I know that most Spragues out there are cheaper, Chinese-made knock offs of the HP model, but I've got an ADC Sprague that I hear great out of. I literally hear minimal difference between it and my Littmann Classic II SE. Because of this I take the Sprague to clinical sites because it cost me $12 on eBay whereas the Littmann cost quite a bit more. Do ALL nursing pros dislike the Spragues? Is it a comfort thing? Lack of quality?
I only ask out of curiosity; many of the reviews on Amazon
are pretty negative concerning this style, regardless of manufacturer.
Jun 24, '10
I tried the ADC versions and they were too small but the littmanns were just right. the UPC for them (if it helps) is 786511783570. The model number for the same (for the ones that fit mine) is DET-122-L-BLK. At least I was told they were littmann. They were black and in a small little zip lock. They have metal threads inside and soft rubber on the outside. I would just keep trying different versions if I were you. You may have to go up to a more expensive scope. Best of luck.
I wonder if hardware stores have adapters for that sort of thing.
Just found this. Firm Replacement Snap-Tight Eartips for Littmann Stethoscopes
It says that the threaded versions are no longer being made by littmann so you may have to try another company if you can't find someone who still has them. I think I got the last pair today at my store.
Last edit by Rmedin19 on Jun 24, '10
Aug 2, '10
The reviewer at forusdocs didn't think that Spragues were that bad. In fact the Omron model won the "Best Buy" award. I don't know what allnurses forum's rules are about "hot links" so I posted a link of this review below without the www. P.S. I have no financial interest in the website or Omron.
Bested only by the Littmann Cardiology III
. The authors of this review were very complementary of the Omron Sprague-Rappaport. Truth of the matter is that the Sprague-Rappaport by Hewlett Packard was the Littmann Master Cardiology
of its' time. If you are using one, you're just kickin' it old school.
Use what works best for you. It's a pet peeve of mine that healthcare professionals feel that they need to spend $160-170 to get a top of the line Master Cardiology when a stethoscope that costs less than $20.00 will do.
P.S.- If you prefer the Sprague-Rappaport style. MDF Instruments has a deal where they will give you free replacement parts to your stethoscope for life. They are a little more spendy ($25.00-35.00 range) however the cost of replacement eartips can add up.
Helpful & inexpensive stethoscope modifications:
P.P.S. - If the eartips on your stethoscope are not staying on, wrap Teflon Plumbers Tape around the threads once or twice prior to putting the eartips on the binaurals. This will keep them snugly on the binaurals & help prevent them from falling off.
P.P.P.S - If the diaphragm ring on your Sprague Rappaport keeps coming loose & is falling off. Use a little moderate-strength (blue) thread-lock,(e.g. Loctite) on the threads of the diaphragm ring. This will keep the diaphragm ring firmly on the stethoscope & if you need to remove it, you can with a wrench or vise-grips.
Last edit by bodhisattvya on Aug 2, '10
: Reason: Added new information.