Ohaus Ideal School Supply Company #5423 8" Dial Face Spring Brain Scale c. 1960

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Typically this scale would have other uses but In the morgue, in order to determine the development of a corpse's brain, we would use this Ideal Ohaus scale to weigh it. It was difficult to get information by interviewing them.

It has the perfect capacity for weighing the human brain which on the average is 1.5 kg or 3.3 pounds although there is substantial individual variation and how much of the stem was left on after severing. So the 5 pound capacity of this scale was perfect.

The living brain is very soft, having a consistency similar to soft gelatin or soft tofu. Despite being referred to as grey matter, the live cortex is pinkish-beige in color and slightly off-white in the interior. So in order to keep from ruining the carpet, we would do the weighing out side in back. That is why there is some rust on the hanging loop and the screws that hold the scale.

We had a squeamish assistant who lost it at the sight of the brain hanging outside the back door. She threw it across the yard, ruining the brain and giving the scale a few minor scratches. It might have skewed the calibration a bit as well. She has gone missing since that day.

So we are selling this evidence ... I mean ... scale to someone who may have to weigh some issues as well as brains.

I ship outside of the U.S. Contact me for prices. Shipping includes insurance.

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Attention International buyers! Despite what it says in the listing, I ship anywhere worldwide. Please contact me for shipping prices via USPS.

I will ship as inexpensively as possible. If the item weighs over a pound packaged, it has to be sent "Priority 2-3 days with insurance". If you want the item to be shipped more expeditiously, send me a message before you buy and I will work out the details. I try to be as close as possible on shipping which means sometimes I take a hit and sometimes I don't. Hey, I love you guys but I have to account for packaging materials, time and gas to the post office. Since I can't change the postage when you purchase and it's different depending upon where you live, that's the way it has to be. That is, until I really improve my psychic abilities :).


Credit Cards and ETSY gift cards and now Pay-Pal. If you think my prices are way out of line, let me know and perhaps we can negotiate a deal. I do my best to be fair and try to undercut the going rates. I spend hours researching the items to determine a good price for both of us. Michigan residents pay 6% sales tax.

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If your item is damaged in the mail, I will need to see photos of the item and verification from the post office before I issue a refund. I am very careful about how things are packed so it will probably be an extreme case. Otherwise, purchases are bought "as is" and there are no refunds. If the item is different from my description and photos with regard to condition, send me a picture and we can discuss it. I go over each item meticulously, usually with a loupe, to determine condition. It is possible I missed something but not likely.

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Vinyl Record Grading.

All records are carefully graded. Please refer to my grading system below for a more detailed explanation. I usually play the record because looking at it isn't what you do. You want to hear it, so sound quality is paramount in my opinion. I use a linear tracking Vector Research VT-300 turntable with an Audio Techinca P mount cartridge AT 995X. I also clean the records with a vintage Discwasher with D4 fluid. I try to adhere to the Goldmine Magazine standards found here:


* Sealed = store stock new. No cutouts, flaws or damage of any kind.
* Near Mint = like new or near new with only one or two small insignificant defects, a 9.5 or better on a 1-10 scale
* EX+= very nice. Would be Near Mint, except for a couple of light hairlines or scuffs, which do not affect play. No spindle marks.
* EX = still a very nice record with all or nearly all of its original gloss but may have a few more light, surface marks, hairlines, needle tracks or the like which do not materially effect play.
* VG+ = a nice, but used record that may have a series of light scuffs or scratches. It probably plays with a few pops, but has no serious problems.
* VG = a well-used record that still should sound OK when played, but may have moderate surface noise, pops, etc.
* Good + = a well-worn record that plays through without skipping, but will do until a better copy comes along.
* Good = not actually good at all but probably will play through but with much in the way of surface noise, pops, crackles, etc. Still, will have no cracks, chips or the like.
* Fair = you’re getting this record just to own but not to play.
* Poor = Only the rarest records will I sell in this condition. Imagine a record left in your driveway for a year or two. A place marker at best.

Some major labels were pressed on better quality vinyl and will sound better than a record which visually appears the same on "budget" labels, which were pressed on lower quality vinyl. Recording techniques also varied. There may also be defects in the pressing which are invisible. An album on a high quality label that was visually graded VG+ may sound better than an album on a budget label that was visually graded Mint- or even Near Mint.

COVERS: There are really too many possible defects regarding covers to be as specific in my definitions as I had been with my record grades. But please keep in mind these general grading guidelines:
- I will consider the condition of the entire cover front, back and sides when assigning an overall grade.
- A cover with a cut out hole or saw mark will be graded less than Near Mint even if it is still in factory shrink and there is no other wear.
- I will not reduce the grade of a cover for stickers which are glued to the jacket by the record company but will reduce the grade for stickers glued on the cover by stores, previous owners, etc.

Mint= Sealed and no defects at all.
NM (Near Mint) = Original shrink opened not torn. Very light seam wear on bottom. Perfect corners and no delamination. No ring wear. Everything lines up correctly.
EX= Light seam wear two sides only. One minor corner flaw. Can have original shrink or not. No ring wear. Minor delamination at cover opening.
VG+ = Light seam wear 3 sides no tears. Minor corner flaws. Light delamination at opening. Maybe a slight scratch on the print here and there. Light ring wear.
VG = Moderate seam wear 2 sides, no seam tears longer than 1". Light to moderate ring wear. Moderate delamination at opening. Moderate corner wear or damage. Perhaps some of the graphics have begun to peel up at the edges but nothing major. No extraneous writing.
Good = Moderate wear all around with some bad spots. 70% of the graphics are legible. One split side allowed. No tears longer than 1/2 of the seam on the other two. Considerable corner and ring damage. Splayed edges at opening. Some minor writing.
Fair = 40% of the graphics are legible. There may be some torn off cover paper. There could be a substantial amount of extraneous writing. Two seams could be split. Tears in the cover no more than 2". Heavy ring wear. Really bad shape.
Poor = You can tell what the record is but all bets are off. Your dog played with it in the rain for a month. You used it as a mat to do an engine overhaul on. Some kids used it as a sled before there was enough snow. You get the picture.

All records are shipped in a new sleeve outside of the jacket to prevent shipping damage. The original elements are included.