SPAM-LOW: [Histonet] Spencer AO 820 microtome questions

Patsy Ruegg pruegg <@t>
Wed Mar 17 10:35:07 CDT 2010


You can look for the parts with some of the used equipment vendors, that
"black beauty" was my favorite microtome of all times, it was heavy enough
to cut plastic sections on when the new microtomes weren't, I am sure it
would serve you well if you find a knife holder (you can purchase disposable
blade holders that fit right in where the permanent blades went) and block


Patsy Ruegg, HT(ASCP)QIHC
12635 Montview Blvd. Ste.215
Aurora, CO 80045
fax 720-859-4110

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Subject: SPAM-LOW: [Histonet] Spencer AO 820 microtome questions

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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