I finally got around to getting my ancient (early 1960s) dial phone to where it can accept incoming phone calls, via an 85-cent-a-month VoIP provider (voip.ms) and also figuring out how to get my SIP adapter to produce a 30Hz line ring (one of many competing ring protocols which died off when 20Hz became the North American standard).

It's so beautiful ☎︎

and now I can use it to troll people when they come over

dangit mastodon I was very purposeful in the particular unicode glyph I was using for the telephone, why did you replace it with the touch-tone phone emoji >:(

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I’m still trying to find a service manual so I can update the phone number on the dial set. I did find a bunch of other neat stuff though, including a guide on reading the production date code so at some point I can figure out exactly when it was made.

Incidentally I had refurbished this phone and got it working around 10-12 years ago, when I had an actual landline. The ringer didn’t work quite right though.

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Being a landline it was stuck with a 20Hz ring signal, but it was also way higher voltage so I could adjust the clapper to make it sorta work. But the voltage on my SIP adapter isn’t enough for that hack to work but by chance I happened to stumble upon the very hidden setting for ringer protocol and I can actually change the pattern to be however I want. Right now I’m just using the default which is actually like a UK phone which is very neat.

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I wonder if there were different regional ring tone differences in the 60s or even earlier. It’d be fun to set this phone up for one of those. The modern NA ringer is so BORING.

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Oh yeah so the ring standard matters on these old phones because the ringer is electromechanical and is physically tuned to resonate at the ringer electrical frequency. Modern phones don’t care because they’re just looking for AC voltage to activate a tone generator.

There’s something deliciously satisfying about these old physical systems. Probably why I like vinyl so much too (it sure isn’t for the sound quality).

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The contractor had to take the phone down today and so I could see the manufacture date code: 3-65-2. So it’s either March 2 or February 3 of 1965.

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ah, I found the video that explained the date codes again: youtube.com/watch?v=o277udalZw

It's MM-YY-DD, so it is in fact from March 2, 1965.

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Waaaait a minute, I just noticed that there’s an actual date stamped on the back: July 14, 1965. I think A1 Telephone might have just been ass-you-meing about the date codes!

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I managed to get the dial set off and made a new phone number label for the phone! First time in probably over 50 years!

Unfortunately I can't figure out how I got it off again, and I'd like to be able to write up instructions for the Internet so that someone else doesn't have to go through the same thing I did.

Also I'd post a picture but it is very much a phone number of mine and I'm worried what weird messages y'all would leave me.

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but also: the dialset is a bit damaged (with a big scratch) and while looking for service manuals I came across oldphoneshop.com/products/auto and I am very tempted to get that just because it'd make the phone look like it's closer to brand-new!

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@fluffy Yes, there is. These old analog systems have a physicality to them that we're wired to need. That's what people mean when they say vinyl sounds better. Not in the sense of raw fidelity. Of course not. *That's not the only thing that matters.*

@claude @fluffy there's also such a thing as "too perfect" with sound fidelity on music (especially with older music not designed for fully digital and lossless high quality production and playback) which I guess has a sort of uncanny valley effect on some people

that said, my dad is always amazed at how much detail modern mixes of Floyd tracks have through decent cans

@claude @fluffy
There is also an less obvious reason why vinyl often sounds better, and this is that "the same Song" on LP came from a different mastering studio with different engineers than the "CD" version.
In most cases the CD version is processed much more aggresively and therefore louder but "dead" and fatiguing
Keywords: "Loudness War" and "Limiter"

@claude @fluffy
I am myself someone collecting, repairing and enjoying how "the old junk" has its soul

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