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Offline lazarusr

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So now that I can get anything I want, what should I get?
« on: December 08, 2018, 05:54:49 pm »
My wife said that if I got her what she wanted for Christmas, I could have anything I wanted. So now that she has what she wanted (and what she wanted was a HUGE deal), what should I get?
 

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Re: So now that I can get anything I want, what should I get?
« Reply #1 on: December 08, 2018, 06:08:09 pm »
It would help if you said what you have already and what your interests are.
 

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Re: So now that I can get anything I want, what should I get?
« Reply #2 on: December 08, 2018, 06:21:39 pm »
A price range would be useful as well. Start dropping hints for a big scope
 

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Re: So now that I can get anything I want, what should I get?
« Reply #3 on: December 08, 2018, 06:31:29 pm »
Your own custom built lab, fully furnished with 3 parking spots.
 
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Re: So now that I can get anything I want, what should I get?
« Reply #4 on: December 08, 2018, 07:05:46 pm »
Perhaps just take an IOU for when you screw up big time and just use the added resources to pay the bills?   
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Re: So now that I can get anything I want, what should I get?
« Reply #5 on: December 08, 2018, 07:34:09 pm »
First, I should make it clear that this is the present my wife (has already) got for Christmas.



(And no, it is not the watch or the sofa.)

When fully grown it will be about 1.3m long. In the circumstances, I believe I am entitled to a lot for Christmas this year

Also, there is nothing I really need. I currently have a 121GW DMM, a Rigol 1054Z 'scope (hacked), an R&S RTB2004 'scope, a Rigol DP832 power supply (hacked) and a Siglent SDG2042X function generator due in a couple of weeks.

However, I am welcome to suggestions as to what I might want. (We are talking serious test and measurement porn here.)

I also, I feel I should check out the TEA group therapy group thread.
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Re: So now that I can get anything I want, what should I get?
« Reply #6 on: December 08, 2018, 07:36:59 pm »
Keysight bench meter or a new pc?
 

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Re: So now that I can get anything I want, what should I get?
« Reply #7 on: December 08, 2018, 07:47:14 pm »
First, I should make it clear that this is the present my wife (has already) got for Christmas.
just :palm: if i get my wife that, there will be no food in the house for few days. does that <thing> rattle? sometime what we think is good is bad. ymmv.

Start dropping hints for a big scope
+1 lets see how that <thing> worth...
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Re: So now that I can get anything I want, what should I get?
« Reply #8 on: December 08, 2018, 07:47:52 pm »
Your post history is quite short and just mentions that you're building a synthesizer and have dabbled with Xilinx CPLDs. There really isn't much to go on here but presumably you won't be after anything too specialised like RF test equipment.

Fancy soldering/desoldering station?

Logic analyser?

LCR meter?

3D printer?
 

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Re: So now that I can get anything I want, what should I get?
« Reply #9 on: December 08, 2018, 07:48:14 pm »
Electronic snake repellent. >:D
 
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Re: So now that I can get anything I want, what should I get?
« Reply #10 on: December 08, 2018, 07:49:57 pm »
I'm missing a spectrum analyser on the list.
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Re: So now that I can get anything I want, what should I get?
« Reply #11 on: December 08, 2018, 08:01:50 pm »
Easy, Keysight FieldFox N9952A with all software options.
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Re: So now that I can get anything I want, what should I get?
« Reply #12 on: December 08, 2018, 08:10:11 pm »
First, I should make it clear that this is the present my wife (has already) got for Christmas.

Mice to feed it.  :)
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Re: So now that I can get anything I want, what should I get?
« Reply #13 on: December 08, 2018, 08:17:10 pm »
Mice generator.
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Re: So now that I can get anything I want, what should I get?
« Reply #14 on: December 08, 2018, 08:22:02 pm »
Perhaps just take an IOU for when you screw up big time and just use the added resources to pay the bills?
It never works that way when it comes to it. Better take the shiny toy.
 
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Re: So now that I can get anything I want, what should I get?
« Reply #15 on: December 08, 2018, 08:38:26 pm »
I currently have a 121GW DMM, a Rigol 1054Z 'scope (hacked), an R&S RTB2004 'scope, a Rigol DP832 power supply (hacked) and a Siglent SDG2042X function generator due in a couple of weeks.

Only one multimeter?  :popcorn:

 
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Re: So now that I can get anything I want, what should I get?
« Reply #16 on: December 08, 2018, 09:07:21 pm »
Only one multimeter?  :popcorn:

The 121GW is my best DMM. I have others.
 

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Re: So now that I can get anything I want, what should I get?
« Reply #17 on: December 08, 2018, 09:18:36 pm »
If you don't need anything then get something "luxury".

I'd get a Hioki DT4282, but that's just me.

(bench multimeter feel/performance in a handheld format)
 

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Re: So now that I can get anything I want, what should I get?
« Reply #18 on: December 08, 2018, 09:24:36 pm »
What sort of circuits do you play with?  I think LCR meter and Spectrum Analyzer are good suggestions for general capability, but depending on what you work with, maybe something more specialized?  Fancy bench meter, SMU, frequency counter, older high bandwidth scope, logic analyzer, etc. could all be nice if your projects lean in those directions.

I also like the soldering equipment idea, they get lots of use and can easily be forgotten about.  Maybe some magnification for smaller work?  A decent microscope can be real interesting just to look at stuff and can be great for fine work or inspection.
 

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Re: So now that I can get anything I want, what should I get?
« Reply #19 on: December 08, 2018, 09:25:42 pm »
A decent microscope can be real interesting just to look at stuff and can be great for fine work or inspection.

Or something not testgear related at all.  :popcorn:

 

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Re: So now that I can get anything I want, what should I get?
« Reply #20 on: December 08, 2018, 09:26:49 pm »
High quality sources, so you can test your test equipment  >:D

More seriously, things to generate signals of interest to you,whether that be digital, audio, DC, RF.

But, and it is a big but, all equipment has a learning curve, both the generic theory of operation and which buttons to press on a specific instrument. Corollary: if you get a lot of equipment, you will spend all your time learning when/how to use it - which leaves little time to actually achieve anything with it.

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Re: So now that I can get anything I want, what should I get?
« Reply #21 on: December 08, 2018, 09:31:35 pm »
Microscope? Hot air rework station?
 

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Re: So now that I can get anything I want, what should I get?
« Reply #22 on: December 08, 2018, 09:35:03 pm »
Microscope? Hot air rework station?

+1 vote from me.

You shall have soldering and hot air stations you are proud of. Microscope as well.
 

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Re: So now that I can get anything I want, what should I get?
« Reply #23 on: December 08, 2018, 09:39:49 pm »
A really nice Amscope double boom stereo microscope
Hot air solder gun
Frequency counter universal
and/or this bad boy:



https://www.wihatools.com/tech-tools/precision-screwdrivers/sets/precision-tool-tray-51-piece-set

or anything on this site:  https://www.wihatools.com/tech-tools


At least I'm still older than my test equipment
 

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Re: So now that I can get anything I want, what should I get?
« Reply #24 on: December 08, 2018, 09:41:07 pm »
Or something not testgear related at all.  :popcorn:

 
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