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Unusual Model 354 - Ebay Item #140292317892
« on: January 01, 2009, 10:53:23 PM »
I saw this Western Electric Model 354 on eBay tonight and thought some may be interested in seeing it.  There was some discussion a while back about the 426A tubes found in the model 500's and the larger 372A that we've seen in the model 302.  Notice that this phone has what appears to be the shorter tube, usually found in the model 500.  This phone was intended for party-line use.  There is also a gong baffle which we don't see every day but is not uncommon.

Here is the auction:  http://tinyurl.com/8sha7a

The photo is attached.
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Re: Unusual Model 354 - Ebay Item #140292317892
« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2009, 11:55:42 PM »
It certainly looks like the 356 I have, except that there is no aluminum housing on the tube and mine has 5H dial.
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Re: Unusual Model 354 - Ebay Item #140292317892
« Reply #2 on: January 02, 2009, 02:00:40 AM »
Very different guts than my 357.  What is the purpose of the gong baffle? 

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Re: Unusual Model 354 - Ebay Item #140292317892
« Reply #3 on: January 02, 2009, 06:36:02 PM »
Very different guts than my 357.  What is the purpose of the gong baffle? 

Changes the tone and well as reducing ring volume, so to say. I may be wrong, but I've found those only on party-line phones. Again, I may be wrong, just my experience.

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Re: Unusual Model 354 - Ebay Item #140292317892
« Reply #4 on: January 02, 2009, 11:16:51 PM »
OK which one of you guys outbid me?  ;D
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Re: Unusual Model 354 - Ebay Item #140292317892
« Reply #5 on: January 02, 2009, 11:30:52 PM »
Not me.  I like to wait until there are only 2 seconds left...and then buy it! :)

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Re: Unusual Model 354 - Ebay Item #140292317892
« Reply #6 on: January 03, 2009, 12:56:33 AM »
If I see a 302 or 354 for under $10 I automatically bid on it. I already have three of them waiting to be restored.
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Re: Unusual Model 354 - Ebay Item #140292317892
« Reply #7 on: January 03, 2009, 01:49:39 AM »
That's interesting about the gong baffle.  Now why doesn't my 357 party line model have it?

And I like to bid on my phones in the last .0000009 milliseconds when I swoop in like a hawk and, uh, well I usually lose my auctions.
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