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12/17/2013 03:30 PM EST
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MeasurementBlues
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Re: What about the staff?
MeasurementBlues   12/18/2013 4:02:18 PM
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@zeeglen wrote "No flash memory to degrade and guarantee failure in just a few years."

But how well does the old equipment hold it's calibration? I bet it drifts early and often.

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przem   12/18/2013 2:38:36 PM
When I was a TA in charge of the physics lab, we had a closet with old but working equipment, including some voltmeters that were made in the thirties. What really impressed me though is the note inside stating that it was made to a design by Lord Kelvin from 1870s. That's longevity.

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zeeglen   12/18/2013 9:13:32 AM
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On the top of my cube wall is perched a 6201 / 12AT7 dual triode for all the younger staff to see.  They may not know how it works, but they can now say they have actually seen a real vacuum tube (valve).

The old test equipment just keeps on going - and going - and going.  No flash memory to degrade and guarantee failure in just a few years.

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What about the staff?
prabhakar_deosthali   12/18/2013 6:37:05 AM
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One thing surprises me is that how they are able to maintain their staff or train their new staff. As the fresh grads coming out of colleges wouldn't 'have seen something called Vacuum tube, they need to have some retrograde training on basics of electronics and components of the older generation.

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Re: Fascinating stuff.....
MeasurementBlues   12/17/2013 7:47:57 PM
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David,


That's the thing about test equipment. Not only does "If it works, don't fix it" apply, but most people buying these already have them. They know what to expect from the equipment. Even if you can make it better, you don't. Well, not always. Why? Because having something better might reveal faults that would otherwise go undetected. Igorance is bliss.

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David Ashton   12/17/2013 7:02:04 PM
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Hi Martin...I can understand tubes in a megohmmeter, for the high impedance, but you'd think they'd be able to transitorise a Tach.    Then again, if it works (and you can still get the tubes) don't fix it....

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MeasurementBlues   12/17/2013 5:04:59 PM
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David, I was particularly surprised at the tube version of the tach, in that they can still get the tubes. In this company, it seems as though ifthey couldn;t get the parts, they'd make them.

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MeasurementBlues   12/17/2013 5:03:51 PM
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Thanks David. It's fixed now. What's impressive is the care that goes into these old instruments even though they are still manufactured. Follow the link in the first paragraph and see the rest of the story.

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Fascinating stuff.....
David Ashton   12/17/2013 4:04:41 PM
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....Martin, but your photos from slides 5 and 6 have got swapped, they don't match the captions.  

I'd love to have even some of the stuff in their museum.  It looks better built than a lot of the stuff you get these days....

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