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*Cheap* Equipment sources


Michael Dunn <mdunn@...>
 

Just a little poll of sorts: I'm wondering where we all find old equipment -- at least the stuff we get for real cheap!

I and a friend on this list have found pretty much all our stuff at "garage sales" held at a local university. We're talking REAL cheap. C$10-$20 (U$7-14) for anything from a 502A to a 549 or 556! $5 for a plug-in. Usually in very good condition. How about you?


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ronald h. driggers <rdriggers@...>
 

I paid 25 for the 545a, most of the plugins cost 15 to 20, bought one on
ebay as well as some of my manuals, some of the stuff is in a salvage yard,
near by, but they run 25 to 45 dollars depending on the size and weight,
they look at the scrap value, bought the ca and the 130 lc meter this
weeking for 20 dollars for the two, more than i want to spend but i am in a
bad area for old tek stuff. I have found others but can not pay shipping.
You seem to buy much cheaper than i can, the 556 i got was 20.00 dolllars,
may not be an easy repair though. Since this is a hobby cheaper would be
MUCH better for me. I have payed more for manuals than equipment.

----- Original Message -----
From: Michael Dunn <mdunn@cantares.on.ca>
To: <TekScopes@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Monday, April 23, 2001 10:17 AM
Subject: [TekScopes] *Cheap* Equipment sources


Just a little poll of sorts: I'm wondering where we all find old
equipment -- at least the stuff we get for real cheap!

I and a friend on this list have found pretty much all our stuff
at "garage sales" held at a local university. We're talking REAL
cheap. C$10-$20 (U$7-14) for anything from a 502A to a 549 or 556!
$5 for a plug-in. Usually in very good condition. How about you?


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Michael Dunn | Surround Sound Decoder & Stereo Enhancer
Cantares | Self-Amplified Speakers, Test Equipment
74 George St. | Ambisonic Surround Sound CDs and Recording
Waterloo, Ont. | (519) 744-9395 (fax: 744-7129)
N2J 1K7 | mdunn@cantares.on.ca
Canada | http://www.cantares.on.ca/
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Michael <mdd@...>
 

I and a friend on this list have found pretty much all our stuff
at "garage sales" held at a local university. We're talking REAL
cheap. C$10-$20 (U$7-14) for anything from a 502A to a 549 or 556!
$5 for a plug-in. Usually in very good condition. How about you?
Gee, half your luck! I've never seen any Tek stuff at garage sales (not that
I go to many), and paid A$600 (around US$1200) for my (as new) 7603; but I
was given a TM503 with a DM501A (faulty) and three plug-in kits in exchange
for a satellite TV receiver. Meanwhile I have (mostly) fixed the DM501 and
keep looking... :)

Kind regards,
:)
Michael


Jams & Kandy Nunn <jnunn@...>
 

I started my collection with a 535a that I purchased at a garage sale for $1. The scope came with CA plug-in and a set of probes. I always admired the Tek scopes from the 60's and thought that it would be fun to fix it or take it apart. I ended up doing both and spending a lot more than a buck to get it working. My other "sea story" is a 545a that I purchased from a TV station last year. The scope was calibrated! has the "old" style cart, 4 probes, a CA and a M plug-in and a 1L5 (not working) all the original manuals and I found the original purchase order in the operators manual compartment, total cost was $60.

Most of what I purchase I find on E-bay or the TRW swap meet (I live in LA).

Jim Nunn


ashtonb@...
 

--- In TekScopes@y..., Michael Dunn <mdunn@c...> wrote:
Just a little poll of sorts: I'm wondering where we all find
old
equipment -- at least the stuff we get for real cheap!

I and a friend on this list have found pretty much all our
stuff
at "garage sales" held at a local university. We're talking REAL
cheap. C$10-$20 (U$7-14) for anything from a 502A to a 549 or 556!
$5 for a plug-in. Usually in very good condition. How about you?
Hello Michael, and thanks for helping me get past the sign-on glitch.
As you can see, posting now works too [I think - we'll see].

I started accumulating Teks (beyond a couple for use) ~ 3 years ago
pre- eBay for me.. A fireman in LA had an ad in Nuts&Volts.. ended
up sending along an initial 10ish scopes (mostly 453s) and a year
later, more things.

Truck rate and such seems about only way to handle high ship'g cost,
but that means ~ 300ish # to come out reasonably. This may not be
true in '01 (?).

Now I have to read some back posts. I've mainly used Tek scopes
forever - only lately repair / calibrate, but without the tricks that
experience teaches (might tell about the 2430 with no warning about
needing an extra fan - except buried in the Service Manual. Ugh.
All those labels about imploding CRTs but - not one saying "cool it -
Now!")

Ashton Brown
Sonoma county, No. Calif.