"The phone is a remarkably complex, simple device, and very rarely ever needs repairs, once you fix them." - Dan/Panther
Started by Come in Nighthawk, June 05, 2010, 06:04:15 PM
Quote from: Wallphone on December 05, 2010, 03:09:38 PMThat same story happened to me a few years ago. I won a real nice wooden wall phone for under $50 when all of a sudden and without warning it jumped out of the sellers arms and tumbled down the steps shattering into many pieces. When I asked the seller to provide some pictures of this "accident" because I might still take it, for some reason they got irate like I was calling them a liar or something. I reported it to eBay but they did nothing. I didn't leave negative feedback because I would have received the same in return. The rules on feedback have changed since then. Have you asked the seller for pictures yet stating that you might still have a need for it?
Quote from: rdelius on February 18, 2011, 12:45:54 PMhere is a real frankinphoneAE dialWE transFederal handsetOktivia recB1mountSoviet cords and wired in series with no subsetRobby
Quote from: McHeath on June 06, 2010, 10:37:54 AMYou bring up good points Nighthawk about how the phones were continually refurbed and repaired in service and how that makes an all matching date phone rather rare. Being that said, the collectable value of an all matching date phone is much higher than one with parts from different times. Also a plastic phone that is painted or re-painted will bring less than one in it's original condition, even if the paint job was done by Ma Bell. Seems that the usual rules of collecting anything apply for high value phones, original condition of the finish, all original parts is going to be the most sought after and valuable.That being said most of my phones are Frankenphones to some degree, some absurdly so with parts spanning decades. I like them all. Even my new in the box, and I know it was new because I bought it new in 86', Western Electric 500 in ivory is a Frankenphone. The chassis is all dated 1984 while the handset is dated 1986. It was not listed as a refurb, but new made, and yet it spans two years of production. I'd get dinged for that in the market if I ever sold it, but that's the way it came from the factory.