About how much should you spend on the stethoscope? I bought a light-weight Littman for less than $34. It usually retails for about 2x that, but I took an advertisement from allheart.com to a local store that price matches AND offers a discount on top of that. It's one of the lower-end Littmans, but I figure it will get me started. It doesn't hurt my ears like the no-name one that my school charged me $30 for (that really retails everywhere else for $15 ---it was a mandatory purchase...pretty stinky as far as I was concerned).
The Littman is great so far. I can hear really well. I don't yet know how to discern whistles, or pitchy sounds. I am not sure if it would even pick them up, or if I'd need one of the better Littmans.
I got my BP cuff there for about $9. (SmartSCRUBS in the Arizona Mills Mall in Tempe, Arizona. They also have great scrubs
(their own brand) that are very well-made. They are one of the few I have found so far to offer a 34-inch inseam. I like their six-pocket scrub top. It is a little pricey, but it seems well made, and I like all the pockets. I have some pants from them that have three pockets. I want to try their cargo pants.