I notice that clamp-type current meters range in price from a few dozen dollars to a few hundred, but current probes for oscilloscopes cost significantly more, with many close to $1000 and some well over $4000. Why are the oscilloscope current probes so expensive? Are they built by princes? Do they contain coils of solid gold wire?
I get that these are fairly low-volume items, and that they need to be calibrated and probably have circuitry that compensates for various errors, but isn't that also true of current meters? Is there something special about the probes, or just market forces at work?