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    I was under the impression they were wholly manufactured in China. They were also in the news recently, that is in the last 2-3 years as I recall.

    My problem is paying a premium for something that's made in China. And I'll bet for the most part that is where they're made.

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    Yeah, found the article from 2016. Gobble 'em up and spit 'em out, I guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tipc View Post
    I was under the impression they were wholly manufactured in China. They were also in the news recently, that is in the last 2-3 years as I recall.

    My problem is paying a premium for something that's made in China. And I'll bet for the most part that is where they're made.
    Buy a Fluke for < $100 and it will last a lifetime. You may want to check out Ebay for a used one.
    Surely not everyone was Kung-fu fighting

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    I got a Fluke 77 for my 17th birthday. I used it yesterday, and I'm currently 50.

    I have replaced the leads multiple times over the years, and cleaned the contacts a handful of times, but it's still matching the new fluke I use at work for measurements.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unknown_K View Post
    I still have my 90's vintage Fluke 29 series (purchased new). Changed the batteries a few times and I think I had to clean the contacts for the LCD once. Also had to get new probes.
    29 series two? It was my first meter as well, mine also still works perfectly.

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    I just checked out my DVM collection and discovered what I thought was a H/P was in fact a Fluke model 8060A. The H/P was evidently scooped up by my son. Anyway, this 8060A is the one that can do frequency and dB. I've had this meter since the early 90's and never had a problem with it. If one Googles for the 8060A you may find a used one for around $79 or so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Agent Orange View Post
    Buy a Fluke for < $100 and it will last a lifetime. You may want to check out Ebay for a used one.
    Yes. I swear by my 87 that I got used on ebay many years ago

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    Quote Originally Posted by Agent Orange View Post
    I just checked out my DVM collection and discovered what I thought was a H/P was in fact a Fluke model 8060A. The H/P was evidently scooped up by my son. Anyway, this 8060A is the one that can do frequency and dB. I've hand this meter since the early 90's and never had a problem with it. If one Googles for the 8060A you may find a used one for around $79 or so.

    8060.JPG
    that's the old push button variety. I bought one in the early 90s and fell in love (not sure if I had ever used that type prior, even as a tech). Loved it, swore I'd never frig it up. Unti I did. I went looking for it in the garage recently, I hate to think I threw it out. It was some lesser known brand, had a spot on the lcd (which came and went), and I only paid 15$ for it.

    I'm probably better with the dial up variety. I'm such a moron sometimes. Maybe all the time. You'd think as the older type makes you think, you really shouldn't make a mistake. There will come a day nevertheless.

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