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on 19 January 2014
If you're thinking of buying this phone my advice to you is don't. Years and years ago, when 'retro' phones first began to appear on the market, I bought - for £15 in a charity shop - an Astral Whitehall 1212 phone. Only very recently...a few weeks' ago...did it decide it had had enough. It was a wonderful phone, with a really loud bell ring which I could hear anywhere in the house. Searching for a phone of similar appearance, I ordered the Protelx Classical GPO 1929S, thinking chrome would look quite stylish. It's dreadful. The only thing I like about it is the cloth-covered cord for the handset. The bell ring isn't loud enough, and there's no volume adjustment. The handset doesn't sit well on the receiver, the push buttons for dialling are stiff, there's a constant 'shushing' noise on the line (not my phone line - tried it with other phones and it's clear) and a horrid, loud echo when I speak into the mouthpiece. It even looks a bit tacky...on top of all that, the rubber feet are poor and one was missing altogether when I opened the box.
I have since replaced it with another retro phone of a different make and although it's not as good as my lovely old Astral phone, at least the line is clear and there's no echo when I speak into it. But for me, now, it's the genuine item; I shall invest in a proper vintage phone; no more cheap retros!
Finally, why didn't I send the chrome Protelx phone back? Well, there are two reasons: 1. Without it (until I replaced it) I would have no phone at all except my mobile and 2. I just couldn't be bothered.....I do not recommend buying this phone at all.