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    Re: 1950 C. Plath, 1978 T Series Tamaya
    From: Joel Jacobs
    Date: 2004 Mar 20, 07:30 -0500

    Here are a couple of interesting sextants on ebay that may be of interest to
    Kerian and Doug.
    
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=3712196537&category=4399
    
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=3709739043&category=37971
    &sspagename=STRK%3AMESUS%3AIT&rd=1
    
    On the second one, the Tamaya, something went haywire with ebay's server
    which started posting a series of the same bid amounts for hours before
    auction end which precluded any further bidding.
    
    Joel Jacobs
    
    
    ----- Original Message -----
    From: "Royer, Doug" 
    To: 
    Sent: Friday, March 19, 2004 5:44 PM
    Subject: Re: Sisteco Prismatic Compass
    
    
    > Fred,dissapointing to hear about the sextant you purchaced.I hope you got
    it
    > for a good price including shipping charges.I am always leary of
    purchaceing
    > items that I cannot see and touch beforehand.
    > As for the German vs Japanese sextants it is my opinion,biased of
    > course,that the Japanese have for quite some time superior equipment to
    the
    > German equipment.The Tamaya and Simex sextants are the best in the world
    > today when you consider basic unit price,repair and parts
    replacement,weight
    > and robustness.
    > I'm not downplaying the German stuff totally.There are some great sextants
    > made by them.For my money any Tamaya is the best sextant.
    > I've had some discussions with Joel Jacobs off list about differant
    sextants
    > etc(and other sea fareing topics). With his background and experiances he
    > has a wealth of info and is willing to exchange ideas and experiances.He
    has
    > a "D" rateing in the U.S. Navy and much experiance in the developement of
    > Tamaya sextants.
    > Hope you like your "new" toy.
    > By the way,do you collect older sextants?Don't you also have some older
    > British equipment you wrote about in the past?Just curious.
    >
    >
    >
    > Regarding Cassens and Plath, I just received yesterday one I purchased
    > on Ebay.  I was rather disappointed that the shades were glued in.  I
    > would say Tamaya's Spica would be the only ultra-high quality sextant
    > left.  I am pleased to see that they have come down in price about $200
    > (and the Jupiter went up $200).
    >
    > Fred
    >
    >
    > > On a related note, I did a google seach for C.Plath and found to my
    > > shock, that they no longer exist; that they were bought out by Sperry
    > > (a venerable firm that has been around for some time). I also did a
    > > search of Weems and Plath and found that they appear to no longer sell
    > > their own model of brass sextant; they now market the Tamaya.
    > >
    > > Is this the end of the era of the superb craftsmanship of the German
    > > sextant? Is Cassens and Plath still around?  Are they solvent?
    
    
    

       
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