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Props For Hot l Baltimore

Discussion in 'Scenery, Props, and Rigging' started by chandrarules, Jun 24, 2008.

  1. chandrarules

    chandrarules Member

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    I am looking for a telephone switchboard for two productions of The Hot L Baltimore. I have no idea of where to begin looking online. I have exhausted all resources I have here.

    If you don't know where I can rent or borrow one from, Would anyone have any ideas of how to make one? It doesn't have to function other than the line has to be plugged in.

    This is the last prop I need to find, and it is making me crazy.

    Thanks
     
  2. derekleffew

    derekleffew Resident Curmudgeon Senior Team Premium Member

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    A telephone switchboard is tough to find, unless a nearby theatre has recently done the musical Bells Are Ringing. Being a lighting guy, I'd have to suggest looking for a "telephone-style" lighting patch panel. But they're usually huge, and contain lots of scrap copper wiring.

    Just a thought: Get a bunch of wooden sewing thread spools. Glue a 1/4" dowel onto them. Attach a 14/2 black cable on the other end. Drill a bunch of holes in 3/4" plywood in which to insert the plugs. Add a rotary dial and an old-style operator's headset. Any surplus electronics stores in your area?

    Here's more or less what you're trying to create:
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    See this, for the ultimate telephone switchboard operator. Just build something close.
     
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  3. TechSooth

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    An effective "switchboard" can be fabricated of an audio patch panel and a bunch of old guitar amp cables. Perhaps you can ask your sound guys or a musician friend if one of them has a patch panel you can use for the run.

    Here is a source for 1/4" guitar cables at $1.50 each. With 10 cables and a patch panel, you could fabricate a panel/desk that holds the components (see attachment).

    6 Foot Guitar Cable 1.50 per cable! Brand New Never Used.
     

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    Van CBMod CB Mods Premium Member

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    There used to be an outfit in Cave Junction Oregon, of all places! They rented/sold all types of antique phones and phone appartus. I'd be happy to ask around and see if I can find someone who knows their name. I like Dereks idea, though I hate to admit it.
    Heck you could even use 1/4" pegboard, and peices of dowel.
     

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