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Offline Stormcrash

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NIB Rotary Trimline
« on: January 19, 2019, 04:57:20 PM »
Had another lucky eBay find for a new in box retail Western Electric Trimline.  It's an Ivory Rotary table model.  For $36 I think I made out pretty well.  This is the same seller I got a pair of NOS 85/86 AT&T trimlines, the last model made in the USA, back in November.

It should be here in a couple days, but I've pulled some of the pictures from the auction.  Love the text talking about how now you can own your phone.  I'll put more pictures up once it gets here.  Now I just need a rotary to tone adapter to work with my Obi 200 GV line.

Offline AL_as_needed

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Re: NIB Rotary Trimline
« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2019, 05:24:33 PM »
I like how they show the touch-tone version and just slapped a "rotary model" sticker in the corner. Nice find for 35$!
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Re: NIB Rotary Trimline
« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2019, 09:10:16 PM »
I like how they show the touch-tone version and just slapped a "rotary model" sticker in the corner. Nice find for 35$!

Yeah I guess they wanted the box art to show the more modern/up to date touch tone version


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Re: NIB Rotary Trimline
« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2019, 04:47:12 PM »
Ma-Bell's way of sucking you in and handing over that coin for the hook-up.
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Re: NIB Rotary Trimline
« Reply #4 on: January 22, 2019, 09:51:41 PM »
My Trimline arrived today!

It's very nice looking.  The dial is maybe a little slow, though after 30+ years in a box I don't blame it, and it seems to be mostly right after a couple pulls.  The handset cord was gunky so it's soaking in warm water and soap, and the Trimline badge seems to have yellowed slightly but otherwise its pristine.

Interestingly it has some AT&T branding on it, specifically on the number card, instruction manual, and service sticker underneath, even though it was made in early 1983 (date code 837).  The western electric name and bell logo are also removed from the bottom of the handset, where on CS units had the not for sale marks.  Meanwhile a touch tone wall Trimline I got from Goodwill and made 83243 still has those bell handset markings and an American Bell service sticker.

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Re: NIB Rotary Trimline
« Reply #5 on: January 22, 2019, 09:52:34 PM »
A few more pictures

Be Choosey, get Genuine Bell  ;)

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Re: NIB Rotary Trimline
« Reply #6 on: January 23, 2019, 07:01:10 AM »
Nice Find

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Re: NIB Rotary Trimline
« Reply #7 on: January 24, 2019, 08:12:21 PM »
Nothing like that preserved new-phone smell.
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Re: NIB Rotary Trimline
« Reply #8 on: January 24, 2019, 08:45:23 PM »
That's pretty cool. Thanks for sharing.

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