Author Topic: Seriously messed up Multiline-eBay  (Read 3297 times)

Offline WesternElectricBen

  • **
  • Posts: 2876
Seriously messed up Multiline-eBay
« on: November 14, 2013, 10:52:38 PM »
Well, as I regularly peruse through eBay I found this. As you might know, or not, I have been wiring a 1a2 with my phone friend and I need to stock up one some more multilines, I have 5 or 6 at the moment. I prefer green, if you have one to sell to me. :)

Though, this caught my eye, it says mustered color, well I think its faded yellow at the best. And look at the foot, did someone get mad and squeeze it or what?

I'm not going to even mention the filth.. Is that box a awkward signaling switch that I do not recognize?

Link: http://www.ebay.com/itm/121210570420

Tell me what you think,
Ben
« Last Edit: November 15, 2013, 09:11:59 AM by TelePlay »

Offline WesternElectricBen

  • **
  • Posts: 2876
Re: Seriously messed up Multiline-eBay
« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2013, 10:57:10 PM »
Sorry about my absolutely atrocious cropping techniques thanks to Microsoft Paint.

Ben

Offline poplar1

  • ***
  • Posts: 6269
  • 1051-AL
Re: Seriously messed up Multiline-eBay
« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2013, 11:51:44 PM »
Looks beige with a faded white handset. The switch could be for ring transfer or ringer cutoff.
"C'est pas une restauration, c'est une rénovation."--François Martin.

Offline WesternElectricBen

  • **
  • Posts: 2876
Re: Seriously messed up Multiline-eBay
« Reply #3 on: November 14, 2013, 11:55:41 PM »
Looks beige with a faded white handset. The switch could be for ring transfer or ringer cutoff.

So that is what it is? It makes more sence than a signaling key, as it's a switch.

Ben

Offline G-Man

  • **
  • Posts: 1957
Re: Seriously messed up Multiline-eBay
« Reply #4 on: November 15, 2013, 06:06:23 AM »
The seller is upfront about its condition by uploading detailed photos showing all of its flaws and as has already been pointed out, the switch is standard for use for such things as transmitter or ringer cut-off.

With a .99 cent opening bid I think the seller is being fair. Even if it were not restorable, it might be worth a couple of dollars to someone who is in need of the line cord or other parts.

The set’s housing will probably clean-up just fine though it may need an additional sandpaper treatment, and of course the handset is badly faded.

Also, in telephony key and switch are frequently used interchangeably.

Offline twocvbloke

  • **
  • Posts: 4715
  • W.E. 500 DM
Re: Seriously messed up Multiline-eBay
« Reply #5 on: November 15, 2013, 12:13:16 PM »
That squished foot is probably from storage...  :D

Offline poplar1

  • ***
  • Posts: 6269
  • 1051-AL
Re: Seriously messed up Multiline-eBay
« Reply #6 on: November 15, 2013, 02:59:46 PM »
Buyer would still need a mounting cord--since both cords are missing.

The switch/key came in different configurations; most common I recall was for "ring transfer." This would switch the common audible pair--yellow-slate pair for ringer or yellow-green for buzzer--back over a spare pair to another phone. This was done for example when the person was going to lunch and wanted someone else to "cover" (answer) the calls that normally would ring at this station. An additional buzzer or ringer would be added at the destination station that would be activated only when the key was operated.
"C'est pas une restauration, c'est une rénovation."--François Martin.

Offline WesternElectricBen

  • **
  • Posts: 2876
Re: Seriously messed up Multiline-eBay
« Reply #7 on: November 15, 2013, 05:00:20 PM »
Buyer would still need a mounting cord--since both cords are missing.

The switch/key came in different configurations; most common I recall was for "ring transfer." This would switch the common audible pair--yellow-slate pair for ringer or yellow-green for buzzer--back over a spare pair to another phone. This was done for example when the person was going to lunch and wanted someone else to "cover" (answer) the calls that normally would ring at this station. An additional buzzer or ringer would be added at the destination station that would be activated only when the key was operated.

Thanks for letting me know, that is a pretty cool function like an automatic transfer system.

Ben

Offline poplar1

  • ***
  • Posts: 6269
  • 1051-AL
Re: Seriously messed up Multiline-eBay
« Reply #8 on: November 15, 2013, 05:10:16 PM »
nothing automatic about it--strictly manual way of "forwarding" your calls.
"C'est pas une restauration, c'est une rénovation."--François Martin.

Offline Contempra

  • **
  • Posts: 939
Re: Seriously messed up Multiline-eBay
« Reply #9 on: November 15, 2013, 05:16:49 PM »
exact David, just lift up the button and the ringer or call I don,t know, what ever, was transfering to another phone....
Denis

Offline poplar1

  • ***
  • Posts: 6269
  • 1051-AL
Re: Seriously messed up Multiline-eBay
« Reply #10 on: November 15, 2013, 05:25:56 PM »
Usually, you would answer one of the incoming lines (keys 2, 3, 4 or 5); then put the call on hold (far left key); then use the far right button (intercom) to tell someone to pick up the call. That person would then push the winking key of the line on hold.

The separately mounted key (switch) on the right in this picture was for a different purpose---such as turning the ringer (or buzzer) on or off, or, as I suggested, transferring the ringing to someone else.

Often, there would be only one or two "receptionists" who answered the outside calls, then used the intercom or overhead paging to alert the desired party of a waiting call.  So the outside calls usually didn't ring on everyone's phone at once.
"C'est pas une restauration, c'est une rénovation."--François Martin.

Offline WesternElectricBen

  • **
  • Posts: 2876
Re: Seriously messed up Multiline-eBay
« Reply #11 on: November 16, 2013, 12:14:38 AM »
Usually, you would answer one of the incoming lines (keys 2, 3, 4 or 5); then put the call on hold (far left key); then use the far right button (intercom) to tell someone to pick up the call. That person would then push the winking key of the line on hold.

The separately mounted key (switch) on the right in this picture was for a different purpose---such as turning the ringer (or buzzer) on or off, or, as I suggested, transferring the ringing to someone else.

Often, there would be only one or two "receptionists" who answered the outside calls, then used the intercom or overhead paging to alert the desired party of a waiting call.  So the outside calls usually didn't ring on everyone's phone at once.

Oh, oh, now I really understand that..

Tha function makes sence, it would be a hecteck office with all the ringing.

Ben