There are only 5 different Ericofon 700’s if I am well informed. In the past couple of months I was able to get 2. In fact I was never intending to collect them because I fell in love with the old 600 model. But, as always, lines blur and you get carried away.
They are also equiped with the 2 different dial faces there are for the 700 model. An 11 and a 12 version button type. At least the 700 makes life less complicated.
Yeah, yeah, I need to get a gasket for the orange. I know.
Some posts ago I mentioned the Persian Greys being the only double color have. Well. actually I lied… Sorry for that.
There is also the Golden Glow that I, recently, could get. In fact the 2 Golden Glows slightly differ from one another.
One of them has the so called PBX button on its back. The other one has a very nice French dial face. So reasons enough to keep them both. Again…
A very special week sofar. Besides 2 interesting Ericofons I ran into, I was able to track down 3 nice phones for my own collection. A Sandalwood with an old ear-piece, an ‘undefined blue’ new ear-piece model and an Orange 700 model. You can see them below but the pictures are not mine.
The Sandalwood phone has a few spots, but nothing to worry about, I think. I did not have the old ear-piece in this color yet. Update: Great phone. Looks nice and shiny after some treatment.
The blue phone is a special case in more than one way. There is a stain that needs some treatment. I do not think it is a nasty one, but it needs to be removed. But the most exciting part is that I do not have a clue on the exact color. It is either Aqua Mist or Nordic Blue. I hope for the latter, but both are good. Update: it is a Wedgwood, and I sure did not expect that. 🙁 Nice detail is that it came with a country specific dial face. I’ll make it like brandnew and resell it I guess. Should be okay.
The orange 700 model is in good shape and seems to be functioning. This is the first orange Ericofon I have. The 600 model from the BPO is still on the wishlist. Update: The orange is a great phone. Only need to get a new gasket.
…at least not so old as the ones in the previous post. These 2 Persian Gray phones are of the newer case. Both in grey but still with some small differences.
The 5 holes in the ear-piece are closer together in one model. The most common is the one in the left, the right one is more rare. Not sure where this difference in shell shape comes from.
There is another difference that can be seen in the picture below. So far I did not mention the phenomenon ‘dial face’. A zillion different ones are around. The one in the left is a not so common ‘manual service’ dial face.
And that is why I have 2 Persian Grays. 🙂
Presenting the old boys:
Fltr: Mandarin, Taj Mahal, Crystal Mint, Sahara, Sahara (old case), Candle Clow (old case), Aqua Mist (old case), Aqua Mist, Petal Pink, Princess Pink.
So, where am I with my collection today? As said, it is now growing slowly since it is getting more and more difficult to find new models and colors for a good price. Most of the common models and colors are there, but from time to time I run into something interesting. You have to be lucky sometimes.
An inventory learned that I currently have 3 old cases, 7 new cases (old ear-piece), 15 new cases (new ear-piece) and 1 model 700.
I try to avoid double colors of a certain model if there is no good reason but I have one double Persian Grey model. There is a small difference between the 2 ear-pieces that I’ll show you later. Besides the ear-piece difference, one of the Persian Greys does not have a regular dial face but a dial of the manual service Ericofon.
So the counter today stops at 26.
In total I bought 80 Ericofons so far. After cleaning, lubricating , fixing and restoring I sold a lot of them to other collectors all around the world. It really feels good to save them from ending up in the garbage and find a new home for them. The ones that could not be saved are used for spare parts. Only 7 shells are not recoverable. I should find some destination for these shells. Any ideas?
Suddenly I came across the Ericofon 700 model in white. I was never intending to buy one, but sometimes it is just hard to control yourself. *heheh*
The phone misses a few parts but I managed to get them from ‘somewhere’ so it will be complete in a few days. The surface of the phone looks great, the phone is even white and not discolored.
Updated with a new picture of the new button and gasket.
The Taj Mahal phone that I recently received was, as expected, not that white from the outside. It was ‘yellowed’ so I started to sand it off today. It is hard to grab in a picture, but I tried to show the difference halfway the process.
It survived the sanding process and it is just great! See the result below. A Taj Mahal… bright white.
By the way, the phone in the pictures here is not the Taj Mahal from the post below, the one with the crack. This in fact is my second (old ear-piece) Taj Mahal. When I reworked the other one I forgot to take pictures. Too busy sanding and polishing. That one looks nice too, but this one is much better. The discoloring of the first one was much deeper into the phones’ surface and not totally gone after restoration.
Now I got another Taj Mahal on its way… an old case. Update: it turned out to be a Candle Glow old case. The case is not yellowed at all but has the normal yellow/white color of the Candle Glow.