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Offline Dave F

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Anybody hot for a nice gray W.E. 1500 set?
« on: November 24, 2012, 12:41:48 PM »
I realize that we normally don't discuss eBay auctions while they still are active.  However, here's an interesting one that I suspect nobody here is about to bid on:

http://tinyurl.com/cd324k7

A very nice phone for sure, but not nice enough to cough up more than $300 for!  All it takes is two looneys to create a lot of excitement.
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Re: Anybody hot for a nice gray W.E. 1500 set?
« Reply #1 on: November 24, 2012, 01:45:00 PM »
Yeah, I saw this.  Are they usually this valuable?

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Re: Anybody hot for a nice gray W.E. 1500 set?
« Reply #2 on: November 24, 2012, 04:09:45 PM »
Yeah, I saw this.  Are they usually this valuable?
No, but $150 would probably be reasonable.  After all, gray is the toughest color to find in a 1500 (if we ignore transparent).

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Re: Anybody hot for a nice gray W.E. 1500 set?
« Reply #3 on: November 25, 2012, 01:17:46 AM »
I dunno, this is a pretty rare bird.  The color for one, then the 10 button, then the reuse of a 1956 base plate being converted into the 1500.  It's a curious one, worth some coin to someone obviously.  It is discolored some, but still I don't see the current 330 price as being crazy.

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Re: Anybody hot for a nice gray W.E. 1500 set?
« Reply #4 on: November 25, 2012, 01:51:50 AM »
Those doggone round rubber feet were sure nasty at rusting out.  One of their worst design ideas, although even then, the feet outlasted the Bell System itself.
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Re: Anybody hot for a nice gray W.E. 1500 set?
« Reply #5 on: November 25, 2012, 01:39:59 PM »
I dunno, this is a pretty rare bird.  The color for one, then the 10 button, then the reuse of a 1956 base plate being converted into the 1500.  It's a curious one, worth some coin to someone obviously.  It is discolored some, but still I don't see the current 330 price as being crazy.
I dunno about that.  I paid about $125 for mine, and I have never seen one go over $200 until now.  If there's something special about this one, I'm missing it.  The bids on this auction look like a familiar case of grudge bidding.  When that happens, the only winner is the seller.

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Re: Anybody hot for a nice gray W.E. 1500 set?
« Reply #6 on: November 25, 2012, 01:43:54 PM »
If you paid 125 then you done real good methinks.  This one needs the color cleaned up, and that rust removed, then it will be real nice. 

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Re: Anybody hot for a nice gray W.E. 1500 set?
« Reply #7 on: November 25, 2012, 01:55:57 PM »
Can you even remove the rust or does it need to be painted?  Inside of the feet are also rusted can those be repaired?

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Re: Anybody hot for a nice gray W.E. 1500 set?
« Reply #8 on: November 25, 2012, 02:06:39 PM »
If you paid 125 then you done real good methinks.  This one needs the color cleaned up, and that rust removed, then it will be real nice. 
I just looked inside the box and the receipt was still in there.  Purchased in April, 2011 for $137.52 plus $16.95 shipping.  It's a pretty nice phone.  I'll try to find time later today to post a picture here.

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Re: Anybody hot for a nice gray W.E. 1500 set?
« Reply #9 on: November 25, 2012, 04:21:37 PM »
wasn't this set also sold by the guy with the black 1500 prototype???
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Re: Anybody hot for a nice gray W.E. 1500 set?
« Reply #10 on: November 25, 2012, 05:26:51 PM »
wasn't this set also sold by the guy with the black 1500 prototype???
Yes, and I won it.  See here:

http://www.classicrotaryphones.com/forum/index.php?topic=7942.0


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Re: Anybody hot for a nice gray W.E. 1500 set?
« Reply #11 on: November 25, 2012, 05:35:46 PM »
If you paid 125 then you done real good methinks.  This one needs the color cleaned up, and that rust removed, then it will be real nice. 
I just looked inside the box and the receipt was still in there.  Purchased in April, 2011 for $137.52 plus $16.95 shipping.  It's a pretty nice phone.  I'll try to find time later today to post a picture here.

DF
Here's my gray 1500.  Not perfect, but very nice.