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Dillen posted on Sun, Feb 19 2012 7:54 PM

OK then, let's see if we can create just a little more forum traffic.

Any idea what this is ?

Martin

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I reckon it is a telephone exchange box or training device for one (possibly incomplete).

Read THIS part of quite an extensive article. There is an earlier mention of a 10 X 10 selector which also makes sense.

Chris.

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I know it now, its a 48 stereo channel  preselector for a Philips studio tape recorder, it was used for a tulip producer that had 48 greenhouses, and he found out that the stereo music made the tulips grow faster.

It was also used for the Eindhoven  Philipmonium Orchestra, which had 48 members, each member could then play his part of the music at home, send the tape to Philips and they could then mix all 48 instruments as they wanted, before this 48 channel recorder was constructed, the orchestra had to meet in the concert hall, the concert hall is now used in winter of Philips Sportverein, in the summer they grow hash there, and sell it in  Kattendreck in Amsterdam.

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Nick replied on Wed, Feb 22 2012 6:58 AM

Is it a controller for a lift in a really tall tower block??

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Step1 replied on Fri, Feb 24 2012 1:24 AM

So have you got any further Martin? What is the arrangement of the contacts under the disc? Also might be worth finding a mathematics / electronics forum where we can get a few brains working on the problem!

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Step1 replied on Fri, Feb 24 2012 1:28 AM

This might be a good place to start - The old how stuff works forum crew, before it was commercialised....

 

http://howwhatwhy.com

Olly

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Step1 replied on Fri, Feb 24 2012 1:32 AM

just checked it is nothing like it used to be but still might be worth posting!

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I reckon it is a telephone exchange box or training device for one (possibly incomplete).

Read THIS part of quite an extensive article. There is an earlier mention of a 10 X 10 selector which also makes sense.

Chris.

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Dillen replied on Fri, Feb 24 2012 8:56 PM

Wow, Hedehusene is just a few Kms from Copenhagen.... check !
(BTW nice to know about the emergency oil stock there, - just in case...)
Wooden box.. check !
Lamps etc. ... check !
Several lines ... check !
Telephone Factory "Automatic" - my mother was employed there, telephone department ... check !
He made several boxes of this kind ? - I suppose that means my collection is far from complete ?
And I clearly remember the oil crisis in 1973, car-free sundays and all.
It all makes perfect sense now. Big Smile

If someone out there sits with a users guide, I would me most interested. Geeked

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Does this put me in the driving seat for the $1m dollar prize then Martin?Stick out tongue

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Medogsfat:

Does this put me in the driving seat for the $1m dollar prize then Martin?Stick out tongue

Chris.

Only if you explain, what the card slot is for.

I'm still convinced, that this is a Bingo machineWink

 

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The more I study the photo's the more I'm pretty sure this is a small training version of a telephone switchboard ("mini tutor" also reinforces this theory) & the slot could be for inserting cards with different scenarios perhaps?

Chris.

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Dillen replied on Sat, Feb 25 2012 1:05 PM

That could indeed be true.
Great find, that article ! 

Martin

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I remember darkly that they sold some "computers" for children in those early days.

They had printed cardboard cards to insert in an electric box and a sort of "pen" that connected to it.

In a booklet there were questions and possible answers. The pen had to be stuck into a "matrix" of holes much like the one in your box.

The lights showed if the answer was correct.

In your case I think the cards have had printed conducting traces to build the answering matrix. Maybe even a PCB because of the connector on the back. The banana socket would be the pen connection..

The solenoid probably switches to the next question.

I think that even the "Kosmos" company where I got my first electronic knowledge from (see picture in another thread) had some  of those "computers".

Have to find some ad paper eventually in my old Kosmos electronic lab boxes.

Just an idea but makes sense to me as it says "tutor" anyway Big Smile

  Gunther

EDIT:  Didn't find it in my old boxes but http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Logikus could be the one I remember...

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