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    Re: Sisteco Prismatic Compass
    From: Fred Hebard
    Date: 2004 Mar 19, 17:02 -0500

    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).
    On Mar 19, 2004, at 8:17 AM, Robert Eno wrote:
    > Many thanks for all of the responses from the various members.
    > It appears that, overall, I am hooped and will have to purchase a new
    > hand-held compass if I want the illumination feature. It is a sad
    > commentary on the way things are made nowadays. No such a thing as
    > replacement parts or, for that matter, instruments that lend
    > themselves to repair.
    > Contrast this to the things made long ago: Take for example, the
    > C.Plath Sextant and accessories. Everything is fastened together with
    > screws of varying sizes. Every component can be removed, opened up and
    > repaired. Nowadays, it is too expensive to design things in this
    > manner. Cheaper to use glue rather than screws. Is that part N/S?  Oh
    > well, throw it away and buy a new widget.
    > 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?
    > I am increasingly feeling like an anachronism. My world is being
    > steamrollered by cheap crap, GPS, and a quick fix (no pun intended).
    > A Friday morning lament.  Thanks again for your assistance folks.
    > Robert Eno
    > Good judgement comes from experience and a lot of that comes from
    > bad  judgement.
    >                    -- Texas Bix Bender: A Cowboy's Guide to Life

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