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Binatone Homebase?

Postby sickboy » 15 Dec 2016, 16:41

Has anyone ever heard of there being a Binatone homebase?
Reason I ask is because I bought one on ebay last week, and I can't find mention of them anywhere on the net.

It looks identical to the Harvard H407 homebase and when I saw it on ebay, I thought someone might have customised a Harvard into a Binatone. Now that I've got it though, it does seem all original and factory made. They both use the same Amstrad board but the casing of the Binatone is much smaller, and there's other subtle differences such as trim on the fascia being textured with a cross-hatching on the binatone but smooth on the harvard.
Typical that the plate on the back that would've had model & serial number isn't there... {bnghd}

Anyone seen another one?

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Re: Binatone Homebase?

Postby The Collector » 15 Dec 2016, 17:13

I was going to bid on it too but my crappy phone couldn't get a signal while I was out lol.Think it's had its day. New phone needed in the sales I reckon.

I was going to bid £20 on it so you winning it for £12.50 was ok that's for sure. Strange that the nameplate is missing on the back though.

If you get bored with it let me know and put me 1st in the queue ;)

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Re: Binatone Homebase?

Postby The Collector » 15 Dec 2016, 17:15

Forgot to say.. it's based on the earlier Harvard 404 homebase whatever it is.

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Re: Binatone Homebase?

Postby sickboy » 15 Dec 2016, 18:04

The Collector wrote:Forgot to say.. it's based on the earlier Harvard 404 homebase whatever it is.


Ah ok, I never realised there were 2 versions of the Harvard. That would explain the difference in casings.
Yeah £12.50 was a steal. I also got one of those Maxcom 7e emergency handsets from the same seller for 99p :)

I'll keep you in mind if I'm selling it on, thanks for the info.

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Re: Binatone Homebase?

Postby 14CS06 » 15 Dec 2016, 19:50

Hello

The same is here : Royce Model 619 Base Model 40 Channel CB Radio

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http://www.ebay.it/itm/Royce-Model-619- ... Sw44BYUW8o


http://www.cbtricks.com/radios/royce/619/

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Re: Binatone Homebase?

Postby Oggy » 15 Dec 2016, 20:17

Yes it was a proper radio , like the early Harvard.
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Re: Binatone Homebase?

Postby ChrisMagpie » 17 Dec 2016, 09:32

Ooh, nice! 8)
sickboy wrote:Typical that the plate on the back that would've had model & serial number isn't there... {bnghd}

Maybe it was a pre-production sample, and a plate was never fitted?

Looking at the wiring to the channel switch, with it all being the same colour wires, surely a production radio would have different coloured wires to speed up production? Also, the DC input socket not fitted?
A rare and interesting find, anyway! :thumbup:

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Re: Binatone Homebase?

Postby cubwolf » 17 Dec 2016, 13:44

ChrisMagpie wrote:Ooh, nice! 8)
sickboy wrote:Typical that the plate on the back that would've had model & serial number isn't there... {bnghd}

Maybe it was a pre-production sample, and a plate was never fitted?



i am with you on this.
It looks like a pre production sample thats escaped into the real world.

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Re: Binatone Homebase?

Postby johnkyrle » 20 Dec 2016, 19:44

Never seen one of those before.Love the wood effect finish just like York used on the CBS869.Very eighties!

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Re: Binatone Homebase?

Postby Mudslinger » 20 Dec 2016, 21:14

Looks nice, at lest they didn't stick a route 66 board in it. That would almost have been as bad as the fidelity 3000
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Re: Binatone Homebase?

Postby Farty » 20 Dec 2016, 23:03

Very nice, but not as good as a Murphy.
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Re: Binatone Homebase?

Postby Buick Mackane » 20 Dec 2016, 23:07

Wheres the best place to put a binatone ? The clues in the name. ;)

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Re: Binatone Homebase?

Postby sickboy » 20 Dec 2016, 23:18

I've been told it's possibly a Binatone Powerbase 5. There was mention of them in one of the issues of Citizen's Band magazine but I can't find which issue :(

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Re: Binatone Homebase?

Postby Buick Mackane » 20 Dec 2016, 23:28

sickboy wrote:I've been told it's possibly a Binatone Powerbase 5. There was mention of them in one of the issues of Citizen's Band magazine but I can't find which issue :(



I bet the pimp would know, Hes the only guy i know who had more CB mags than w@nk mags

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Re: Binatone Homebase?

Postby Admiral » 20 Dec 2016, 23:45

If it is a pre-production test radio that never got produced, and it's a one off, then it must be worth about £12.50.

The only consolation is it looks like the Jap board in there, so well worth hanging on to as an ice breaker at the bi-monthly Lanarkshire Breakers meetings.


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