Dr Dork is excited.
He bought himself a new toy today. A new stethoscope. The first one in a decade.
When Dr Dork was a medical student, he spent the equivalent of many weeks wages at his part-time job on a swish stethoscope that would purportedly stop him from misdiagnosing things like death and dextrocardia.
He used this until fairly recently.
However - Dr Dork also received a free "cheapo" stethoscope as a medical student. A Rappaport-Sprague* (double lumen) type.
Dr Dork also made much use of this "cheapo" stethoscope. And found it much easier to use than his swish mucho dinero version, more sensitive in particular.
Today, Dr Dork compared the "cheapo" double lumen versions with the "swish" stethoscopes, the latter costing several times the former.
He still prefers the double lumens to the fancy ones.
Dr Dork is interested in the preferences of others, if anyone would care to share.
*Maurice Rappaport and Howard Sprague invented this type of stethoscope in the 1940's. It is a style of stethoscope, not a specific manufacturer or brand.
Nice summary of the history of stethoscopes here.