[Histonet] Spencer AO 820 microtome questions

Scott Parker sparker <@t> vt.edu
Tue Mar 16 13:20:02 CDT 2010

Dear all,

I have access to a Spencer AO 820 microtome (a "black beauty" in
Histo-parlance)  that is does not have a disposable blade holder nor a chuck
for holding paraffin cassettes. The microtome otherwise appears to be in
good condition. I would like to get suggestions for where I might be able to
purchase a chuck and disposable blade holder for this classic model.
Alternatively, would it be a better idea for me to put this piece of
equipment on display in a glass case and instead purchase a newer microtome.
My work involves relatively low volume, basic sectioning of paraffin blocks
for teaching and research. I don't need anything too fancy, just a microtome
that is reliable and appropriate for student researchers to use.

Thank you in advance for your responses.


Scott L. Parker, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor Biology

Coastal Carolina University

P.O. Box  261954

Conway, SC 29528-6054

Office Phone: (843)-349-2491

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