cryostat problems

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From:Montina Van Meter <> (by way of histonet)
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Dear Histonetters:
	I purchased a Microm HM500 cryostat 26 months ago, that until recently,
worked just fine.  I returned from the holidays and the compressor was
fried!  I was a little miffed that an expensive piece of equipment would
break down so soon.  I also have learned that two other labs in our
department have replaced 2 compressors each in a span of six years!  (They
also have the same type of cryostat)  Has anyone else had problems with
this cryostat or is this a common problem with all makes and models?  I
would appreciate all responses on this matter.  I'm concerned that we will
have to shell out $2000.00 every couple of years for compressors!
Richard Allan Scientific doesn't oficially take over until Feb. 1, so I
have to pay Zeiss for the "upgrade kit" and have a repair service install
it.  By the way, this is the seventh Microm compressor job they've done.
If you prefer, you can email me directly.  Thanks in advance.

Tina Van Meter, HT
Neuroscience Dept.
The Ohio State University
Columbus, Ohio  43210

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