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    Re: A Good Sextant Buy
    From: Joel Jacobs
    Date: 2004 Mar 25, 09:20 -0500

    Excellent questions.
    I am always concerned about low Feedback, and anything below 98 is low when
    there is a large number in the denominator. When a person has a small
    number, just one negative can skew the average.
    I also worry when the photographer doesn't take pictures of the mirrors. As
    you all know, replacements are very expensive. And having them resilvered is
    a very "iffy" proposition. Sometimes they come out OK, and other times they
    don't for no apparent reason.
    It is true he has a lot of junk, but by the same token, he has a C. Plath
    Navistar Professional which looks quite good even though it show some
    evidence of corrosion on the anodizing.
    At under $500.00 it would be an excellent purchase for a user if he finds
    the less traditional look appealing.
    If I were interested, I would ask him to provide detailed pixs of the things
    that I wanted to see better. The manner in which he answers would also tell
    you a lot.
    In the case of the Freiberger, one of the things that points to it being as
    represented, is that there are no wear marks on the handle or evidence that
    the varnish has worn off on the edges. The pictures of the sextant make it
    appear "as new".
    I hope this helps.
    Joel Jacobs
    ----- Original Message -----
    From: "Keith Williams" 
    Sent: Thursday, March 25, 2004 8:32 AM
    Subject: Re: A GOOD SEXTANT BUY
    > Could you comment, tho, on the other stuff he has for
    > sale - every sextant is "calibrated" even so-called
    > "lifeboat" sextants for 50 bucks? Difficult to know
    > which statements to trust with such a range of goods on
    > offer from one person..Keith Williams

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