[sdiy] OT: DMM recommendations

Terry Shultz thx1138 at earthlink.net
Wed Mar 7 15:41:44 CET 2018

Hi Neil,

I have a Fluke Model 77 with Rubbery type of shell I use for continuity testing for general purpose work.

I have had it since 1985 and it just keeps on working…. 

The HP units I have are used for resistor matching / sorting for building my own D/A’s.

I gently bake the 1% resistors and sort them by value after they cool a bit.

I keep them stuck in a piece of styrofoam with the values marked in each row.

I have extra’s sorted in case one opens up. This is how I build my E-Mu era Poly Keyboard circuitboard.

Transistor matching is another project at the moment as I am building a run of VCO and VCF projects.

The copper clips are a pain to make as my fingers are too large to do fine work, I’ll have to enlist my daughter to help out.

I get the copper foil from the stain glass window shop near me. I use a paper cutter to cut the foil into strips.

Hope all is well,


> On Mar 7, 2018, at 6:25 AM, Neil Johnson <neil.johnson71 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi Terry,
>> I bought (2) HP3478A   5 1/2 digit Multimeter off of Ebay recently for about $125.00 each.
>> Both were tested and calibrated / tested from Surplus Test brokers.
>> They are great and accurate and readily available on Ebay.
>> Any thoughts to this model?
>> Terry
> Yes they're very nice meters.  I have one at home, calibration is
> quite cost effective (I think I paid around £69 for mine a couple of
> years ago).  To be honest with HP quality they stay in cal for a long
> time, so you could get it cal'ed every three years or so.
> Neil
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> http://www.njohnson.co.uk

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