When I read the original post re: good stethoscopes, I had to let out a good laugh. I went through nursing school w/ a dual head "Prestige" brand stethoscope... about $20 when I bought it new. There were others in school who had dropped the $75 to $150 for a Littman this or that and I have to admit I was a little jealous, but did not really see the need, until I listened w/one. So after graduation my in-laws bought me a Littman Master Cardiology II and I love it, relatively lightweight, great acoustics, and feels great in my ears. The ironic part of it is that once I started working in my ICU I looked around and most of the nurses have some form of higher end Littman, while the doctors use the $20 job, I have even seen one of them using one of the disposable steths. I guess my father-in-law was right, I got a better stethoscope than the doctors. Anyways, I love my Littman Master Cardiology II. Good luck in school lifeLongstudent.