A while back I asked Ladyada on Ask An Engineer - the friendly neighborhood HVAC live stream - "When should a hobbyist get [some piece of equipment]?" and she replies (paraphrased): "When you wish you had [some piece of equipment]." Well, I've come to that point. In the past few months, I've murmured to myself many times: "Ugh! I wish I had an oscilloscope.
For a hobbyist, the Rigol DS1052E
is an obvious choice for only $350 - 400, and with the very simple software mod you can get an upgrade to the DS1102E for free. The Rigol is a "chinese scope" and while it's received great reviews and beloved by the eevblog, it's still a "cheap" scope -- though, for a hobbyist.. Does it matter?
There are also many used Tektronix scopes can be had for a similar price in a good condition on eBay. What are some comparable "classic" models that are worth considering?
I know there are a ton of oscilloscope threads that exist already, but I really haven't come across many that relate to this particular subject or at least conclude with what the person decided to purchase.