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    Re: Tamaya sextants
    From: Alexandre Eremenko
    Date: 2004 Oct 14, 21:37 -0500

    Doug,
    
    Thank you for your interesting information
    on Tamaya sextants. Unfortunately, their web site
    is only in Japanese (so probably they do not care much about
    their overseas sales currently).
    
    On Thu, 14 Oct 2004, Royer, Doug wrote:
    > I purchaced mine directly from the plant in Osaka in
    > the mid-late 70's.It
    > was a small operation (relatively) then
    
    Interesting. Bruce Bauer says in his Sextant Handbook that
    "Tamaya, which is related to the Asahi Pentax camera company
    is believed to be the largest maker of sextants. This is the estimate
    of one of the major US importers based on sales -
    actual figures of production are trade secrets"
    
    He also says:
    "That source also gave me the idea of the size and trend
    of the US market. In the later 70-s when the sextant
    market was most
    active, about 2000 instruments a year were imported and sold.
    In 1984, the sales were down by half".
    
    In view of this, Bill's statement about thousands NOW
    is somewhat unexpected.
    
    Alex.
    
    
    

       
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