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Answering the question of why Tektronix and the other top tier manufactuer's oscilloscopes are so expensive? Why don't they just make a low cost scope?
Here is a list of 16 reasons, can you add more?
00:00 - Why Are Tektronix Oscilloscopes So Expensive?
03:18 - Educational Market
04:00 - Warranty & Service
04:41 - Industrial Components
05:55 - Made in the USA, Supply Chain Assurance, & Export control agreements
07:29 - Applications Support
08:46 - Construction Quality & Consistency
09:07 - Longevity of Production
10:22 - Calibration & Servicing
11:34 - Measurement Confidence
12:25 - Approved Vendors
14:06 - Defacto Standard & Brand Solutions
14:51 - Accesories
15:29 - Pioneers & High end solutions
16:53 - Small things
17:56 - Consistency in User Interface
19:21 - More polished firmware
21:14 - More polished applications software solutions
Why are Fluke meters so expensive?
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27 thoughts on “Eevblab 101 – why are tektronix oscilloscopes so expensive?”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars tocsa120ls says:

    A really roundabout way of saying "you don't know what you don't know" 😉

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Stephen Arbogast says:

    Working for Hughes Aircraft back in the 1970's loved Tektronics scopes…..

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars cjay2 says:

    Why? BECAUSE THEY WORK. That's why.
    EDIT: 1800 dollars is expensive? Come on. For a good scope? You get what you pay for.

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Hugo Bloemers says:

    Totally agree with the Tek scopes being written in to procedures. I worked in the nuclear medicine field long time ago and gave factory support to branch offices supporting hospitals. If I came across a scope not being able to measure what was required, it would be very painful for the branch office. Because now the issue shifted from "your equipment is a pain to repair" to "why are you wasting everybody's time if you can't even show up with the right tools at the job?" And it did happen, occasionally because the scopes required where top of the range Tek scopes and most other medical equipment did not require exactly that. We would still help them, fly out with our own scope, etc. But the local office would get a very therapeutic bill for the effort.
    BTW, there is an (oddball) mid tier brand I like very much, called Picoscope. They have some very interesting products, sometimes with application focused specifications, for instance automotive or low frequency analog or embedded applications. I like this brand because it is accessible to the hobbyist but still caters to the needs of the professional market. It could be nice to have a video about this brand.

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars gregorycu says:

    We use Rigol for education in Philippines. Tektronix is too expensive even for education laboratory. We do want Tektronix for our labs though.

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Oliver Puczyk says:

    I have a problem with how much quality has been suffering lately. A 2022 fluke isnt nearly as good as a 2012 on

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars CMTEQ says:

    Measurements you can trust, accurate measurement even after years of usage without calibration.
    Been using one for over 12 years.

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Pete Gerardini says:

    Wish they still made the Phaser dye-sub printers.

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars pa4tim says:

    My R&S RTB2004 300 MHz scope is 10 bit, pretty expensive scope but made in China. My former R&S (Hameg) 350 MHz DSO was made in Europe, its now around 10 years old, fixed it twice (dead diode in PSU) but for the rest it still works fine. Had a 100 MHz Rigol, the first model, was 1000 euro back then, after a year I gave it away to a student, probes died within a few months of dayly use, a few encoders worked intermitted, one fell apart, it was not to trust for more complex measurements(It was way off), the UI sucked etc.

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars gorak9000 says:

    Simple answer – because they're targeted at companies that have deep pockets.

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Ralf Stocker says:

    Such companies have good health insurance and a good pension system. It costs and has to be paid for.

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars simon peggboard says:

    Is it me or is the audio out of sync?

  13. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Clyde Wary says:

    In the old days, most manufacturers had the small components soldered to terminals on phenolic terminal strips. But Tektronix components were soldered to silver inserts embedded in ceramic strips. And you were advised, when making a repair, to use silver bearing solder. Regular solder would, allegedly, cause the bond between the insert and the ceramic to weaken. Tektronix did, sort of, have a line of "economy" scopes. They became the distributor for the British company, Telequipment. Telequipment scopes were pretty decent (I have one, a D54, and like it). Those scopes, for instance, employed fiberglass PC boards, not the phenolic ones that were more common.

  14. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Test Boga says:

    Super cool video. Unfortunately my experience with Tek support was really really bad, so I don't buy from them anymore.

  15. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Hola! oninbridders says:

    That said, you are paying for lots of middle aged middle men justifing all of the above. If a business wanted to startup tomorrow ticking all those boxes and reducing cost via leanness, you could. It's only the establishment that stops it. Once a generation of people move on, the next generation rethinks the status quo. And if your country doesn't do it, another country will.

  16. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Timothy Reeves says:

    Fluke and Tektronix are both historically headquartered in the US Pacific Northwest, a great place!

  17. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars athf226 says:

    At work we have a Teledyne LeCroy 'scope that apparently uses some Siglent stuff as a backend (at least for the Ethernet port…). I found it pretty interesting they contracted out (or did Teledyne just slap their name on a Siglent 'scope?)

  18. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Bob Weiram says:

    Is there a way of replacing the B&W lcd in the TDS1012B to a color one?

  19. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars NICK says:

    Dave, Reason #17: Measurement Stability. High-end scopes have guaranteed measurement across operating temperature range, usually -10 C to +60 C, that's due to careful individual component selection for temp drift and thermodynamic design of the case for sufficient cooling by heat sinks and fans. The same goes for magnetic shielding and electromagnetic interference, to insure consistent results.

  20. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars madpom2 says:

    And a new one for you

  21. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars madpom2 says:

    So what about that cute little techronix portable that shangoo006 uses

  22. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Dario Mazary says:

    Love your channel mate

  23. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars David T says:

    can confirm, my rigol started rattling after 6 months, turns out the sprung heatsinks were held down by poorly soldered lugs that cracked.

  24. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars connelly6375 says:

    I have used all the big name brands, I don't know how anyone can use anything other and keysight/agilent/hp they are so much snappier with controls than others, especially Tektronix

  25. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars DA-N-NY says:

    US manufacturer cannot compete in the consumer market (without constant ballots, etc). That's not a surprise. When the stakes are high you want the best money can buy, which is usually engineered and or made in the US, Germany or Japan. But having said that, I love all my Siglent equipment, and don't need anything more. Thanks Dave for covering this topic.

  26. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars dm says:

    tek scope UI is so ass garbage I can't stand them.

  27. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Stephen WONG says:

    So, exactly the same reasons why Fluke multimeters are expensive.

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