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Re: Finally finished our Northern Electric 717 in White / Brass
« Reply #15 on: November 13, 2017, 11:19:22 AM »
For reference, this is how they looked originally looked before the refurb. Really a beautiful telephone. Notice the Northern Electric burned into the wood, sharp looking. Made in 1957, one of my favorite phones!!..Doug

Doug, did you strip the paint off the hook and keyhole cover? I've only ever seen them painted black. Its too bad they used bronze in the hook or else they would buff up real nice.

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Re: Finally finished our Northern Electric 717 in White / Brass
« Reply #16 on: November 13, 2017, 12:26:59 PM »
Matt....Just the way it was found, maybe a little cleaner....Doug
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Re: Finally finished our Northern Electric 717 in White / Brass
« Reply #17 on: November 13, 2017, 12:48:00 PM »
Matt....Just the way it was found, maybe a little cleaner....Doug

Looks good!

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Re: Finally finished our Northern Electric 717 in White / Brass
« Reply #18 on: November 14, 2017, 01:37:48 PM »
 The white/brass combo looks AWESOME!  I have 2.  One in great condition, but the other needs work.  Would you mind sharing your process?

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Re: Finally finished our Northern Electric 717 in White / Brass
« Reply #19 on: November 14, 2017, 01:41:35 PM »
 The white/brass combo looks AWESOME!  I have 2.  One in great condition, but I think I  might try painting it
Did  the 717 come in any other colors?

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Re: Finally finished our Northern Electric 717 in White / Brass
« Reply #20 on: November 14, 2017, 02:36:57 PM »
They left the factory finished as yours are, a sort of combination stain and varnish over the maple case.     If they were ever refurbished for any reason, they were quite often painted "black".      No other colors were ever used that I'm aware of, except perhaps by telephone hobbyists or collectors. 

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Re: Finally finished our Northern Electric 717 in White / Brass
« Reply #21 on: November 14, 2017, 02:49:05 PM »
Thank you, Jeff.  I'm gonna try Black.  The ringer gongs are currently black, should i leave them black or remove the paint so the brass could give some CONTRAST? Or, were they usually black?

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Re: Finally finished our Northern Electric 717 in White / Brass
« Reply #22 on: November 14, 2017, 02:55:22 PM »
The white/brass combo looks AWESOME!  I have 2.  One in great condition, but the other needs work.  Would you mind sharing your process?

Just sand down using a 400 grit paper, making sure to get any scratches out. Then just hit it with couple coats of primer and a few coats of gloss white. Finish it off with a few more coats of clear.

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Re: Finally finished our Northern Electric 717 in White / Brass
« Reply #23 on: November 14, 2017, 02:56:26 PM »
Thank you, Jeff.  I'm gonna try Black.  The ringer gongs are currently black, should i leave them black or remove the paint so the brass could give some CONTRAST? Or, were they usually black?

Personally, if painting it black, getting the bells and other pieces finished in nickel would look best.

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Re: Finally finished our Northern Electric 717 in White / Brass
« Reply #24 on: November 14, 2017, 03:18:47 PM »
Ill try to post when finished.

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Re: Finally finished our Northern Electric 717 in White / Brass
« Reply #25 on: November 14, 2017, 03:49:37 PM »
I love that you took an old unit and restored it to working order, adding the dial makes it really usable. did you keep all the guts as they were? based on what I could see, they mimick a WE/NE 307C... the 104 coil and all... hows the audio on them? do they sound ok when talked on?
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Re: Finally finished our Northern Electric 717 in White / Brass
« Reply #26 on: November 14, 2017, 04:20:34 PM »
I love that you took an old unit and restored it to working order, adding the dial makes it really usable. did you keep all the guts as they were? based on what I could see, they mimick a WE/NE 307C... the 104 coil and all... hows the audio on them? do they sound ok when talked on?

We had to swap out the network for a 101b and the switch pile (original only had 3 terminal and we needed 4). Stock ringer and condenser. I haven't had time to finish the wiring yet, but it will be comparable to a 302 when complete.

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