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    didnt see that mtv



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    OK, next then . . . . HP / Agilent 54600B 2-channel 100 MHz Oscilloscope







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    . . . or Vintage 100 MHz Hitachi V-1065A Oscilloscope w/2 Tek 100MHz Probes (Vintage doesn't sound all that inspiring ??)

    $60usd buy it now $24 s/h is $84 total?

    Is Hitachi a good machine in the Oscope arena?








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    Quote Originally Posted by mtv View Post
    The description also suggests that unit is faulty.

    "The unit powers up but the top 1/3 of the screen is dark."
    Ouchhh....
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    Vintage is already sold.

    Quote Originally Posted by cmangle View Post
    OK, next then . . . . HP / Agilent 54600B 2-channel 100 MHz Oscilloscope







    Opinions . . . again please!
    Expect that to go for $200

    Here is buy it now for $169 (THOROUGHLY TESTED) and you can make an offer, last one:


    I am not checking shipping as I am not on USA ATM.
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    The HP above is currently at $76.00 high bid and $30 s/h.

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    OK next . . . Leader LBO 518 100mhz 4 Channel Oscilloscope




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    You will want one with storage too. That allows you to take a measurement then study it at your leisure for that reason the Agilent 54600B is probably the best choice so far.

    What ever you choose to buy, make sure you watch this video before you use it :

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    loopyloo, the two different HV probes are, BK probe is $300.00usd and the Agilent probe is $700.00usd!

    How about I just stay away from ANY high voltage equip and save a FEW bucks!




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    The Agilent above does not come with probes, so can I use any "generic" 100mhz probes with this unit?

    They don't have to be "Agilent" or "HP" probes, correct?



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    The switchable 1:1/10:1 probes are the standard types you can use with virtually any CRO.
    No need for high priced probes with much higher ratio voltage dividers and differential voltage ratings if you're not probing 1000V circuits.

    If you're getting into the $200+ price range for the CRO maybe consider something more up to date with more useful features and PC connectivity like

    You can get these digital storage CROs for around $300 new with full warranty and they take up less than 1/4 of the bench space.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skepticist View Post
    The switchable 1:1/10:1 probes are the standard types you can use with virtually any CRO.
    No need for high priced probes with much higher ratio voltage dividers and differential voltage ratings if you're not probing 1000V circuits.

    If you're getting into the $200+ price range for the CRO maybe consider something more up to date with more useful features and PC connectivity like

    You can get these digital storage CROs for around $300 new with full warranty and they take up less than 1/4 of the bench space.
    +1, You can buy Rigol oscilloscopes from locally and get factory warranty. The form factor and functionality is worth the extra few dollars.
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    A lot depends on what you will be using the scope for mainly.
    If you're only doing audio work, a scope that goes to 10 or 20 MHz is fine.
    If you're repairing radio equipment, 100 - 200+ MHz is where you need to be looking.

    I have three scopes at the moment, all bench units:

    Tektronix 2430A digital storage - 150 MHz (and I've worked out how to repair it when it throws up an error message!)

    Tektronix 475A - analog, 250 MHz.

    Kenwood CS-2150 - analog, 150 MHz (by far my favourite).

    I'm not a big fan of digital (anything). Analog just gets the job done. For that reason I rarely see anything digital on my bench.
    I'm also of the opinion that 'new' does not mean 'better'. All of my scopes combined owe me a lot less than the cost of a new digital scope today.

    You are probably thinking "why does this guy need THREE scopes?"

    I bought the Kenwood about 8 years ago, and it's been my main go-to scope for just about everything.
    The 2430A came up cheap on an auction site as they couldn't get it to work so I bought it on a whim and repaired it.
    The 475A is a lovely piece of vintage kit which still works perfectly. It was donated to me (can't get better than free!)

    Just my dime's worth.

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