Christmas came early!
As I've mentioned before (for example, here and here), I have been looking to acquire a Tektronix 556 for some time. The Tek 556 was one of Jim's favorite scopes. Its damaged graticle was a trademark touch in many of his application notes, for both National and Linear. He used it in many of his otherwise-impossible measurements (such as simultaneous time and frequency domains and multiple asynchronous waveforms), he used it as a prop for pictures of his son (here and here), and he used it for comic relief.
Last week, one appeared on Craigslist in New Hampshire.
It even has two 1A4 four-channel plug-ins! Sweet. I crafted a slightly boastful email to the seller, promising to take great care of it and warning against the parasites who would strip it for tubes. (I also pointed to this blog as proof of my good intentions.) Unfortunately, I had to "bid" against some guy in Texas who was willing to pay for shipping, but after a brief negotiation, I prevailed. I drove up to New Hampshire and picked it up this morning.
My wife made me open it up and check it for mice before I was allowed to bring it into the house.
No mice. It's beautiful, inside and out.