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 Post subject: Check out my $70 equipment haul!
PostPosted: Jun Sat 05, 2021 11:51 pm 
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I feel like I made out pretty well. It is virtually a guarantee all of it will need restoration, but for $70 I couldn't go wrong. The only thing missing from the pic is a Staco isolated variable transformer that I left at my shop and an additional Tek plug in module. It all came from the estate of a Tv repairman who passed away several years ago. He serviced central PA.

Not a bad haul and a nice start to setting up my first work bench.

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Excellent haul!

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I'm jealous.. nice catch

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Nice haul indeed!

I have one of those Do-All generators - a neat little box. Yours is the only other one I’ve come across. I don’t have a use for it and hope to find it a new home when the swap meets start up again.

You should have fun refurbing all that gear.

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HOW?!
That's a killer deal and a useful assortment.


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Hmmm....I want to know what Tek probes are in the blue box. One of those probes in working condition could bring several times your purchase price, depending on what they are.


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Very good selection, good start. Also a good deal!
Having several tube testers is a good idea because they can keep each other honest. Some tube testers are better for some types of tubes. Also it is a rare tube tester that can test every receiver tube every used. The number of tube pins can vary from 4 (1920s) to 12 (1970s).
The EICO VTVM is fine. A metered variable transformer is very good. The EICO generator has a good range.
I see a transistor tester and a collection of tuning wands, great.
Good scope and active probes! I don't have any active probes, those are pretty advanced tools. I'd like to know what type they are.
Of course most vintage test gear needs to be checked out and might benefit from a re-cap. However I would not do that to the Tek scope (or the active probes) unless there was a problem, everything else is fair game. It would be a good idea to collect service data for everything unless you think you will be passing something off to some one else.
One item I would buy new is a good, accurate, reliable DVM. It can be used to calibrate the VTVM and some of the other items. Nearly all pieces of test equipment have calibration adjustments inside and they can drift with time.
I wanted to mention that it would be a good idea to add your location to your ID info so the rest of us have a better idea of things convenient to you.

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That picture just needs a Christmas tree to complete.

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Plus, the tek scope came with the handy anti-gravity attachment!

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I have one of those Do-All generators - a neat little box. Yours is the only other one I’ve come across. .


I have one.

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Jim Mueller wrote:
WoodchuckTN wrote:

I have one of those Do-All generators - a neat little box. Yours is the only other one I’ve come across. .


I have one.


Perhaps I’ve just led a sheltered life. :D

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Hello burb,
nice find :D

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Plus, the tek scope came with the handy anti-gravity attachment!

=)


You should see it cook dinner and cut the grass!

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Notimetolooz wrote:
Very good selection, good start. Also a good deal!
Having several tube testers is a good idea because they can keep each other honest. Some tube testers are better for some types of tubes. Also it is a rare tube tester that can test every receiver tube every used. The number of tube pins can vary from 4 (1920s) to 12 (1970s).
The EICO VTVM is fine. A metered variable transformer is very good. The EICO generator has a good range.
I see a transistor tester and a collection of tuning wands, great.
Good scope and active probes! I don't have any active probes, those are pretty advanced tools. I'd like to know what type they are.
Of course most vintage test gear needs to be checked out and might benefit from a re-cap. However I would not do that to the Tek scope (or the active probes) unless there was a problem, everything else is fair game. It would be a good idea to collect service data for everything unless you think you will be passing something off to some one else.
One item I would buy new is a good, accurate, reliable DVM. It can be used to calibrate the VTVM and some of the other items. Nearly all pieces of test equipment have calibration adjustments inside and they can drift with time.
I wanted to mention that it would be a good idea to add your location to your ID info so the rest of us have a better idea of things convenient to you.


TIm,

I added my location per your advice. I'm in Allentown, PA area.

As for the probes, this is what came with the scope but not pictured because I left them and the Staco ISO variable transformer at the shop when I first took the pic:

P6006
P6007
P6013
P6026 In a wood box
P6028
P6045
3S2 Sampling module
Two S-1 heads
Two S-3A sampling heads
Assorted screws on heads ranging from 10x to 1000x


I can pics of that as well if you guys are curious. I have zero idea what to do with them, but there they are nonetheless!

Brian

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 Post subject: Re: Check out my $70 equipment haul!
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Scott wrote:
Hmmm....I want to know what Tek probes are in the blue box. One of those probes in working condition could bring several times your purchase price, depending on what they are.


Scott I just listed them here. I have no idea quite yet how they work, but hopefully they will be useful!

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HOW?!
That's a killer deal and a useful assortment.


I thought it was a great deal too. I couldn't pass it up. I probably spent more in gas driving to pick the stuff up in Central PA, but it was worth it. Came from the wife of a TV repairman who has passed away several years back and she wanted it gone.

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The scope is pretty nice by itself, but with the 3s2 and the sampling heads, it turns into a sampling scope capable of 1 GHz bandwidth.

Be sure you read the manuals before using them, they are a bit sensitive and have a limited input voltage range.

Sampling scopes only work on repetitive waveforms so they wont catch single shot events, but it looks like you're set to look at any signal you're ever likely to encounter.

Those weird looking connectors on the S1 heads are GR-874 hermaphroditic high frequency connectors. They directly mate with each other; they do not have male and female versions. You can find adapters for them for BNC or N connectors.

BTW, ONE of those sampling heads is worth more than what you paid for the entire haul :lol: Many of the Tektronix sampling heads are compatible across multiple scope lines (500 and 7000 series).


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PaulAm wrote:
The scope is pretty nice by itself, but with the 3s2 and the sampling heads, it turns into a sampling scope capable of 1 GHz bandwidth.

Be sure you read the manuals before using them, they are a bit sensitive and have a limited input voltage range.

Sampling scopes only work on repetitive waveforms so they wont catch single shot events, but it looks like you're set to look at any signal you're ever likely to encounter.

Those weird looking connectors on the S1 heads are GR-874 hermaphroditic high frequency connectors. They directly mate with each other; they do not have male and female versions. You can find adapters for them for BNC or N connectors.

BTW, ONE of those sampling heads is worth more than what you paid for the entire haul :lol: Many of the Tektronix sampling heads are compatible across multiple scope lines (500 and 7000 series).


Really??? Wow, I had no idea of the value of some of these pieces. It makes me feel even more fortunate to have gotten these. Because of this purchase, another person who knew I got this equipment reached out because they have an attic full of drawers of caps, resistors, thermistors, etc. that they want to unload for free. They made mention there are hundreds of tubes and many radios up there as well. I'll keep everyone informed of that possible transaction as well.

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You’re definitely on a roll, Brian!

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You’re definitely on a roll, Brian!


I certainly feel like I'm being smiled upon, thats for sure. Although I am sure I can use those caps etc...I don't know anything about tubes or radios, so if there is anything that looks good up there, I will let the group know. Maybe there is a hidden treasure or maybe it is junk!

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