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Offline Ed Morris

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WE 20AL from Goodwill
« on: February 10, 2019, 04:03:27 PM »
I recently found this Western Electric 20AL candlestick on Goodwill's online auction site.  It came with a modular line cord attached, and suprisingly, I got a dial tone when I plugged into a phone jack.

The base is in poor cosmetic condition, but the rest is in pretty fair condition, except the receiver.  It is a plastic with brass trim receiver from a cheap replica.  It also appears to have been filled with what looks like plaster of Paris, maybe to add some weight?  I'm sure I will replace it with an original receiver if I can find one.  The transmitter is a WE 323.  I don't think the coiled handset cord is correct, and will probably replace it and the line cord with cloth cord.

I won't be able to do much with it now as I'm getting ready to go out of town for a while, but I will begin some restoration work when I get back home.

Ed

Offline LarryInMichigan

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Re: WE 20AL from Goodwill
« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2019, 04:11:32 PM »
The Hammond Stewardess in the background caught me attention.  Was it repainted?

Larry

Offline Ed Morris

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Re: WE 20AL from Goodwill
« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2019, 04:20:51 PM »
Hi, Larry,

Yes, I repainted it to match my Hallicrafters S-20R, although it looks a lighter in the photo below, but it's the same color.  The original black paint was in poor shape, and although I can usually repair electric clock motors, this one was beyond salvation.  It has a quartz movement in it for the time being.  I have the original Hammond hands if I can find a good motor for it.
Ed

Offline HarrySmith

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Re: WE 20AL from Goodwill
« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2019, 07:05:29 AM »
Nice find. Yes, they will work without a subset but it is not good for it. The neat part is the dial card holder, most do not have them. Can we ask whet you paid for it?
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Offline Ed Morris

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Re: WE 20AL from Goodwill
« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2019, 07:29:27 AM »
Goodwill had it with a BIN price of $40, something they rarely do.  I don't think that was a bad price, but I'd be happier if it had the original receiver.

Ed

Offline HarrySmith

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Re: WE 20AL from Goodwill
« Reply #5 on: February 11, 2019, 09:32:12 AM »
Good price! If you are patient you can get a receiver on eBay cheap. Someone here might have one for you also.
Harry Smith
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Offline LarryInMichigan

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Re: WE 20AL from Goodwill
« Reply #6 on: February 11, 2019, 10:44:39 AM »
Hi, Larry,

Yes, I repainted it to match my Hallicrafters S-20R, although it looks a lighter in the photo below, but it's the same color.  The original black paint was in poor shape, and although I can usually repair electric clock motors, this one was beyond salvation.  It has a quartz movement in it for the time being.  I have the original Hammond hands if I can find a good motor for it.

That extreme art deco Hammond model is in high demand and sells for high prices.  I have one in red.  The movement is the same as was used in all the Hammond synchronous clocks from 1932 on.  I often find junk Hammond clocks at estate sales and flea markets and buy them for the parts.  The movements are fairly simple.  What was wrong or broken in this this clock?

Larry

Offline Ed Morris

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Re: WE 20AL from Goodwill
« Reply #7 on: February 11, 2019, 10:58:23 AM »
Larry, I've forgotten now.  I think it had the open rotor movement, and I don't think the issue was in the clock gear movement itself, but with the motor.  I just wouldn't run reliably as I recall.  I have Craig Shield's Hammond repair book, but I couldn't fix it.  I've worked on Telechron and United/Sessions motors, usually with success, but I had no luck with this one.  I'm sure I kept the motor, but I'm not even sure where at the moment.  My memory isn't as reliable as it used to be.
Ed