Okay, I said I wasn’t going to make a thread until it got here but I’m just too damn excited! Since the wire officially cleared, I figured it was time to celebrate buying a Varian CP-3800 with a Saturn 2000 ITMS.
Big shout out to @cyclopath, @MagisterChemist, @Dr_Jebril and especially @Cassin for all the support they’ve given me. It’s nice to see other people excited about someone else’s project (especially when it’s mine!).
I bought a system complete with computer/MS Workstation for $4500 and immediately spent another $3k on columns and consumables, solvents, syringes, standards etc. Lol. I did buy an autosampler but the unit I bought doesn’t have a top cover which is necessary for mounting/locating the autosampler so now I have to find one of those. Honestly, there’s a couple other CP-3800s out on eBay for $800-$1000 and I’ll probably just buy one of those as a donor/parts machine. @cassin was kind enough to point out that it is apparently possible to run multiple 3800s off a single workstation so maybe I’ll keep buying up cheap machines and have multiples (should mitigate some of the “it’s way too old, it’ll break all the time” concerns).
I really hope I can share the process of getting it up and running, producing/validating results, and making this machine do some work for us. I settled on the system because they’re ubiquitous, inexpensive, and readily available (including donor machines, old stock parts, and even new manufactured parts). I’m hoping if I can make it work then other people will have a playbook to get them up and running.
Also worth mentioning that I have some specific reasons for wanting a mass spec (mostly high resolution OVI testing) and I understand most people would be more interested in FID but from my understanding, the FID is not a particularly complicated detector and the knowledge will still be applicable. Plus, if we can’t make the fancy sensor do what we need, maybe I’ll buy the candle sensor
Edit: pics, parts, and info to follow