment). -ram

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