"The phone is a remarkably complex, simple device, and very rarely ever needs repairs, once you fix them." - Dan/Panther
Started by Hotline, September 12, 2017, 05:31:41 PM
Quote from: ThePillenwerfer on September 16, 2017, 12:59:30 PMI don't suppose we ever will know for sure as even if we saw all the written records they would only tell us what was supposed to happen rather than what did in practise. There may well have been a few freaks produced if the correct parts weren't available; these things are only cosmetic and perhaps it was thought better to use wrong parts than stop production.The publicity shots could well have been taken before the design was finalised.I've got a 746L (which must be quite rare as they came out in 1967 and All-Figure Dialling was introduced in 1968) that has 3D chevrons on an Antique Silver ground but I have no way of knowing if it's original. As you say, privately manufactured 'phones muddy the waters further.As for 706 cords, I have heard of a few having cloth-covered ones; not plaited but plain round like switchboard cords.
Quote from: andy1702 on September 16, 2017, 05:24:46 AMI don't think they were making 332s by 1965. Are you sure you don't mean 1956? If it is1965 then it's probably an earlier unit that has been reconditioned. The GPO did a lot of that.
Quote from: ThePillenwerfer on September 17, 2017, 11:10:35 AMI think you first need to establish in your own mind what constitutes the 'phone. Least you think I've gone mad let me explain.It was refurbished in 1965 at which time new or reconditioned parts would have been fitted. How many original bits would have to remain for it to still be thought of as the same 'phone? It's like Granddad's Hammer: it's had three new shafts and two new heads but it's still Granddad's Hammer. There may be dates on the individual parts but there's no knowing if they started out in that 'phone. Sometimes they have two: the date of manufacture and and FWR one when it was re-used.Have a look at the oval recess in the handset. If it's an early one the number at the top is the date, the illustration bellow is from 1936. Latter ones will just have 164 XX, XX being the year.
Quote from: Hotline on September 17, 2017, 06:01:28 PMMy 1959 706L is ivory, it has a type 12 dial with numbers only backplate, it has letters and numbers round the dial (as most GPO 706's do), it has a brown cloth line cord (I think it is a Grebe cord) with an ivory curly handset cord (the correct early heavy type of curly cord) and is 100% original, even down to the original 1959 receiver, microphone and even the dial card.
Quote from: TelePlay on September 17, 2017, 06:07:53 PMCan you post a few pictures of the phone?If you don't know how, send me a PM and I'll help you.