REPOST: Well Balanced Machinery – How some Machines just Work and Feel ‘Right’!

Back in 2007 when this Blog was rather new, I had posted:

Man designs and makes so many machines to be either the most extreme on some measure or another – the fastest, the biggest, the sleekest, the most luxury, the most horsepower, or some other extreme.

And then man occasionally designs and builds tools, cars or equipment that has something special – a balance that appeals.

In shooting I have found this to be the case in the Jeff Cooper Steyr Scout.

Jeff Cooper Steyr Scout 308 Rifle


Shotgunning, for me it is the Benelli Montefeltro.

Benelli Montefeltro Shotgun


For handguns I have found the Steyr GB 9mm to have the elusive balance sought.

Steyr GB 9mm Pistol


Of the planes I’ve flown and owned one stands out as balanced exceptionally well, the uncommon Twin-Navion.

Tempco-Reily D-16A Twin-Navion


In motoring I’ve found that my vintage Panhard PL-17 Sedan, the Citroen CX2400 Pallas C-matic Sedan and the Benelli 900 Sei motorcycle have that special “something.”

Panhard PL-17 Sedan Grand Routier


Citroen CX2400 Pallas C-Matic Sedan


Benelli 900 Sei Motorcycle


Later this week I will outline what Amateur Radio gear I’ve found has that special balance – and I would love to hear what you have found has that balance for you!



I’ve still been thinking about how certain designs just “have it” – some special quality that becomes something noticeably greater than the mere sum of its features would suggest.

The Flex-5000A SDR Radio seems to fall in this class.

As does a SML Baritone Saxophone I had rebuilt by Sarge at Worldwide Sax with his special updating for my personal use.

Or how about that Forester Coaxial Reloading Press that makes it seem so easy, by actually making it easy?

What great designs that have that special synergy have you found?



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