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Offline Doug Rose

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Red Soft Plastic 500 set
« on: January 24, 2015, 07:27:38 AM »
I jumped on eBay yesterday afternoon at work as this was just posted. Pictures aren't that good, but I couldn't let it sit. Where I don't have a 500 set in my collection, maybe this is it. either 10/55 or 12/55. Grey cords look great.....Doug


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Re: Red Soft Plastic 500 set
« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2015, 07:49:13 AM »
Very nice find, Doug. I'd say you bit the bear on that buy. The right place at the right time always wins.

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Re: Red Soft Plastic 500 set
« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2015, 08:46:35 AM »
Looks good, Doug.  It looks like there may be an original dial card there too....just turned around.  Welcome to the dark side.

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Re: Red Soft Plastic 500 set
« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2015, 10:12:34 AM »
thanks guys....limited space after the re-org of the room, so we will see. I have always wanted a 500 set just to show it with the collection. This just "might" be the bad boy. You know what happens when you say just one   8)    ....Doug
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Re: Red Soft Plastic 500 set
« Reply #4 on: January 26, 2015, 07:33:47 PM »
I received the 500 set today and I am very happy with it. It is a working phone dated 10 16 55 in yellow vermilion. Everything is dated 10 55 except the dial which is 9 55. No chips cracks or missing pieces and the grey cords are in excellent shape. I removed the Made in Japan four prong which I think was the only add to this beauty and I will wire it to a mounting block. No original dial card, it was a piece of paper with a stain on it. Bummer!

We are experiencing a Blizzard and expect over two feet of snow. I will be working from home and pray for the power to stay with us, so I can ...work from home. Between shoveling, I hope to get a little time with this great phone.

This was a BIN I was lucky to see just after it was posted on Friday, but I cannot see how long it was actually on eBay before I found it. If anyone knows how to see that, please let me know. Seller got it right out and packed it better than I had asked.

This would be a perfect Birthday phone for someone, unfortunately I was already "made" before it was  ;D. Not sure yet, but I am leaning on keeping it. I hope it comes out half as nice as Christian's refurb....Doug
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Re: Red Soft Plastic 500 set
« Reply #5 on: January 27, 2015, 01:25:38 PM »
I worked on the 500 set last night and polished it up today. Very happy with how it came out. The is a tube under the dial that is not connected. Everything is original except the block and the old party line dial card I had. The transmitter cap has a small push in the grill. This guy was filthy but came out satisfactory to me. The tube is interesting....Doug
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Re: Red Soft Plastic 500 set
« Reply #6 on: January 27, 2015, 01:27:50 PM »
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Re: Red Soft Plastic 500 set
« Reply #7 on: January 27, 2015, 02:06:20 PM »
Interesting that the set contains a 426 tube without being relabeled.  Shouldn't it be a 501?  On the bottom I see it having a rivet for the bracket, so was it still a field modification? The rivet does look like it was a post-factory feature.

All in all very nice. Would beautify any bathroom counter.
« Last Edit: January 27, 2015, 02:23:27 PM by unbeldi »

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Re: Red Soft Plastic 500 set
« Reply #8 on: January 27, 2015, 03:06:49 PM »
thanks Karl.....no natural light for me today over 2.5 feet of snow.....But we kept our power!!!
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Re: Red Soft Plastic 500 set
« Reply #9 on: January 27, 2015, 04:41:31 PM »
Actually, I don't think the fastener for the 426 tube is a rivet.  It's a hex-head bolt.  I've had a number of 500 sets with the 426 tube.  I do not recall the model designation but I do believe (as you send, unbeldi) that they are marked 501.

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Re: Red Soft Plastic 500 set
« Reply #10 on: January 27, 2015, 04:51:23 PM »
Actually, I don't think the fastener for the 426 tube is a rivet.  It's a hex-head bolt.  I've had a number of 500 sets with the 426 tube.  I do not recall the model designation but I do believe (as you send, unbeldi) that they are marked 501.
Now that you say that.. I think you are right. I remember it being easy to remove the bracket and the tube. So what's that in the mounting hole of this set?  When enlarging the picture, something is centered in the hole, but there seems to be some kind of ridge around the hole.

PS: here is a picture of mine, pointing to what that looks like:
« Last Edit: January 27, 2015, 05:01:40 PM by unbeldi »

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Re: Red Soft Plastic 500 set
« Reply #11 on: January 27, 2015, 05:36:02 PM »
Looks good, Doug.  It looks like there may be an original dial card there too....just turned around.  Welcome to the dark side.
Dennis...I enjoyed my trip to the "dark side."   ::) It is a keeper and resting comfortably in the phone room...Doug
« Last Edit: January 27, 2015, 05:38:15 PM by Doug Rose »
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Re: Red Soft Plastic 500 set
« Reply #12 on: January 27, 2015, 06:42:07 PM »
It looks like the same hex-head bolt from here.  Is it not??

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Re: Red Soft Plastic 500 set
« Reply #13 on: January 27, 2015, 07:37:19 PM »
Hey Dennis ...it is the same hex head as yours. I was surprised to find it when I took the dial off to lubricate it. It was never wired and it rings fine as is. For Party line ringing?  Its a really nice phone and something new for my collection...Doug
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Re: Red Soft Plastic 500 set
« Reply #14 on: February 08, 2015, 12:06:44 PM »
I have decided to sell this as I just do not feel 500 sets fit in my collection.....Doug

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