RE: [Histonet] tissue processor

From:"Wiese, Jason VHAROS"

Hello Sir:

I would suggest a demo of at least two before you decide...

I purchased an Excelsior from Shandon about 8 months ago, and I am very
happy with it.  I understand your position as I work for a VA, and
though the government loves to spend money... it is hard to get them to
spend it on equipment to better care for our veterans rather then on
bombers and the payloads they drop.  Anyway, I would suggest doing a
demo of a couple different processors.  I have worked with the Sakura
VIP processors for years.  I do like them as well, but they waste a lot
of reagent.  The Excelsior works on specific gravity and auto rotates.
This means you get maximum usage out of you reagents.  It has cut my
usage of processing reagents in half.  I wouldn't trade it for two

My 2 cents...

Jason E. Wiese, BS, HT(ASCP)
VAROS Histology/Cytology
913 NW Garden Valley Blvd.
Roseburg, OR  97470
(541)440-1000  ext. 44751

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Prof.
dr. Wim Van den Broeck
Sent: Thursday, February 08, 2007 12:01 AM
Subject: [Histonet] tissue processor

Dear colleagues, dear friends,


We are lucky to have a budget to buy a new tissue processor. At the
we are interested in the following instruments (in alphabetical order):

*        Sakura Tissue-Tek VIP 5 Vacuum Infiltration processor

*        Shandon Excelsior

*        Leica ASP 300 advanced smart tissue processor

*        Microm STP 420 enclosed tissue processor


I would like to hear your comments, experience with the different
instruments, the pro's en con's, etc.


Thanks in advance for your helpful reactions.


Kind regards,




Wim Van den Broeck, DVM, MSc, PhD

Professor in Cytology and Histology

Department of Morphology

Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ghent University

Salisburylaan 133, B-9820 Merelbeke,


tel.: +32 (0)9 264 77 16

fax: +32 (0)9 264 77 90



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