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Stethoscopes exclusively available from Medwork Instruments
You may have noticed, strangely enough, that we don't carry any Littman stethoscopes.
Why? Medwork Instruments has been in the business since the business was new, when Hewlett
Packard was just diversifying from integrated circuits and pocket calculators into, as you
know, stethoscopes, so we've seen what has gone on during the years. And as far as
Littman is concerned, that has mostly been to raise their prices without actually improving
their model. Yes, it's just one of those things, like a Mercedes, that has become a status
symbol out of pure human irrationality, since its actual level of performance will leave you
wishing you had just bought a Honda Accord for one fifth the price. It defies basic
engineering principles, for one thing. The level of how faithfully sound passing through a
cavity inside metal is transmitted without distortion is determined by two properties of the
1. The metal's hardness (to a small extent)
Aluminum, with the arguable exception of magnesium, is the lowest density commonly found metal there is. It should be made out of steel, which is much denser, or brass, which is denser still. The head's composition is not so important, since the sound has to travel a much greater distance (several inches) through the binaurals. What is important about the head is that it be machined airtight for great sensitivity. But the binaurals absolutely must be made out of some respectable metal. So we'll give you one guess what the Littman's binaurals are comprised of.
The stethoscopes on this page all haveairtight machined heads (click here for more info), manufactured in Japan in the good old days before everyone started outsourcing to China, Indonesia and India, and their binaurals are all chrome plated brass, never aluminum. So if the Littman isn't as good and sells for over 100 dollars, then why are we selling ours for a small fraction of that? Moreover, why is it all new old stock that hasn't been sold after 20 years? No demand. For an entirely stupid reason, but no demand all the same. Nobody has heard of it. Most of the people involved in manufacturing it in the first place are probably in their graves, or at least retired! So if you've stumbled on this page because you searched "Littman" (or "Littmann" - have to make sure to spell it wrong a few times so the search engines find it), and were considering turning away, now you know you've stumbled upon one of those rare well-kept secrets. Here is a chance to get something better than that Benz of stethoscopes you thought you wanted until 5 minutes ago, and for almost nothing!
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