Tissue-TekII Crytostats

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From:"Becky Scholes" <raws43@hotmail.com>
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Hi, Histonetters!

   I have some bad news for all you that are currently relying on 
Tissue-TekII cryostats.  Recently we called Bayer for a microtome part, and 
they said that as if May 1, they will no longer provide telephone  support, 
instrument repair, or refurbishments.  This is the result of
their "inability to obtain parts and components".  We got a copy of the 
letter sent out to some people who were in their warranty record file.  (I 
was, too, I thought!)  The letter was dated February 25, 2000.  My favorite 
repairman, who works for a a well-known histology equipment company, had no 
idea this was going down either!  Bayer included in its letter four 
Tissue-Tek II service providers, located in Georgia, New Jersey, California, 
and Arizona.  The Tissue-Tek II cryostats are good ol' work horses.  The 
company is taking advantage of the Taft-Hartley Act (manufacturing was 
discontinued in 1993).  Why couldn't IEC have done that for their old 
clunkers a long time ago, instead of Tissue-Tek?  Anybody else out there 
that is going to be in a bind?  We have over 6 Tissue-Tek II's that we rely 

Slightly torked,
Becky Scholes
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