Author Topic: The 500U that got away.  (Read 1654 times)

Offline contraste

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The 500U that got away.
« on: April 22, 2009, 02:45:26 PM »
I was watching this one, listed in the pre 1940 section only yesterday I think. Someone must have persuaded the seller to put up a Buy It Now price and snaffled it up.

http://tiny.cc/ZcAVV


Did they get a bargain? It looks nice to me and seems like a steal compared to some other 500U sales on ebay but I'm a newbie so maybe not.

I'm guessing the black models bring less money.


Lee 

Offline Dan

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Re: The 500U that got away.
« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2009, 04:16:27 PM »
Are the "U" models the ones that light when you pick up the receiver, while the P/U models the ones with the nightlight feature and the ability to brighten up when you pick up the handset? I  just wanted to know the difference. The G1 handset and six hole earpiece probably confirm originality.
"Imagine how weird telephones would look if our ears weren't so close to our mouths." - Steven Wright

Offline contraste

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Re: The 500U that got away.
« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2009, 06:10:05 PM »
paul-f.com says:

500U
Single line w/ hooded dial lamp (GE46 bulb, 6-8v ac or dc supply, P17A120 lamp cap assembly.  425B network (or later 425E). Similar to the 500P with the addition of a night light switch (584A key).

When switched on, the night light glows dimly when handset is on hook and a full brilliance when off hook.

500P
Single line w/ hooded dial lamp (GE46 bulb, 6-8v ac or dc supply, P17A120 lamp cap assembly, 425B network (or later 425E).  The light is only activated when the handset is offhook. 

Replaced the 500H to overcome limitations of that set.  Compatible with all services supported by the 500D.
(Available in 1955, MD 1976)


Offline McHeath

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Re: The 500U that got away.
« Reply #3 on: April 22, 2009, 06:13:50 PM »
I'd a given them 125 for it.  I keep dreaming that I will stumble across the yard of the century where they have one of these in pink or aqua for 5 bucks. 

Offline contraste

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Re: The 500U that got away.
« Reply #4 on: April 22, 2009, 06:16:16 PM »
I was thinking about $140-50.

Just a few short months ago, I'd never even heard of that model.

Offline AtomicEraTom

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Re: The 500U that got away.
« Reply #5 on: April 22, 2009, 10:52:43 PM »
I looked at this phone, I would have snapped it up if I had the money, even though I'm getting a bit bored with black phones, I have 6 or 7 of them now.  Sorry Hobie!
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.