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Iwata purchased Harder & Steinbeck 2 weeks 4 days ago #1

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Just saw this bit of news and thought it might be of interest. Hopefully it might mean better local supply of parts

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Iwata purchased Harder & Steinbeck 2 weeks 4 days ago #2

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The local supplier for Iwata is Smits group who are based in auckland so like you say, it should make it easier to get bits.

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Iwata purchased Harder & Steinbeck 2 weeks 3 days ago #3

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Not sure if that is good news for Harder and Steenbeck airbrushes. I believe Iwata, Mr Hobby Procon and Tamiya airbrushes all come out of the same factory. I hope Harder and Steenbeck brushes continue to be made in Germany. Also one has to wonder about the wisdom of Iwata getting the Chinese to produce the inferior quality Neo for them. Will there be a cheaper Chinese made Harder and Steenbeck - one hopes not.
I just brought a Harder and Steenbeck Ultra and am thinking about an infinity also but just brought 5 new Paasche airbrushes so probably have enough toys for now.

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Iwata purchased Harder & Steinbeck 2 weeks 3 days ago #4

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CyNaKyL wrote: The local supplier for Iwata is Smits group who are based in auckland so like you say, it should make it easier to get bits.

Ohh I hope so, the seem pretty on to it when i have purchased a couple of things from them. I bought my first 2 H&S brushes from Gordon & Harris, but they don't know anything about spares, and keep them in a small cardboard box at the Newmarket store, so my Infinity and all my spares have been bought from the UK, usually for cheaper.

Admoto, nothing will stop loyal H&S users faster than having the airbrushes made somewhere else. There's just something about German engineering.

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Iwata purchased Harder & Steinbeck 2 weeks 18 hours ago #5

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Any one know where I can some needles for a Badger 105 if I need them in NZ.

Thanks Henry

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Iwata purchased Harder & Steinbeck 2 weeks 16 hours ago #6

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Mighty ape do a whole bunch of badger parts etc, PM Dave-MA to see if he has or can get the ones you need. He will be at Armistice in Cambridge this weekend so might not be able to find out till monday. Or have a look on the mighty ape website using the link at the top of the KM page.

Edit: have just checked and looks like they do 2 different needles (presumably different sizes) that suit a 105 so you should be good to go.

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Iwata purchased Harder & Steinbeck 2 weeks 44 minutes ago #7

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It has the fine needle and you can get a medium needle.I know MA do needle set that comes with (needle and air cap nozzle)

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Iwata purchased Harder & Steinbeck 2 weeks 1 minute ago #8

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I really hope they don't change too much or move production. As it was one of the reasons I went with an ultra as you can expect a general standard for quality with German engineering and with production being in Germany getting parts was stupidly easy.

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