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    I've been doing repair work on instruments and pedals, among many other kinds of electronics, for a few years now, and I think it's time to pick up an oscilloscope. I've been watching some videos to get some knowledge on them. I'm looking for a decent budget/beginner model. I don't want a USB one that is dependent on a PC. A bench or a battery-powered portable would be fine. I obviously don't want to spend a fortune, but it would be nice to read a clock or find where artifacts are coming from in a Boss pedal. Any suggestions?

  • #2
    Check with your local ham radio club or if you have a college sometimes surplus is sold off.
    soldering stuff that's broken, breaking stuff that works, Yeah!


    • #3
      Take a look at this thread - Beginner's oscilloscope recommendations please

      It's not just an amp, it's an adventure!


      • #4
        My son just got me a Siglent Technologies SDS1202X-E 200 mhz Digital Oscilloscope for Father's Day. I have gone the used route with no success and this one has really good reviews for a hobby-level scope. I haven't used it much yet, but getting started was easy. I should have done this before spending money on used ones that ended up not working.

        He's like a new set of strings... he just needs to be stretched a bit.


        • #5
          ^^Fully agree, except that it's much more than a hobby-level scope.

          A while ago I needed to replace my Tek 2430A and got this exact Siglent scope/DSO (400€)
          Just love it.
          It's small, lightweight, easy to use and packed with useful features.
          Large screen, color display, perfect readouts, much nicer than the Tek.
          Haven't found anything yet the Tek could do better.
          Last edited by Helmholtz; 08-09-2023, 12:10 AM.
          - Own Opinions Only -


          • #6
            After working with analog scopes for the past 50 years I finally bought a digital scope, A Micsig TO2004. It's full touch screen or mouse control - no knobs.

            I'm very happy with it, haven't touched my old scope in almost a year. The newer digital scopes have very large acquisition memory which seems to make the
            difference for me. This model is 200MHz bandwidth.

            I recently bought a Zoyi ZT-702S DMM/Scope. I never thought I would recommend one of these mini scopes but this one is pretty good. 10MHz bandwidth, around $85cdn.​

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