The listing advertised two 547 scopes for $50 in western Massachusetts. Good deal (I've paid a little more for a 547, but I've also paid less). I called and said I'd take them. Turns out the seller was a high-school science teacher who had gotten the scopes from a neighbor of his parents to give to his school. Unfortunately, the school didn't want them because they didn't have the space, and now he needed to get rid of them. (Unfortunately, his parents live in Ohio, so my thoughts of meeting this excellent neighbor were quickly dashed.) So, we made plans to meet up. The seller was driving into Boston this weekend to help his son move, so we met at a gas station along Route 2.
What made this transaction a unexpectedly GREAT deal were the accessories that came with the scopes. The scopes are nice, but the accessories (some of which are shown above) are fantastic:
- A Model 500 scope cart, painted Tektronix grey instead of Tektronix blue. This cart should match my Tek 511A. It has a drawer, but no storage for plug-ins (of course, the early Tek scopes didn't have plug-ins, but that big blank panel still seems like a lot of wasted space).
- A complete C-12 camera system. This is my first scope camera, and I'm kind of excited about it. Anybody have a good source for Polaroid film? (Gotta love that smell.)
- A mint-condition vinyl cover, with the Tektronix logo on the side (very nice).
- A pair of 1A4 plug-ins, in addition to the two 1A1 plug-ins that came installed in the scopes.
- Original bound manuals for 547, 1A1, 1A2, the camera, and a 549 (for some reason).
- A photocopied manual for the 1A4 plug-ins.
- A 1971 Tektronix catalog. So cool.
- Three extra 154-0568-00 CRTs. Unfortunately, they're all the same and two of them are labeled "gassy". When I saw the box of extra CRTs, I had hoped for different phosphors, but, alas, no.