After a few months of research and obsession I bought a scope.
I was getting frustrated with the levitator and thought that having better tools would help.
No, I am lying.
I certainly don't need to prove to anyone what a geek I am, but if I did this would be the way.
For $250 I got a 15 year old tektronixs 2246 from ebay. For those not up on their obsolete test equipment that is a 4 channel 100 mHz scope with built in multi-meter and various other measuring cusors.
With heart in mouth I waited the week it took to get here, wondering the whole time if I had thrown my money away on a door stop. Oscilloscopes are pretty complicated machines, and although I had learned that this was supposed to be a fairly rugged and reliable one, I was sure it was going to be broken. Fortunately it arrived in one piece with all functions seemingly intact.
Now I just have to figure out how to use it.