Unfortunately I can only see the pics you posted as inch square thumbnails due to the infrequency of my postings on here, hopefully I'll see them in all their glory when I reach my points quota. 😃
Baum aren't (as far as I'm aware) very common over here in Scotland. The equivalent was/is probably Accoson. As far as build quality, the thing that stood out about my old Dekamet was the die-cast 'battleship hull' metal case. You could probably have run it over (slowly!) with a truck and it would be OK. The cuff and bladder were of a reasonably high standard too if I remember right, not sure of the materials used though.
Oh, and when my heart is pounding...
Yeah, I totally get you there! Aside from it being a common feature in med dramas I think another part of my affinity with it stems from it being the first sphyg that was used on me in anger by my GP. To be sure, my heart was certainly pounding then! 160/90 was the verdict, delivered with a furrow of her brow. Probably not what she was expecting for a 20 year old, but she was happier when it dropped to around normal a few minutes later. Thus begins the White Coat experience!
I did have another encounter with a Dekamet a few years later at a BP Awareness event. It was in quite a large and busy hall with lots of tables set up and lots of BP checking going on. Ahh, heaven 😃 I sat down and had my BP taken by quite an attractive 30-ish woman, who I assume was a nurse, using an Omron monitor. I don't remember what the result was but it must have been disconcertingly high. A couple of equally high readings later she got up and had a chat about my readings with a colleague who brought over a Dekamet and proceeded to measure it manually. Given the place was busy, I could sense other people close by wondering what the flurry of activity around me was. That didn't help my BP at all as you might imagine! The final surprise in store was a Dr coming over with a laptop and holding a small probe/transducer to my wrist, which I think measured arterial stiffness. A bit of a heart-pounding White Coat odyssey that morning was!
Sorry, I strayed a bit off topic there!