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Question: Is it the consensus of folks here that any meter with "oddball" scales is probably not worth the space they take up? Some of these 'undersirables' might be:

% Modulation
Good-?-Bad scales with no other markings
Thermocouple types
Elapsed Time (mechanical)
Antenna Current

.....Stuff like these, maybe give one try at a hamfest then send them to auction ? Or my stained oak meter display panels lol.
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Barry H Bennett wrote: Are you telling me that there's not much call for "% Modulation, or RF Current Squared" scales ?? lol
Pause that thought! I'll pay $100 for the correct current squared meter for the early RCA tube tester below (3rd meter, incorrect meter shown). I am looking through my archives for a photo of the correct meter or for that matter a photo of the tube tester with the correct meter installed. The correct current squared meter is unique in that the meter scale is something like 45-degrees centered rather than the usual 90-degrees centered. I believe but am not certain that the manufacturer was Weston.
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If anyone has a picture of the correct meter or complete original instrument, please post!

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That is really neat Norman.
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Scott wrote:That is really neat Norman.
And rare! One sold at the Muchow Auction for $2500. Still looking for my documentation of the correct current squared meter. If I can get the correct scale graphics, I may be able to modify the common Weston 425 meter for correct appearance and operation. Incidentally, behind the brass front panel is an engraved bakelite panel with a couple fewer tube types listed.

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Pause that thought!
Just thinking at this point. Only meters going in the auction box are bad ones, or mechanical event counters. Very few of either so far, so thousands will survive the first cut. That'd be most of them :)
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Neat old tester, btw. I might be willing to part with $250 for it, but $2,500? Yikes!!

I'll keep my eyes open for a meter. In the meantime, you can check the listing at the old PTOP website where most of them were listed, but it's a little challenging, for me at least, to search the text files there. That's why I've converted it to Excel, but it was only "so good" of a conversion and if I list them later, I'll have a lot of work to do manually on the spreadsheet.

Oh well. Lots of Westons in the few boxes I've checked so far, but nothing close to yours.
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I've got a few meters on radios in which the meter cases aren't in all that great of condition. I'd be open to buying some low value meters that have the correct cases in nice condition. Maybe you could offer complete empty cases that are in nice condition.
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Good point. Brass meter cases are worth saving to replace ones that have split behind the face.

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I'm not intending to scrap any just yet :mrgreen:
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Barry H Bennett wrote:Question: Is it the consensus of folks here that any meter with "oddball" scales is probably not worth the space they take up? Some of these 'undersirables' might be:

% Modulation
Good-?-Bad scales with no other markings
Thermocouple types
Elapsed Time (mechanical)
Antenna Current

.....Stuff like these, maybe give one try at a hamfest then send them to auction ? Or my stained oak meter display panels lol.
Hi Barry!

I might have a use for % Modulation meters and also Antenna Current Meters. I do have one that with an unusual scale that I bet you don't have.... although, with 2800 meters, maybe you do....
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<sigh> I have not seen a "TILT" meter yet. If I come across it, I think I'll embed it into my chest as if I were Iron Man. Looks like I will have to keep 2,800 meters in perpetuity :) NOT
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Barry H Bennett wrote:Looks like I will have to keep 2,800 meters in perpetuity :) NOT
You have to admit that those meters have made you quite the popular member recently... :)
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PhilF wrote:
Barry H Bennett wrote:Looks like I will have to keep 2,800 meters in perpetuity :) NOT
You have to admit that those meters have made you quite the popular member recently... :)
I, Barry H Bennett, being of sound mind* and body, do hereby relinquish all claims to popularity, either expressed or implied, from here to eternity.

*depends upon the unit of measure, and to what its compared
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At least you know that people are willing to pay good money for the right meters, so I assume this thread was helpful to you.
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It has been extremely helpful, and i appreciate all the responses. My goal here is not to make money however. That would be a bonus, but I'd just as soon pass the entire lot on to someone else that might want to make a business out of it. The entire hoard is listed in the classifieds at present :)
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Scales don't matter. They can be changed. Full scale current is what is important.

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Barry H Bennett wrote:...
I, Barry H Bennett, being of sound mind* and body, do hereby relinquish all claims to popularity, either expressed or implied, from here to eternity.
*depends upon the unit of measure, and to what its compared
Somehow, I do not have a problem with believing this!!! :mrgreen:
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Retired Radio Man wrote:Scales don't matter. They can be changed. Full scale current is what is important.RRM
They'll be listed both ways in the EXCEL spreadsheet, along with any other data I either put in there, or can transfer from the original text files. Probably photos as well, although in groups of perhaps a dozen or more, not individually.
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Update. I have decided to put an over abundance of effort into this project. To locate the “gooder ones” requires that I lay hands on every one of them. And to add to the time required, the text file inventory did not transfer well to Excel. Good Enough to help, but insufficient for my ultimate needs

So….. I am sorting them by size and shape first, while at the same time updating spreadsheet mostly with info from the original web files.

A lot of the old inventory stickers are coming unstuck, or have already popped off, adding even more time to the project.

At the end of ROUND ONE of sorting, I will have all the meters in about half the volume of space as before, and a fairly accurate inventory spreadsheet searchable or sortable by any parameter. Round two is yet to be determined, but may include photos

Handling every one is oddly fun. There are some real gems in this hoard, both in looks and probably in value, but on the flip side are thousands I won’t have a clue what to do with.

I am possibly 25%-35% of the way through working maybe 12 hours per week.

Stay tuned
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Barry H Bennett wrote:

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