"The phone is a remarkably complex, simple device, and very rarely ever needs repairs, once you fix them." - Dan/Panther
Started by mickash, June 26, 2017, 08:34:09 PM
Quote from: mickash on June 26, 2017, 08:34:09 PMHello and thanks to Dennis for accepting me.I've been suffering from Phoneitis since 1972 when my Dad brought home a pair of ATE T3903s (see my Avatar) Over the years I've built up a collection of around 50 phones, mainly UK GPO/BT models or variants of them.I have been dipping into this Forum for a while and now I've officially joined I hope to learn some more and hopefully help out other members.Cheers.
Quote from: oldguy on June 26, 2017, 10:58:26 PMwelcome Victor. You should have fun here. Great group of guys & gals. how do you beat a phone like your avatar. We will need to see more pictures of your phones.
Quote from: Victor Laszlo on June 26, 2017, 08:42:08 PMWelcome, indeed. While Mr. Bell has admired your avatar, I will go further and say that I want one (or two, or...) of those phones.
Quote from: oldguy on June 26, 2017, 10:58:26 PMYou should have fun here. Great group of guys & gals. how do you beat a phone like your avatar. We will need to see more pictures of your phones.
Quote from: mickash on June 27, 2017, 08:37:41 PMThanks for the welcome.These phones sometimes appear on ebay over here but they are usually bought and "converted" to Type 200 lookalikes by having the central magneto section removed and then reassembled without it. Adding a dial then makes a useable and more valuable phone for resale. A shame really to lose a piece of our mining history. These phones were used in surface locations at coal mines well into the 1970s.I'll add some pictures when I can. Sadly most of my phones are in storage in the attic and rarely see the light of day due to lack of space in the house and unsympathetic family! Apparrently most of it is old junk and deserves to go in a skip!!
Quote from: mickash on June 27, 2017, 08:37:41 PMApparrently most of it is old junk and deserves to go in a skip!!
Quote from: Alex G. Bell on June 27, 2017, 09:05:47 PMConsiderably more unusual were magneto sets with dials, which were used in some very sparsely populated places. The Ericsson Bros. of UK N2907 is an example of this.
Quote from: Jack Ryan on June 27, 2017, 10:44:41 PMI like those - generally they use simplex dialling. A lot were used in Canada but they were also used in Australia and New Zealand. British Ericsson made many of them but Northern Electric and Automatic Electric also made them.Jack
Quote from: Alex G. Bell on June 27, 2017, 11:04:51 PMRight. I believe they all use SX dialing. Otherwise alerting other phones on the same line would seem problematic. AFAIK they were not used in the US.
QuoteThe only example I have is a NECo 317-style wood magneto wall set with a factory installed NE #1 dial.
Quote from: Alex G. Bell on June 27, 2017, 09:05:47 PMSpecial "explosion proof" phones were generally used in mines here. These sets are sealed so that sparks created by operation of the phone are contained inside and cannot cause ignition of combustible gas in the surrounding environment.Too bad your family does not appreciate your collection. That's something many of us face, though I think less so today than in years past.
Quote from: twocvbloke on June 27, 2017, 09:07:02 PMAh, family, the reason we can't have nice things... (I'm up north in Co. Durham, BTW...)
Quote from: mickash on June 28, 2017, 08:27:34 PMHi twocv. I recognise your name from the UK Vintage Radio Forum.I suppose most of us are misunderstood about our collections and what WE consider to be nice things. I guess it would be acceptable for me to fit a GPO 741 on the kitchen wall but a Panasonic PBX and it's wiring on view anywhere in the house would be a no no. Surprisingly my wife quite likes a recent arrival, an early black GPO 706!
Quote from: twocvbloke on June 28, 2017, 08:51:18 PMThat was quite a long time ago since I used that forum (disagreement with the management siding with a moderator over them claiming my asking for any ideas on what an electronic "thing" I'd acquired was pointless and ridiculous!!), too uptight there, this place here's far more relaxed and they don't mind things sliding off-topic (most of the time!!)
Quote from: ThePillenwerfer on June 29, 2017, 09:39:12 AMThat's a co-incidence. I was just finishing doing up an ATM T3903 before I read this.I fear I've made it into a 232. On mine the magneto unit had been stripped of its paint and the Certification plate removed. As it was it was neither nice-looking nor useful. It is now both.