Prices

I am always put off by websites that don’t show prices, I tend to avoid asking for a price in case it is embarrassingly high and results in an inbox full of spam or annoying phone calls chasing me for business. Rest assured I will not spam you. 

Obviously it is hard to give an estimate of what it will cost to restore a microscope without seeing it, fine focus mechanisms in particular can vary a lot. However, in most cases I will be able to give you a fairly good idea of the work involved and cost if you send me some good, in-focus pictures with an honest description of the microscope and any problems it might have. Don’t worry if you can’t send pictures, just email a description of your microscope or phone for a chat.  I particularly enjoy working on microscopes which are in very bad condition and decisions are often easier where there is serious damage.

Re-lacquering:
A small microscope such as a Leitz Stativ IV or a Continental style microscope will cost around £150 to completely restore. A Society of Arts Microscope in very poor condition or one of the more simple binocular microscopes will cost around £250 to strip and relacquer. A very complex microscope with many small parts may be more. I include the cost of any small replacement screws if a microscope is being re-lacquered. Racks and pinions can take time and are unlikely to be included, although it depends very much on what else is being done.

Missing screws and other pieces:
My minimum price is £50 – this would be to make a simple repair on a simple microscope. Larger pieces are easier to make on the whole although they use more metal. A rack and pinion will usually be £100 – £150 depending on size and complexity. I cannot make helical racks and pinions, only straight ones.

It is unlikely that I will come across any major, unforeseen problems whilst restoring your microscope, but if I do, I will discuss them with you before starting the work so there will be no unexpected extra charges.