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tobor:
I'm just starting to really get into electronics as a hobby, mostly to do repairs and learn.  I'd like to work on a variety of projects including audio equipment, PCs, monitors and related power supplies.  I'm currently considering 3 used scopes and I'd like some feedback / suggestions from some folks with actual experience working with scopes.

In case it makes any difference, I'm located in the US.
The items I'm considering from lowest cost are:
GW Instep GOS-6112 100MHz 2-Channel    $203.00
Fluke Philips Alliance PM 3375 100MHz 250Ms/s 2-Ch   $291.00
TEKTRONIX TAS465 100MHz   $348.00

My budget leans toward the low end, my tastes toward the high end  :D of course.

Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance!

tinhead:

--- Quote from: tobor on December 02, 2011, 07:34:21 pm ---TEKTRONIX TAS465 100MHz   $348.00

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this is a old gear, it does have really nice hybrids - but when they die you can throw the scope in trash.
The price is not good, 350$ for old 100MHz analog scope is too much


--- Quote from: tobor on December 02, 2011, 07:34:21 pm ---Fluke Philips Alliance PM 3375 100MHz 250Ms/s 2-Ch   $291.00

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this is not analog scope, if Philips/Fluke then PM3285(A) or PM3295(A), so forget this one


--- Quote from: tobor on December 02, 2011, 07:34:21 pm ---GW Instek GOS-6112 100MHz 2-Channel    $203.00

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i would chose this one, it is youngest device here and cheapest as well.
It does have read-out (only on CRT, so no export possible), not that bad at all.

The bigest advantage - you can take the 150$ diff to TAS465 and (almost) buy a DSO or what so ever you need for your hobby.

kripton2035:
please consider another : a mixed analog-digital scope
brand hameg, or fluke-philips
buy a only digital scope only if you plan to do only microcontrolers work...
and even there if you want to do rs232-spi-i2c work, only high end digital scope will analyze them...$1500 min !
you will have to get a logic analyzer to do this

http://www.ebay.com/dsc/i.html?_nkw=combiscope

tobor:
Thank you tinhead! Thank you kripton2035!  I do like the idea of the CombiScope (that's what the 3375 was advertised as, but I'm thinking tinhead has a good point.  Get the Instek for now, and save up for a good DSO if I find I need on in the future.

I gather there aren't a lot of horror stories surrounding the Instek GOS-6112?

While I'm pestering you, I've always heard that Weller was about the best solding iron you could get, but I see a lot of people liking Hakko and others like Saitek (sp?).  Any thoughts one way or the other between a WES51 and the Hakko's etc?  Obviously I can get more 'bang' for the buck, is Weller quality still that much higher?

Thanks again!

Electronic:
Have you looked in the threads here? The most discussed one is the Rigol DS1052E. I think you should at least check it out. Its a digital scope, 1GSa/s and 50 MHz but upgradeble to 150-170 MHz. Most common is to upgrade it to 100MHz.

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