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Old 9th Jan 2019, 12:32 am   #1921
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Likewise, thanks for your Serial Number. Is there any chance we can also get the Serial Number from your Mk V mentioned on your other Thread?
Sure no problems.
The Mk5 is serial 70482 8V/4/75
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Old 9th Jan 2019, 1:05 am   #1922
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Great stuff, thanks.

For the purposes of the survey, it doesn't matter that the AVO is not working.


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Old 9th Jan 2019, 8:04 pm   #1923
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Avometer 8 MK2, serial 15XXXX-C-263
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Old 9th Jan 2019, 8:51 pm   #1924
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What are the xxxx for in the serials? Or are they undreadable?
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Old 9th Jan 2019, 9:40 pm   #1925
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There are few people that for different reason do not want to give the complete serial number.

No problem if he xx se in the last 2 digit I think
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Old 9th Jan 2019, 9:50 pm   #1926
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Well that's not going to be much use in a survey is it.
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Old 9th Jan 2019, 10:05 pm   #1927
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No worries, I just read the first post and it sounded like a recommendation(?).

Again: Avometer 8 MK2, serial 153418-C-263

Disregard my previous post. And maybe remove that info from the first post.
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Old 9th Jan 2019, 10:06 pm   #1928
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Well that's not going to be much use in a survey is it.
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I'm sure that many of (y)our multimeters were, er, liberated , so in order that they and their owners remain untraceable 8) I suggest that all but the first digit of the first number group be replaced by Xs.
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Old 9th Jan 2019, 10:18 pm   #1929
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I'm sure that many of (y)our multimeters were, er, liberated , so in order that they and their owners remain untraceable 8) I suggest that all but the first digit of the first number group be replaced by Xs.
yes, but that was 14 years ago, and Avo still was in production, i think that now days it has no sense to put the Xs, but i respect that.
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Old 9th Jan 2019, 10:18 pm   #1930
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I'm sure that many of (y)our multimeters were, er, liberated , so in order that they and their owners remain untraceable 8) I suggest that all but the first digit of the first number group be replaced by Xs.
Yes I understand that, but I can't see how you make a survey without the actual number.
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Old 9th Jan 2019, 10:54 pm   #1931
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Perhaps this is an example of 'mission creep'... the original purpose of the survey was to try to deduce approximately how many Avometers were made year-on-year during production. Therefore the initial digit of the serial number, combined with the month/year date group, would have been more than adequate. Hence, Sven's 15XXXX-C-263 places his meter amongst other production in February 1963 (for which we do have some full serial numbers) whilst hopefully concealing the batch or original customer involved.

As you say, many years have gone by. Few owners now worry about such matters and quote the serial numbers in full, but not that long ago an Avometer was unaffordable to the average hobbyist, and the majority of meters that are now happily preserved in private hands started life as corporate assets or public property (as in the MoD, NHS or other public sector bodies). It is helpful to have a means of concealing the full history of such instruments.
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Old 10th Jan 2019, 8:03 pm   #1932
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Thanks for info! So it's 55 years old now, it has some issues but I think it will be solved with some help lately from this forum.
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Old 11th Jan 2019, 2:56 pm   #1933
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One more...

Avometer 8 MK2, serial: 104874-C-360
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Old 11th Jan 2019, 4:09 pm   #1934
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Thanks!

That 8Mk2 was made in March 1960.
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Old 11th Jan 2019, 7:31 pm   #1935
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I now have an AVOmeter Model8 MarkV but where do I find the serial number? It has calibration seals on it from 96&97 and none are broken. Also there is an EMICS tag on the side with the Instrument No. as S170-211. Is this a partial of my serial or is it the number of EMICS instrument used to calibrate it?
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Old 11th Jan 2019, 8:46 pm   #1936
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Hi Don,

The Model 8 Mk V had it's serial number on a sticker attached to the right hand side of the case.
I have attached a Photo of the type of Label so you can see what it should look like. The Photo is not a Mk V, but the label style is the same.

The Label was normally but not always repeated inside the Battery Bay.

For what ever reason, the Label is very often missing on the Mk V's.
If it is missing, you may still be able to see a mark on the case where the sticker used to be.


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Old 12th Jan 2019, 1:33 pm   #1937
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Really fantastic survey results. I added the Braille meter, having obtained it from a forum member. I did not realise he had already added it.

I was investigating at work whether we held any sales records for Avometers. Sadly, it seems not! So much data was lost/discarded once computers came online. However, I am gathering some detailed data on product builds.

In 1965 when avo manufactured the millionth avometer from here in Dover; 12 special instruments were produced. These were given the serial numbers 1,000,000-01 to -12, and had the front panel machined to accept this unique serial label. They were also placed in a presentation box. The 12 were handed out at an Avo held event to some industry bigwigs. I wonder how many of them still exists somewhere!!
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Old 12th Jan 2019, 5:06 pm   #1938
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Hi Andy,
That's great to know, I will remove the duplicate record and keep the Braille reference obviously. Next issue of course!
If anybody else owns a Braille Meter, it would be great if they could update me, so I can add the information to the Survey.

This is a prime example of how important details were missed in the early days, because they were not specifically asked for.
Although to be fair, the original purpose of the Survey was primarily to ascertain production numbers.

I was surprised nobody picked me up on the Four identical Serial Numbers recorded for the Model 47A S Variant!
Ok, that's One Easter Egg out of the Bag, there are at least two more, one quite important that nobody has picked up on yet!


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Old 12th Jan 2019, 5:34 pm   #1939
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Old 12th Jan 2019, 5:55 pm   #1940
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Thanks Aitor, I didn't spot that one.

Trust me, there is a far bigger one than that!


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