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    Re: Cassens and Plath Sextant
    From: Robert Eno
    Date: 2004 Mar 21, 19:06 -0500

    Jared wrote:
    
    >  I got mine from an estate sale for somewhat less, and subsequently found
    > out that one of the trammels (triggers) was broken, and that there was
    > leaking in the battery area. The battery area turns out to be overbuilt,
    it
    > all stripped and cleaned back as new, too. Instead of a moden sealed bit
    of
    > plastic, it breaks down completely so it can be cleaned completely.
    >
    > C&P were extraordinary, they air mailed back a new trigger, new manual,
    > personal engraved bronze plaque for the new owner, and two spare bulbs. (I
    > had enquired about how to find one.) All gratis.
    >
    > Net result? I was inconvenienced, but not damaged. C&P weren't sure of the
    > age of mine, vaguely 1980, so I took the extra step of disassembling it,
    > removing all the old lubes, and replacing them with Krytox. (It should
    never
    > need to be lubed again in my life.) It did need routine adjusting, but any
    > old sextant will.
    >
    >  I would suggest that is nothing is obviously bent or broken, when the
    > picture looks that big, sometimes you have to gamble. I'd be very unhappy
    to
    > sell mine for less, and would expect slightly more.
    
    Robert responds:
    
    Funny you should mention dissasembling the handle on a C & P. This is the
    one feature that I really liked about the C & P that used to own: you could
    strip it right down to the nuts and bolts for cleaning and repair. The late
    Frank Janicek Jr. of Baltimore, who was probably one of the last of the
    great instrument repair men once told me that all other things considered,
    he prefrerred the C & P because from a repair and maintenence standtpoint,
    it was superior to all other sextants; including C.Plath.
    
    
    

       
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