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Old 9th June 2021, 09:26 PM   #1461
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Hi Stephen,
Yes, the RTX is a great analyzer. Along with M.I. software. I use ARTA for quickie stuff.

I got one of the first units in the group buy. Jens has been great to deal with and I am super glad I got one.

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Old 9th June 2021, 09:30 PM   #1462
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The usual business models for these "dealers" is they buy test equipment from electronics recycling companies, at about $1/kilo, dust them, some (not many) check for power on, then pre-pack them waiting for a customer willing to gamble on his 10,000% markup price. If the equipment doesn't work, they will happily take it back and refund, their exposure to losses is minimum.

There was a "dealer" in Mississauga which stayed in business until the recycling company he used to purchase from decided to sell the equipment on EBay auctions. Got some great deals some 10 years ago in these auctions, and I can tell the ridiculous markups he was asking.
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Old 9th June 2021, 09:32 PM   #1463
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Its always frustrating that the folks who need the equipment do not have access to it at affordable prices. I have been aware of their business model for some years, but what can you do?
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Old 9th June 2021, 09:39 PM   #1464
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That jives with my recollection of dealing with Mike as well. Although, I just bought a pair of Tek 7000 series scope plug-ins and they weren't expensive. About market value. I just hope they work. I'm trying to get a cheap scope together for a very good friend. About 100 MHz, dual trace.

I would love an 8903B, but then I collect HP equipment. An 8902 would also be great (measuring receiver - non-audio).
I have a TDS2104 (100MHz, 4 channels, color LCD display) I no longer need, it was upgraded and re-calibrated to be a TDS2204 (200MHz) and displays accordingly on the boot screen. Has the communication module with GPIB and serial port (this is an option for the TDS2000 scopes). All yours (his) for CAD350.
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Old 9th June 2021, 09:43 PM   #1465
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Its always frustrating that the folks who need the equipment do not have access to it at affordable prices. I have been aware of their business model for some years, but what can you do?
Wait for a better deal. That's what I'm doing for over 20 years and never purchased anything from these "dealers", unless they drop the price to reasonable numbers. They usually do when they got hungry.
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Old 9th June 2021, 10:01 PM   #1466
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Hi,
That's a good deal on the scope. I'm using a Keysight MSOX3104T with all the software options opened up. (1 GHz x 4 channels and 16 digital channels), so I am covered for scopes.

This is coming out of my pocket so I'm hoping to keep it between $100 ~ $200. No, I would not dream of trying to talk you down. If anyone else here wants a good scope, that is a really good offer. Take it!

That's what I'm doing as well. You take your deals where you can find them. Waiting is the game. That and very good fortune and good friends.

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Old 10th June 2021, 01:26 AM   #1467
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Its funny, last time I was at Toronto surplus, I saw stacks of old tek 2200 series scopes just sitting in a pile out back in the elements.
We had a laugh because he remembered my old ahole boss at Motorola, so does Murray Allen.
I assume Mike has lots of money, the land he is on is worth a fortune, I am sure he just does it for something to do and have fun doing it.
I would not want a 8903A, even though it would look good with the rest of my old HP gear. Get something newer like a QuantAsylum or equiv.
I would love to have a AC/DC current probe for my tek scopes. I have a brand new TCPA300 no probes, damn a TCP312A is hard to justify for using it once and a blue moon.

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Old 10th June 2021, 02:35 AM   #1468
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Hi Rick,
Yes, Mike is well off and always has been.

I would love a U8903B - but who wouldn't??

I just picked up a Tek P6021 current probe from Crown Assets (with the termination) and it works well. I want the active current probe for my scope, but as you've noted they are worth more than many good oscilloscopes. I'm talking thousands even used.

Would have loved a few 2200 series scopes to figure out and make something that worked.
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Old 10th June 2021, 12:33 PM   #1469
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That company is in my neighborhood, and I was always wondering what makes them stay in business. Pricing is outrageous, mostly double of what you can get from an equivalent local (Toronto) or US dealer (with the exception of those strictly focused on the "price no objection" business market). Definitely not a place for the enthusiast amateurs.
I live a 15 minute drive from both The Tube Store.com and Parts ConneXion. There is no comparison in prices between the two....and when parts connexion has a sale on what you're looking for it's about 2X difference. Better selection at the tube store but still....

I've never ordered tubes from the US. If you're just looking for one or two the shipping just kills you.

Best place is A1parts out in Ford Nation. Fun place to look around too. Found some tubes from a Lancaster Bomber there....
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Right on about A1! My Marconi rectifier tubes came from there. Also big can Caps, and surplus transformers. The tubes were competitively priced, but the caps and transformers were pennies on the pound. It is a parts recycling store like an auto wrecking yard. Not a time efficient way to get parts. Most of that comes from Mouser, but a fun way to poke around and sometimes score some treasures. Also great prices on new Hammond iron. Order from the catalogue and pick it up a week later without the shipping fees.
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