Author Topic: Homemade Phone?  (Read 1419 times)

Offline HarrySmith

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 5395
  • 1937 302
Homemade Phone?
« on: April 26, 2015, 05:13:46 PM »
Just stumbled across this on eBay. Being sold as a homemade phone, I am not sure if it qualifies as such. It does not appear to have enough parts for that. What do you guys think?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/161681428659
Harry Smith
ATCA 4434
TCI

"There is no try,
there is only
do or do not"

Offline NorthernElectric

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 526
Re: Homemade Phone?
« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2015, 05:29:49 PM »
homemade crystal radio?
Cliff

Offline Jon Kolger

  • *
  • Posts: 79
  • Blue AE Type 34
Re: Homemade Phone?
« Reply #2 on: April 26, 2015, 07:34:22 PM »
Looks like a homemade radio to me, though it does use some telephone related parts.  I see part of a lightning arrestor at the top, and of course the 4-prong plug and the handset.

Offline Phonesrfun

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 4867
  • "Number Please"
Re: Homemade Phone?
« Reply #3 on: April 26, 2015, 08:58:06 PM »
Looks like an attempt to be something.  The safety pin is interesting.  Possibly trying to be the "cat's whisker" on a crystal pot.  However, the coil is too coarse to be much use for a crystal radio.  Definitely not a homemade phone.  Looks like a piece of junk to me.
-Bill G

Offline andre_janew

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 1461
Re: Homemade Phone?
« Reply #4 on: April 27, 2015, 07:41:25 PM »
The auction ended without anyone bidding on it.  I don't see any sort of network or induction coil that looks familiar to me.  I think a lot of people may have agreed with Phonesrfun.

Offline andre_janew

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 1461
Re: Homemade Phone?
« Reply #5 on: June 29, 2015, 06:13:30 PM »
It is on eBay again with a $7.99 BIN price.  I made an offer of $4.50 and was turned down, so I made an offer of $5 and I'm waiting for a response.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/VINTAGE-HOMEMADE-TELEPHONE-WESTERN-ELECTRIC-PHONE-PARTS-LOT-/161746215862
« Last Edit: June 29, 2015, 08:11:35 PM by TelePlay »

Offline andre_janew

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 1461
Re: Homemade Phone?
« Reply #6 on: June 30, 2015, 11:25:56 AM »
I was outbid!  Someone actually paid  the $7.99 asking price!

Offline 19and41

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 2001
Re: Homemade Phone?
« Reply #7 on: July 02, 2015, 02:21:45 PM »
It will shortly be adding atmosphere to a bar or restaurant where folks will stare at it while waiting for their wings.  :)
"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."
Arthur C. Clarke