Author Topic: The Drought Is Over... Brown Stromberg Carlson 554  (Read 3607 times)

Offline Craig T

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The Drought Is Over... Brown Stromberg Carlson 554
« on: February 26, 2010, 06:36:50 PM »
Well I thought I struck out at the Goodwill on my way home again. It has been quite a while since I have pulled a phone out of a thrift. I was just going to walk off and this Brown SC 554 caught my eye. I eagerly grabbed it and turned it around hoping it was not broken. It was not broken, thank goodness.

I even remembered to grab a dowel rod today, so now I can try to fix some of my cords up too!
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Re: The Drought Is Over... Brown Stromberg Carlson 554
« Reply #1 on: February 26, 2010, 08:47:18 PM »
Nice. I have the desk set, same SC color, also @ a goodwill. Mine set me back $3. What did yours run? It's my benchwarmer until I can get that Mahogany Brown WE500!
"Imagine how weird telephones would look if our ears weren't so close to our mouths." - Steven Wright

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Re: The Drought Is Over... Brown Stromberg Carlson 554
« Reply #2 on: February 26, 2010, 10:21:54 PM »
Hi Dan,

Thanks, I think it will clean up nice. The price was the same on this one, $3. I am focusing on desk phones right now, but for $3 who wouldn't.

That Mahogany Brown sounds nice! I have a feeling that this will be about as close as I get to one of those though  :)


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Re: The Drought Is Over... Brown Stromberg Carlson 554
« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2010, 01:25:35 AM »
From my neck of the woods, Crandon, WI.
I am a lineman for the county and I drive the main roads. Searchin' in the sun for another overload.  I hear you singin' in the wires, I can hear you through the whine, and the Witchita Lineman is still on the line.

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Re: The Drought Is Over... Brown Stromberg Carlson 554
« Reply #4 on: February 27, 2010, 11:31:59 AM »
Nice score!

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Re: The Drought Is Over... Brown Stromberg Carlson 554
« Reply #5 on: February 27, 2010, 11:49:52 AM »
Thanks McHeath, I have a few nice phones to clean up again now. I must be spoiled, b/c I even skipped a dead of the winter yard sale today!  :o

Thanks Tom, did not know that, I will put that info with the phone.
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Re: The Drought Is Over... Brown Stromberg Carlson 554
« Reply #6 on: March 01, 2010, 02:54:41 AM »
You're welcome.  How far did it travel to get to the yardsale near you?
I am a lineman for the county and I drive the main roads. Searchin' in the sun for another overload.  I hear you singin' in the wires, I can hear you through the whine, and the Witchita Lineman is still on the line.

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Re: The Drought Is Over... Brown Stromberg Carlson 554
« Reply #7 on: March 01, 2010, 01:01:42 PM »
Hi Tom, I found this phone at the Goodwill in Marquette MI. We are about 3.5 hours from Green Bay, make that 2.5 with the new highway that was put in.

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Re: The Drought Is Over... Brown Stromberg Carlson 554
« Reply #8 on: March 02, 2010, 02:37:30 AM »
Well, it made it 140 miles before you got it!  Crandon's a pretty little town up north.  Very Mayberry like.
I am a lineman for the county and I drive the main roads. Searchin' in the sun for another overload.  I hear you singin' in the wires, I can hear you through the whine, and the Witchita Lineman is still on the line.

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Re: The Drought Is Over... Brown Stromberg Carlson 554
« Reply #9 on: March 04, 2010, 08:06:06 PM »
Well here is the finale on this one...

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Re: The Drought Is Over... Brown Stromberg Carlson 554
« Reply #10 on: March 04, 2010, 08:52:25 PM »
I need some help... again. This red wire from the ringer was unconnected when I opened this one up. I think it goes on one of these screws, but which one?

If anyone has a list of how this should be wired that would be even better. If there is one unconnected wire, I wonder about the other too. I would like to check them over. I guessing the one on the left since it had the most threads on the screw exposed? Thanks for your help!  -Craig

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Re: The Drought Is Over... Brown Stromberg Carlson 554
« Reply #11 on: March 04, 2010, 08:55:43 PM »
Craig, I would think that it is just like the 425B network.  Connect it to L2 if it is a C4A ringer and see if that works.

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Re: The Drought Is Over... Brown Stromberg Carlson 554
« Reply #12 on: March 04, 2010, 10:36:49 PM »
Yeah it should work as Dennis says.  If not then try the old hunt and peck method, call the phone and while it's supposed to be ringing start touching the red wire to likely terminals until you get a ring.  Well, that's what I do sometimes, and it's not probably a good idea, so there is the disclaimer.

The phone looks great as always, that brown is very attractive. 

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Re: The Drought Is Over... Brown Stromberg Carlson 554
« Reply #13 on: March 04, 2010, 11:22:17 PM »
Thanks Heath, I will get this phone tested and ready for market. I just don't want any more wall phones right now. I also like the color, so if it stays around that is fine too.


I am trying to close on a yellow phone right now, but there is talk of a funky on/off switch on it. Been looking a lot and not finding a much lately. Time to hit the pavement again and go phone hunting  :)