Own More Than One ‘Scope? You’ve Got Nothing On This Guy!

We’re guessing that quite a few of our readers have a surprising amount of redundant test gear, and we ourselves have to admit that more than one instrument adorns our benches. But we are mere dilettantes, amateurs if you will, compared to [Volke Kloke]. He’s got 350 of them in his average American home, and we have to say, among them are some beauties.

The linked newspaper article is sometimes frustratingly light on the details, but fortunately he has a website all of his own where we can all get immersed in the details. Of particular interest is an instrument which doesn’t even have a CRT, the General Radio 338 string oscillograph used a mirror drum to catch a standing wave in a tungsten wire, but there are plenty more. Is your first ‘scope among them?

As we now live in the age of cheap digital ‘scopes, at any surplus sale you’ll see plenty of CRT-based instruments going for relative pennies. Of those, the more recent and high-end ones are still extremely useful instruments, and it’s not just misty-eyed reminiscing to say that they remain a worthy addition to any bench.

Want to know about early ‘scope tech? We’ve taken a look before.

18 thoughts on “Own More Than One ‘Scope? You’ve Got Nothing On This Guy!

  1. It’s funny to think, it won’t be long before a few of those scopes will be a hundred years old.
    If I’m still in that good a shape and functional upon passing a century, I’ll consider myself lucky.

  2. I remember my first ‘scope, an old Heathkit rescued from the junkbin detritus of a donation to my high school’s electronics department. I might still have it buried somewhere…

  3. Sadly, almost all of this stuff will end up in a landfill someday. I’m a ham radio operator and gear that people spent hundreds or even thousands of dollars as “collectibles” can’t even be given away now. I’ve seen several recent ads from older hams who are trying to give some of their stuff away now so their heirs won’t have to deal with it after they’re gone. Somebody could probably make a business out of offering to drive up and get paid a modest fee to haul the old stuff away.

    1. An acquaintance told me last year that a ham was “silent key”, and if I would be interested in having his gear. But, it turned out there was another heir and they were looking for an appraiser.

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