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Subject: Repair services

From: "Mike" <mike@___heoptik.com>

  As Deutsche Optik Service, we continue to do alot of out-of-house repair work.  For a quotation, ship the item to us at Deutsche Optik Service, 4606 Mission Gorge Place, San Diego, CA  92120 and we will contact the sender on receipt.  E-mail inquiries to info@___heoptik.com.  Particulars also appear on our website under the "Contact Us" page.

s/ Mike Rivkin


Subject: Repair Services

From: "William Cook" <billcook50@___l.com>

  When I closed my shop the last time, I told our CEO I would not be opening it back up. However, the Seattle economy is in the sewer and marine businesses—even the well-established and respected—are dropping like flies. Consequently, Emery has asked me to open back up as a hedge against us becoming a 106-year old corpse.

  As a result, I am now taken on about 30% of what we did in the past—some spotting scopes and handheld binoculars—no big eyes or antique telescopes at this point.

  As far as techniques and equipments: Our reputation speaks to that. However, I would ask anyone to send me an email with exactly what they THINK is wrong with their instrument—along with its maker and vintage—before sending it to me.

  CAVEAT—folks, I have tried to hold the high ground in doing repair and restoration. The market, however, is not will to pay the price. People all want Smithsonian work and Wal-Mart prices. I just can’t go there. My price for cleaning and collimating current run binos—or those recently out of production—will be very fair for the level of quality offered and the skill brought to bear. Unfortunately, on the older pieces, prices are going to be substantially higher.

  Lets, say for example you send me a 1939 Leica 7x50 with some clouding and one broken prism. The cost on this would probably be $320+. Some folks would find this too high. I can respect that. However, they do not understand the difficulties of disassembling a binocular in which the sealants have turned to cement, or the time it takes to track down an exact match for a 60-year old prism, or the care that must be taken in de-swaging a couple of objectives without fracturing the micro-thin walled brass. You see, one can be an expert on bino history and still be clueless about what makes’m tick.

  This time around, I just want to be taking in work from the average guy who wants better than average work done on his average binoculars for a fair price. High maintenance customers have taken me below the profitability level on two other occasions, and I just can’t go there this time. On behalf of the FEW bino craftsmen left out there, I must say that while “collectors” seem to need to chat about their “babies” two or three times a week, a craftsman just can’t waste time accommodating that and keep prices down.

  So, if you want to give me a shot at some of your work, I am here for you.

  Finally, I promised that if I should ever put my shingle out again, OM1 Cory Suddarth would go back to being optical “dog meat,” instead of the optics god (little “g”) I have made him out to be. Well, while I would certainly like to have fun with that, there would undoubtedly be some non-English speakers who would take me the wrong way. So, I won’t go there; Cory is top drawer, any

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