DB Tops Zephyr Air-Powered Top
DB Tops Zephyr Air-Powered Top
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The Zephyr is an air-assisted top that can be spun hands free. Made from steel that’s fitted with a large half-inch bearing, it looks like a carnival tent or a tornado turned upside down—and looking from the underside it resembles a flower ... Read More

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sfzsfz
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May 8, 2019
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Dalton, I've also ordered and paid for a Magic Potion through your website and have heard nothing from you in over a month despite multiple emails. Please do something to rectify this issue.
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May 8, 2019
ruthhance
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Apr 20, 2019
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Dalton, I ordered and paid for a Magic Potion on Feb 3rd. Haven't heard from you - is the order in process?
Apr 20, 2019
Samdoses
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Apr 18, 2019
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what exactly is this
Apr 18, 2019
Lancet2019
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Apr 18, 2019
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It would be nice to have the mirror as an addon.
Apr 18, 2019
wolfwood
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Apr 20, 2019
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agreed.
Apr 20, 2019
wolfwood
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Apr 18, 2019
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What's the difference between the two bearings?
Apr 18, 2019
Chaser-1
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Apr 22, 2019
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There is no appreciable performance difference between the bearings. It really comes down to what you'd rather have.
Apr 22, 2019
LOK44
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Nov 6, 2018
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Dalton I also ordered a spinning lens on your web  site on Oct. 10th haven't heard anything since can you tell me when it might ship.
Nov 6, 2018
darkcipher
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Nov 4, 2018
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When is this going to ship?
Nov 4, 2018
Yologuy
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Aug 25, 2018
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When will the next drop happen?
Aug 25, 2018
Dalton_Bissell
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Sep 26, 2018
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I am attempting to get the next drop started now, hopefully it will be soon! I am ready to make them if massdrop is ready.
Sep 26, 2018
ChumbWumba
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Apr 19, 2019
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It's back online now buddy!
Apr 19, 2019
Mrcrouse
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Jul 1, 2018
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Is the top fairly silent while spinning?
Jul 1, 2018
Dalton_Bissell
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Jul 1, 2018
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Yes, unless you get it going way too fast, then you can hear it just a little.
Jul 1, 2018
Vic-6
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Jun 29, 2018
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Guess I’ll add this to my “Expensive Shit I Definitely Don’t Need But Absolutely Want” wishlist.
Jun 29, 2018
Littlerat
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Jun 29, 2018
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Does it come with the glass base? If not, how can I get one? Because there is no option to get it at checkout. Thanks.
Jun 29, 2018
Dalton_Bissell
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Jun 30, 2018
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Mirrors work great but scratch a little faster! I've had quite a few of these myself and they do work great with the Zephyr. It's fun to see the underside.
Jun 30, 2018
Chewbacca
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Jul 22, 2018
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I picked up something like that. The glass is kind of thin though. What I think I might do is get one of those lenses and have it coated.
Jul 22, 2018
meerkatkc
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Mar 19, 2018
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Dalton, is this project on schedule? Are the tops ready to ship?
Mar 19, 2018
Cloaca
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Oct 22, 2017
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Oh goodie, perpetual motion.
Oct 22, 2017
TylerJPresley
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Jul 29, 2017
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They look casted. How can they be the least bit balanced?
Jul 29, 2017
Dalton_Bissell
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Dec 17, 2017
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They are 3d printed in stainless steel with a jet binder printer.
Dec 17, 2017
anmolg
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Jul 29, 2017
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shit looks like a glorified beyblade are you serious
Jul 29, 2017
BlueCrowned
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Jun 30, 2018
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Do you have a problem with beyblades?
Jun 30, 2018
Dalton_Bissell
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Jun 30, 2018
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Yes I am, and watch your fingers when it gets going fast!!!
Jun 30, 2018
DenisB
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Jul 26, 2017
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I wonder: if you use it as a normal spinning top, how long will it spin?
Jul 26, 2017
Dalton_Bissell
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Dec 17, 2017
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2-3 minutes
Dec 17, 2017
Wroachbarrrette
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Jul 26, 2017
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I have the tornado and just ordered the zypher second hand in a stemless option. Super excited to finally have the pair!!!
Jul 26, 2017
BrainFlush
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Jul 8, 2017
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It's here with it's little brother! Dalton, thanks man. They are way cooler in real life and so funky freaky badass! Air powered tops by Dalton. Dope!
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Jul 8, 2017
Dalton_Bissell
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Jul 12, 2017
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Enjoy!
Jul 12, 2017
Koatl
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May 9, 2017
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Got mine and I'm loving it. Anyone know where to get one of those little dishes the top is spun on in the video?
May 9, 2017
Dalton_Bissell
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Jul 12, 2017
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Spinning glasses are available at my website, db-tops.com
Jul 12, 2017
Koatl
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Jul 12, 2017
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Thank you!
Jul 12, 2017
Wyoin
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Mar 8, 2017
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I would buy in if I could get steel with ceramic.
Mar 8, 2017
Dalton_Bissell
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Mar 10, 2017
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If enough people hit the request button I will make another batch.
Mar 10, 2017
Dalton_Bissell
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Jun 30, 2018
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Hey you! Steel + Ceramic is back in stock and more affordable than ever before.
Jun 30, 2018
KingC0w
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Mar 7, 2017
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Can we get more steel with ceramic?
Mar 7, 2017
Dalton_Bissell
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Mar 10, 2017
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If enough people hit the request button I will make another batch.
Mar 10, 2017
Dalton_Bissell
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Jun 30, 2018
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Hey you! Steel + Ceramic is back in stock and more affordable than ever before.
Jun 30, 2018
dingie
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Mar 7, 2017
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Looking at all these tops on here, I know understand how my wife views me and my audiophilia. ;)
Mar 7, 2017
treeinc
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Jul 26, 2017
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Glad I'm not the only one with the disease!
Jul 26, 2017
w00m
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Mar 7, 2017
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That's absolutely gorgeous
Mar 7, 2017
Desastor
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Mar 5, 2017
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The design looks, feels and reminds me of old Coolermaster CPU fan coolers from about10 years ago. That in turn gave me kind of a "vision" of a regulated fan or "compressor" that ends up in a round spin platform with upward pointing, but adjustable nozzles to control spin of the top. Now, you (you know who you are) go out and build it.
Funny thing is that I have parts from a fine water misting system that actually could do the trick running the top, except that I lack the machinery and expertise to actually translate into anything actionable.
Mar 5, 2017
Dalton_Bissell
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Mar 10, 2017
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I have an old Coolermaster case, must suit my style.
Mar 10, 2017
Echosolace
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Mar 5, 2017
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Ever seen those fire tornadoes that you can make yourself? I wonder if you could use this to generate the spin and sustain it so long heat is rising around it...
Mar 5, 2017
Dalton_Bissell
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Mar 10, 2017
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I have felt heat rise off of a fire that is fast enough to power a top... but it was very very hot. I would be interested in doing some experiments but I am also worried about the safety of the top haha.
Mar 10, 2017
Fatironman
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Mar 4, 2017
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@Dalton_Bissell with the amount of continuous spinning this thing does, is the ball bearing replaceable? Or how long would you reckon each would last? Cheers.
Mar 4, 2017
Dalton_Bissell
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Jun 30, 2018
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I believe the Tungsten Carbide bearing may spin a few moments longer due to the extra weight. Drag is what causes this top to start to slow down the most, which is pretty consistent.
Jun 30, 2018
Dalton_Bissell
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Jun 30, 2018
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Ceramic is smoother friction wise though.
Jun 30, 2018
Evshrug
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Mar 4, 2017
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WOW, what a gorgeous top!
As I (may?) have mentioned before, my father and I bonded over the fascinating but challenging magnetic levitation tops when I was a child. The Zephyr may be less of a process to get started, but it also has that "something extra" beyond just being a top. The air-assist mechanic makes this top a fidget-toy; instead of launch then hands-off of most tops, I would constantly be tempted to breathe a little life into it like a top-god. Call me Aslan! Rawr!
Aesthetically, I find it very pleasing and unique. The repeated patterns of the blade symmetry continuously twisting through the body and the lateral ridges on the surface, both please the left-brain and probably anyone who enjoys puzzles, mathematics, or physics. I don't think the ridges/ripples add to the aerodynamics of the top's spin time, but maybe they make the air-assist work better? In any case, they add a texture and sparkling luster to the eye-catching look of the top standing still.
I even find the digital video mesmerizing. As the top's spinning frequency decreases, it phases in and out of sync with the camera's framerate, causing the stripes to morph thinner or thicker and create the illusion that the top is spinning much much slower than it really is. I would love to film the Zephyr with my iPhone's "slo-mo" high framerate modes.
I would love to have one of these if I had a desk job, and I think I could even afford one in that case. Besides being a fidget toy, I think it would be funny if a Boss-guy made it a rule to finish proposals and meetings before the top stops, and rewarding interesting proposals with a breath time-boost. It also would make a great gift to mathematicians, physicists, or even teachers.
Mar 4, 2017
Evshrug
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Mar 5, 2017
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Everybody's dream at his/her company would be to make the boss get light headed and pass out ;)
Mar 5, 2017
Dalton_Bissell
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Mar 5, 2017
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Got me laughing, haha.
Mar 5, 2017
rantng
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Mar 4, 2017
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What is the weight of the two different material tops & dimensions? The Tornado Top was 1.4" diameter with a weight of 22 grams.
Mar 4, 2017
Dalton_Bissell
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Mar 5, 2017
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The supplier said that he will resume sales of tungsten bearings next month. As long as the quality of the bearings has not changed I will offer tungsten carbide bearings in future sales. The supplier overhauled their website at the same time, so I need to order a sample to make sure the quality is still what I expect.
Mar 5, 2017
Dalton_Bissell
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Jul 12, 2017
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I have tungsten now, and will have it for the next drop too.
Jul 12, 2017
DrThrob
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Mar 4, 2017
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I have tried, for a number of months now, to understand the population of adult people who find tops fascinating enough to spend $100+ on them. I have read all the comments and I've just decided that...I don't get it. And that's okay. I guess if every group of humans was easily understandable the world would be a boring place. Keep Massdrop weird, you top-spinning fools.
Mar 4, 2017
Theroc
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Mar 4, 2017
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It's a precision thing. These tops are scientific equipment-grade toys. This one, however, takes the aesthetic side to the geekth power. Wonder how the balance is.
Mar 4, 2017
House
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Mar 4, 2017
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Lmfao! Hey, hand spinners are a worth a bit more value..and perhaps more if they show up on MD. :D
Mar 4, 2017
BrainFlush
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Mar 4, 2017
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I saw this somewhere and forgot about it. Thank you again MassDrop for ruining my dreams of actually having income to keep.
Mar 4, 2017
BrainFlush
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Mar 4, 2017
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I knew it. From Shapeways 3D printing services. Glad to see this in its final form. Now which bearing is more cool?
Mar 4, 2017
Precarious_Precariat
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Mar 4, 2017
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I was scratching my head wondering if these were cast or machined and hand finished... what an interesting shape. 3D printing is amazing, I can't wait for the future when machines like this drop in price and can be affordable for home use. All the possibilities.
Mar 4, 2017
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