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Collector's Corner / Re: Brown NE Uniphone
« Last post by Doug Rose on October 14, 2018, 08:21:34 PM »
Really nice Larry. I put cloth cords on mine. I know what you mean on dwindling supplies. My #1 has a nickel fingerwheel and the #2 brass. Myself, I never liked the black on a brown set. Clear would look good as well. Great job.....Doug
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Find of the Month / Re: Find of the Month - October 2018
« Last post by Jim S. on October 14, 2018, 05:27:11 PM »
Pertinent info regarding Larry's telephone.
This is worth noting, It is a want  as opposed to a find, A want gets higher points by my reckoning.
JMO,
Jim S.,
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"One phone on my low budget wish list was a brown Northern Electric Uniphone.  I noticed this phone (eBay link) for sale on eBay last week, and it appeared to me to be a brown phone which had been painted black, so I took a $68 gamble and bought it.  I asked the seller to wait until this week to ship it as I was out traveling, and it arrived this afternoon.  It turns out that my guess was correct (at least this time).  The phone and handset are mottled brown bakelite, and the black paint is thin.  I have started stripping it.  The phone will need new cords and preferably a replacement dial plate.  The insides are rather dirty, and some species of small invertebrate did plenty of reproducing inside the dial and handset.  I am attaching a couple of listing pictures.  I will hopefully have some pictures of the restored brown soon."

Larry
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Collector's Corner / Re: Brown NE Uniphone
« Last post by FABphones on October 14, 2018, 05:11:02 PM »
If a phone could smile, that one is certainly smiling now. Nicely done.
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Auction Talk / Re: Global Shipping Question
« Last post by FABphones on October 14, 2018, 05:04:47 PM »
Interesting that a couple of you have noted that Global Shipping is expensive as I've usually found it cheaper (US - UK) than from US sellers doing their own international postage.
 :)

Thanks for the replies.

Was the shipping fee quoted the fee you paid, or were you billed extra after the purchase?
And did you have to pay the customs charge on top once it reached the UK (as per usual eg via USPS/Parcelforce)?
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Collector's Corner / Re: Brown NE Uniphone
« Last post by Ktownphoneco on October 14, 2018, 04:59:14 PM »
Great job Larry !

Jeff
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Pay Station Telephones / Re: AE 3 Slot or Decorator Phone?
« Last post by FABphones on October 14, 2018, 04:53:03 PM »
Ah ok, thanks for that.

This is now on its way to me from Germany. Cost was $230 including shipping (bought for me as a gift). I don't know if that price is good or not?

We can't get these as easily as you can over there, 99% of the few I see are mostly empty aside from a wired PCB. I wanted one as complete as possible, hopefully this one won't need too much.

So, I guess a good place to start re tidying this up is to begin looking for a vault door and keys (if anyone has one please message me). Vault doors for 3 slot A.E / W.E are the same?

This is going to be a bit of a learning curve for me.... I've never actually seen one apart from in a photo....

Any pointers, tips and advice will be gratefully received.
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Collector's Corner / Re: Brown NE Uniphone
« Last post by tubaman on October 14, 2018, 04:50:11 PM »
Its come out really nice Larry - very well spotted!
 :)
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Find of the Month / Re: Find of the Month - October 2018
« Last post by LarryInMichigan on October 14, 2018, 04:41:31 PM »
I want to nominate my mottled brown/walnut Northern Electric Uniphone for this month's FOTM.  I paid a total of $68.19 on ebay (ebay link) and replaced the cords and dial number plate.  This phone probably passed under collectors' radar as it was disguised and advertised as being black.  Some clown had coated it with a thin layer of easily removed black paint.

Thank You

Larry
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Collector's Corner / Re: Brown NE Uniphone
« Last post by Roody on October 14, 2018, 04:40:36 PM »
Yes it does look great! Good job. The painting can be tedious.
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Collector's Corner / Re: Brown NE Uniphone
« Last post by LarryInMichigan on October 14, 2018, 04:35:35 PM »
I just reassembled the phone after de-painting, cleaning, sanding, and polishing it.  I found black rubber line and handset cords in my dwindling stock and borrowed a dial number plate from a spare #5 dial.  The phone looks pretty good now and works.

Larry
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