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Post by terrydec on Sun Mar 12, 2017 8:59 pm

I wrote in another thread about my search for a signal tracer.  I was trying to replace my Radio Shack Micronta that had served me well for years.  There was actually one for sale, but I bailed when it passed $80.  I bought a Tenma but it wasn't what I really needed.  I wound up with a couple of bucks from selling a microphone and decided to roll the dice.  I put in a high bid of $200 and wound up paying a little more than I wanted For a Heathkit IT12 in perfect shape; But I got the darned thing.
Fast Forward---
Sometimes the universe likes to shove a stick between the spokes and throw you forward on your head:

Just a few minutes ago I decided to check the current signal tracer listings on eBay, just an urge to see what was 'Trending'.  The first listing was a Heathkit IT-12 not as nice as mine, for $99 and 0 bids.  The next listing was for a Micronta exactly like my old one only brand new.  The description says: "Makes noise."  Good enough for me.

Oh yeah, the price?  $44.  It took exactly two heartbeats before I hit the "Buy it now" button.

Magic?  Or just weird- What are the odds? Shocked Cool Laughing Wink
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Post by John Bartley on Sun Mar 12, 2017 9:48 pm

It's Miss Karma .... sometimes she kicks your ass, sometimes she kisses you Smile Good for you .... I think you just got kissed.

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Post by terrydec on Sun Mar 12, 2017 11:39 pm

Sometimes you're the statue and sometimes you're the pigeon.
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Post by John Bartley on Mon Mar 13, 2017 9:17 am

terrydec wrote:Sometimes you're the statue and sometimes you're the pigeon.  

LOL ...

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Post by terrydec on Thu Mar 16, 2017 2:50 pm

Okay-
The new tracer arrived in the mail today. I can't believe it works and I got it for less than $50. I've decided to sell the Heathkit on eBay for $157. Some of you may know that's $10 less than I paid. I don't need both.
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Post by terrydec on Thu Mar 16, 2017 2:55 pm

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Post by terrydec on Fri Mar 17, 2017 11:57 pm

In the "How ironic is this" department...apparently the bottom has suddenly dropped out of the signal tracer market on eBay. IT-12s are now selling for fifty bucks.
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Post by terrydec on Tue Mar 21, 2017 2:38 pm

Ouch! I paid $168 for a tester that did not sell for a hundred bucks. Like I said Ouch!
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Post by Tony V on Tue Mar 21, 2017 5:09 pm

I've done that before so know what you mean.
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Post by terrydec on Tue Jul 25, 2017 5:40 pm

I finally sold the IT-12 for $92. What a soaking. But I needed the ninety bucks. I have a really nice Triplett Model 60-NA FETVOM on eBay now. I'm slowly getting rid of a few things I don't really need.
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Post by Dale H. Cook on Fri Aug 11, 2017 4:02 pm

terrydec wrote:The next listing was for a Micronta exactly like my old one only brand new.
Yours is badged "ASI" and I know that I have seen the identical tracer badged with at least one other brand other than Micronta. I used my original Micronta 22-010 (purchased about 40 years ago) as my field tracer for about 20 years before it was pretty badly beat up. I bought another one which has been my field tracer for about 20 years. Because I have it stored better than the old one it is still in good shape and still in frequent use in the field. The old one still works and is stored at the house as a backup/parts junker (I use an EICO 145 in my home shop).

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Post by terrydec on Fri Aug 11, 2017 5:01 pm

My old Micronta, that I had for 40 years, was pretty beat up when it finally died. I had replaced the transistor, added an LED light to remind me that it was on, and replaced the speaker. The new one was a real prize for the price I paid.
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