Inexpensive Balance

Bill Burnett bbur at
Thu Jan 25 10:48:47 EST 1996

In article <4e6d9u$css_001 at> klenchin at (Dima Klenchin) writes:
>From: klenchin at (Dima Klenchin)
>Subject: Re: Inexpensive Balance
>Date: Wed, 24 Jan 96 22:53:50 GMT

>In article <4dithr$5n0 at>,
>   Charles Carter <ccarter2 at> wrote:
>-->  Does anyone know how I could measure out reagents in mg quantities 
>-->without a modern and expensive analytical balance?  (How did they do it 
>-->fifty years ago?)

>The way they did it fifty (and hundred, and more!) years ago was
>to use _analytical balances_. They were not "modern" by today's standards,
>they were not electronic but they were not less accurate. In fact, I saw
>many of them (perfectly usable) sitting in junk rooms in many places. All
>because they are far less convenient to use. 

>My $0.02

>- Dima

I actually bought one in an auction a fortnight ago for a pittance.  When you 
open the top and look at the works it seems inconceivable that anyone could
throw one away!


Bill Burnett - bbur at
Scottish Association for Marine Science
P.O. Box 3, Oban, Argyll PA34 4AD, UK

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