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What is the oldest phone system you have seen or worked on lately, still in operation?

I still maintain a 416 Comkey, believe it or not, and a few Merlin Plus and 1030's.


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One of the hardware stores still has a Comkey in use. Not sure of the model.


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The oldest one recently was a Panasonic KX-T61610. Probably early 90's era.


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Originally Posted by jeffmoss26
One of the hardware stores still has a Comkey in use. Not sure of the model.

Bet it's a 416.


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My dentist still uses an AT&T Merlin 410.


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Furniture Store is still using an OKI 120 Crossbar PBX I installed in 1975.

I have a company that makes tanker truck trailers that is still using a Siemens hybrid stepper/crossbar circa late 60s. I did not install it and, since I can't get parts anymore, they are going to replace it this summer.

I still have a load of customers that are hanging on to their Merlin 410 and Partner systems.

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When I moved into my house in 1981 I installed a 1A2 system. It's still in place and now that I'm retired I guess it's the last system I still maintain. ;-)

I actually had to change a tone dial in a phone the other day. My last 11 wire spare!

Over the years I've replaced some lamps and one other dial. I've even had a couple of sets go bad that just weren't worth fixing. (Bad chaining switch on a Comdial)

When they put my water meter in 25 years ago they cut the ground out of the electrical system (and apparently the neutral was open in the manhole!) and I lost the power supply.

Right after I moved in I kept losing 400 cards whenever there was lightning. I put in some protectors and that problem went away. I also had to change out the 4000F cards when I went to Fios.

I had a jury rigged system to talk to the front door using ITT Call Announcers and a 401 card. Those Call Announcers would last a few years and die. I went to a Viking unit and that solved that.

I put a Teltone T-10 in when I installed the system. Never a problem. I had a 401 card wired to a Spokesman so I could "page" the kids in the basement to come up for dinner. Never had a problem with it. I disconnected it a few years ago (can't remember why!).

Otherwise, (though there might have been a couple of others) I can't think of another service call in 35 years.

Quality American made telephone gear (a mix of ITT, S-C, AE, WECO and.....probably everything else that we ever made here).

Anybody else miss that?

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I know those OKI X-bars! I installed (actually worked on the installation) a 500 line unit at a law firm in Manhattan in 1974 or 75.

That Siemens switch must be a pisser! That has to be one of the first Interconnect jobs ever! (Talk about squeezing the nickel till the buffalo sh*ts. Think they got their money's worth?) If you can, please take some pictures before it goes out with the trash.

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not sure if it's still in use, but a local trucking company had an SRX/Teltronics system for a million years. I still remember those Vision phones!


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That Siemens switch has a miniture "Monkey climbing the flag pole" as part of the stepper selector. That's what I can't get parts for anymore. Once a switch wafter tears apart, they lose that group of connectors. Here's a look at the "newer" version of what I am writing about. Click Here

Modifying the Oki from VCA to direct connect was some fun. At first I thought I would have a solution from PulseCom until I got the estimate back on the cost. I ended up making the circuits and they are still working today.

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