[2008-02-22] Beautiful rosewood Trub telephone
This is the "Trub" telephone, manunfactured in the 1970s by Gfeller. It's made of solid rosewood and feels and looks wonderful. The handset is an incredible pleasure to hold. Here I quote the text of an article from Retro Thing:
This is the Trub, a Swiss design classic from the 1970’s made entirely from Rosewood by Gfeller, the communicator of choice for tree huggers everywhere. From its perfectly balanced handset to the sturdy and functional base, Trub is a truly organic piece of technology. Its wooden construction breathes and changes according to the seasons, its distinctive grain becoming more tactile and prominent in damp weather. Even after thirty years, with an occasional polish Trub looks as good as the day it was hewn from its parent tree trunk. Without a doubt, Trub is the King of telephones, but if you want one you’ll be in for a long and patient wait. Long discontinued, the Trub is highly sought after, its fate being sealed after celebrity enthusiasm in the UK saw the final few evaporate into eager collector’s hands.
I am the proud owner of the pristine specimen pictured here. I watched eBay for more than a year to find one. It comes equipped with a UK-style jack but I use a converter with it and it works great. I could be persuaded to part with it for $400 US. I have posted all these pictures partially as an aid to craftspeople who might try to reproduce the Trub.
last modified 2008-02-22