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- if you want a very bad spinner (my 6 tops from ForNeverSpin are the worst of all my tops)
- if you want a top with no hard ball at the tip (contrary to tops from any serious top maker)
- if you want a top without even a properly polished tip
- if you want a chance of never getting your top because of shipping problems
- if you want a chance of interacting with people that don't care a damn for their customers
- if you want a top with no guarantee at all
- or if you want a very brittle (even the new one) and much too small spinning base
then buy from ForNeverSpin
Tend to agree, I bought one FS top and my experience has been less than stellar thus far. Great marketing company, but their tops just don't perform and their base is tiny. Go with Vorso, Prometheus or similar for reasonably priced tops that are a much better value. "Premium" tops are certainly available but they are priced based on intricate design, materials, and/or limited runs, typically not performance(spin time, flutter, wobble).
Totally agree. I was completely new to tops when I fell upon FS on Indiegogo and ordered their "mini-museum"; it took more than 6 months to get it, after innumerable unanswered emails or blatant lies in their answers. Finally, I never got more than 3mn spin with any of their tops; the design is so bad that they often fall before reaching equilibrium; the advantage is, if you use them to know if you are dreaming, you are soon brought back to reality.
After by bad experience with FS, I bought a 1'' Lambda top with ruby tip and I could get a 10 mn spin after only a few tries; it is remarkably stable, with no wobble at all. I also bought a 1.1'' Vorso MK1 brass top with ceramic tip and I got similar behaviour and times. Those two are my best spinners. One more remarkable company is J.L. Lawson; their 1'' hand made tops have a more rudimentary look, but I really like their simplicity and they are excellent spinners also.
I think I know which "premium" company you're alluding to. I'm technically very impressed by the complicated Billetspin designs and I'd like to see one in reality (especially if it's true they have no wobble), but I don't really like them so much (not speaking of the cost!). What I like in those I mentioned above is a combination of function (spinning!), art and simplicity (kind of "minimal art").
Recently, I discovered Plier on Etsy. They have excellent reviews and their prices are quite reasonable. I've ordered a 1'' Tungsten/Aluminium (in their ATAD, A Top A Day, series); the look is not that great but they announce 15+ mn spin time. I'm impatient to have it.
As for the spinning bases, the best I found is also the cheapest: a 4$ 3x vanity mirror. No fear to scratch it!
BilletSpin is definitely one that I was thinking of, and I understand the pricing model as more time = more money at the end of the day. If you then add in expensive materials and have a large enough pool of buyers/supporters/advocators for 'extremely limited' releases then you can charge even more of a premium. Capitalism at its best. :-)
For now I am focused on performance because as an engineer I really appreciate the craftsmanship, tolerances and skill that it takes to create something so precise. Thanks for the tip on Plier, I will definitely check them out!