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Offline joey67

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Introduce myself
« on: February 25, 2011, 08:27:38 PM »
Hello all,
I would like to introduce myself. About two weeks ago I was at work when I heard one of the customer service representatives helping troubleshoot a problem with a Point of Sale (POS) device. Someone had put the POS device on pulse dial, which of course didnít work with the necessary communication. I found myself reminded of rotary phones. Soon I was on Ebay looking for a rotary desk phone. I wanted a 40ís style phone, but most of them were out of my price range. I search and found a person offering a 1955 Western Electric 500. I won the bid, it cost me more to ship it that to purchase but I was thrilled to be getting it. The day it arrived in the mail I had to wait until late in the evening to hook it up. I finally had time; I hooked it up and tested it. No ringing and I was disappointed. The next day I searched the internet for an answer, and found it on Yahoo answers.  I had also stumbled across this forum, and decided to join. I look forward to getting to know the many knowledgeable members here. Thanks for reading. 
Joe

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Re: Introduce myself
« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2011, 09:18:34 PM »
Welcome Joe!  You will find many helpful folks here.  We look forward to you joining in on the discussions.

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Re: Introduce myself
« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2011, 09:50:01 PM »
Hi Joe :D
Welcome! Congrats on your 500!
Since this is your first you can probably escape before phoneitis gets ahold! These things tend to multiply quickly! Maybe another color, another year or a different manufacturer and before you know it you have hundreds and spend every waking moment thinking about phones and maybe even dreaming about them ;)
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Re: Introduce myself
« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2011, 10:36:45 PM »
Watch out Joey, this phone collecting thing can be a "sickness". Welcome!
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Re: Introduce myself
« Reply #4 on: February 26, 2011, 05:02:06 AM »
Welcome!  Know why it's called a "500" phone?  Because that's how many you'll eventually end up with!  You got 499 more to get!  hahahaha!!!
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Re: Introduce myself
« Reply #5 on: February 26, 2011, 09:03:07 PM »
Welcome!  Know why it's called a "500" phone?  Because that's how many you'll eventually end up with!  You got 499 more to get!  hahahaha!!!

My problem is I bought a 2500 set.

Welcome to the forum Joe.


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Re: Introduce myself
« Reply #6 on: February 26, 2011, 09:13:19 PM »
Joe,
       Welcome to this Forum. You can already see what this hobby has done to the rest of us!!!! Run while you still can , but I can say I have had a lot of fun learning about phones here. Great bunch of FOLKS!!!!!!               stub
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Re: Introduce myself
« Reply #7 on: February 27, 2011, 02:13:30 PM »
Thank you all for the warm welcome!  :)
 
Next thing I looking for is an interesting wall phone. I have seen on Ebay people offering "space saver" phones. They are so small, do they require a subset box?

Any suggestions? Think budget please

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Re: Introduce myself
« Reply #8 on: February 27, 2011, 02:34:43 PM »
Hey Joe,
Space Saver is actually an AE name even though people call the WE model by that name it is incorrect. They can be found cheap on ebay either way, in my opinion the AE has more style and comes in colors. Either one is not a complete phone and will require a subset.
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Offline Wallphone

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Re: Introduce myself
« Reply #9 on: February 27, 2011, 03:08:35 PM »
Harry, where did you get that information from? Everything that I've seen on these said that WE had the Spacesaver and AE had the Spacemaker.
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Re: Introduce myself
« Reply #10 on: February 27, 2011, 03:12:38 PM »
I think the WE requires the subset, AE only requires the ringer box?
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Re: Introduce myself
« Reply #11 on: February 27, 2011, 04:03:06 PM »
Harry, where did you get that information from? Everything that I've seen on these said that WE had the Spacesaver and AE had the Spacemaker.
Doug Pav

The WE 211 and 2211 were sometimes called spacemakers. Spacesaver was an AE Term.
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Re: Introduce myself
« Reply #12 on: February 27, 2011, 04:04:10 PM »
I think the WE requires the subset, AE only requires the ringer box?

I think that is correct.
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Re: Introduce myself
« Reply #13 on: February 27, 2011, 04:30:12 PM »
Harry, where did you get that information from? Everything that I've seen on these said that WE had the Spacesaver and AE had the Spacemaker.
Doug Pav

The WE 211 and 2211 were sometimes called spacemakers. Spacesaver was an AE Term.
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Re: Introduce myself
« Reply #14 on: February 27, 2011, 04:43:04 PM »
The AE 'spacesaver' is a bit wider than the WE 211, but it contains an inductor coil and condenser.  The dial is built into the same housing, so it is far less configurable the the WE.




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