Western Electric Crossbar
Telephone Sounds & Recordings

These are examples of the sounds generated by tone plant equipment by Western Electric/Bell System Number 1 Crossbar (#1XB) and Number 5 Crossbar (#5XB) switching systems.

Files are in MP3 format. Click on a link to listen.

Number 1 Crossbar (#5XB) Sounds
Various sounds of Western Electric Number 1 crossbar switching systems.

#1XB - Local Call
Sound of a local call made through a #1 crossbar switch.

#1XB - Toll Call
Sound of a toll call made through a #1 crossbar switch.

No Such Number Tone
Sound of a No Such Number Tone from a #1 crossbar switch. Sometimes referred to as a "crybaby".
Source: Paul Willis

Number 5 Crossbar (#5XB) Sounds
Various sounds of Western Electric Number 5 Crossbar (#5XB) switching systems.

#5XB ANA Recording
An ANA (Automatic Number Announcement) recording from a #5 crossbar.
Source: Jeff Dobkin

#5XB Ringback
A ringback signal from a #5 crossbar switch.
Source: Jeff Dobkin

#5XB Reorder
A reorder signal from a #5 crossbar switch.


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