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    Re: Cassens & Plath versus C. Plath sextants
    From: Ken Gebhart
    Date: 2014 Jan 10, 18:16 -0600
    The C. Plath has been long considered the the finest of sextants
    1.  C.Plath was by far the oldest of the two, and established a reputation for the best of German instrument making since the 19th century.
    2.  C. Plath stopped making sextants, not because of loss of market share, but because they were acquired by Litton Industries, and it was a boardroom decision involving modern product lines.
    3.  During their dual existence, C.Plath sextants sold at 50% more than Cassen & Plath sextants.
    4.  C. Plath sextants were made of cast bronze using the “lost wax method”. Cassens & Plath sextants are made of a “special brass alloy”.  Metal experts in the group may want to comment on the relative merits of each.
    5.  Cassens & Plath continues to make a good product, and are now at the top of the high end sextant sales.
    6.  Tamaya, which used to be a tough competitor with their bronze arc fused to an aluminum frame (same as Astra III Professional), has lost market share due to excessive pricing, and now only makes sextants on special order.
    On Jan 10, 2014, at 4:18 PM, Jackson McDonald wrote:

    What are the relative merits of Cassens & Plath versus C. Plath sextants?
    I was under the impression that Cassens & Plath was considered a somewhat better instrument, if the sextants are otherwise in comparable physical condition.   Now I am wondering, however, whether my impression is based on fact or bias or personal preference.  
    Any thoughts from the group?

    : http://fer3.com/arc/m2.aspx?i=126276

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