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Offline Nick in Manitou

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Finally got an AE 50
« on: June 22, 2016, 04:40:58 PM »
I have always really liked the appearance of the AE 50.

Recently I posted in another thread that it seemed to me that the words "reasonable price" and AE 50 didn't seem to go together.

Well, there was a forum member who remembered my statement when he saw an ad on eBay for one with a BIN of $45 plus shipping charges of $24.38.  (I am not naming the forum member who alerted me to the opportunity in case there is someone else who would have liked to have been notified.)  I jumped on the opportunity and, with the blessing of my wife who said she liked the look of the phone and that my birthday is only a few months away, I snapped it up without much consideration at all.

Several folks have voiced their concern about how fragile these phones are and how important it is for the seller to know this and take it into consideration.  I sent the seller a message about the vents often being damaged in shipment and to please not ship the phone with the handset on the cradle.  She responded very reasonably.

It took a while for the phone to arrive but when it got here it was in great shape.  The seller apologized for the delay but said that she lives out in the country and and it took her a while to get the extra packing materials.  She felt bad about the delay and shipped it priority.  Instead of the $24.38 she stated in her ad, she ended up paying $39.30 to ship the phone!  I offered her $20 for the extra materials, the extra shipping cost and the extra effort, but she insisted that if I wanted to pay her additional money, that I should limit it to $10 and consider the rest a gift!

So, thank you to the forum member who kept his eye out for me and took the time to let me know about this opportunity - and to a kind eBay seller!

I have not had much time at all to even look at the phone, but I did open it up and take some photos.  The insides look undisturbed from original to me.

The chrome ring on the receiver end of the handset is broken, so I will be researching  how to fix or where to find a replacement. 

The dial is very slow and needs assistance to return.  (I have had Steve Hilsz repair some dials in the past, but I have heard some folks use the aerosol contact cleaner/lube that places like Radio Shack sell.  I have some of that on hand, should I try that first?) (Dial is stamped "875A" on the back in case that enlightens anyone about anything.)

I hope to put a new line cord on this within the next couple days and see if it works.  (If it doesn't, I will be asking the forum for assistance.)

Any comments or suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

Nick

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Re: Finally got an AE 50
« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2016, 04:42:29 PM »
More photos:

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Re: Finally got an AE 50
« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2016, 04:46:07 PM »
More photos:

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Re: Finally got an AE 50
« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2016, 04:47:13 PM »
Wrestling with the photo security error...

Offline Nick in Manitou

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Re: Finally got an AE 50
« Reply #4 on: June 22, 2016, 04:52:51 PM »
Trying again...didn't want to reduce the size of the photo in case there is a detail someone wants to see.  (But it looks as though it came through without much reduction in quality even though the size is smaller.)

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Re: Finally got an AE 50
« Reply #5 on: June 22, 2016, 05:16:32 PM »
Straight line ("S.L.") Ringer is a +.

That's a phonecoinc inspection sticker on the back, but it appears they didn't remove any of the original parts.

Seller could have used a large priority flat rate (up to 70 lbs.) box for $18.75 (or $15.85 online), but a seller just told me she doesn't like them because they aren't deep enough (12" x12" x 6").
"C'est pas une restauration, c'est une rénovation."--François Martin.

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Re: Finally got an AE 50
« Reply #6 on: June 22, 2016, 05:22:40 PM »
Nick,

Congratulations on getting a real classic.  With a bit of cleaning and polishing, this phone should look really great.  I wouldn't worry too much about the broken chrome ring.  It looks like the break is clean, so I would just apply a few drops of super glue to the inside of the ring one both ends when putting it back over the cap to hold the ring to the cap and nobody will know that it was broken.

Your phone has a SL ringer which is a bonus.  Frequency ringers were very common.  Also, you phone is not missing its plunger.  Many AE50s have lost them.  Your phone is probably an earlier AE50, judging by the cloth, instead of rubber, insulation on the wires inside.

Cleaning an AE dial does not take all that much skill.  If I can do it, anyone can.

The large Priorty Mail boxes are probably not deep enough to to ship one of these safely.  I wouldn't risk it.

Enjoy your new old phone!


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Re: Finally got an AE 50
« Reply #7 on: June 22, 2016, 08:51:13 PM »
Very nice phone. Ya, wives can surprise you at times. Mine did when I was at a ladies house buying 3 Phones for $50 (yes I'm cheap). then the lady brought out a beautifully restored AE50 & said she wanted $100. I had brought $60 to buy the 3 phone & had no more cash. My wife said she liked the phone & did I want it. I said yes & told her "but I only have $10 & $100 is a lot of money for a phone". She whipped out 5 20s & gave them to me to buy the phone. I was shocked & thankful. We went home with 4 phones.
Gary

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Re: Finally got an AE 50
« Reply #8 on: June 22, 2016, 08:53:57 PM »
Seller could have used a large priority flat rate (up to 70 lbs.) box for $18.75 (or $15.85 online), but a seller just told me she doesn't like them because they aren't deep enough (12" x12" x 6").

That is true. People insist on using flat rate boxes but for many phones 5.5" leaves no room for padding.

Nice buy!

Jack

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Re: Finally got an AE 50
« Reply #9 on: June 22, 2016, 08:57:13 PM »
Your phone is probably an earlier AE50, judging by the cloth, instead of rubber, insulation on the wires inside.

Yes, also by the ringer. The code on the back should begin with "50".

Jack

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Re: Finally got an AE 50
« Reply #10 on: June 22, 2016, 09:34:13 PM »
Jack, when you say the code on the back should begin with "50", do you mean the code on the back of the phone?

I have attached a photo of the back.

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Re: Finally got an AE 50
« Reply #11 on: June 22, 2016, 09:37:20 PM »
Gary,

That was a pretty good day even before the AE 50 and the surprise by your wife.

Good looking phones.  Now you gotta get that 202 fired up and running.

Nick

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Re: Finally got an AE 50
« Reply #12 on: June 23, 2016, 02:12:16 AM »
Jack, when you say the code on the back should begin with "50", do you mean the code on the back of the phone?

I have attached a photo of the back.

The code on yours is difficult to read. See attached for example "50" indicating the original model with larger ringer

Jack

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Re: Finally got an AE 50
« Reply #13 on: June 23, 2016, 10:12:43 AM »
Attached is another photo of the code on the back.  It is faint enough that even looking at it with a magnifying glass doesn't make it clear what it says.

S 1 5600 B0?, or S 1 5800 B0?, or are the last two faint digits even '0's?

Any idea of what these codes mean in their specific locations?



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Re: Finally got an AE 50
« Reply #14 on: June 23, 2016, 12:20:45 PM »
Looking through my data base of AE phone codes I see the following. I only have 16 AE50's entered in the list. I have 9 L's, 4 PL's, 2 SL's and 1 SZL. The digits following these letters always begin with 50 or 51 and are always 4 digits long except one that is 5 digits which I am guessing is a typo. Then there are always additional numbers/letters following in one or two groups totalling from 2 to 6 letters/digits.

I have seen many poorly stamped codes on AE phones and suspect your 4 digits must begin with 50. On my list the highest number indicated by the third and fourth digits is 14 with most being 00, 01 or 02.

Terry