If it ain't broke, don't fix.......
You really don't know what you are missing. The difference is about
the same as using a bow drill vs using a flex shaft for cutting
I remember the day I set up my microscope, and the feeling I got. It
took me about 30 minutes to get used to the reality that I wasn't
looking in the same direction as my work. Spend a day getting
acclimated, and you will wonder how you ever managed without one. The
ability to see the details of a setting at 10-20x far outweighs the
minor amount of time, and the one time cost of a Meiji microscope.
These scopes are extensively used to inspect small work in many
industries such as electronics, and can be found occasionally on
E-Bay. You need one that has a.5 diopter lens, the working distance
between the scope and work doubles to 6", and allows more light onto
the object. The GRS stands have a padded headrest, it is adjustable,
to allow proper distance to the eyepieces. The Meiji eyepieces are
adjustable as well, both for the distance between your pupils and
diopter correction for your eyesight.
I have 2 of them in my studio, one with the original GRS stand and
the halogen lights combined with a fluorescent ring light, the
second one is on the GRS Acrobat stand, I use that one for wax work.
I usually hold the pieces in a die ball when I am setting stones. If
I am doing contract work, I take a few minutes to make a custom clamp
from jet-set. Somehow, hammer setting stones seems to go much faster,
the metal seems to flow under the hammer, and clean up and details
look much sharper to the naked eye after working on them under a