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Bunch of Phones! . . . from Michigan State University
« on: February 07, 2018, 09:56:29 AM »
Since many things have changed here in the last couple of years, I will post these "memorable" finds of mine from the past.

Here is a huge find of phones from Michigan State University that I rescued from the SCRAP PILE!  Yes, they were going to scrap all of them, but allowed me to salvage them. They wanted me to pay $ .50/ea., but I countered with $ .25/ea and got them.  MSU has a "Surplus Store" where they sell literally everything the university no longer has use for. I have seen Electron microscopes, MRI machines, Steinway grand pianos, all forms of vehicles, and once in awhile, PHONES!

I believe I ended up with about 900 phones/with handsets & LONGGGG cords (for students no doubt).  I honestly had ALL sold before I even got home with them, and kept a dozen or so for future projects. The cords were all tangled and stretched, so I sold them to the local metal-recycler for $ .50/pound, and there was literally 345# of them!

https://photos.app.goo.gl/SoHYRXij6lTaBo5H2
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Re: Bunch of Phones! . . . from Michigan State University
« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2018, 10:28:38 AM »
They probably came out of dorm rooms.  The keypads, ringers, transmitters, and receivers were of some use.

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Re: Bunch of Phones! . . . from Michigan State University
« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2018, 12:02:18 PM »
The cords could have been saved.
Just repair them as you needed them.  Replacements are from $2.00 to $7.00, and many will still need some straightening.

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Re: Bunch of Phones! . . . from Michigan State University
« Reply #3 on: February 07, 2018, 07:14:33 PM »
were they all single line phones? any key phones?
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Re: Bunch of Phones! . . . from Michigan State University
« Reply #4 on: February 07, 2018, 08:57:44 PM »
All were single-line phones; no key phones.

I only sold the cords for scrap; all of the rest of the phones were sold to a telephone restorer who had literally 100's of NOS color-change kits, complete with new matching handset cords, so we were all happy!  I think I actually got $5.00 each for them as memory recalls, plus the $300 or so I got for scrapping the cords......

When I am restoring phones, I almost never re-use the old cords unless they are nice and cleanable; I have always been lucky enough to have NOS replacements, and still have a large quantity of earlier, hard-wire/round coiled cords in colors.
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