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Official Matrix Info and Combos

PLEASE READ ENTIRE POST: Here is the exotic chart. Shipping will be $5 domestic and $12 international.

On Monday (3/20) at noon central we will release exotic combo #1 on www.billetspin.com. It will be a 24hr sale and I will make as many as are ordered. Once the 24 hour sale is over, it is gone for good. It will take 2 weeks to ship all of them.

Once #1 is close to being done, we will start the countdown timer for #2 and post details of its release here. Once 2 is almost done being machined, we release 3 etc. This whole process will take a few months.

Any combo with 30 or less total will be sold on www.signupsale.com and we will post that well in advance of the actual release. Any combo over 30 will be released on www.billetspin.com. Sign up sale combo’s will be limited to one per person only. Combo’s with over 30 will not be limited to one per person.

I will only announce quantities on SUS tops. Most exotics will be limited quantity but some will have a timed sale like #1. I do not know which ones those will be so you will have to wait until we release the details of each combo prior to its release.

There are 5 mystery tops. Those will be combo’s of my choosing. I am doing this because I dont know how much materials will be left and I might come up with a cool idea later on. This keeps my options open!

Let me know if you have any questions and thanks for being awesome.

**QUANTITIES ARE ESTIMATES and dependent on many factors and are
ALL SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
These quantities are NOT set in stone and can change and change drastically.!!!!! This is the best I can do for now. Thanks again!

Exotic Materials

#1 SS/Timascus/SS $300
43g
24 hr sale
Release on 3/20/17
shipping starting 3/26/17
**SOLD OUT and DISCONTINUED**

#2 SS/3CM/SS $280
54g
**Est Qty: 100
Release on 3/28/17 Noon CST
**SOLD OUT and DISCONTINUED**

#3 Cu/Zr/Zr $300
49g
Release on Friday, 4/7/17 at Noon til 8am Monday. We will make as many as are ordered!
**SOLD OUT and DISCONTINUED**

#4 Timascus/3CM/Flamed SS $440
45g
**Est Qty: 150
Release on Thursday 4/13/17
**SOLD OUT and DISCONTINUED**

#5 Twist/Zr/SS $355
47g
**Est Qty: 75
Release 4/20/17 noon CST **POSTPONED**
Release on 4/27/17 noon CST
**SOLD OUT and DISCONTINUED**

#6 Cu/2CM/Cu $280
58g
**Est Qty: 75
Release on 5/2/17 noon CST
**SOLD OUT and DISCONTINUED**

#7 Zr/Timascus/Flamed SS $410
39g
**Est Qty: 150
Release on May 4, 2017 noon CST
**SOLD OUT and DISCONTINUED**

#8 Zr/Br/Zr $330
47g
24 hr sale
Release on May 9, 2017 noon CST
**SOLD OUT and DISCONTINUED**

#9 Timascus/Flamed Damasteel/Flamed SS $450
43g
**Est Qty: 150
Release on May 16, 2017 noon CST
**SOLD OUT and DISCONTINUED**

#10 SS/Twist/SS $280
51g
24 hr sale
**Est Qty:  400
Release on May 31, 2017 noon CST
**SOLD OUT and DISCONTINUED**

#11 Zr/SC/Zr $400
47g
**Est Qty: 30 probably SUS
**SOLD OUT and DISCONTINUED**

#12 Spiro/Timascus/Zr $410
39g
**Est Qty: 150
Release on June 6, 2017, noon CST
**SOLD OUT and DISCONTINUED**


#13 SS/Reptilian/Flamed SS $290
51g
24 hr sale
**Est Qty: 400
Release on June 9, 2017, noon CST  Sale is open until June 12, 2017, noon CST
We will make as many as are ordered.
**SOLD OUT and DISCONTINUED**

#14 Twist/Sharktooth/SS $360
50g
**Est Qty: 200
Release on June 13, 2017, noon CST
**SOLD OUT and DISCONTINUED**

#15 Timascus/Black Timascus/Zr $500(estimated price)
**Est Qty: 20-50

#15 Black Timascus/Flamed Copper/Zirc $440 plus shipping
45g
**Est Qty: 25
Release on June 16, 2017
SUS on Signupsale.com will run for 14 hours
**SOLD OUT and DISCONTINUED**

#16 Timascus/Zirc/Zirc $450 plus shipping
28 grams
**Est Qty: 70
Release on 6/20 at noon CST

#17 ??/??/??
#18 ??/??/??
#19 ??/??/??

Standard Material Combos (SOLD OUT and DISCONTINUED)

Official Matrix information post:

Here is the preview link to the Indiegogo project that will be launching tomorrow. Let me know what you think!

Matrix Indiegogo Campaign

This link should work once the project goes live too.


I will update this as I get more solid info.

-1.2″ in diameter
-1/8″ carbide ball
-9 pieces (4 main components and 5 SS dowel pins)
-the dowel pins will be SS on every variation

-Standard material combo’s will be $200 plus $5 domestic and $12 international shipping

-Standards will be sold through www.indiegogo.com and should be launched around 4/11/17 and be about a 20-30 day campaign. EDITED DATE

-standards will be unlimited

-1st exotic will be SS/Timascus/SS and will be launched at noon central on 3/20 It will be $300 plus shipping and will be an unlimited 24 hours sale. EDITED

-Exotic combo’s will be sold on www.billetspin.com for any combo with at least 30 tops. Less than 30 tops will be sold on www.signupsale.com

-in the case of the SUS tops, they will be limited to one per person.

-I will make the exotic samples and get a chart of them showing the order they will be released and the price for each. I will not know quantities until we start making them.

-Exotics will then be sold and made around the same time. This will keep the delivery lead times short. Once one combo is shipped, we will move onto the next exotic combo until all of them are sold out.

-I will reserve the right to add a few exotic combo’s to the chart in case I might be inspired at a later date.

-I will NOT be using Tungsten on the Matrix!!!!!!

This is all the info I have for now. Stay tuned for more details as I get them. This will be epic, I cannot wait! THANK YOU for your continued support!

Rich

Perk #1 Br/Br/Cu


Perk #2 Br/Br/SS

Perk #3 Br/Cu/Br

Perk #4 Br/Cu/Cu

Perk #5 Br/Cu/SS

Perk #6 Br/SS/Br

Perk #7 Br/SS/Cu

Perk #8 Br/SS/SS

Perk #9 Cu/Br/Br

Perk #10 Cu/Br/Cu

Perk #11 Cu/Br/SS

Perk #12 Cu/Cu/Br

Perk #13 Cu/Cu/SS

Perk #14 Cu/SS/Br

Perk #15 Cu/SS/Cu

Perk #16 Cu/SS/SS

Perk #17 SS/Br/Br

Perk #18 SS/Br/Cu

Perk #19 SS/Br/SS

Perk #20 SS/Cu/Br

Perk #21 SS/Cu/Cu

Perk #22 SS/Cu/SS

Perk #23 SS/SS/Br

Perk #24 SS/SS/Cu

Perk #25 SS/SS/SS

Top #37 “Matrix”

2/7/17

Talk to me. Next top, three piece with normal pricing or 4 piece like you have never seen but will be $50 more than the three piece.

Some times ya just know it’s going to be something special. It hit me on the way home. This 4 piece…I almost want to skip sleep and head back into work. Only problem these will take a very long time to make. Not sure how I am going to make that work as I want to make enough for yooze. I am thinking prototyping all week then get a few machines going next week to try to get a good head start then launch them end of this month so there is not a ridiculous shipping lead time. Just talking out loud here. Have a great night. My heart is pumping  🙂

2/8/17

BILLETSPIN UPDATE: The plan has changed so please read this carefully!

I started designing the 4 piece top and folks I will be totally honest, this one has potential to be one of the coolest, if not the coolest top I have ever made. I added some more pieces to it too so it will be either an 8 or 10 piece now. Some of those pieces are very basic so don’t get too excited about that. Unfortunately though, there are two issues with this top.

1) It will take a very very long time to make.
2) I don’t have enough materials to appease the masses

So, after much thought I have decided to change up the schedule to give us the time needed to do this right. The next top will now be the 2 piece long spinner.

For those that did not watch the live video I posted, my goal for this top will be for me to be able to spin it for 30 minutes. This does not mean you will be able to. In fact, some might still not be anywhere near that. Spin times vary greatly depending on skill level. This will not be a pretty top. Every feature on this top will be designed for maximum performance. I have tracked down a very rare grade of aluminum that has an off the chart strength rating. I will use that in conjunction with Tungsten. I probably will not offer this in different materials since these two will give the best performance and that is what this design is all about.

As you know, Tungsten is prone to wobble. I am using the new tungsten so it will be better but I assure you these will still have some wobble/flutter issues. These will come with the new carbide balls which will greatly reduce flat spot issues.

I am not sure on pricing or the launch date at this time. I will have to spend a great deal of time in the prototype stages. I am sure though that they will be available this month yet.

I am sorry for the switch-a-roo here on the schedule. I hope you understand. If you have any questions let me know!

Rich

2/22/17

And it shalled be called…..

The Matrix

get your screen shooters ready

This will be a timed sale for standards but the exotics will be limited due to material availability. I have been stocking up like a squirrel before winter. Personally I think we will break the K2 record with this one. Rich out

3/6/17

After this, there is no turning back. I did not come here to tell you how this is going to end. I came here to tell you

it has begun

9 pieces

the Matrix proto has begun..

I am so stinking excited right now. The potential in this design is off the charts. I hope I can do it justice. My heart is pounding. Just eating my chicken then back at it

If you look at the right side of my profile pic, that is exactly what I look like at this second

If the design comes together pefrectly, then I will look like the left side of my profile pic

back to work, here we go  🙂

made some serious progress. Have a LOT of tweaking which will take me a long time but I will tell you this is crazy. I can almost see it and I am loving it.

One thing is for certain, these are going to take forever to make lol. a TON of machining. So worth it though…

3/7/17

Way to excited to keep this to myself.

wait until the stem is in it…

Oh what the heck. This is the ball side. The grip side will be different to make this a easy and fun one to spin

you are looking at 8 pieces there. The stem will make 9. The pins are sealed so you cannot switch them for trits

Here is the deal, take it from experience, once the stem is in and all the final tweaks are made, it will make this pop so much more than in this state. I can see it all now as is and I am sure I will have a bunch of small stuff yet but you get the idea. When you see it from all the angles…

3/8/17

I will just make a new post. Now comes the hardest tweak of the design. Wish me luck

We are real close now

quite a process huh  🙂 I love sharing it with you. This is just a standard, can you imagine an exotic…

you have 4 pieces to play with for materials. This is a 9 piece top and 5 of the pieces are SS dowel pins. You cannot remove them and all tops will come with SS dowel pins

58 grams

all SS dowels. I am not making them, they are just store bought

final version is done, I am shutting down comments on this proto

For size reference

All tweaks have been made. Ladies and gentlemen, I present:

The Matrix

I lined up the diagonal marks on the OD and shortened the stem which totally changed the appearance of the “barbed wire” portion making it look sooooo much better. Even easier to spin now too

I will get all those details soon. We have to go through and optimize the programs and make some other combo’s to make sure everythign is running smooth first

A little history on the Matrix. A long long time ago, I held a design contest here in BilletSPIN. It was cool too see everyone submit their ideas. The problem I soon learned was that people dont have much for machining experience so a lot of the ideas just were not possible. One design did however stick out over the rest and easily won. It was made by Jason Hosking and it looked great!

After the design contest was over, I was slammed and making this with him just slipped through the cracks. I apologize greatly for this and it was not acceptable. Well a few months ago, Jason sent me a message and I felt horrible. So we got started on the planning.

There is so much that goes into these designs. I took the genetics of his submitted design and we talked about how it would be possible to make, make affordable and spin well. Well what started off with a few tweaks ended up as the Matrix.

This experience was a TON of fun and I hope Jason feels the same way. It got me out of my comfort zone and made me push the envelope and I could not be happier with the result.

Here is Jason’s contest winning design and the finished product! Thanks again Jason Hosking!!

Spin vid!

3/9/17

Official Matrix information post:

I will update this as I get more solid info.

-1.2″ in diameter
-1/8″ carbide ball
-9 pieces (4 main components and 5 SS dowel pins)
-the dowel pins will be SS on every variation

-Standard material combo’s will be $200 plus $5 domestic and $12 international shipping

-Standards will be sold through www.indiegogo.com and should be launched around 4/1/17 and be about a 20-30 day campaign.

-standards will be unlimited

-Exotic combo’s will be sold on www.billetspin.com for any combo with at least 30 tops. Less than 30 tops will be sold on www.signupsale.com

-in the case of the SUS tops, they will be limited to one per person.

-I will make the exotic samples and get a chart of them showing the order they will be released and the price for each. I will not know quantities until we start making them.

-Exotics will then be sold and made around the same time. This will keep the delivery lead times short. Once one combo is shipped, we will move onto the next exotic combo until all of them are sold out.

-I will reserve the right to add a few exotic combo’s to the chart in case I might be inspired at a later date.

-I will NOT be using Tungsten on the Matrix!!!!!!

This is all the info I have for now. Stay tuned for more details as I get them. This will be epic, I cannot wait! THANK YOU for your continued support!

Rich

standard materials are Stainless Steel, copper and Bronze. Any combination of those materials is $200 plus shipping. Exotics are more because the material cost can be huge. I will announce those prices once I figure out the material combos

Just a few more pics. I will put these into one post after I get all the standard samples done.

Not sure about offering this style of combo…

Timing first spin…

Slight desk mishap, timing second spin lol

8:54

Crap, I got an idea lol

It is a tweak that could have a significant impact on this top so I have to try!

3/10/17

So small changes were made. I have one more to make right away this morning. It means I have some scrap now unfortunately but it is worth it as I want this perfect. We will be filming the Indiegogo video Monday so I got a busy day today to get ready for that. Have yourself a wonderful day all!!!

Ok all, a heads up. I scrapped everything I had made after making some changes. I am deleting all previous posts with pictures to people do not get confused. I will post new pics later today. No major tweaks but the changes made this top easier to spin. The challenge here was the High COG due to the thick disc. It needed to be that way due to the complexity of the machining. The subtle changes had a significant impact and I just want this to be as good as it can be for yooze all! More details to come later!

Changes:

-Stem is shorter
-“barbed wire” portion is smaller in diameter
-inner disc is shallower on ball side
-inner disc is much deeper on grip side
-inner disc pattern is changed on grip side
-grip is a shorter

All these changes made improvements to the spin.

I will not sell any proto’s, they are all gone

they live only in your imagination. Welcome to the Matrix

This top is the real deal. I test spun it at 12:01 and it spun for 9 minutes and stopped spinning at 12:04. Unreal. Welcome to the Matrix

I don’t want to leave you hanging. I will get pics of many other combos tomorrow. This is all I got right now. I scrapped everything I had made after making some changes. I am deleting all previous posts with pictures so people do not get confused. No major tweaks but the changes made this top easier to spin. The challenge here was the High COG due to the thick disc. It needed to be that way due to the complexity of the machining. The subtle changes had a significant impact and I just want this to be as good as it can be for yooze all!

Changes:

-Stem is shorter
-“barbed wire” portion is smaller in diameter
-inner disc is shallower on ball side
-inner disc is much deeper on grip side
-inner disc pattern is changed on grip side
-grip is a shorter

All these changes made improvements to the spin.

Should be able to make a SS/timascus/SS tomorrow too

3/11/17

First project of the day. This will be the first exotic offered and the price will be $300 plus shipping. Hoping to go live with these at the end of next week or early the week after

At this point I am only using timascus. Yes I will be making some with the outside in timascus but I dont have nearly as much in that size as I do for the inner disc.

I will do my best! You will get the order in which they will be released and the price but not the date. Too many variables to include that

Ah this is good enough to make another post

39g

My sister is gone so I am not sure on my price for the Zirc. Once I know that I will let you know. Takes a lot of material to make these.

is the black zirc finish easily chipped /scratched ?

no, in fact I tried to buff one and could not get the color off with a rouge wheel. Those wheels will peel off timascus or SS coloring like nothing

Last one for the day

This is the best I could do for today. You will understand why in my next post. See official Matrix info post for any questions!

The majority of the standard combos!

3/13/17

Update:

Jason will be here today so we can work on the Indiegogo video. We are running some sample exotics on the machines and then I will start assembling tomorrow. Hoping to have the exotic chart made on Wednesday and release the first exotic on Friday or Monday.

I know for certain that the first exotic will be the SS/Timascus/SS (see pic below). Due to the amount of material I have I will probably make this a 24 hour sale and make as many as ordered for this exotic combo ONLY. Those will be $300 plus shipping. I figure we should start the Matrix off right.

More details to come!

The timascus is super easy to clean with windex and a toothbrush. Kris Bex

I will try me best to keep somewhat equal amounts of 1 exotics, 2 exotic and 3 exotics combo’s so there is a price point for everyone. 3 exotics will be very pricey but so cool  🙂

3/14/17

Good cause Auction!

Wobbler!! 1st part of spin is smooth then picks up flutter then wobble

Black Timascus over flamed damasteel over flamed Zirc stem

$5 minimum bid. 5 minute antisnipe. Auction ends at 1:30 pm today central.

1/1 and will come with COA noting wobble.

100% of the proceeds goes to help out an AWANA program in the Philippines

stupid video did not load in HD. I will add some pics

Just remember guys, this is a wobbler

thanks for the dogpiles guys, awesome

14 minutes left

antisnipe in effect

Corey Arnold 1600

Due to the high bids, I am going to throw in a Zirc/timascus/flamed SS. THANK YOU ALL for this support

Corey Arnold 2500

Last time I said that the bids took off lol I am not saying anything!

this is way above and byond

floored

over

Congrats Corey Arnold


1 of 2. This is Jason Hosking‘s free top for winning the design contest. Zirc over black timascus over zirc

Zirc over Sc over zirc

SS/3CM/SS

Copper/zirc/zirc I really like this one

Zirc/Bronze/Zirc

Heading to try some baking. Going to be a long night. A lot more combo’s to come

Timascus/3 Color Mokume/Flamed SS

yup, I LOVE this one

I have a price list for all the components. This one is $440 and that is why I used a SS stem. Plus I think the blue to gold transition is perfect

Spiro/Timascus/Zirc

You think I am done? Silly people. Just wait

Zirc/Shark tooth dammy/SS

So thats it for tonight. Some will stay and some will go. I have a LOT more options to try. Lets have fun with it. See ya ll in the morning. Have a great night!

3/15/17

Let’s make it a great day

Twist dammy/zirc/SS

Timascus/flamed damasteel/flamed SS stem.

I did my best to bring out the damasteel pattern. You can definitely see it but it is not crazy in your face obvious.

SS/Twist/SS

This is a crazy cool combo imo.

it is amazing. I will do a YT vid for all these. This one will really stand out


Official Matrix information post:

I will update this as I get more solid info.

-1.2″ in diameter
-1/8″ carbide ball
-9 pieces (4 main components and 5 SS dowel pins)
-the dowel pins will be SS on every variation

-Standard material combo’s will be $200 plus $5 domestic and $12 international shipping

-Standards will be sold through www.indiegogo.com and should be launched around 4/11/17 and be about a 20-30 day campaign. EDITED DATE

-standards will be unlimited

-1st exotic will be SS/Timascus/SS and will be launched at noon central on 3/20 It will be $300 plus shipping and will be an unlimited 24 hours sale. EDITED

-Exotic combo’s will be sold on www.billetspin.com for any combo with at least 30 tops. Less than 30 tops will be sold on www.signupsale.com

-in the case of the SUS tops, they will be limited to one per person.

-I will make the exotic samples and get a chart of them showing the order they will be released and the price for each. I will not know quantities until we start making them.

-Exotics will then be sold and made around the same time. This will keep the delivery lead times short. Once one combo is shipped, we will move onto the next exotic combo until all of them are sold out.

-I will reserve the right to add a few exotic combo’s to the chart in case I might be inspired at a later date.

-I will NOT be using Tungsten on the Matrix!!!!!!

This is all the info I have for now. Stay tuned for more details as I get them. This will be epic, I cannot wait! THANK YOU for your continued support!

Rich


Copper/2 color mokume/ Copper (all three have a satin finish)

Reptilian Damascus

SS/Reptilian Damascus/SS

The next version will be a first for BS… I think lol.

Twist dammy/sharktooth dammy/SS

3/16/17

PLEASE READ ENTIRE POST: Here is the exotic chart. Shipping will be $5 domestic and $12 international.

On Monday (3/20) at noon central we will release exotic combo #1 on www.billetspin.com. It will be a 24hr sale and I will make as many as are ordered. Once the 24 hour sale is over, it is gone for good. It will take 2 weeks to ship all of them.

Once #1 is close to being done, we will start thecountdown timer for #2 and post details of its release here. Once 2 is almost done being machined, we release 3 etc. This whole process will take a few months.

Any combo with 30 or less total will be sold onwww.signupsale.com and we will post that well in advance of the actual release. Any combo over 30 will be released on www.billetspin.com. Sign up sale combo’s will be limited to one per person only. Combo’s with over 30 will not be limited to one per person.

I will only announce quantities on SUS tops. Most exotics will be limited quantity but some will have a timed sale like #1. I do not know which ones those will be so you will have to wait until we release the details of each combo prior to its release.

There are 5 mystery tops. Those will be combo’s of my choosing. I am doing this because I dont know how much materials will be left and I might come up with a cool idea later on. This keeps my options open!

Standards will still be launched on Indiegogo around 4/11 and those will all be unlimited through the duration of the campaign. Price will be $200 plus shipping

Let me know if you have any questions and thanks for being awesome.

FB would not allow me to edit the photo so I had to delete and make a new one. Sorry!

Any chance of a Mokume outer on any combos Rich?

it can be done but due to how soft it is it would be a real pain with a lot of scrap so I decided against it but there are those 5 mystery tops so who knows.

which one of these releases will be for SUSs and which one for flash sale?

All I know for sure is the superconductor will be a SUS. There might be one or two more out of these 14. I am working on a new system for that combo we discussed. It will be a few days and would be one of the last 5 and VERY limited.

Glad you guys are liking them. We put a ton of work into it!

Well folks I messed up on the price of the SC top but I am going to let it stand and give yooze a deal on that one. Numbers are normally my thing lol

3/17/17

Another NEW Matrix video!

3/20/17

Couple things about todays launch:

-It is for exotic combo #1 only

www.billetspin.com

-$300 plus $5 domestic and $12 international shipping

-It is a 24 hour timed sale and unlimited quantity

-1.2″ in diameter

-about 42 grams

-.125″ carbide bearing ball

-There will be up to a 3 week lead time depending on how many are sold. That means it might take 3 weeks for us to SHIP your top from today.

-Timascus flamed colors will vary. Each bar is a little different and these are flamed with a torch by hand. We will do our best to hit the colors of the one in the picture.

-no matter what happens today, I love you

See you at noon central

1 hour to go, who’s ready? 🙂

28 minutes

9 minutes

I dont think this heart pounding before launch will ever go away. I am completely useless for a while lol.

This is fun. Thanks all. You are amazing and your support never ceases to amaze me.

Exotic #1 spinning.

better lighting

3/21/17

Ladies and gentlemen, children of all ages, friends: You have 3 hours and 27 minutes to buy exotic #1. After that, it is gone for good, never to return. As far as numbers, I am very happy. I want you to be happy too. If this combo is calling your name, do it. If not, you have plenty other options. If you think the Matrix sucks, sit it out. Be warned though, my wife was disgusted by me when we first met and I grew on her. She just kept looking at me and eventually after a few months I was tolerable to look at and she married me. This might be you in a few months, no regrets.

How to clean your exotic #1 and details on shipping and exotic #2!

3/22/17

BilletSPIN Matrix vid for Indiegogo

From the GENIUS Santos Cordon Jr.

Rich StadlerI thought I had an overactive imagination lol. Well done my friend.

Santos Cordon Jr.I’ll tell you what was hard. Building that damn sentinel marionette.

3/23/17

I have been out the last two days sick. Both my daughters are home as well. I came in just now to check up and finish a project. Things are running great. I am planning on doing a ton of assembly Friday night and Saturday. I am 95% sure combo #2 will be released next week. Could be early in the week even due to the massive head start we had on #1. I will know more on Saturday.

3/24/17

Countdown timer will be going up soon. Tuesday (3/28) at noon central for exotic #2

SS/3 color mokume/SS
$280 plus $5 doemstic and $12 international

Shipping starts Monday for #1. Who’s ready?

I got along weekend ahead in preparation so I hope yooze all have a wonderful weekend and think of me when you are out frolicking around and eating taco bell.  😛

Going to be a long weekend..

3/25/17

Sorry all. Just going to be in bed. Not doing good at all and need to get better for Monday.

3/26/17

Days like this really make me appreciate the onesies I am lucky enough to own. So glad this is on the weekend so it does not affect the top schedule. Going to sleep all day but should be back to work tomorrow! Shipping of #1 is still on schedule and #2 will be released on Tuesday at noon. Small quantity of that one so be ready. Should have all of #1 shipped on Wednesday. Have a good one all

3/28/17

Just a reminder, #2 exotic Matrix launches today at noon central at www.billetspin.com

There are not a lot of these so if you want one, best to act fast once noon is here. These will have a 2 week shipping lead time but we should be able to meet it sooner.

Combo is pictured below. $280 plus shipping. No limit to how many you can order. Best of luck!

Stainless Steel/ 3 color mokume/ Stainless Steel
1/8″ carbide bearing ball
1.2″ in diameter

3/29/17

Mystery top #1 of 5. Timascus/blacktimascus/Zirc. I will announce pricing later. Just wanted to share some pics.

All 25 Standard Matrix combinations that will be available on www.indiegogo.com on April 11th

I can only put in 42 in the OP so I will include the rest in the replies to this post

3/29/17

2 round Lost and found NEXUS in tumbler Scavenger hunt GAW. 1st 2 people to post a selfie wearing any type of clothing with the Green Bay Packers Logo while holding a top between their thumb and pinky moves on to round 2.

Congrats to Roman Jasper Mars and Randy Domingo!! Round 2. 1st to post a selfie of themselves drinking from a can or bottle of soda while a top is sitting on their forehead wins!!

I am fine with the beer but I still have Randy on top so congrats to Randy Domingo and thanks all for playing!! Randy, please message Lindsey you shipping info and I will get it out right away!

3/31/17

HULA??????? WONT SETTLE????? Check out this video!

4/4/17

BilletSPIN Matrix Exotic #3 Copper/Zirc/Zirc will be released on www.billetspin.com this Friday (4/7) at noon central. These will cost $300 plus $5 domestic and $12 International shipping. These will be for sale until 8am on Monday (4/10). After the sale ends, this combination will be discontinued, never to be offered again. We will make as many as are ordered!

😛

4/5/17

We will begin shipping these [Exotic #3] on Tuesday of next week and should take less than two weeks depending on how many are ordered. We have a decent head start now that the machine is up and running

 

4/7/17

All 25 Standard material combo’s

Full length Spin Vid:

4/10/17

You got 40 more minutes for exotic #3 then it is gone for good

Please read: we have been getting a lot of messages lately from people requesting certain color variations of the flamed materials. As you know, there are color variations in flamed timascus, Zirc, black timascus, Stainless Steel etc. We do our best to hit the colors advertised but will not hand pick out certain colors for people as it would not be fair.

That said, I think we can do better as a company to accurately show the variations within these materials so you have a better idea of what to expect. The new photo/video studio should help us accomplish that. We also have a high temp oven coming that should help us achieve more consistent flamed colors.

I will keep you posted but for now just know there are variations in colors and make your decision whether to purchase or not accordingly.


Here is the preview link to the Indiegogo project that will be launching tomorrow. Let me know what you think!

https://www.indiegogo.com/project/preview/a0c6e1e5

This link should work once the project goes live too.

BilletSPIN Matrix exotic combo #4 video

I have a turn table and lights coming Thursday! This is with a new camera and I think it does a better job. Should see a nice improvement after Thursday. I love learning new things

Updated Video. Matrix exotic combo #4. These will go live on www.billetspin.com this Thursday at noon central! Let me know if you have any questions!

If you are looking at exotic combo #4, 7, 9 or 12, please watch this video!! Or if you just want to see some timascus 😛

Ok all, here is the latest video from our new studio. Please let me know what you think about the quality of the video! I am working hard on quality of video and sound. I think we are making good progress but would love your opinions!

4/11/17

WE ARE LIVE!!!

BilletSPIN Matrix Precision Spinning Top


ENDS AT 3:00PM CENTRAL TODAY!!!!!!

GAW!! To enter, purchase a Matrix on the Indiegogo project. Each top you purchase is an entry to the GAW. At 3:00 central today, I will random draw a winner.

Now the fun part. Just before I pick the winner, I will do a live vid where I random number draw 1-14 to determine which exotic combo the winner will receive, then I draw the winner. So there is a chance that someone could win a very limited combo!!

Best of luck and thank you so much for the support!

6 minutes to get in one the Matrix exotic GAW/Lottery!!

Matrix GAW/Lottery live vid!!

Combo #2

Order #110 Bob Pingli

4/13/17

Who’s ready for noon central!!

1 hour and 30 minutes until this one goes live…

they are almost gone, last call!

yup, 1 left

oh, all gone

just listen to Randy!


BilletSPIN Exotic Combo #5.

$355 plus $5 domestic and $12 international shipping

1.2″ in diameter

9 piece

tungsten carbide bearing ball

around 75 available at www.billetspin.com on 4/20

HD youtube video found here:

4/17/17

Attention!!! Important update!!!! PLEASE READ!!

As some of you know, BilletSPIN is just a small part of our main company. Our plant manager of the main company was just diagnosed with a brain tumor. He will be going in for surgery tomorrow.

Due to this, I have to fill in for him for an undetermined amount of time. This morning I discovered that the main company is behind on some orders. In order to get caught up, I will have to use the machines I have been making the Matrix on for a short time.

What does this mean to you? Exotic combo #4 will be completed before we switch so we should have all those shipped early next week. Exotic #5 will NOT be launched this week and right now, I don’t know when it will be launched. I will keep you updated though.

Indiegogo-nothing has changed and the ship dates will be as promised. The only thing this circumstance will change is the exotic schedule. They will just be pushed back to accommodate the main company.

Our main concern right now is with our plant manager and his family. I appreciate all your patience and know that we will update you all with any information as we get it. THANK YOU for your understanding.

Sincerely,

Rich Stadler

4/20/17

Update: We will start shipping the exotic #4 on Monday. Should have everything shipped Tuesday.

We are getting the overdue jobs run and I am hoping to be back on the Matrix next week Tuesday. That means we should be releasing exotic combo #5 late next week. Of course that can all change with how things are going around here but I feel pretty confident right now.

I hope you all are having a great week and I REALLY appreciate all the support, understanding and patience.

Rich

4/21/17

Auction: Watch the video. Paypay payment required by Monday Morning! $5 minimum bid increment

Nabeel Sattar1515

Rich StadlerOVER

very important, WACH GAVINS VID

 

This auction!!

Coming next week!

4/28/17

Check out the new video!!

This is the culmination of a LOT of work. Studio is pretty much done and we have a couple different intros now. I think this will really help show the tops so we can clearly show what to expect when you receive your new BilletSPIN top!

5/2/17

Exotic #6 on sale today at noon central with VERY limited quantities. Dont say I did not warn ya!

https://www.billetspin.com/custom-tops/

Here is a link to the video for those that have not seen it:

Let me know if you have any questions!


So I had just enough material for a one off for my buddy Jim Skelton. Hope you like it bud!

he has done so much for me, I could never do enough to repay him. Truly a great friend

This is a one off all zirc with SS pins. It will be going for a good cause waffle for Jeff Pearce from Pheonix Designs. He is a fellow maker that is in the hospital. I don’t know how much info I can share but stay tuned for more details about this. Karen Miranda McComsey has the info if she would like to share.

Karen Miranda McComseyHello,
I am doing a good cause Auction with kerry weeks for jeff pearce.

***** GOOD CAUSE WAFFLE *****
Jeff Pearce, a fellow top maker is in the hospital.
Jeff is a super nice person. He has bent over backwards helping me and others out with his knowledge, his tops and a lot of behind the scenes help most never find out about.
This is our chance as a community to repay his kindness.

So.. We are holding a Good Cause Waffle in 2 weeks to help with the growing medical bills.

We are looking for people who are willing to donate an item/s to go into the waffle.

Please direct all inquiries to my Admin Karen Miranda McComsey.

More to come….

Thank you
Kerry & Karen


you got 7 minutes until exotic 6 goes live. Trust me from the bottom of my heart, it wont last long. If you want it, get it. If not, live in fear of the day you realize you wanted it but didn’t get it 😛

almost gone

last call

gone

I feel like a broken record but it needs to be said. I appreciate all your continued support. THANK YOU for all you do. It means more to me than you could imagine. More updates coming later today!

Ok folks, Coming May 4th. This is the one a lot of you have been waiting for!

I will get the audio nailed on the next video. Tried something new and it obviously did not work.

5/4/17

Assembling #7 begins!!

I hope nobody has forgotten about the standards!

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/billetspin-matrix-precision-spinning-top-art/

5/9/17

67 hours left!! If you want a standard Matrix, we are reaching last call!! These will NOT be offered after this ends. Just a heads up!

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/billetspin-matrix-precision-spinning-top-art#/

Matrix Exotic Combo #8 Zirc/Bronze/Zirc

-1.2″
-Carbide bearing ball
-$330
-24 hour unlimited sale at www.billetspin.com at noon central today (5/9)! Once the sale is over, these are gone for good!
-No limited on orders
-Shipping will should be completed early next week

Here is the link to the video:

#8 is live!

Well we sold more than I thought of #8 already! Awesome 🙂 I do have to make more zirc outers but that is a good problem to have. We will be assembling tomorrow and probably shipping will start tomorrow or Thursday for sure. Thanks again all!!!!

5/11/17

We will be launching exotic #9 on Tuesday at noon central. I will do a video soon. I lost my proto 🙁 I have to make another

You got 4 hours! Get them standards now cause they will never be available again!

Here it is, video for the infamous Exotic combo #9. Enjoy!

Top #36 “Nexus”

BILLETSPIN UPDATE: The plan has changed so please read this carefully!

I started designing the 4 piece top and folks I will be totally honest, this one has potential to be one of the coolest, if not the coolest top I have ever made. I added some more pieces to it too so it will be either an 8 or 10 piece now. Some of those pieces are very basic so don’t get too excited about that. Unfortunately though, there are two issues with this top.

1) It will take a very very long time to make.
2) I don’t have enough materials to appease the masses

So, after much thought I have decided to change up the schedule to give us the time needed to do this right. The next top will now be the 2 piece long spinner.

For those that did not watch the live video I posted, my goal for this top will be for me to be able to spin it for 30 minutes. This does not mean you will be able to. In fact, some might still not be anywhere near that. Spin times vary greatly depending on skill level. This will not be a pretty top. Every feature on this top will be designed for maximum performance. I have tracked down a very rare grade of aluminum that has an off the chart strength rating. I will use that in conjunction with Tungsten. I probably will not offer this in different materials since these two will give the best performance and that is what this design is all about.

As you know, Tungsten is prone to wobble. I am using the new tungsten so it will be better but I assure you these will still have some wobble/flutter issues. These will come with the new carbide balls which will greatly reduce flat spot issues.

I am not sure on pricing or the launch date at this time. I will have to spend a great deal of time in the prototype stages. I am sure though that they will be available this month yet.

I am sorry for the switch-a-roo here on the schedule. I hope you understand. If you have any questions let me know!

Rich

2/11/17

Vlog #1

Vlog #2

Vlog #3

Vlog #4

15 and still going good

18:55 first spin so I could easily break 20 with a few tries. Pretty good start I think!

Vlog #5

Vlog #6

Vlog #7

Vlog #8 and final for today

this one is worse. Back to the original style. Had to try it

in fact, worst spinner of the day lol

barely 18 minutes, this thing sucks!

still going

got a lot of fight in it

barely rotating

18:57

I thought it was dead 2 minutes ago lol

If I did not have this party to go to I would keep at it

ok, one more design. My brain came up with a plan…

Still here two tops later  😛 This one has promise. I would bet it’s the best of the day! Wish it luck

I had the place all shut down and had my jacket on heading out the door and it hit me…

Now we just have to hope it does not suck

Complete trash, 18:03 NOW I am leaving lol. Have a good one all. I suck

Came back to work. Getting consistent 22-23 minutes now on decent spins. This is still in rough proto stage so there is more in it but not a whole lot. This top as is will see 5 minute improvement over the Tungten/Aluminum Infinity. I am confident I can squeeze another minute or two out of it. I should be able to break 25 with it personally once the tweaks are done. Wont happen every time for sure but should on a good spin. Thats all she wrote for sure now. I am taking the day off tomorrow and will be back on this project on Tuesday. Have a great night all!

I will do a full vlog about it once it is all tweaked. I found a repeatable system of change and that helped out a lot.

There was no way I could sleep with this many ideas in my head so I had to head back to work. Mind is clear now and the path is clear. Sleepy time

2/12/17

So tomorrow will be a dead day for me as we have to finish a few Crown tops before I get back on the long spinner. I will use that time to sell off some prototypes I made yesterday. They will be $115 plus shipping. I will try (and fail) to come up with easy ways to sell them where everyone is happy. Not sure of the exact time. Some have some nicks and most have some movement towards the end of the spin.

2/13/17

Vlog #9

hollow stem made ZERO difference. ZERO 🙂

Lindsey Wissing From Rich:

Gavin Sexton That bigger grip is nice

It needs it for this much weight. Same top with a .020″ smaller diameter grip tops out at 300 less RPM’s on the launch. Any bigger and the RPM’s decrease as well. It is the size it needs to be

Vlog #10

2/14/17

Uploaded in HD this time. Balancing idea we are working on

The official information post about this new top will happen soon. Until then suggest names for it here.


Official Information post:

The new top will be called the Nexus. I have wanted to use this name for a long time because most of our Mazak’s are Nexus models and these tops are made on them.

This will be on average, the longest spinning top in BilletSPIN history. It will launch on www.billetspin.com on 2/21 at noon central. Here is some info on the top:

-Only comes in one material combination (Tungsten/7068 aluminum)

-1/8″ carbide bearing ball (From our testing, these will be a significant improvement over ceramic).

-1.12″ in diameter

-44grams

-Due to the Tungsten you can expect more wobble than a standard BilletSPIN top. We are using the new tungsten but you will still see a flutter/wobble especially in the second half of the spin. Tops are sold as-is and I will not accept returns due to wobble/flutter

-$130 plus $5 domestic and $12 international shipping.

-We have enough Tungsten for 450 tops. A large portion of those will be junk due to excessive wobble. I will have to play it safe in the amount I make available because I will not have these all done in time for the release. This will hopefully mean there will be a second release once production is done (in a few weeks) and we know how many good ones we have.

-Due to the potential material issues, this design will NOT be retired after this sale. I am guessing this will be a huge hit and I would like to offer more of this one later in the year. However, I might not and this might be your only chance to get one. I just reserve the right to have another release later.

-There will NOT be a limit on how many you can order. I ask you to not buy this top to flip. Any comments to this post in regards to flipping will be deleted no questions asked.

2/15/17

Check this out…

Prototype spin contest! If you got one of the 42,517 Nexus prototypes, post up your best times here. On your honor. Winner gets to say they spun one of the 42,517 Nexus prototypes the longest!

2/17/17

As of now, 10 minute average to balance each Nexus. Going to be a long week

Remember there will be around 450 of them…

I am getting a system down for sure but it is just a tedious process.

2/19/17

Planning on ordering a Nexus? Be sure to watch this!!!

2/20/17

Today went well. I balanced 110. Getting the hang of it. Each bar is consistent from start to end so once we get the offset right for the first piece we can run the bar at the same setting. Should have them all balanced end of the day Wednesday if all goes well. This has no bearing on you all whatsoever but just thought I would share  😛

1st bar was dead perfect. Bore them, assemble, done. It was all down hill from there but still got a lot done

Each bar makes about 25 tops. Of those, they are pretty much identical. None of these will show a crazy variation to another one. They are all pretty close. If I didn’t balance them, they would be insanely different. This super light weight core just magnifies everything.

out of 400 there might be 10 DT smooth. Keep your expectations low but know the spin times will be very good regardless.

2/21/17

Getting close now, you ready!

Last minute Nexus info:

1) After getting the counts, we will be releasing 350 today at noon. We have more to run so I am very conservative on my numbers just in case something goes wrong here. We always keep extras for CS reasons. If we don’t scrap anymore, we might have a few to sell at a later date but it will be in a very small quantity. Nothing else I can do at this point because they are not all done and I need to play it safe.

2) When you purchase from the website, it is NOT yours until you COMPLETE checkout!!! Just because it is in your cart does not make it yours.

3) There will more than likely be people that miss out. People will be upset. I made ALL the material I had. I released ALL the tops I could. It sucks people miss out sometimes but lets try to keep the drama to a minimum.

4) I will NOT be making anymore Nexus tops. This is the only run of them but like I said in #1 there is a small chance I will have a few extras after the dust settles. DO NOT message me trying to get one if you missed out please. It just puts me in a bad spot as I like to please everyone.

5) Shipping will begin tomorrow and we should have them all shipped in one week.

6) I have said it a lot and the website is plastered with this: EXPECT FLUTTER/WOBBLE!!! This is Tungsten and I did my best to balance them but expect the worst.

7) The website will more than likely be password protected at some point this morning. It just means we are prepping for the launch. It will be back online well before noon central.

If you all have any questions, let me know! Looking forward to the fun and cant wait for you all to start getting these!


Just know, I made as many as I could all. If this balancing was not such a pain I would have ordered more stock for a second release. I am working on a solution for future long spinners though. THANK YOU for your support! Cant wait to see some times!

I was not expecting it to go that fast. Watching it was incredible

that was on par with the K2. Crazy. Back to balancing!

2/22/17

Good morning!

Top #35 “Crown”

1/2/17

I hope you all had a Happy New Year! I am officially back from vacation and ready to go! So much in fact I forgot we are off today but I showed up to an empty shop lol. Looks like we have made a decent amount of progress on the spheres, Christmas tops are done and shipped. Time to get caught up on some stuff and get designing the stemless top! After that will be the mini and then we get into our regular routine.

Lets make 2017 amazing and I hope you have a wonderful week. I missed yooze all!

1/13/17

Give me a heads up. How many of you are interested in a mini? Would you like 5/8″ or 3/4″? I will shoot for a two piece and try to keep the price between $100-$125 plus shipping. Reply “in” or “n” or “i” or “IN” or “in.” if you think you would be interested. This is NOT an order thread but just checking the demand on these. Be sure to include the size preference mentioned above.

Please only reply if you are interested in the top! Appreciate the feedback and I hope you all have a wonderful day!! Continue reading Top #35 “Crown”

Top #33 “Torus”

11/18/16

We had a poll and you all wanted a cool one piece next correct?
Bathgate will be done mid next week. Should have the new top the week after!

11/27/16

Big week this week! Tomorrow morning we launch our 6th crowdfunding project on Indiegogo called Billetspin Spheres! Then we will be releasing the next top which will be one piece and offered in a variety of materials and finishes. Those of you that ordered Rings from our website, we are making them now and should be caught up on orders I a little over a week! Lastly we will be finishing up the last of the Bathgate tops. I am a bit behind due to being ill but hopefully am doing better tomorrow morning. So who’s ready?! Continue reading Top #33 “Torus”

Top #31 “Infinity”

6/3/16

I have been hearing a lot of requests for a long spinner. Something along the lines of the spin contest winner. If you watch the last 3 minutes of my spin you will see what a tip like that will do as far as wobble. That is what a design like that will do and would be sold as is because I don’t want a CS nightmare. I could make a heavier version that I could spin for a crazy amount of time. I would like to hear your thoughts on a top like this with the wobble. I would use aluminum over magnesium and copper tungsten over densemet. Personally I think it would be a much much easier top to spin compared to the Tinker using what I learned from this contest. Probably in the $125 range Continue reading Top #31 “Infinity”

Top #30 “K2”

UPDATE: We “should” have all the Infected Specimens done tonight. Tomorrow when I come in I will start on the Moon glow and mokume version. We will be using the SUS.com website to sell these. I plan to use this a lot more in the future due to some issues I have had doing it here. Might be towards the end of the day tomorrow or else Friday for sure. No clue ho many at this point but will probably be around 10 of each variation. I will also be making two moon glow/timascus tops. One goes to Jim Skelton and the other gets auctioned off here in the group.
Once done with that, I immediately start on the Indiegogo project. There is a slight hiccup with the spin bases so they might be out of the campaign but I am doing everything in my power to get them in time. I will try to launch this 8/23 but that could easily change.

Last year, I was looking at Vector art. I saw something that I thought would look cool in a top. I changed the design to make it my own and CNC friendly. Once completed I needed a name for the top. I showed it to the group and we all tossed around ideas. Then I remembered a part in one of my favorite movies and it hit me. The Kraken.

This time around, I am going to make the top based off of the Kraken (from the movie). There is a huge difference here in inspiration. The top will be completely different but you will see it will have similar “genes”. My #1 goal is to protect the value of the original Kraken. Hence the name K2. It is NOT called Kraken 2. It is called K2. It will look completely different. In my opinion, this will actually raise the value of the original.

This will be a short campaign (14 days) and we will have started production WAY before launch so shipping will be much quicker than the Navigator. We might even have them all made by the time the campaign is over depending on how many we have to make.
Sorry this was so long, I would love to hear your opinions. Continue reading Top #30 “K2”