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    Re: Soviet Sextants!
    From: Robert Gainer
    Date: 2004 Jul 31, 22:52 +0000

    In the time that I have been cruising, I have had to resilver the mirrors
    once. Replace a leg on both the Freiberger and the Cassens & Plath, once on
    each. I had a friend make a mirror adjusting screw and the mirror-locating
    pin for a Heath that I have. I just sent the horizon filter assembly back to
    Cassens & Plath to have a filter replaced (60 euro per glass). The only
    sextant that I own that has not had some work done on it is my Brandis. If
    you sail long enough or far enough in a small boat you will need to replace
    the light assembles or a leg on your sextant, it will happen. The price of
    the parts is not the issue. I don�t think that if the cost of the leg were
    double it would make any difference. You only buy the part once in 30 years.
    Add to this the leg only cost 25 dollars, if it were twice as much so what.
    But if you can�t get the part when you need it, now that�s a problem. I
    would hate to throw away the Plath because the filter was not available.
    Before I bought any thing like a sextant you can be sure that I would find
    out who is going to service it and if they can they give me some assurance
    on the availability of parts. If the sextant is damaged so much that you
    need the help of a repair shop, then I think its time to shop for a
    replacement. If the frame were bent, I would not have it repaired. My office
    is in need of some decorations anyway.
    All the best,
    Robert Gainer
    
    
    
    
    >From: Joel Jacobs 
    >Reply-To: Navigation Mailing List 
    >To: NAVIGATION-L{at}LISTSERV.WEBKAHUNA.COM
    >Subject: Re: Soviet Sextants!
    >Date: Sat, 31 Jul 2004 16:58:23 -0400
    >
    >Courtney,
    >
    >Sextants that are in use, barring being dropped, shouldn't require much, if
    >any service. The most that needs be done would be to replace mirrors or
    >maybe fix the illumination on C. Plaths which is a weak point. You can
    >always have a Plath or Tamaya mirror notched, using a grinding wheel to
    >replace a SNO-T horizon mirror.
    >
    >Joel Jacobs
    >
    >
    >----- Original Message -----
    >From: "Courtney Thomas" 
    >To: 
    >Sent: Saturday, July 31, 2004 1:19 PM
    >Subject: Re: Soviet Sextants!
    >
    >
    > > Joel,
    > >
    > > What is the situation regarding service/repair of the CHO sextants ?
    > >
    > > If unavailable, I'd guess the Freiberger, though real high, is at least
    > > available.
    > >
    > > Cordially,
    > >
    > > Courtney
    > >
    > >
    > >
    > > Joel Jacobs wrote:
    > >
    > > > Good call Renee,
    > > >
    > > > The Alexey I was speaking of is at this site. www.antiques-marine.com
    > > >
    > > > Yuri as below, as you've read has a reputation of faithful dealing,
    >but
    >I
    > > > 've no personal experience with him.
    > > >
    > > > Rene, the parts of the Freiberger and SNO-T are not interchangeable.
    >The
    > > > cost of Freiberger parts in this country is quite high. Check with
    >Claussen
    > > > Instruments. The owner, Wayne handles sextants personally.
    > > >
    > > > IMO, a good clean SNO-T should sell for close to $375-$400.00 with a 4
    >x
    >40
    > > > or 3.5 x 40 scope in the U.S.  They're worth less than half that with
    >a
    >7 x
    > > > scope. If it has two scopes don't add much for the high powered one.
    >So,
    >you
    > > > really need to know the scope situation before you can evaluate the
    > > > attractiveness of a Russian sextant. And then don't forget the
    >mirrors.
    > > > Sextant mirrors are horrendously expensive.
    > > >
    > > > BTW, Mauri had a NEW SNO-T on his site for close to $400.00 which is
    >quite
    > > > high considering the shipping. Everyone knows that in the Cyrillic
    >alphabet
    > > > that S and T are the same?
    > > >
    > > > A good clean Freiberger should bring from $375-$450, so I personally
    >don't
    > > > see much difference between them price wise.
    > > >
    > > > Sextants that are in use, barring being dropped, shouldn't require
    >much
    >if
    > > > any service. The most that needs be done would be to replace mirrors
    >or
    > > > maybe fix the illumination on C. Plaths which is a weak point. You can
    > > > always have a Plath or Tamaya mirror notched to replace a SNO-T
    >horizon
    > > > mirror.
    > > >
    > > > Joel Jacobs
    > > >
    > > > ----- Original Message -----
    > > > From: "Renee Mattie" 
    > > > To: 
    > > > Sent: Friday, July 30, 2004 11:57 AM
    > > > Subject: Re: Soviet Sextants!
    > > >
    > > >
    > > >
    > > >>From: Renee Mattie [mailto:reneemattie---.com]
    > > >>Sent: Friday, July 30, 2004 9:59 AM
    > > >>To: 'Navigation Mailing List'
    > > >>Subject: RE: [NAV-L] Soviet Sextants!
    > > >>
    > > >>Joel Jacobs said:
    > > >>
    > > >>>I am pasting a representative copy of one of my Russian ebay sextant
    > > >>>
    > > >>listings which
    > > >>
    > > >>>discusses the advantages of the Russian SNO-T sextant in particular,
    > > >>>and
    > > >>>
    > > >>in general. If
    > > >>
    > > >>>the seller is "ALEXEY" and I think it is, I have dealt with him a
    > > >>>couple
    > > >>>
    > > >>of times, and
    > > >>
    > > >>>he is totally trustworthy.
    > > >>>
    > > >>The seller gives contact information of:
    > > >>Yuri Margorsky: maur{at}online.kharkiv.com
    > > >>
    > > >>I don't know if he has any relation to the Alexey you speak of.
    > > >>
    > > >>I have a question though:
    > > >>
    > > >>Robert Gainer said:
    > > >>
    > > >>>Because you can buy the Freiberger for within a few dollars of the
    > > >>>Soviet
    > > >>>
    > > >>one, what are
    > > >>
    > > >>>you gaining? It's easier to get parts or have the Freiberger serviced
    > > >>>and
    > > >>>
    > > >>I would feel > more comfortable with it, if for that reason and
    >nothing
    > > >>else.
    > > >>
    > > >>I know the SNO-T is based closely on the Freiberger.  Can it not use
    >the
    > > >>same parts?
    > > >>Would it be more difficult to get parts and services for the SNO-T?
    > > >>In general, the Freiberger price of a Freiberger on Ebay is at least
    >20%
    > > >>higher than that for a SNO-T.  I am surprised to see maurnavy selling
    >one
    > > >>for LESS than the SNO-T.  The pictured Freibuger looks perfect (though
    > > >>
    > > > there
    > > >
    > > >>are no closeups of any of the parts).  The only visible difference is
    >that
    > > >>it has only one scope.
    > > >>
    > > >>Renee
    > > >>
    > > >
    > >
    > >
    > > --
    > > s/v Mutiny
    > > Rhodes Bounty II
    > > lying Oriental, NC
    > > WDB5619
    
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