Author Topic: Reproduction "candlestick" phone receiver quality  (Read 1493 times)

Offline Bartonpipes

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Reproduction "candlestick" phone receiver quality
« on: March 07, 2015, 02:36:22 PM »
Has anyone here ever bought of of the reproduction hard rubber receivers that old phone works and a few sellers on ebay offer?

Are they similar in weight to originals? Can they be cleaned up/modified so they don't stick out like a sore thumb when paired with a vintage phone? 

I would love to get the real thing but this seems like the only affordable option for a person with limited funds.
-Andrew

Offline Sargeguy

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Re: Reproduction "candlestick" phone receiver quality
« Reply #1 on: March 07, 2015, 02:58:50 PM »
I used an OPW receiver cap thjat looked pretty good.  How much do they charge?  I just picked up a 143AW for $40 shipped, and a couple 144 receivers with one usable cord for $60. 
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Re: Reproduction "candlestick" phone receiver quality
« Reply #2 on: March 07, 2015, 03:06:13 PM »
Old phone works sells an ABS plastic version with brown cloth cord, shell, cap and U1 element for $30.
-Andrew

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Re: Reproduction "candlestick" phone receiver quality
« Reply #3 on: March 07, 2015, 04:36:08 PM »
I suppose that's not too bad.  I prefer to buy an entire phone for $30 that has the receiver, but it isn't easy to do.  You can sometimes buy an inexpensive phone, part everything out except the receiver, and make close to your $$$ back.  What type of phone do you need the receiver for?
Greg Sargeant
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Re: Reproduction "candlestick" phone receiver quality
« Reply #4 on: March 07, 2015, 05:14:40 PM »
It's for a Western Electric 1324C-12 Inter-phone actually. I want it in working condition so when I find another subset I can wire them up together.
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Re: Reproduction "candlestick" phone receiver quality
« Reply #5 on: March 07, 2015, 07:55:56 PM »
That is another one of my secrets-buy Interphones cheap and cannibalize them for parts.
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Providence, RI
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Re: Reproduction "candlestick" phone receiver quality
« Reply #6 on: March 11, 2015, 02:35:41 PM »
I feel obligated to respectfully disapprove with the method of buying inter-phones for their parts.

The way I see it inter-phones were an important part of a telephone history in their own right and influenced the design of PBX systems later on.

Okay I'll step down from my apple crate now, haha.
-Andrew

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Re: Reproduction "candlestick" phone receiver quality
« Reply #7 on: March 11, 2015, 06:03:39 PM »
It is definitely a buyer's market for Interphones if you're into that sort of thing.  You could probably buy this one for close to what it will cost for a receiver from OPW if you factor in the shipping from Ontario:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/141600511049
Greg Sargeant
Providence, RI
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Re: Reproduction "candlestick" phone receiver quality
« Reply #8 on: March 11, 2015, 06:12:09 PM »
It is definitely a buyer's market for Interphones if you're into that sort of thing.

I think the same can be said of the common kinds of PBX and key system gear.  Many 564-type key telephones sell for 20-30 dollars if they sell at all. Many times I have seen phones in excellent condition sit unsold for weeks.  Even the older system phones, Stromberg-Carlson, Kellogg, etc. often go for next to nothing.

@Bartonpipes:  Technically there is nothing wrong with them indeed, they were important developments, historically.
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