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Offline HarrySmith

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495CT Subset
« on: August 14, 2018, 04:51:34 PM »
I was prowling eBay and came across an auction for a subset with cow bells on it. Listed as a 495CT ringer box. Interesting. The thing that caught my eye was inside the door. It has 3 different diagrams on it and the top one is X'ed out. It looks like this poor little box has been resurrected 4 times! Talk about maximizing return!

https://www.ebay.com/itm/273407576507
« Last Edit: August 14, 2018, 07:03:26 PM by TelePlay »
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Offline RB

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Re: 495CT Subset
« Reply #1 on: August 15, 2018, 08:37:31 AM »
Yeah, def a hack job.
good thing is, it will look great cleaned up.
and you can do what ever you want with it, without the purists cryin wolf!

Offline Sargeguy

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Re: 495CT Subset
« Reply #2 on: August 15, 2018, 09:46:06 AM »
Yikes!  That one has been around the block a few times.  Looks similar to a 495A, I think I might have one of these somewhere.  Looks like someone tried to strip the paint then decided it wasn't worth it. 
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Offline HarrySmith

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Re: 495CT Subset
« Reply #3 on: August 15, 2018, 10:04:10 AM »
I do not think it is a hack job but rather a WE conversion. The big black X over the wiring diagram is what they did when they upgraded a set plus it is stamped with the "new" model number. WE was great at recyling & reusing equipment!

My thought exactly about stripping it. I was reading the description where he says "looks good" and I had to chuckle.

I think it is an interseting set. Is that a tube in it? What would the application be?
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Offline RB

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Re: 495CT Subset
« Reply #4 on: August 15, 2018, 10:55:39 AM »
looks more like an electrolytic cap???
maybe kludge is more appropriate than hack?

Offline poplar1

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Re: 495CT Subset
« Reply #5 on: August 15, 2018, 11:24:33 AM »
Probably started out as a 295-A (sidetone). Converted to a 495-type (anti-sidetone). T is probably for a cold cathode tube used for 4-party selective ringing.* Tube appears to have been replaced with a capacitor. (No ringing capacitor is used when tube is present.)

Definitely a "conversion" done at the WE repair Shop. Cow bells won't fit in a 684-type subset (Bakelite or plastic cover).

*Bell used this method of "superimposed ringing" on many multi-party lines, rather than the frequency selective ringers we all hate to find in Automatic Electric, Kellogg, Stromberg-Carlson and North phones.
« Last Edit: August 15, 2018, 11:35:51 AM by poplar1 »
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Re: 495CT Subset
« Reply #6 on: August 15, 2018, 01:06:01 PM »
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Offline Ktownphoneco

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Re: 495CT Subset
« Reply #7 on: August 15, 2018, 01:55:12 PM »
Poplar1 is correct as to the set's original purpose.    See the T.C.I. Library and do a "Google Search" for C31.122 1956.     Click on the first listing.

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