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Spun Out Designs "Sceptre" Spinning Top

Spun Out Designs "Sceptre" Spinning Top

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Already have the Stainless Steel version. Where are the Copper and Brass ones? 🤷🏻‍♂️
@spunoutdesigns Well, I got my top, it's lovely and spins great, but I received the wrong one. I dropped for the blue flamed, and got regular SS. 😞
I opened a ticket and asked how to return it to get the one I want (I absolutely love blue flamed SS, but I would not have bought the regular SS one because I have the budget top from Etsy), I'm still waiting on the Massdrop customer service to decide what to do.
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I'm in Canada and because of the lower dollar value, every bit counts. I'm wondering if it's worth it to upgrade to ruby for $8; i.e. will I feel a difference using the top, or is it just an aesthetically pleasant upgrade valued by only the most die-hard top collectors?
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WC as in white chrome?
Bobraz
Nope. W = Tungsten, C = carbon, WC = Tungsten Carbide (sometimes written as TC by some makers) The colour is like shining steel.
@spunoutdesigns Just making sure; this is the 'upgraded' version of your Etsy sold "Precision Stainless Steel Spinning Top Flamed Colour"? I ask 'cause I was just on the verge of ordering that one (with ruby bearing) in the past couple of days.
Bobraz
This one is completely different then the budget top on etsy. Both are great tops. The sceptre has more design elements to it. The budget top is more of a minimalistic design.
spunoutdesigns
Awesome! I'm probably in then!
The photos look like renderings. Can you include actual photos of the product?
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My apologies.
VikramKrishnan
If you’re wondering, see my photos below. I have the Stainless Steel one and it does indeed look like the photos supplied in the drop page.
Oh wow! How disappointing to see this new drop doesn’t include the Copper version. I bought my SS Version a few months ago with the intention of getting the Copper one when they came to MassDrop again.
Boy, I hope this top is not at ‘end of life’ like the Multnomah just experienced. 🤔
My Stainless Steel w/ Ruby tip is due to arrive his week. 🎉
And here it is! A couple of observations: It's smaller than I imagined. On the other hand, it's spin is rock solid. So any fears that all of the facets would create instability are unfounded. I did hope that they would give the top a bit of sparkle as it spin. Unfortunately, that was not the case. Still, a beautiful piece nonetheless.
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glennac
what surface is that
jersey_boy
That’s one of ClearCuts’ Blackout Edition Spin station. You can see the Drop here:
https://www.massdrop.com/buy/clearcut-spin-station-blackout-editions
Umm, quite a bit of decoration on these tops ... wonder how that affects balance.
it-man
It doesn't affect balance. There's no flutter during the sleep phase.
I really would have preferred getting the Copper one, but… I've got so many Brass and Copper tops now that it seemed only fair to start getting a few SS ones for the sake of diversity. Got the SS Multnomah coming as well.
LOOK: This brass/ruby top is really beautiful and extremely well polished. It's not only about the carvings on the side or the high quality of the material. I recommend looking at the fine details with a magnifying glass in order to fully appreciate the high precision work. I could say it's my most beautiful one-piece top. On this point, it beats the famous Lambda.
DESIGN: Obviously, the design is inspired from the Lambda, but there are many differences (in addition to the carvings): in spite of having the same 1'' diameter and the same height, Sceptre looks thinner because the main disk has more material cut out from the upper and lower corners; both upper and lower sides of the disk central part are slightly hollowed; the bearing ball is smaller; the upper knurled part of the spindle is thicker; for some unknown reason, the spindle is not hollowed in its full length and the ruby is not visible from above. As a result of all these small differences, the look is significantly different from Lambda.
PERFORMANCE: I get only 7:55 minute spins, while I get 10:08 with Lambda brass/ruby (on the same cheap 3x mirror). This is due in part to the thicker spindle (it's beautiful but, as I feared, it's less efficient for providing high rpm at the start) and in part to a less good distribution of mass: less mass near the rim, more mass on the upper part of the spindle (the global -3g is unlikely to have any effect). Spinning is very stable, with wobbling in only the last 40 seconds. The carvings on the rim do not induce any flutter.
NOTICEABLE: When spinning, the carvings on the rim make it look softer.
SUMMARY: I'm very happy with this high quality top and I'll buy a copper or flamed stainless steel version if the drop is re-activated.
NOTE: I also have the "basic" flamed steel top from this shop (bought on Etsy). When spinning, its milled rim makes it look as if it had two separate disks. It has longer spin times and it's beautiful also. I highly recommend both tops.
DenisB
Absolutely awesome review!
DenisB
@DenisB DenisB is a pro at reviewing spinning tops. all purchase decisions after reading his reviews only...
https://youtu.be/_JxtjzCirGE
Got a solid 10 minute spin on my flamed with ruby! Nice.
Nosaj1969
Nice video!
Super smooth to the very end, what spin surface is that?
spunoutdesigns
It's a Foreverspin base inside an Itsclearcut base actually. Fits perfectly since the foreverspin base is 75mm. I bought a concave lens originally since the base didn't come with one, but the other spinsurface works really well, and it's solid. Links to both are in the video if you open it on YouTube. I got both on Massdrop though.
Are these meant to be pocket carried or like displayed on a desk?
fropones
if you carry you might want to put it in a ring box or a little bag for it so the stem doesn't bend. of course some people don't even spin their tops. they just collect and observe the engineering.
I bought the stainless with ceramic top and really like the design and spin times. If I could make a change for the better, I would make the stem a little smaller in diameter to allow for faster spins. I feel the stem is too large for the mass of the top and could be much better if made a little smaller. Overall, it is a great little EDC top and would recommend them to anyone interested in tops.
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On Etsy we are spunouttops.etsy.com
spunoutdesigns
Thanks! I did eventually find your site.
I wonder.. Spinning time ??
OnEarthAsItIsInHeaven
My first couple spins i hit just under 10 minutes. I would say 8 minutes should be easily obtainable and 10-12 if you are a good spinner
OnEarthAsItIsInHeaven
My Longest spin time with the stainless steel ceramic is 10 minutes 11 seconds.
Finally got mine after a delay by the great northeast storm. I guess it is best compared to the Prometheus Lambda. The body is slightly smaller and the stem is much larger. The stem has a nice micro-texture to it. The flaming effect on the steel looks nice. A burnt orange on the stem that transitions into a lovely blue for the body. The bottom isn't as pretty with some big orange spots in the middle of the blue, but the deep purple around the bearing looks nice. The ruby bearing is not as big as the lambda. The top does produce some stable spins, but not as long as the lambda. The star patterns on the body doesn't do much when spun, but it does make these nice lines when you shine some light on it.
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The Sceptre is now part of the Ruby brothers with the Mk.1 and Lambda
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Also part of the flamed brothers. The TV had some red on and it looked great on the tops. The one right of the Sceptre is from the same maker. You can order from https://www.spunoutdesigns.com
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Any cosmetic mirror at a retail store with 3x or 5x magnification works.
Miguel_Sanchez
Miguel, thanks for this detailed review. It makes me glad to have joined this drop for the brass/ruby version (for a gift).
I've just bought a brass/ruby one. It looks really great for the gift I have in mind - and delivery early May will leave me some time to play a little with it before giving it ;)
DenisB
Dirty but I like it. Don't forget to wipe it off after every use and to protect it when you spin it to avoid nicks etc.
BrainFlush
Yep. I have a very cheap and convenient 3x mirror bought at the local "Carrefour Market". It has high plastic edges and no top has ever gone over them. It is large enough (13.5 cm) to accommodate my worst spins. It also gives me better spinning times than any other surface I tried: Eisco glass, Lawson base, ForNeverSpin "diamond-like" base, other mirrors (I didn't try K9 glass though). I also have a cheap 30x-60x microscope (https://www.amazon.fr/dp/B01D5PB3Z2/ref=pe_386181_51767671_TE_dp_1) and I check the bearing balls from time to time. It takes some time to use it properly; it requires to find proper incident light and proper distance from the top. At 60x magnification, I could see a ~0.1 mm scratch, which is a few micrometers in real size. On some of my rare stainless steel bearings, I can see the machining circles. If I pass a wet finger on a ball, I can see its traces on it (same size as the said machining circles); I'm sure what I see is the trace of my finger because it changes direction when I change the direction of my finger on the ball. Until now, I've seen no scratches on any of my tops with bearing balls, even on my two ruby ones. What I see at the tip of a ForNeverSpin top is the Grand Canyon. BTW, I enjoy using this microscope to admire the polish of my tops. Some of them are amazingly good and I like such good work as much as long spin times.
Good catch @DenisB -- That was an operator error on my part, we've updated the price and everyone who selects that option will pay the $8 price, whether you joined before or after the change was made. Thanks for spotting that and helping the community out!
I got mine in a few days ago and I like it. I have the Lambda and this is similar but a little smaller. The SS flamed look turned out well and the stem design is beautiful. I was expecting the stem to be hollow like the Lambda so I could see through the ruby middle but it's not a big deal in the end. It's a solid design and I would recommend it.
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This looks like a great top, but those little decorative cuts on the rim remind me so much of those crystal brandy decanters from the 70's.
And I've been trying to forget the 70's for a long time!
K.T.N
Veggie gelatin cuisine.
What good is the "drop", if I'm going to be gouged at checkout for "options?" Then shipping also. Totals more than the suggested retail. Am I missing something?
Barleycorn
One thing you are missing is, wherever you buy it, you'll have to pay for additional shipping costs. I bought one of the tops from this shop on Etsy and I had to pay some 40% more for shipping than on Massdrop.
Barleycorn
Because this is a massdrop exclusive. He does not make these on his site or etsy. And he used to only have steel/flamed steel available.
I wonder why the ruby bearing is 8$ for all the metal options, except for brass: 14$.
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I don't think this can be the reason: generally (non flamed) stainless steel is more expensive than brass, but not here.
Not very likely reason either.
Received my top, stainless with ruby bearing, and it spins like a dream. To anyone wondering if the decorations that are machined on the sides would affect the spin time, I would have to say that they probably aren't a significant factor.
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Done!
LukasM
:D Nice. Icy! Asked for another tag. I love this. My job allows me too much free time. Fire me.
Just thinking out loud. Not sure if I'd get the results of my imagination. But what if the spine was hollow all the way down, with ruby and embedded tritium vial? Maybe a longer vial so it could be seen both from the top of stem, and lighting up the ruby. The end result may not be worth the added cost. But I've seen some pretty big money spent on these crazy little things. My kids wonder if I've lost my mind with what I've spent on the few I have. 😇
Bflying
The 1'' brass Lambda top, which introduced the ideas of a hollow stem and a ruby tip, has a fully hollow spindle and you can see the ruby through it. It is an excellent spinner.
These are way too expensive tops even after the discount. I've got several tops from Massdrop and foreverspin....but this one seem so expensive just for a stainless steel top.
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We ougtha be doctors. No smart reply from our powerful nemesis.
We healed him.
Desastor
Let's do the Doctor and Priest combo! And I am not religious so this will be fun! :D "You will not survive the night nor will your soul be saved!"
I received my top, but after a few uses, the ruby bearing has chipped and severely limits it's ability to spin. Anything we can do about that?
carldmd
Hi @carldmd - Yes, please submit a support ticket via your My Transactions page in your member profile and our customer service team can assist you. Thank you!
Thanks for clarifying...I understand now. So what you're saying is that you can see light through the "side" of the ruby bearing, rather than from the top through the stem.
"Upgrade to the ruby bearing and you'll be able to see light refracting through the translucent spin point."
I just received my top (blue flamed) today, and noticed that when I looked through the hollow shaft, no light came through, even though I ordered mine with a ruby bearing. I even tried shining a bright LED flashlight through it...nothing. What's up with that?
Nice design, though.
rbucklo
Hey rbucklo,
The stem in fact is hollow, however the hole does not go through the entire top. If you look in the comments below there is a 2 dimensional side profile of the top which shows the hole.
Sorry about any confusion this may have caused.
Got mine. The color is not as vibrant as i had wished, but still looks very good. Nifty little top.
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Thanks.
Looks like I got the same on at Target. Does yours have a silicon lip around the mirror that prevents the top from shooting off into LaLaLand when you got too much of a spin?
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