Did we say July? We meant August.

We will be back and answering e-mails regularly towards the middle of August. Sometimes health problems are more stubborn than they should be.

Send good wishes, and maybe spare penicillin?

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Maybe just a bit longer…

We’re hoping to be back in the office by July 19th, and we very much appreciate your patience!

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On a break, but back soon!

We hope all of our customers are enjoying the summer weather and doing well!

We’re going to be away from the office for a short while due to medical reasons, so we may be slow getting back to you.

The office should be open again by July 8th, and you shouldn’t have to wait too long for any orders after that.

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New Categories for Easier Searching

We’ve added new categories for Power Supplies and Test Equipment to make it easier to find items that used to be lumped into Other Equipment.

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PACE Penticton – 17 March, 2024

Sphere will be attending the PACE Penticton Electronics Swap/Recycling event on the 17th of March.  We’ll be there with several tables loaded with tools, scopes, RF equipment, and other odds and ends looking for a new home!

Hope to see many of you there!

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A Wonderful Stuff Day

The Stuff Day event held on Saturday, 24 February, was quite a success, and we appreciate all of the assistance that a number of people provided to help us get organized.  A particularly big thanks to Chris Walter who helped us clear out and organize the entire workshop!

There is a recycling/swap meet event coming up in Penticton, on 17 March, and we will be brining a variety of tools and equipment to share with the community.

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Countdown to Stuff Day!

What makes this tomorrow’s Stuff Day so different?  You be the judge from the photos.  We’ve got equipment, parts, tools, and oddities all sorted, priced and looking for a new home!

This is only a fraction of what’s available, you’ll have to come out to see the rest!

See you all tomorrow (Saturday, 24 Feb, 2024), 10am – 3pm.

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A big thanks to our customer Steve who gave us a whole bunch of information on our microscopes, and microscope accessories that had been incorrectly labeled/marked.

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Getting Ready for Stuff Day

We are continually adding to the site on a daily basis, and you will occasionally see new categories added for different types of parts.

Posts are a bit more sparse as we’re currently busy getting ready for the our Stuff Day coming up on Saturday, 24 February.  There is all kinds of new and obscure hardware that we’ve found, not all of which is going to make it on to the website before Stuff Day arrives, so there’s a very high chance of finding some very unusual trinkets here next Saturday!

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We’ve added a new parts section for fans as we continue to add to the huge collection of fans in our inventory.  These fans have been discounted, and many are available with bulk discounts!

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the Stuff Day on 24 February!

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The Parts Keep Multiplying!

With no end to all the parts we keep discovering as we go through our inventory, there’s only one thing to do…

STUFF DAY!  The not-quite Valentine’s, not-quite-spring-break, edition.  We’re holding a Stuff Day on 24 February, 2024, details as per the below poster!  All kinds of new and strange things as we’ve been clearing out storage lockers to find items that have never been listed previously!

Stuff Day 2024

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What’s new? Convenience!

Prepare to be adequately convenienced!  We now have an auto-updating page of Recently Added items (button #4 on the page header).

This page automatically updates with the items added to the site in the last 7 days, and is divided into “stuff” and “slide rules”.  Hopefully this will save everyone time of having to look across the various sub pages to find the new items that have been added.


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Glass Everywhere!

We’ve now uploaded a very large selection of assorted microscope parts, optics, and other components.

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Shine a Light Over Here!

We’ve started cataloguing and listing our various microscopes and optics, which you can find here under the Optics page.  At the moment you’ll find mostly our microscopes, but we will shortly be adding all of the small optical bits and bobs that we are still working on sorting through.

Not wanting to neglect the slide rule fans, we’ve also added more to the various pages, particularly in the On Sale section.

We’ve got more news coming shortly!

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Discount Bins, Parts, and Tek Equipment

We’ve an assortment of new parts to the discount bins (primarily $5 and $10), as well as adding a variety of new Tektronix equipment – some are good and ready to use, some are only suitable for parts.

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Tektronix Equipment and Decade Resistors!

We’ve added some more Tektronix equipment today, as well as a number of items to the discount bins and Other Equipment sections.  Some of the highlights: We’ve added some nice General Radio Decade Resistors.

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More Slide Rules

We’ve just added another huge batch of rules to the various pages, of particular interest are the K&E Deci-Lons.  We’ve only got 4 of those rules left!

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The Actual Big One

Today is Faber Castell 2/83N launch day!

Our remaining stock of these rules is now listed, and discounted.  They have been sorted into different classes based on scale bleeding and case quality.  We’ve also separated them out by case color, so you can now view what we have in terms of remaining stock for both green and brown cases.

Get them while they last!  These babies haven’t been produced in over 50 years, and they are as rare as hen’s teeth.

There are also a number of additions to the various discount bins!

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The Big Slide Rule Update (Sort of)

We’ve been spending the last few weeks cleaning out a lot of our slide rule inventory.  This has meant a lot of previously unlisted, ultra-rare, or highly unusual rules are now being posted online (fresh batch posted today – make sure to check the Other RulesHemmi, and Faber Castell pages).

It has also meant that we’ve started looking at what sort of rules we can put together out of existing parts stock – namely the most coveted rule: The Faber Castell 2/83N.

In a few days we’ll be posting a number of these for sale based on what we’ve found in various storage locations, tiered by rule/box/case quality, and we’ll be making them available at different price points.  Keep your eyes peeled, because we have a very small number of these rules, and we’ll be listing them at discounted prices.

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End of Week Additions – Just in time for weekend shopping!

We’ve added a variety of new parts and items that you can find in the various discount bins, as well as a Biddle Instruments AC High Pot Tester (see Other Equipment).

Stay tuned for some big news related to slide rules, we’ve been doing a lot of cleaning and sorting in our slide rule store room, and we’ll be posting some of the hidden gems we turned up soon!

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RF Components and Rare Test Equipment

We’ve just listed some more items to the Tools, Parts, and Other Equipment pages – items listed include a variety of RF relays/coaxial switches, and a very rare GenRad 1867B Digibridge!

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More Parts!

We’ve added a number of new parts that you’ll find by looking in either the discount bins, or the Parts page.  We’ll also have more books and slide rules going up later this week.

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Uninterrupted Reading Time

We’ve just added a new section under the Slide Rules category for books.  This includes some very rare, and very old, manuals on using slide rules, as well as historical product catalogs from K&E and Dietzgen.

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It’s no FLUKE!

We’ve added an entire page for the growing amount of FLUKE DMMs and probes that’s we’ve got listed, so make sure to check that out!

There are also a number of additions to the Other Equipment  and various discount bin pages.

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New Items – Probes and Multimeters

We’ve added a number of new items on the Other Equipment  and Probes pages, as well as to some of the Discount Bin pages.  The majority of the new items are assorted DMMs and other electrical measuring tools, as well as some new probes.

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It’s all new again! And it looks the same!

Backend maintenance on our site has been completed, which hopefully will make the site easier to navigate.  Some of the changes we have made:

  • Integrated a search function (in the top right) to look for specific products
  • Slide Rule and Stuff pages have been broken down into separate pages to facilitate faster loading and easier viewing.  These are all accessible via the drop-down menu.

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