the value of old test and repair equipment

Ian S. King isking at
Sun Jul 31 17:46:13 CDT 2016

I really like my old test gear and yes, it just seems right to be restoring
vintage computers with vintage instruments.  HP scopes, logic analyzers,
DVMs; function generator; Tek scope, frequency counter; as well as just
'sundry'.  But I did break down and buy a DDS frequency generator to work
on my VHF/UHF ham gear.

On Sat, Jul 30, 2016 at 6:07 PM, drlegendre . <drlegendre at> wrote:

> In fact, the value of old test gear varies tremendously..
> Vacuum tube testers of certain makes & models are near the top of the food
> chain, with clean, working examples pulling $1500+ (USD) on a very regular
> basis.
> There's also a strong following for much 'classic' audio analysis gear (HD
> meters, ID meters, spectrum analyzers, etc.) some very fine multi-meters
> and anything really hi-end like General Radio, Breull & Kejjr, HP, and so
> forth.
> Some very early examples from the 1910s to 30's also pull good value simply
> for visual appeal. Much of this gear is resplendent with embossed, enameled
> panels, sculpted Bakelite knobs, large meter movements and an overall Art
> Deco styling.
> Seen a nice Supreme Diagnometer recently? Or any of the 40s-70s era English
> made tube testers, like the AVO? Hickok also made a series of bench VTVMs
> with massive chromed meters, designed to be large enough that they can be
> read from many feet away.. those are beautiful for display, and guess what
> - they work great, too!
> On Thu, Jul 28, 2016 at 5:24 PM, Dale H. Cook <radiotest at> wrote:
> > At 03:52 PM 7/28/2016, Electronics Plus wrote:
> >
> > >... does as-is old test and repair equip that won't be particularly
> cheap
> > have interest to you guys?
> >
> > It depends entirely on the make and model of equipment. I always have a
> > laundry list of stuff I am looking for - one of the reasons why I bring
> my
> > tablet to meets.
> >
> > Dale H. Cook, GR / HP Collector, Roanoke/Lynchburg, VA
> >
> >
> >

Ian S. King, MSIS, MSCS, Ph.D. Candidate
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