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Old 21st May 2020, 9:09 pm   #21
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I suppose I could experiment...

I'm still intrigued how a 1950s wall-mounted instrument from NZ ended up over here, being sold by a house clearance outlet on eBay.

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Did it come from Cornwall? I brought quite a few back getting on for twenty years ago. I had a friend (into telephones' since we were at school together in the 1950's!) in Cornwall who sadly passed away about four years ago and his wife had a clearout to a Steve..... who had lots of his Strowger bits and pieces for sale on eBay. It may have come from him?
Yes, Steve in Redruth!
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I suppose I could experiment...

I'm still intrigued how a 1950s wall-mounted instrument from NZ ended up over here, being sold by a house clearance outlet on eBay.

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Did it come from Cornwall? I brought quite a few back getting on for twenty years ago. I had a friend (into telephones' since we were at school together in the 1950's!) in Cornwall who sadly passed away about four years ago and his wife had a clearout to a Steve..... who had lots of his Strowger bits and pieces for sale on eBay. It may have come from him?
Yes, Steve in Redruth!
That's the guy!
Looks like one from one of the batches that I bought and shipped back to set the party line up and have a few spares. Attached is photo of one of the batches. In those days there were 4NZ$ to the compared with the 2NZ$ to the now. Average price of a good ivory Tele 332 in good 'nick' was less than 100 inc postage back to UK. Plus an exBT guy appeared in NZ selling and pushed the asking prices right up on 'Trade Me' - the NZ equivalent of eBay. Problem with Trade Me is that you have to live in NZ or Australia to register and bid. Useful that I administer CNet in NZ so am in contact with folk there!
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Default Re: Converting a 1950s Ericsson phone for "normal" working

I use one of these as our hall telephone, but it's an Ericsson PAX instrument I acquired from the BBC Kirk o' Shotts transmitter PAX system - far less exotic! Note that on the photo I have a lettered dial plate which is incorrect - I don't believe these telephones were ever sanctioned as a GPO instrument. I have since reverted to the original numeral-only dial plate.

The innards are just a 332 chassis and any conversion is identical.
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Old 24th May 2020, 4:41 pm   #24
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I use one of these as our hall telephone, but it's an Ericsson PAX instrument I acquired from the BBC Kirk o' Shotts transmitter PAX system - far less exotic! Note that on the photo I have a lettered dial plate which is incorrect - I don't believe these telephones were ever sanctioned as a GPO instrument. I have since reverted to the original numeral-only dial plate.

The innards are just a 332 chassis and any conversion is identical.
except the GPO used it as the wall version of the Tele310/Bellset 41 combination - fitting it with a relay inside, rectifiers & extra capacitor (and no second bell!) and called it the Telephone 311. The Tele 310/BS41 (introduced 1947) and the Tele 311 (introduced 1950) didn't have a long life. Within a couple of years the 'Thermistor 1A' replaced the relay and rectifiers etc - and the Telephone No 312 (table version) replaced the Tele 310 in .1949 - Most Tele 310s were converted to Tele 312s. However for some reason the Tele 311 wall phone was introduced c1950 with the built in relay but wasn't that long before it was replaced by the more rounded Tele 321.
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