Kept seeing this on Ebay. Decided to buy after the price got down to where I thought oh what the heck.
TAL 65 with an English language booklet. There were two issues. First is that the foam used in the case for cushioning disintegrated and ate the paint. The part of the mount that threads into the pier would only turn one thread. I cleaned up the foam gunk as best I could and used felt in the case. The threads required some threading with the lathe turned by hand and deft movement of the lathe slide. Turned out perfect (pun intended).
The mechanics are superb. the mount is smooth, sturdy and without play. Optics were surprisingly good. Fun, odd little scope. Very well made, nicely designed with good optics. The focuser has NO slop and is buttery smooth.
It's the first scope I've bought n a good while. To be honest, after about a dozen Japanese 60mm refractors it's nice to have something so unique.