Before the standard, synthesized ring and busy tones heard today, those sounds were generated by large rotating machines and analog electronics. There was a wide array of different equipment used in different places, so that no two exchanges sounded exactly the same. Here’s a variety of Ringback tones and Busy Signals from around the nation, and some from around the world!
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