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I think I hear "Taps" playing in the background....
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John.... I saw your  blue 500 set with an amazing transformation go for under $30. You put many hours of hard work into it.

If you get this up to your standards, what would it sell for?  It is not a desirable phone.

Doug, as you said in this post,

When I read a book, I don’t dog ear the pages. I don’t spill food or drink on it. It’s about respect.

I feel the same way about phones. I just couldn't sell that Aqua 500 on eBay looking green just knowing what was under the thin, top plastic layer. Would have been lucky to get $9.99 if left green. So I did someone a big nice by taking it back to Aqua and of course, lost money on it. I think I paid $25 for the phone. But that was a 500 and someone is now going to have a sharp looking phone on their desk, or for sale in their antique mall booth for $100.

It's a hobby and by definition, a hobby does not make money, an IRS rule (a business that takes a loss each year is seen as a hobby and not entitled to business considerations for tax purposes).

This Accent phone is not a somewhat rare colored 500 but should it get any less treatment and respect being something that has successfully survived some 40 years? Other than discoloration, it's a working phone. Would I get $9.99 on eBay? That's about it if it sold at all. Is it worth the effort? No. Would I even get my original purchase price and restoration costs out of it? No. But if color restored, it would make one person's day, the person who would buy it for a deal.

But, how about putting a green handset on it and selling it in the sports memorabilia section (Green Bay Packers are green and gold)? Football season is approaching.

Right now, it's back in the box while I think about it. Have to do something with it, but what is the question.
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General Discussion / E-1 Handset Bullet Transmitter Tool
« Last post by Desert Phone Guy on Today at 02:31:33 PM »
I think we all know about the E-1 handset tools, which are invaluable in removal of the transmitters and receives on the Western Electric E-1 Handsets.

Does anyone know of, or own, a tool to remove the 395A Early "bullet" style transmitter?  The 395 has two holes in the top which most likely are there to accomodate a tool to unscrew the bakelite bullet part.
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Wooden Phones / Re: Western Electric glass front 240
« Last post by Key2871 on Today at 01:46:38 PM »
What a transformation, although when you first pictured it it was quite nice. But wow, it looks awesome now.
And to have the history of where it would have been, and how it was used just makes it even better.
What a great find, and your hard work has made this come back to the way it used to look so long ago.
Nice work, you must be very proud of such a nice piece.
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John.... I saw your  blue 500 set with an amazing transformation go for under $30. You put many hours of hard work into it.

If you get this up to your standards, what would it sell for?  It is not a desirable phone.

I think you knew the anger before you asked the question......sorry....Doug
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Viking funeral.

In all seriousness. That phone is not worth the effort to restore. Maybe there are some parts worth saving, maybe it's worth it to try a few techniques with no expectations? But it definitely looks a bit too far gone.
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Wooden Phones / Re: Western Electric glass front 240
« Last post by Sargeguy on Today at 12:11:16 PM »
Back in the early years there were “Public Phones” that were available to subscribers when they were “out and about” and they could bill their home account.  Pay Stations were timed, either by an attendant or a clerk in the general store etc. where the phone was located. The majority Homes or standard two and three boxers.  Classier places would’ve had tandems and vanities.   Placing a telephone call was a much more complicated process than it is today. Many customers needed or expected somebody to assist them (and most proprietors did not want customers messing with their phones).  Having a glass front was part of the show.  In a darkened room you could see the sparks generated by the magneto through the glass door.  Eventually, as telephones moved from a high-end novelty item to serve a utilitarian function and coin collectors.were developed, this system was replaced by the self service pay station. 
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General Discussion / Re: My purge has ended.
« Last post by RotarDad on Today at 11:38:43 AM »
A big “Thank you” to you, Greg, for showing us how it’s done!!!!  You did several things well:

1) Realized you had “too much stuff” that you weren’t going to “get to”.
2) Mustered the energy/enthusiasm to take action.
3) Pushed through to get significant results.
4) Helped many on the forum add to their collections.

Great stuff - I was inspired to continue my efforts in this area as well!  Thanks again.
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John - You bring up very good points here.  If the resto is fun and/or part of trying out new techniques (and sharing your learnings with us.....  ;) ), then spending the time may make great sense.  Your blue 500 is an example.  Otherwise, I believe you have to put a significant value on your time, and walk away from most of these high-effort/low-dollar-value projects.  I’ve tried to “reform” myself in this area, and let a lot of stuff go without feeling I need to “fix it”.....  :D
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hmmmm....

Maybe put it into auction as is, at a start price just to cover purchase price and a couple of dollars extra (plus shipping as normal) as an experiment, to see if it sells and for how much compared with all the work put into the blue phone?

Or offer it as is for a few dollars (to cover purchase price) plus shipping via CRPF classifieds?

If it doesn't sell, is any of it worth more as parts?

And if the above don't work out, restore it as and when (I quite like the new technique idea)?
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