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    • By Colditz
      I recently bid for a second hand Platax tool. It looked quite worn so thought I'd get it a reasonable price. Oh no it went for 650 Euros, well out of my price range and I think for that price it would have to be new. Evidently I will never get my hands on a Platax Tool and the price will only increase as they become rarer.
      Bergeon no longer supply this tool what is a reasonable alternative  to enable the replacing of balance staffs? and is  there a video of the alternative?
      Help please. Thanks
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      Hi All.
      I am having trouble syncing and setting up a Patreon account so that I have access to Level 4 courses. My email that is registered is correct but not recognised.
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