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Offline Dan

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Vintage answering machines.
« on: April 11, 2010, 10:10:52 AM »
I got an old phonemate @ the goodwill. Made in Japan. Good quality. Works on two cassettes. It will look great with my vintage Radio Shack intercom and orange SC500 desk set .Anyone have one of these or collect these? The quality is fantastic!
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Re: Vintage answering machines.
« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2010, 02:45:46 PM »
What's the model number?  There's probably a label on the bottom.  The PhoneMate 9500 and 9700 were good machines and were considered advanced when they first hit the market.

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Re: Vintage answering machines.
« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2010, 03:06:46 PM »
There was a reel to reel answering machine which was built to have a 500 on it for sale with a pink 500 awhile ago, boy I wish I woulda won that.
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Re: Vintage answering machines.
« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2010, 03:12:08 PM »
What's the model number?  There's probably a label on the bottom.  The PhoneMate 9500 and 9700 were good machines and were considered advanced when they first hit the market.

It's the IQ2845.
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Re: Vintage answering machines.
« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2010, 04:45:49 AM »
I once had a 40's vintage phone recorder that was actually a wire recorder.
It had a place to set your desk phone, and, a coil went under the reciver to pick up signals. Another coil was under the base of the phone, that I assume somehow started the recorder. Looked like it had a solonoid to lift the receiver.
Thing had no power transformer, and, had 8 tubes in it. Was in a maroon cloth covered wood case.
Unfortuanately, it got lost in moving, and, I never saw it again.
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Offline gpo706

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Re: Vintage answering machines.
« Reply #5 on: May 13, 2010, 06:46:07 PM »
Well it's 80's.

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=290425520257&ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT

99p, still to arrive, gonna put Jim Rockford's message on it.
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Re: Vintage answering machines.
« Reply #6 on: May 14, 2010, 04:29:35 AM »
I have an Alibiphon telephone answering machine, made by Willy Müller u. Co.- K.G. By order of Friedr. Merk Telefonbau A.G. München november 1965. The outgoing message is recorded on a magnetic disk by means of a tape recorder head, see the photo of the inside. And yes, it still works...

There are a few other answering machines in the collection including one from the 50's which looks like this one:
http://www.radiomuseum.org/r/mullerwill_alibiphon_anrufbeantwort.html
http://www.radiomuseum.org/r/mullerwill_alibiphonanrufbeantworte.html
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Re: Vintage answering machines.
« Reply #7 on: May 17, 2010, 11:27:02 AM »
Thats very clever with the magnetic disk.
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Re: Vintage answering machines.
« Reply #8 on: May 17, 2010, 11:32:05 AM »
I've just noticed that looks very similar to a GPO 420 jack socket running into it:

http://telephonesuk.co.uk/images/old_jack.jpg

404, similar:

http://telephonesuk.co.uk/images/plug_404.jpg
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Re: Vintage answering machines.
« Reply #9 on: May 20, 2010, 08:43:17 PM »
Right got my CHALLEGER Answercall set up on PBX line 35, it woeks with a splitter which has a switch at the back to answer after 2,3, or 4 rings.

Didn't work tilll I reprogramed it, them I got Jim Rockford's answering machine message on it, test through the extention, works perfectly on 2 C60 cassettes (supplied).

Got all the beeps and stuff, well chuffed!

It's a big nasty lump of black plastic with red and green LEDs and a brushed chrome thin faceplate, looks so cool, even came with an intruction manual.

I'm gonna tweak this over the weekend.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9MC778A548o

"now this should take five minutes, where's me screwdriver went now..?"