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I have 20 "OLD" internal phones lines that need to be toned.

What phone line toners do you recommend ?
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If it is just a matter of finding wires at a termination panel and the runs are not really really long likely even the really cheap units will do the job for you.  If you can get the probe on or close to the wire the quality of the pickup is not going to matter too much.

If you need to track wires from longer distances a good pickup is helpful.  Any our techs use are in the $75-100 range.  That for the probe AND tone generator.

The fluke agonza07 recommended is a good unit.  It has nice clips with the pin beds that can be clipped onto wires through the insulator.  Last time I looked at fluke's they were substantially higher priced.

You can probably find the Greenlee units in any electrical supply or even home depot.  These are decent.

http://www.greenlee.com/products/BASIC-TONE-%2540and-PROBE-KIT-%28601K-%2540dG%29-%28BOX%29.html?product_id=19492

I got a Byte Brothers network tester several months back that came with a probe that was pretty good.  Here's the toner kit,

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/967626-REG/byte_brothers_ctx590_protone_wire_locator_kit.html

Don't get one with a metal tip.  Never know what it might touch onto,  it needs to be insulated.

Usually the tone generator's can do 2 tones,  steady and warble/pulse,  some do more.  If you want to speed up the job get 2 tone generators so you can trace two lines at a time.  Big time saver if you are working alone and/or have really long walks to the jacks.  You can normally get the tone generators without the probe,  typically for close to half the price of the combined kit.
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