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Started by Greg G., March 04, 2017, 08:28:29 PM
QuoteVintage 555 Cord PBX Switchboard - $883This is a collectible Western Electric 555 corded switchboard PBX. I'm not sure of the year it was made. It was operating in the Chinook Motel, in Seattle, in the Skyway area. As a sales guy for Pacific NW Bell in the 70's, I sold this motel a new telephone system (Com Key). I had the PNB installer cut the trunk cable and deliver this unit to my house, where I've had it ever since. I always hoped to connect this to my home phone but never got around to doing it. I'm told it's easy to do. It's in nice condition for it's age. It was working perfectly when it was uninstalled. It's only been moved twice so it's very much how it was when it was taken out of service. I have a copy of an operations manual for it and there's a lot of info online related to it. The size is 4' high, 2.5' wide and 2.5' deep. (By the way, I haven't cleaned it. It will look better when I do.) It's very cool and always gets a lot of attention. It makes a unique and functional desk. I think it will continue to increase in value.It's time for me to move this on.
Quote from: AE_Collector on March 04, 2017, 09:16:21 PMEven at that price these are always a pretty good deal per pound but the weight is what keeps the price down. You need to do lots of bargaining with him but I assume this is at least within range for you?Terry
Quote from: Jim S. on March 05, 2017, 03:14:09 PMThe "desk" comes off easily.Jim
QuoteHi Greg. I'm not sure of the actual weight. Two guys, a dolly and a pickup would do it. I'm pretty firm on the price. I might come down a little bit. I'm getting a fair amount of interest, so far, mostly from out-of-towners.Steve
Quote from: poplar1 on March 04, 2017, 09:21:00 PMThe going price for a working 551 or 555 is probably in the $400 range. On the other hand, this one was carefully removed and cared for, and it is close by. The 552 I would think would be worth $100 for parts.