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Old 21st January 2009, 03:48 PM   #1
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Default Where to Buy Panel Meters?

Hi all,
I've been scouring the internet to find a cool retro panel meter, preferably one with fairly low dc current range. I've come across a couple of sites that have meters that are passable, but I'm looking for something really retro.
Any ideas?

Here's what I've found:
http://www.meterdistributor.com
http://www.allelectronics.com
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Old 22nd January 2009, 04:30 AM   #2
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Shop local and not break the bank

http://www.mainelectronics.com/panelmeter.htm

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Old 23rd January 2009, 05:12 AM   #3
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I prefer to get my meters out of ca 1930-40's VTVMs
I can post a pic or two once I get home tomorrow.
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Old 23rd January 2009, 05:43 AM   #4
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Pic attached of an identical unit I found online.
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Old 25th January 2009, 12:15 AM   #5
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Try a ham radio swap meet. Prices are low, and often free towards the end. If you arrive too late, check the nearest dumpster, because a lot of sellers just want to get rid of stuff.
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Old 25th January 2009, 12:42 AM   #6
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OK,

Spent a lot of time looking for these and here is the secret -

http://www.fairradio.com/

Here is the direct link to the meter section -

http://www.fairradio.com/catalog.php...categoryid=216

I stocked up on a whole lot of (new) retro looking great quality meters at good prices.

The folks at Fairradio don't say much and their emails responses are pretty brief but they post quickly and pack well.


Hope this helps.

Rob

PS - I am not affiliated with fair radio!
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Old 25th January 2009, 03:15 AM   #7
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Retro-looking knock-offs on eBay
100mA
200mA
100mA with funky backlight

No idea of the quality, but meters like these are mostly for decoration anyway, I suppose.

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John
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Hi John,

I originally bought a couple of these (if not identical, very similar) from ebay. With no disrespect to the seller, the quality is not great - Chinese made, plastic body and plastic cover and inaccurate. Hence my search for something better.

The ones that I bought from fairradio were only a couple of dollars more (I think they were about $15 US from memory). They are heavy, full metal construction (A&M manufactured - formally Weston) and sealed against the elements with rubber gaskets. The face cover is glass. They look like they might have been made for aircraft instrument panels. They are high quality meters.

Despite the stamp on the back indicating that they should not be dissembled, I pulled them apart, drilled a couple of small holes in the back and added a blue LED to give some back lighting. They look great and I am going to use them as bias meters for an 845 amp that I am building.

I have attached a photo.

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Those are just downright sexayyy!
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