Originally Posted by wee-twin
Since 1996 I have been using a Fluke77 which had already seen 10+ years of use by the local utility company. Check eBay, for a model 77. Nothing fancy, and one just went for $30 with leads included.
I bought a Fluke 77 in 1984. I've used it as a hammer and when I check it against the new high end Flukes my work provides it reads the same. They don't "need" calibration but lots of industries dictate that test equipment get annual calibration.