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Offline jfish

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Western Electric Desk Stand Rack Identification Needed
« on: April 03, 2018, 07:04:23 PM »
I have a 151AL that I am trying to bring back to life. The photo below shows the rack that came with the desk stand but I don't believe it is correct. This is a side tone when I want anti side tone. If this isn't the correct rack can I upgrade if parts are available or acquire a replacement rack. Any info would be appreciated.

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Jerry

Offline RB

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Re: Western Electric Desk Stand Rack Identification Needed
« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2018, 08:56:04 AM »
Looks like my 40. thats a 3 blade switch.
you need a 4, i believe.
no wizard, by a long shot, but would spect a 4 blade switch may slip right in?
don't think it is much larger, and should fit.
now, if it needs to be original...well???

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Re: Western Electric Desk Stand Rack Identification Needed
« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2018, 10:00:55 AM »
Hi RB, 

I think you are correct it is a definitely a sidetone rack. I,m up to adding a 4th blade switch but not sure where to find parts, if they are available. Doesn't have to be original although I would prefer it.

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Jerry

Offline HarrySmith

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Re: Western Electric Desk Stand Rack Identification Needed
« Reply #3 on: April 04, 2018, 10:14:52 AM »
I would try one out of a 302, may work?
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Offline jfish

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Re: Western Electric Desk Stand Rack Identification Needed
« Reply #4 on: April 04, 2018, 10:20:36 AM »
I thought about that, I'll give it a try.

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Offline jfish

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I was able to convert the rack shown above to a 4 blade switch without too much difficulty. I purchased a complete reproduction rack and transferred the 4 blade switch assembly to the old rack. The only issue was the top screw from the new switch was the wrong diameter for the old rack and the top screw from the old rack was too short. I was able to find a screw and now I have an anti sidetone switch rack and the 151AL is complete. I mated the desk stand with a 684 subset and it works great. I want to thank everyone from the forum for their help.

Jerry

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Re: Western Electric Desk Stand Rack Identification Needed
« Reply #6 on: April 16, 2018, 10:37:32 AM »
Glad you got that workin Jerry!
Interesting about the screws.
Good to know if the...uh...opportunity??? comes up again. lol.

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Re: Western Electric Desk Stand Rack Identification Needed
« Reply #7 on: April 16, 2018, 01:29:05 PM »
I did something similar a few years back. I created a 5302P/U. i dded an LED light with a repro hood and needed the extra leaf to operate the light. I took one leaf from a junker 302 and had the same problem you had, the screws were too short. IIRC I took the screws from a 500 switch that worked fine. I think there is a thread on here about it.
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