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Discussion in 'Electronic Repair' started by Ken Weitzel, Apr 13, 2004.

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  1. Ken Weitzel

    Ken Weitzel Guest


    Curious if anyone has any idea of when
    old test equipment magically switches
    from old junk to valuable antique ?

    Going through the basement, I found an
    old meter or something. Nice case, like
    a B&K CRT tester for those of us antique
    enough to remember them.

    Full of sockets, toggle switches, and meters.

    No AC input, one old cotton covered cable with
    a real weird male plug on it, 5 or 6 pins. No batteries.

    Many weird "tube" sockets.

    There's a folded paper manual there, but I don't
    want to open it up - it crumbles easily.

    Says it was made by the readrite meter company,
    bluffton, ohio, established 1904.

    Hey, *I'm* an antique and I haven't the slightest
    idea what this is or what to do with it :)

    If anyone might by chance like a photo of it,
    drop me an email and I'll send one along.
    Perhaps memories, if nothing else.

    Take care.

  2. exray

    exray Guest

    One can usually tell by the price tag :)

    Seriously, tho, you might try the question with a link to a photo on In the US we don't have a big line (100
    years) like they do in the UK for instance.

    Off the cuff I'd say its from late 20s or early 30s. Valuable no, worth
    keeping, definitely.

    -Bill M
  3. Art

    Art Guest

    Agreed, post a digital pix of the item, I'm confident there are folk that
    will identify the item for you without destroying the fragile manual.
  4. Aidan Grey

    Aidan Grey Guest

    I wonder if it might be some kind of tube tester.

    Aidan Grey
  5. exray

    exray Guest

    Ya think so?

    Now that I see the pic it indeed is one of those 'do everything' boxes
    that were popular with servicemen making house calls. They could
    measure voltages, test tubes, etc, all with a unit like this.

    My original date guesstimate was a bit broad...7-pin socket says its
    mid 30s...not so far back as the 20s.

  6. Ken Weitzel

    Ken Weitzel Guest

    Leaves me wondering what the corded connector is...

    It surely pre-dates the batteryless days, wonder if it
    was used to borrow power from the radio?

    Either way, it's bringing back lots of old long
    forgotten memories... taking the battery out of
    old radios and carrying them to the gas station to
    be recharged.... :)

    Makes me wonder... perhaps one of these days my
    grand kids will re-discover some of our current equipment
    and agonize over what it is> :) :)

    Take care.

  7. exray

    exray Guest

    Exactly. It powered from the radio under test.
    hehehe...maybe sooner than you think...ask one of your grandkids what an
    "LP" is?

    Nice find.

  8. Don Young

    Don Young Guest

    I believe it is is an analyzer used like an extender board. They had a cable
    with adapters to plug into the tube socket and the tube was plugged into the
    panel. This enabled the serviceman to make measurements without removing the
    Don Young
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