Stethoscope: Littmann cardiology III vs. Littmann master cardiology

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    Hello,

    I am a CCU nurse looking to buy a new stethoscope. I currently use the Littmann S.E II that I have purchased in nursing school. I am looking to purchase either the Littmann cardiology III or the master cardiology. I borrowed a co-worker's cardiology III stethoscope and was amazed at how much more I heard from her stethoscope. I haven't used a master cardiology yet and there's no one on my unit that has one for me to test-drive. So I was wondering if anyone out there who have tried both stethoscopes have a preference? Thanks for your feedback!

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    I started out my critical care career with a Cardio III. I have since upgraged to a Master Cardio! Go for the gusto and get the Master Cardio! You won't regret it!
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    I forgot my stethoscope a few days ago and a co-worker let me borrow his Master Cardiology. I swear I could just about hear the patient's pedal pulses while auscultating for breath sounds! Seriously though, I have a hard time hearing through most stethoscopes but that one was so good I came home from my shift and ordered it. Afterward, I did get to listen through a different co-workers STC and would recommend either one. I haven't used a Cardiology III but for the price difference go for the Master Cardiology.
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    Quote from myblkcat
    I forgot my stethoscope a few days ago and a co-worker let me borrow his Master Cardiology. I swear I could just about hear the patient's pedal pulses while auscultating for breath sounds! Seriously though, I have a hard time hearing through most stethoscopes but that one was so good I came home from my shift and ordered it. Afterward, I did get to listen through a different co-workers STC and would recommend either one. I haven't used a Cardiology III but for the price difference go for the Master Cardiology.

    Cardiology III, usually btwn $175.00-190.00
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    Master Cardiology, btwn $210.00-250.00
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    Pics from webmedbooks.com. *Never used the above site to order med supplies, but liked the pics.

    I agree 100% for the little price difference go with the MC stethoscope. My wife bought me an MC for my b-day last April and I'm more than pleased with the quality. However, if I'm not using it, or its not around my neck, then I put it away in my locker, locked!
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    I just found this for $149 w/free ship--and includes a special students bonus kit for nursing students! I couldnt believe the price and had to call and verify it was the right steth--go here:

    http://www.hmint.com/Pages/Master_Cardiology.htm
    akana11 and alyx like this.
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    Try buying your steth at allheart.com..I have ordered from there before - great prices.
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    go with the master cardiology one.

    the only thing i had to get used to was the single head; light touch would represent bell of steth. and reg- touch represents traditional diaphram, directions are included. has a blank plate for engraving.

    all the docs want to use it, but i sternly tell them to please return it, with laser burning eye contact,and so far they do not forget to return it.

    so far i have not been disappointed.
    Quote from nurse-perverse
    hello,

    i am a ccu nurse looking to buy a new stethoscope. i currently use the littmann s.e ii that i have purchased in nursing school. i am looking to purchase either the littmann cardiology iii or the master cardiology. i borrowed a co-worker's cardiology iii stethoscope and was amazed at how much more i heard from her stethoscope. i haven't used a master cardiology yet and there's no one on my unit that has one for me to test-drive. so i was wondering if anyone out there who have tried both stethoscopes have a preference? thanks for your feedback!
    Last edit by longjourneydream on Aug 20, '07 : Reason: spelling
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    Magna Fortis Lt.8

    This is a very informative post on the SDN by an attending
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    Personally I love my Littman model 4100 it is electronic and also records for you if you would like. I can't believe how well I can hear. It has taken getting used to...because things are sooo much sharper and clearer that you aren't sure what you are listening to. I also have both the Master Cardiology and the Cardiology III and the 4100 is far superior, IMHO.
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    Quote from deeDawntee
    Personally I love my Littman model 4100 it is electronic and also records for you if you would like.

    *jaw drops*

    How many moons did you have to save up to purchase it?

    Haha I always thought the 4100's looked like a python that has swallowed a cow or something

    the 3100's are pretty good, aesthetically speaking. never tried one though.


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