My Littmann Cardiology III black edition served me well for all of medical school and residency, and over eight years later, I’m now replacing it for my second stethoscope – the Littmann Master Cardiology black edition.
I chose this stethoscope because of its acoustic quality and the fact that I really won’t be working with pediatric patients anymore. Therefore, I had no use for a stethoscope that had separate adult and pediatric sides (ie, the Littmann Cardiology IV). The Master Cardiology lets me stabilize the diaphragm/bell much more.
I purchased the Master Cardiology from stethoscope.com, a vendor very close to Boston, Massachusetts. Consequently, free shipping = next day shipping. I also went ahead and had the handpiece engraved with my name on it. Here’s hoping this thing lasts me many years! 🙂