I need to get a new watermark detector as my morleybright has died and you cannot seem to buy them anymore even second hand. I have seen a few Philatector electric (battery) ones from about £10 + postage upwards, but have no idea if they are any good.
Other than lighter fluid and a black tray, I don't know anything about those battery operated devices. I'm interested on what others have to say about them.
Yeah, I have got lighter fuel and a black tray but they don't work too well on those Hong Kong stamps, I can tell enough to know there is a watermark on some of the 1973-78 definitives but not enough to work out which one of the 2 possibilities. Really annoying
I use watermarking fluid and a black tray and also know nothing about the electronic detectors. I too find that on occasion the watermarking fluid fails to reveal a watermark with enough detail to positively ID it (Argentina watermarks where particularly difficult recently). I am also interested to see what others have to say on the electronic detectors.
I don't use those modern fancy do-hickeys, so I can't give you any suggestions either.
However, is it something like the bulb has gone out? The bulb is actually an OEM replaceable part. You just have to search by bulb part numbers, rather than machine. If it's just the bulb, and you are having difficulty locating a replacement, PM me and I'll help you hunt it down -- I'm always scavenging for OEM parts to fix electronics.
OK, yes that has been an ongoing problem as the machines age. I've even remember reading about someone who tried to make his own makeshift replacement, but I don't think he got anywhere as good results as the original.
Not sure if you have the Roll-A-Tector or the Inst-A-Tector, but I assume they use the same ink sachets.
Very very occasionally, you will see a listing for them -- I've even seen listings for ones with spare ink sachets!!!
There is one listing right now on eBay from a seller in England, but not sure if it still has the ink sachet. They obviously are not stamp collectors, but maybe you could send them a pic of the sachet and they can tell you if their box still has the sachet and if the ink is still dark.
They are expensive, but Signoscope T2 or T1 work pretty well. I've only used (don't have one) the T2 but a friend had a T1 and he liked it. I would not use a Morley Bright as I have heard that the sachets leak, and in some instances ruined a stamp.
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