Littmann classic vs. lightweight

  1. i will be starting nursing school this fall and i just bought my stethoscope.i couldn't decide between the littmann classic and lightweight, so i bought the classic b/c it cost more.i figured since it was more.. it may work better???can anyone tell me what is the difference between the 2 besides price and weight.thanx!
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  3. by   iHeartNICU
    I have a lightweight and find that it works for me....that being said the people who have the classic really really like the classic and don't like the lightweight at all. Sorry, I'm not more of a help, just my experiance.
  4. by   Thedreamer
    I like them both ^^ Wish I had one!
  5. by   luvs2readlotsRN
    Me too! In fact maybe that will be my "reward" for getting through second semester! A Littman classic!

    Does anyone know the best place to buy a littman? Online? Bricks and Mortar?
    Last edit by luvs2readlotsRN on May 11, '07
  6. by   IrishIzCPNP
    Quote from luvs2readlots
    Me too! In fact maybe that will be my "reward" for getting through second semester! A Littman classic!

    Does anyone know the best place to buy a littman? Online? Bricks and Mortar?

    I honestly can't say enough nice things about I am not associated with them!!! I bought a stethoscope from them with laser engraving and I had it in 24 hours. I don't know how they did it. I didn't pay for expedited shipping was supposed to take a good week. 24 hours later and it was at my door as ordered. For me ordering online is just easier. I have also bought from and the transaction was okay but it took a while for things to come...weeks. I think allheart may have been a few $ cheaper but I would rather spend the extra couple $ to not have to worry if it's really coming or if it's lost.

    Some people will like B&M because they can touch it and see it. I'm that way with a lot of things but for the stethoscope I just needed easy and reliable.
  7. by   Sunshine0425
    I love my littmann classic!!!! It has been a great stethescope for me. The other side can be used to listen to deeper heart just click the tubing around the steth. I may be working Peds in a few weeks, and will probably get a pediatric littmann.
  8. by   Linz8
    I just ordered the lightweight from What didn't you like about it? I got a cute lilac color too
  9. by   LindseyLou2222
    I have the light weight in lilac. I love it! It works fine for what I need.
  10. by   happynewLPN
    I have the Classic II SE, and I love it.
  11. by   supermo
    I have the Master Classic II SE, I started out with the lightweight and found it to be just that. I have slight hearing deficits with low tones and have found that the extra money spent was well worth it. I like the one-sided Master chestpiece.

    Compared to the traditional two-sided Littmann Classic II stethoscope, the high frequency response of the Littmann Master Classic II stethoscope is outstanding, allowing you to hear even faint lung sounds. The low frequency response is also significantly improved. Its excellent overall acoustics offer an advantage to heath care professionals who listen to both heart and lung sounds. It's also ideal for pulmonologists and respiratory therapists."

    I used the website because they laser engrave the bell (the expensive part), not the tubing. I got it super quick, 5 days, with engraving, unheard of. Couldn't be more pleased.
  12. by   Ambition13
    I own them both and both are great. have good prices on them. Just be very careful to always keep it on you as my instructor told us. They are a hot item and mysteriously "disappear" at the clinical sites. Such a pitty isn't it.
  13. by   ange26s
    hey supermo,thanx for the website.i went on and it compares all the littmanns(very helpful)well it sounds like i made a good choice going with the classic.omg how about those electronic scopes! one of them u can download the heart sounds in the comp.and all this other crazy stuff!