Re: [Histonet] Spencer 880 Microtome

Hi Jay,
      Your Spencer 880 was a close cousin to the 888 CO2 freezing
microtome. These were sold in the 1940s. The 888 freezing microtome lasted
a bit longer than  the paraffin version. If anyone on the Histonet has an
old CO2 style, you might salvage parts. Specimens blocks (wax) were melted
on an object holder (metal)  with a stem and then placed on the microtome.
Sorry to say as the original manufacturer, there are no parts available.
Best regards,

Don Birgerson
Leica Microsystems
Technical Assistance Center
1-800-248-0123  ext 5918

                      "Jay Stanley"                                                                                                                 
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                      histonet-bounces@lists.utsouth        Subject:  [Histonet] Spencer 880 Microtome                                              
                      06/13/2004 05:35 PM                                                                                                           

I've just purchased an old 880, however it is missing a few pieces. The
crank at the top, what appears to be a vise to hold the specimen, and
possibly a rod that runs from the vise down to the adjusting crank.
Are there any sources for these parts? Could I adapt a small vise to work?
Sorry if these descriptions are not's the best I can do from a
Jay Stanley

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