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Kleinstein:
The 3457 is a nice meter in some aspects (though not so great in other aspects). As a full width meter it still takes up quite some space. The display is also rather hard to read.
Anyway in Europ this meter is not that common.  In Germany one may more run into an Prema 5000 with a similar depth and with some luck also a scanner.

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--- Quote from: Kleinstein on December 07, 2021, 09:28:35 pm ---The 3457 is a nice meter in some aspects (though not so great in other aspects). As a full width meter it still takes up quite some space. The display is also rather hard to read.
Anyway in Europ this meter is not that common.  In Germany one may more run into an Prema 5000 with a similar depth and with some luck also a scanner.

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I have mixed feelings about the 3457A as well.  I enjoy it and the pair of 3478A underneath it but they do have their limitations, which is why I have the two 34401A on the bench as well.  For me, the big problem is voltage range.  The 3457A and two 3478A can't handle the typical vacuum tube B+ voltage found in most power amplifier circuits and I have to use the 34401A meters or handhelds in that equipment.

Everything else that fits within the voltage range of those goes on the other three meters to try to keep wear off the vacuum fluorescent displays in the 34401As.  I agree about the LCD displays being tough to read.  That, and limited voltage range, are the two biggest annoyances I personally run into on them.  If the 3457A is still too large and it's hard to find where you are, it's probably not worth considering searching for one.

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