[Histonet] Spencer AO 820 microtome questions

Bob Nienhuis bob.nienhuis <@t> gmail.com
Mon Mar 22 11:46:00 CDT 2010

How old are those 820s and 860s anyway? I know they were around in the early

We still use our 860!

Bob Nienhuis
VA / UCLA Medical Center
North Hills, CA

On 3/16/10, Scott Parker <sparker <@t> vt.edu> wrote:
> 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
> 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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