One of the fun parts of electronics design is that you get to play with some fantastic pieces of engineering, Test and Measurement equipment. The only problem? Someone has to pay for them. Usually a lot. And if you want to do any kind of credible electronic design you will sooner or later get a quote for the gear that you must have that will leave you gasping for air.
There are, of course, a few solutions to this problem. You can get hobyist grade stuff that will sooner or later show its limits. You can get some of the great gear that's coming out of China nowadays. You can pony up what Agilent, Tek or LeCroy are asking.
Or you can get top notch, big brand gear that has some years on the counter for a fraction of the price with specs that often match newer brothers and sister and probably exceed your requirements.
Old and heavy? Sure. But I expect most of them to survive brand new gear, especially the more exotic ones.
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