Re: Microtome Recommendation

From:N Kenneison <>

Hi there 

We have two 2135 and have just ordered a third, we laso have a couple of
older Leica rotaries as well satff love the 2135 and its ability to cut
large blocks in the mega cassettes easily - it is an odd feeeling
ribboning such large pieces of tissue and there are things to watch ut
for do not do the clamp up too tight or youbreak the connection between
wax and cassette.If interested Leica also do lide in holders that fit
their staining racks for the XL stainer so they can be stained the same
way as if doing routine sections. Unfortuantely though they don't fit
the coverslipper.

In days of old nobody liked doing large blocks now of course it is much
easier demand has increased and keep s going up - what a surprise!!!

Just read another message about the Leica  beng bot very good with hard
tissue - my two penny worth - large blocks (cross section of larynx,
prostate and decalcified femoral heads cut fine)

If they have any more to seel at $1500 but them from them you won't be
wasting your money>">

Go for  the 2135 

Nigel RD&E UK 

In message <>, writes
>Good morning Histonetters:
>     I've FINALLY gotten my boss to agree to purchase a microtome.  I spoke 
>with a Leica rep a short time ago.  Since I am in a research area, I need a 
>microtome that will allow me to cut paraffin (decals...some in regular size 
>cassettes, some over-sized in mega cassettes), as well as plastic sections 
>(PMMA and Spurr's).  He recommended the Leica RM 2155.  The price will go up 
>and the rebate will end on December 31, so I don't have alot of time.  I have 
>scheduled a demo for next week, but I was wondering if anyone has any 
>experience with this machine and would like to offer their input...good 
>and/or bad.  Any other suggestions for me to try?
>Thanks for your help.
>Happy Holidays!!
>-Diane Mahovlic
>Orthopedic Pathology Laboratory
>The Cleveland Clinic Foundation
>Cleveland, Ohio

N Kenneison

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