What is this old dimmer-like switch


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Old 06-17-16, 05:12 AM
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What is this old dimmer-like switch

I started looking into a series of inoperable dimmers and outlets in my new house and came across this odd dimmer/solenoid. It is connected to four pairs of light weight wires that look maybe like speaker wire. But other than a defunct intercom system from the 80s, I can't imagine what it does. Maybe volume control?

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Old 06-17-16, 10:43 AM
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Yes, it is a volume control for some audio system. It is possible that the speakers were in the ceiling and either removed or covered. There should be a location somewhere in the house where the receiver/amplifier was located and this location should have a bunch of low-voltage cabling.
 
 

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