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the face that this top in copper weighs 44 grams is telling.
more weight well distributed equals better spin times.
There is a little argument going on here regarding price. the two tops in question are not really comparable. the copper version of the other top weighs a lot more (their spec says 94 grams) BUT the design of that top makes for a higher center of gravity. a very heavy top can be hard for some people to spin... these two tops are in different categories. I for one do not understand offering a top in LIGHTER (magnesium) metals. it defeats the purpose of a top. Price alone is not the only reason to buy one of these> I have a jefferson. this top is bigger and heavier... it will spin longer. Oh and I paid full price having bought this direct from NWTOPS. some tops which have more work put into them are going to cost more. spiffy lab is aiming for the lower end of the market while NWtops is aiming for a middle end range from my perspective.
What's the purpose of a top? The two characteristics are spin time and cosmetics. With the craftsmanship of modern tops I'd argue the purpose of spin time is second to the design. Design being the way it looks and feels in your hand. Different metals obviously feel and look different and with different treatments gives us real art. I guess my point is people tend to get caught up on spin times. If time was all that mattered everyone would save up and buy the same boring long spinner and call it done. Price is fairly relative to construction time and material desirability. This is a pretty cool looking top, with two contact points and a nice piece in a collection but whether Massdrop arranges a great discount is something out of our control.