I can understand the desire for an analog meter. These days I swear there must be more parts in a TV to keep it from working than to make it work. Shutdown, why ? There could be bunch of reasons. They are too cheap to really build current detectors into them so they assume when a voltage source is out or low there is an overload on it. So the sumbitch shutsdowwn before your DMM can measure any voltages. A VTVM will at least show you the neelde moving. On my DMM sometimes it's hard to see the "mV" indicator, and I think it is a bit slow even as autorangers go. Also when you see that needle movereally fast you know to get off that test poinr=t and change the range NOW. Not after a cheap microprocessor finally notices that it is burning in hell.
I also have some of those cheapo DVMs from Harbor freight. We got them for quite a bit less than ten bucks, in fact I think some of them were four bucks. Literally cheaper than the nine volt battery they use ! What's more youcna always get a free one. We had one that wouldn't zero so we called themand they send out a new one. They said don't bother sending the old one back lol. Wwell it was good for another battery anyway. However those little things are plenty good for almost any general servicing.
Now when you are aligning an IF strip, it's easy to see why the VTVM might be prefered. I now usually use a scope but then I don't align radio IFs anymore anyway. In fact I don't align any IFs.
Now to the OP, remember the OP ? I happen to have a non working Heathkit IM-28 (I think it's a 28) that doesn't work. The meter movement seems to be good, but the zero pot shaft is broken. I don't know if it will zero or not,but that's the circuit. The meter is fine. I'll sell it for twenty bucks. that''s actually giving it away, UPS wouldd probably be seven bucks, and ofcourse I have to find a box and all that, package it up etc.
If I am not mistaken, my Father built that. I am not sure and I am also notmuch of a sentimentalist. I just don't like to see things go in the landfill.
Also, I have a neat thing for your PCs if you want. Someone mentioned audio? This is a nice little analog looking meter that monitors the sound levelin your PC. It is chiefly used for hardware ripping, using the PC as an audio recorder of to set the levels for online streaming like you can do on Paltalk.
I got it from an ex soundman for the Beatles. He didn't write it, a guy named Chapman wrote it.