Telephone Dial Repairs Antique Telephone Repairs
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VTS INDUSTRIAL COMPANY
ANTIQUE TELEPHONE REPAIR
LOW COST TELEPHONE & ROTARY DIAL REPAIR
FREE SUGGESTIONS TO HELP YOU FIX YOUR OLD TELEPHONE*
Why Pay More? We are in tune with the rough economic times!
*Go to our Index of Free Suggestions to see if you can fix your old phone, first!
Here is THE link to Museums, Collectors, Dealers.
Artwork, Services, and Much More.
Please check out Remco Enthoven's links:
The Dutch Online Telephone Museum
and Remco's new Web Site with information
& schematics of various European Telephones
Call us at (928) 859-3595
When you wish to send your telephone or dial for repair,
please print out and enclose an Information Sheet.
Are you looking for repair parts for
EE-8 and EE-91 military Field Phones?
Please check our inventory lists at
NOTE: For repair of POST-1984 DIGITAL phones, or if you are
in the Midwest and want a closer telephone repairman,
please contact Dennis at: A-1 Telephone Service & Repair
500 S. High Street, Belleville, IL 62220
(618) 235-6959, email email@example.com
STOP! WE URGE YOU TO LOOK AT THE "YELLOW PAGES"
AND COMPARE OUR SERVICES. SHOP WISELY!
This is NOT a hobby for us, it is a permanent part of our livelihood.
Our goal is to provide the highest level of service at the lowest price!
Before proceeding, see our Free Information Pages.
NOVICE OR PROFESSIONAL TELEPHONE PEOPLE CAN BENEFIT FROM RALPH MEYER'S BOOK
Design, History, and Restoration
READ MORE ABOUT THIS AMAZING BOOK
Here's what a telephone repairman likes to find, LOTS of antiques in one place.
Hi, and welcome to Steve Hilsz's Telephone Repair web page. I've been in this business for over 40 years, since I was a teen-ager in San Francisco, California. Since then, I've repaired thousands of old telephones for satisfied customers. Old telephones are really neat artifacts because, in nearly all cases, they can be made to operate on modern telephone systems without changing much of the telephone wiring. If you are handy with telephone wiring, we have some solutions.
Need assistance in identifying the precise model of your
Western Electric #300-series telephone set?
Just click the image to go to Paul Fassbender's
very concise and tremendously helpful web page.
This is the Western Electric "workhorse" Model #302-#304 telephone Art-Deco set, used from the late 1930's until 1955 when it was discontinued. This phone is sometimes referred to as the "I Love Lucy." To the great dismay of the old Bell System. many thousands of these phones survived and have faithful and enthusiastic users to this very day.
About VTS Industrial Company
I live in a little desert town called Salome, Arizona. My business name is VTS Industrial Company. From Salome, I can drive for five hours and be in Las Vegas, Nevada, or in San Diego, California, or in Flagstaff, Arizona, or even in Los Angeles, California. My "back yard" is pretty large. My main business is repair of old phones,
but I also buy and sell artifacts from old navy ships, and I salvage old telephone
switching and signal equipment for base and precious metals to supplement my income. I like to stay busy but I always have time to help bring your phone to life.
People send old telephones here for repair from all over the USA. Turnaround time averages 3 days and the average cost of repair to phones other than wooden wall types is usually less than $40 plus shipping. This is possible because of my low overhead and my experience with repair of over five thousand antique phones. I'm not going to charge you a huge price to fix your phone because I don't have to. We all have enough trouble with our food and energy bills, so I promise to do my best to keep your telephone repair bill down.
Read the Suggestion Pages to see if you can diagnose and repair your old phone, at home.
Did you recently purchase a telephone from eBay, an estate sale, a garage or flea
market sale at a "great" price, only to find out that it doesn't work?
Well, don't worry. It's not going to cost an "arm & a leg" to get it working
properly... You are at the right place! Send it here for a free estimate of repairs.
In most cases, you'll find that you really saved some big bucks, really important
in this current recession and rotten economy!
Contact me and I promise I will do my best to help resolve
the problem you are experiencing with your old phone.
Print & Enclose an Information Sheet with your telephone.
WHAT CAN BE REPAIRED?
ESTIMATES OF REPAIR
Read About Telephone Repairs And Low Costs
Access & Print Out an Information Sheet to Send With Your Telephone
When you send your old telephone to us for repair,
ESTIMATES ARE ALWAYS PROVIDED FREE OF CHARGE.
HELPFUL INFORMATION PAGES
Click on the line above to access many helpful suggestions
WANT TO POLISH YOUR OLD PHONE?
NOVUS will do the trick, check it out!
SENDING YOUR TELEPHONE
The shipping address for USPS is:
VTS Industrial Company
P.O. Box 429
Salome, AZ 85348-0429
For UPS or other carriers:
VTS Industrial Company
66776 E. Highway 60
Salome, AZ 85348-0429
Don't forget the Information Sheet for your telephone.
email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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A FASCINATING STORY:
I repaired this Western Electric #202 cradle telephone for Peter Hunn. Here's the history of this particular phone, and it's connection to Dick Clark, in Peter's own words:
The phone came from the original Bandstand-type studio at WPEN Radio, 2212 Walnut Street in Philadelphia. WPEN aired a "kids dancing to pop records" style of program called The 950 Club (as WPEN was at 950 on the AM dial). During that consistently #1 rated show the Western Electric #202 telephone was used by the radio engineer on duty to take directions from the 950 Club hosts regarding which record to play next, etc. These hosts had a similar phone on a desk that was supposed to represent a shop counter in the studio's "record store" motif.
Bob Horn, another Philadelphia DJ who figured that he could successfully adapt the popular 950 Club concept to television, took the program across town to WFIL-TV. When he got fired by WFIL for a DWI conviction, WFIL's cub DJ, Dick Clark, got the job...and the rest is well-known history.
The WPEN studio containing the #202 had been dark for years when I first spotted it. If I remember correctly, it was off the hook...
NO KEYS FOR YOUR PAY PHONE LOCK?
Seek no further, your problem is solved.
If you can remove the lock, a key can be made for it.
Check out this and other pages on
The Telephone on Prince Edward Island
If you live in Great Britain and are interested in
Vintage Telephones, take a look at what
ABDY TELEPHONES has to offer
Click Here ++++++++++++ CHECK OUT THE GREAT WEBSITE OF THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS HISTORY GROUP IN DENVER, COLORADO
http://www.telcomhistory.org/index.shtml +++++++++++++ HERE IS A GREAT WEB PAGE DEVOTED TO
TELEPHONES OF THE SWING ERA +++++++++++++
Nucow.com "The Antique Radios Premier Source" provides, unique and unusual Heirloom gifts, for individuals, that desire remembrance forever. "Nucow.com" also is the only source of rare, private "Von Venner" collection, containing loose, faceted, sized, flawless Gemstones.
CHECK OUT THE GREAT WEBSITE
OF THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS HISTORY GROUP
IN DENVER, COLORADO
HERE IS A GREAT WEB PAGE
DEVOTED TO TELEPHONES OF THE SWING ERA
Antique Telephones in South Africa
Our Telephone Collector Friends "Over There"
Source just about any part, telephone, or
repair service at PHONECO, INC
RESEARCH OR PRINT YOUR OWN DIAL NUMBER CARDS.
A big Thank You to Dave Margulius
in my home town, San Francisco, for
a great site devoted to Dial Number Cards
Digital Telephone? Answering Machine?
Get in touch with A-1 Electronics Repair
500 S. High Street, Belleville, IL 62220
(618) 235-6959, ask for Dennis
HERE IS A GREAT SOURCE OF
BATTERIES FOR MAGNETO TELEPHONES
OR OTHER APPLICATIONS USING LARGE CELLS.
You can also find comprehensive information
on clock repairs and parts:
DID YOUR SERVICE PROVIDER STOP SUPPORTING
PULSE (ROTARY DIAL) SERVICE FOR GOOD?
ANTIQUE TELEPHONE INFORMATION
"Kellogg Mike" Neale brings you these great sites:
Kellogg Reference Site
Mike's Vintage Telephones
A REMARKABLE WEBSITE:
ANTIQUE TELEPHONE HISTORY WEBSITE
Check It Out, I Found It Fascinating
WOW! A comprehensive website
of BRITISH TELEPHONES
by Bob Freshwater
Check out the Telephone Museum of Prince Edward IslandA Great Storehouse of Information Here
EE-8 and EE-91 Field Telephone
Handset Cords and Support Parts!
A new site with historical information
on 4th Generation Phones (Plastic Classics)
#500 (rotary), #1500 and #2500 (touch tone)
and even Automatic Electric #80
A Work in Progress
An absolutely fascinating site:
Now featuring telephone sounds, images, payphones,
switching, the Telephone Network, and MUCH more:
by Dave Perrussel
NEED INFORMATION ON BELL SYSTEM
TELEPHONES AND FACTS?
BELL SYSTEM MEMORIAL
HAS WHAT YOU NEED!
NOW! LOCATE HISTORIC
TCI DOCUMENT LIBRARY
THE TELEPHONE COLLECTORS INTERNATIONAL: (TCI)
TECHNICAL LIBRARY HAS HUNDREDS OF
SCHEMATICS AND DRAWINGS FOR MANY BRANDS
OF ANTIQUE TELEPHONES
Just Click Here and Then Click on Browse the L:ibrary
*If you have some questions about fixing your antique phone, call or e-mail and I'll do my best to assist you.
If I can't help, I'll try to suggest an alternate parts or repair facility.
There are some great suggestions and schematics at the ATCA web site.
Phones for sale and lots of great information
are available at Wistful Vista Telephone
Want to make your old payphone collect coins?
Would you like to build your own telephone tester?
The OLDPHONEGUY has a great site.
Rod Lanthier has a greet site devoted to
THREE SLOT PAY PHONES
Check It Out
If you would like to download an excellent PDF about old telephones and repairs,
Dr. Jeffrey Race has a marvelous treatise on Old Telephones.
I recently found this great article by J. B. Calvert Titled Basic Telephones.
It's a bit advanced, but if you want to learn more about the theory of telephones
I suggest you read all of it.
e Budnick has an excellent web site with great information on the PTT telephones once made in Holland and sold in great quantity by Radio Shack. His site also has information on Automatic Electric, Western Electric, Intercoms, and other old telephones.
Gary Goff has a great site with fabulous photos of
his collection, and links to other site of interest.
Be sure to view his video from The History Channel.
TELEPHONE DIAL REPAIR
Is this Modern Art? Not really. It's the remains of a Main Spring from a German telephone dial. The spring had disintegrated and I decided to have some fun with the pieces.
Your Old Dial Can be Restored To Life
READ ABOUT DIAL REPAIR
TOUCH TONE PADS (OLDER)
This is a Strowger Dial manufactured by Automatic Electric Company and used on Private Automatic Exchanges. This is just one of many dials that I can repair for you. Labor averages six dollars per dial and any needed repair parts, plus return postage, are extra.
Want to buy great phones like these?:
Oldphones.com has what you need:
TELEPHONE SUBSETS (RINGER BOXES)
Your early telephone (candlestick or cradle set) is really only one-half
of a "telephone set." The Ringer Box is properly called a "Subscriber' Set" or
more commonly a "Subset." Now, you can purchase a universal Subset from
Lowe Tech Phones in Peachtree City, GA. Click Here for more information.
IDENTIFY YOUR WESTERN ELECTRIC 1949-83 TELEPHONE
Many, many thanks to Paul Fassbender for providing a concise listing
of the Post-1949 Western Electric model numbers and applications. Just click here
or on the image to link to Paul's fabulous site.
Take a look at Paul's Main Web Page for a wealth of information.
A very large selection of Vintage Telephones and repair parts
is now available from Oldphoneworks.com. They have recently
combined the assets of Chicago Old Telephone Company
to become a real powerhouse in the vintage telephone
repair and supply business. They are located in
Kingston, Ontario, Canada but have U. S. facilities.
Call 1-800-843-1320 or click on the image.
There are two Telephone Collectors Clubs:
Telephone Collectors International
Antique Telephone Collectors
Click on the image above to visit the ATCA web site.
You probably wonder what Antique Telephones have to do with "Navy Salvage." One of my most favorite occupations is salvaging relics from old navy vessels that have been decommissioned and are being dismantled. I have salvaged from vessels that were being dismantled at Hunters Point Shipyard in San Francisco, before the yard was shut down. Later, I salvaged from many vessels in Brownsville, Texas. And, if all goes well, I will be aboard more old vessels from the Ghost Fleet at Suisun Bay, California, when they are dismantled at the dry-dock facilities at Mare Island, near Vallejo, California, in 2009.
The view above is the old #4 dry-dock at Hunter's Point Shipyard, San
Francisco, California. The ship at left is the frigate USS LANG. The hull
at the right is the frigate USS GRAY. If you click on the image above, it
will take you to some pictures taken aboard the museum ship LANE VICTORY, at
San Pedro, California
Thank You for visiting
VTS INDUSTRIAL COMPANY * ANTIQUE TELEPHONE REPAIR * SALVAGE
Antique Telephone Repair * Rotary Dial Repair *
Touch Tone Pad Repair
* Glossary (Telephone Terms)
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Rotatone Pulse-to-Touch-Tone Converter, Kellogg Switchboard & Supply Company, Western Electric, Leich
Electric, Automatic Electric Monophone, North Electric, Stromberg-Carlson,
Northern Electric, Federal Electric, Gray Telephone Pay Station Company, PTT
many more from antique to Art-Deco! Salvaged
items from old naval vessels.