RE: [Histonet] tissue processor

From:"Bonnie Whitaker"

I agree!!  I love my 2 Excelsiors!!  I've had them for about 3 years. 

Bonnie Whitaker

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Wiese, Jason
Sent: Thursday, February 08, 2007 1:31 PM
Subject: RE: [Histonet] tissue processor

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 VIP's.

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 moment,
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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