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Re: Neutered Design Line Phone
« Reply #15 on: February 13, 2015, 07:45:16 PM »
I will clean it up and leave it as is - I was struggling with figuring out "how to get things to fit...".  I will probably replace the coiled cord, as it is filthy (depends on how it cleans up), and has a broken clip (though I do have the clip...).   It's a tall accent, but with a coiled cord (vs. a retractable).  The Touch Tone pad has the full "OPERATOR" above the 0 and is a Princess-style - I guess they may have been thinking of lighting at one point?

The brightness of the yellow is what attacts me to it (just like a moth to a campfire!).

Now to find the green and blue versions...  (Not that I need to be buying anything in the near future...)

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Favorite Phone: Western Electric Trimline - it just feels right holding it up to my face!

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Re: Neutered Design Line Phone
« Reply #16 on: February 13, 2015, 08:07:22 PM »
(Not that I need to be buying anything in the near future...)

We all tell ourselves that, but we never listen... ;D

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Re: Neutered Design Line Phone
« Reply #17 on: February 13, 2015, 08:30:28 PM »
eBay makes it way to easy to get sucked in...

I promise, no more auctions this month. 

Oooh - wait, is that a 1702B in Gray currently at $9.99? I'll just make one small bid on it and that's it...  I promise!

Ahhh - a Mediterranean Blue 500 with original cords - why not...


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Re: Neutered Design Line Phone
« Reply #18 on: February 13, 2015, 08:40:48 PM »
Yep, I got sucked in to buy a generator that was missing parts, still need to work on it to get it to keep running and find out if the electrical side even works.... ;D

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Re: Neutered Design Line Phone
« Reply #19 on: February 13, 2015, 09:22:04 PM »
You may have trouble finding a matching cord. I don't think this is regular WE yellow. It could be easier to just re-crimp an end onto the original one. Handset plugs are slightly smaller and not too easy to find. The cord can be wound around a dowel and put in the sun on a car dashboard in the summer and re-formed if the coils are uneven. Denatured alcohol will clean all the gook off the cord too. I would clean it first and then re-form it later.
 
Also I wonder if the "D" on the bottom is for display model or demonstrator? Paul's site doesn't mention that in the translation of the model numbers on the Accent. I don't think they ever lit the touchpad in these phones, but it would have looked really nice if they did.
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Re: Neutered Design Line Phone
« Reply #20 on: February 13, 2015, 09:58:41 PM »
Color code -93.  (On set bottom.)
 
  http://www.paul-f.com/weDesignLine.html#Accent
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Re: Neutered Design Line Phone
« Reply #21 on: February 13, 2015, 10:48:05 PM »
The cord is coiled perfectly - just dirty.

I did find a Lemon Yellow coiled cord from an on-line vendor (the had several versions of yellow, and specifically called out the WE design-line phones in reference.  I'll see how it looks after a little cleaning.

Anyone had any luck super-gluing the clip back onto the plug? Since it'll be a display piece, it won't get "used" - especially if I put the screws back into the handset through the base...

I'm still excited about the number strip with the 311-555-2368 number in it, though!

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Re: Neutered Design Line Phone
« Reply #22 on: February 14, 2015, 08:08:18 AM »
Anyone had any luck super-gluing the clip back onto the plug?

Nope, they just break off again as superglue is too brittle for that kind of application...

Easier just fitting a new RJ10 plug on there, whether or not it's used, it'll look better... :)

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Re: Neutered Design Line Phone
« Reply #23 on: February 14, 2015, 10:34:25 AM »
My limited time working in the Bell Phone Centers during the mid 70's, we were told to make all display phones nonworking. Design line phones were watched over very closely.
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Re: Neutered Design Line Phone
« Reply #24 on: February 14, 2015, 03:24:10 PM »
If you have a rj14 jack crimped, you can easily repair it by replacing the plasic jack.