#### RFranks

Joined Jun 20, 2020
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#### dl324

Joined Mar 30, 2015
10,975
Equipment prices on eBay wax and wane. I've gotten Tek/HP scopes for $30, but prices are high now. #### upand_at_them Joined May 15, 2010 328 I wouldn't bother with a used analog scope. Modern digital scopes have so many features that you will be able to do so much with it. You won't regret the purchase. #### DarthVolta Joined Jan 27, 2015 476 If money is tight, I'd say an old scope is great. There's lot's of cheap 20MHz scopes on places like ebay. People used to fix vacucum tube TV's with vacuum tube with scopes, that really only showed the shape of a wave. I have 1 of those old VT scopes, someday I have to fix it and try it out. #### tautech Joined Oct 8, 2019 116 If money is tight, I'd say an old scope is great. There's lot's of cheap 20MHz scopes on places like ebay. People used to fix vacucum tube TV's with vacuum tube with scopes, that really only showed the shape of a wave. I have 1 of those old VT scopes, someday I have to fix it and try it out. Well no, the beginner doesn't usually have the skills to keep an old CRO functional should it turn up its toes and even if they're prepared to take a dead or malfunctioning CRO on as a repair project another scope if often required to do the repair. Cheap CRO's are now in advancing years and it's a lucky dip if you're to get a good one. Been there, done that and there's nothing more frustrating than having to fix your scope before you can work on a project. #### DarthVolta Joined Jan 27, 2015 476 Yeah I'm not recommending a vacuum tube scope, but I would totally recommend a CRT scope still, for the price. Now 1 of these days I'll probably gamble and get a 500MHz CRT scope, if that breaks, I'll have to try programing a MCU and screen...or sell it on as is I guess. #### tautech Joined Oct 8, 2019 116 Yeah I'm not recommending a vacuum tube scope, but I would totally recommend a CRT scope still, for the price. A CRT scope is a CRO.......cathode ray oscilloscope and the newbies skill set and gear required to repair these is not trivial. Newbies, take your pick, get a cheap CRO that you may or may not have the ability to repair or a compact reliable modern DSO that can typically do more than 'old iron' and allow you to get on with projects instead of needing to repair an old scope just to use it. #### SamR Joined Mar 19, 2019 2,259 As an inexpensive alternative for someone looking for a 1st scope to learn the basics, before buying a$500 scope, there is an alternative. This is the latest generation of the "Chinese cheapo" small handheld scope. I have the previous model and it is surprising at what this little thing is capable of. It can be bought as a kit if you are so inclined. Only caveat is that it doesn't come with a probe so add that to your order. There are several sources for it and can probably be found cheaper than this.
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32973233356.html?

#### RFranks

Joined Jun 20, 2020
10
Thanks, everyone. There’s some great advice here. I’ve researched scopes until my eyes are bugging out of my head! The more I look the more indecisive I become. It has to stop. I decided on the Rigol DS1202Z-E. Four channels would have been nice but I’m not willing to pay $50 more for only 50MHz just to get the two additional channels. I’ll likely never need them anyway. Since I’m learning and it’s strictly for audio applications, it will more than meet my needs and get me on my way. The price is great at$299 delivered. I think that’s hard to beat. Thanks all.

#### rsjsouza

Joined Apr 21, 2014
248
Congratulations on your purchase! I am pretty sure you will be very happy working with it. Besides, for this price you are already getting much more than what anyone (my wild guess) on this thread ever dreamed when they started on this curse (ooops), dise***, addict***, *ahem*, hobby!

#### RFranks

Joined Jun 20, 2020
10
Correction. I thought the DS1202Z-E was offered with no tax. Not so. Only the DS1054Z was offered with no tax. So, instead of a difference of $50, the difference was$26. What the heck, I went for the DS1054Z. Even though, I don’t currently need four channels, they will be there if I do and I get a couple of extra probes in the deal. It’s on order. Thanks again to everyone.

#### upand_at_them

Joined May 15, 2010
328
I have the older (2-channel) DS1052E. Hemmed and hawed before purchase, but have used it a lot. And I'm even considering getting that 4-channel scope...bigger screen and tons of new features. You won't regret it. Especially since it's your first scope.

Check out the EEVBlog for how *not* to fry your scope. He might also have a video on general use.