Hickok Dates and Prices

With thanks to the work of Alan Douglas for much of the data though I have added some SWAGs. When a VOM (often measuring capacitance also) was present, Hickok called them "Analyzers". Not all were manufactured by Hickok but all are based on the Hickok design. Hickok also manufactured badge-engineered testers for Western Electric and Hickoks were license-built by Starke in Canada. As far as I know all Hickoks were designed for 110-125vac (military ranges wer larger and often accomodated wide frequency ranges). Mistakes are mine. Notary Sojack.

* - Military model, cost unknown but A Lot.

The price for Hickok tube testers seems remarkably stable for all common models - $40-$75 for a unit in good working condition. Surprisingly, the miltary models do not command a noticable premium - not to say I have not seen silly prices asked but in the case of the TV-7D/U acquired some time ago (complete, working but without manuals), the seller asked $80 and I paid $75 because was the nicest I have seen.

Have noticed a trend for prices to be higher on the Internet - possibly because of shipping/handling and possibly because there are people who have not found a local source. Best deals are always found with cash in one hand and the handle available for the other.

ModelDates ListedList PricesNotes
AC-46001928(?) ?Five meters
AC 471932(?) ?Three sockets
Diamond Point Jr1933(?) $75Emissions, eight sockets
J-34-P1934(?) $7515 sockets
E-38-P1938(?) $7510 sockets
AC-51(X)1938(?) $135X - with VOM
AC-48001938(?) $135combines AC-510 with separate VOM
5101940-44$52-$62GMhos - X has VOM also
530, 540, 550X, 5601942-45$52-$62GMhos - Postwar 510s, X has VOM also
I-177(A|B)1941-44*·
5321946-48$104-$121·
533
A
1949-52
1953-59
$128-$156
$168-$218
Wood, Leatherette, & metal case
534
A
B
1946-48
1949
1949-53
$130-$138
$149
$169-$196
VOM also
5361945-54$195-$276·
538
A
1946-53
1952
$216-$265
?
VOM also
539
A
B
C
1951
1952-56
1957-62
1963-68
$255
$272-$299
$345-$439
$485-$545
Three meters
5461951-53?Commercial TV-3
5481951-53?Commercial TV-3 with VOM
TV-2/A/B/C1951-62*Six meters - Air King design
TV-3(A|B)1949-51*Navy 548
600/605
A
1949-52
1953-58
$126-$147
$155-$169
Revised 546. 605 has VOM.
7001951-1958$750Fixed Laboratory model
TV-3(A|B)1951-?*Navy version of the 548 (includes VOM)
TV-7
A
B
C
D
1951
1951
1952
UNK
1959
*Supreme
"
Hickok
Stark (CA)
Foreway
750
A
1960-62
1963-1968
$199
533 update
752
A
1960-62
1963-1968
$298
$345-$385
539 update
6000
(A|B)
1958-62
1963-69
$182-$198
$240-$280
Modular socket assy. (Not on earliest)
B model considerably decontented
60051958-59$224VOM also
1211959-65$250-$360Entry level Cardomatic
123(A|R)1958-68$585-$655Mid line Cardomatic
1234(B)1967$805Top line Cardomatic similar to UMB-118
TV-101963?*Updated TV-3 without VOM
800 "QualiKit"
A
K
1958-63
1964-65
?
$160-$180
$299
?

Compactrons added
600 circuit
5801965-68$585Transistor "Laboratory" model
USM-118(B)1965-?*Navy Cardomatic
799 "Mustang"1965-68$200Transistor, many sockets
8201960-61$100Emissions Only
2301963-66$150Marked "Dynamic" but suspect emissions

Branded and Licensed Models

ModelDates ListedList PricesNotes
Stark 8-77(?) ?License built 6000 derivative ?
Stark 9-66(?) ?License built 750 derivative ?
WE KS-5727 (L1)(?) ?536 derivative ?
WE KS-15560 (L1|L2)(?) ?536 derivative ?
WE KS-15750(L1|L2)(?) ?539 derivative ?
WE KS-15874(?) ?1234 derivative ?
Philco 9100(?) ?Extensively realigned model 533A

revised 8 November, 1997, 26 December, 2001 | Not all possible models listed | For comments contact Padgett, app1 at 6007 dot us