> I'm REALLY glad Alex contracted to have these lamps made, but
> they do have some problems. Although, I did buy two, one for the
> collection and one to burn. Unfortunately, now that I've got it, I've
> only had the chance to use it twice. So far, it seems to have no
> "personality" at all. Light it and once adjusted it doesn't need
> fiddling with. OTOH. my Premiers have WAAYYY too much personality and
> I'm messing with them constantly.
> I imagine that if ALL the bugs were worked out we'd be looking at
> a $80 lamp.
> } No striker, either carry a lighter close at hand or drill a hole in the reflector and mount the striker from a junk caplamp
> } Fine thread for the bottom makes it easy to foul the threads with dirt. Use a toothbrush on them at every carbide change.
> } The drip adjusting screw is a bit loose and easily bumped out of
> adjustment. A spring twisted onto the shaft underneath the knob
> "stiffens" the adjustment quite nicely. I sorta wonder if the thin
> shaft is going to be easily bent by ceiling collisions.
> } It seems to be heavier than my old Premiers, although I haven't
> actually weighed them. This could be a plus, as I've trashed a number
> of Premier bottoms because of the thin brass.
> } The waterdoor really needs to be captive to the lamp with a beaded
> chain or something. I've already fumbled the thing into a stream once
> while filling the lamp.
> } The tip is a bit odd, both lamps had the hole entirely plugged
> right from the box and had to be reamed before lighting.