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Old 2008-10-20, 8:08pm
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I so want to go up to Hagerstown and camp out at the UPS depot tonight! My Cricket is on its way from GTT and should be to Hagerstown in the morning. I'll just save them the rest of the trip. Kids have already been told that if I'm not home when the UPS guy comes and they don't get to the door in time to sign for the box (mind you they are 17 and 19 yrs) it will not be pretty when I get home Can't wait
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Old 2008-10-20, 8:42pm
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I was working Bullseye and I was probably about 4-6 inches out in the flame.




Thanks for the help. I'll give this a try. I'll have to try and get a better idea of how long my candles are.

I'm pretty much moving from a MiniCC to the Cricket. I also got a Betta last month right before the Cricket was announed. But I only used the Betta once. The Cricket flame is significantly different from the MiniCC. I wanted a more focused flame for boro work because I found the MiniCC to be very fluffy on NG. I like the Cricket flame. It is radiant without being excessively fluffy. And the pinpoint flame on the Cricket is vastly superior to the MiniCC pinpoint. But I'll probably switch the Betta back in this weekend to test drive it a bit more to see what I think.

Thanks again for your helpful hints
I would love to hear what you think the differaces are between the betta and the cricket. I have the betta and would love to know if the cricket is hotter
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Old 2008-10-20, 9:54pm
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Old 2008-10-21, 9:08am
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I would love to hear what you think the differaces are between the betta and the cricket. I have the betta and would love to know if the cricket is hotter
I haven't used either my Cricket or my Betta much yet but here are my first impressions.

First of all, I'm using 1/4 PSI natural gas. I think this is now the biggest limiting factor in my set-up and I think it prevents all my torches from showing their best stuff

Boro -- I like the Cricket and Betta equally for working boro on my set-up. I think both torches are working better than my MiniCC for boro on my set-up. However, it takes a bit of time to work boro on the Cricket, Betta and MiniCC. I did a class where I worked boro on a Minor that was powered with tanked propane and tanked O2 and it took some time on that set-up as well.

So I'm now at the point of deciding how much I want to work boro. I have a 10LPM oxygen concentrator which I understand would power a GTT Lynx if I switched to propane. I guess I'm coming to the conclusion that if I want to work boro on a regular rather than occasional basis that I'd probably be happiest upping my fuel PSI and moving up to the next level of torch. I just don't think I have the patience level that is needed to work boro on the entry level torches. And I'm regretting buying the Betta rather than going for a Lynx since they're in the same price range.

Soft glass -- I haven't worked much soft glass yet with the Betta but once again, on my particular set-up, I think the Betta and Cricket are pretty much the same.

I think the Cricket is much cuter than the Betta. And if I was looking to buy a first torch or move up from a Hot Head, I think the Cricket is absolutely the way to go. I personally like the flame characteristics of the Cricket much better than the MiniCC. The Cricket flame can be fluffy but it's not too fluffy and when the Cricket is in pinpoint, it is a penetrating point which I like much better than the MiniCC's pinpoint.
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Old 2008-10-21, 12:43pm
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Oh my gosh I can't stand it these are soooo cute!
Just got mine in the mail and the sparkle green is so pretty, emerald green and very sparkly!
Woo Hoo!!!!

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Old 2008-10-21, 12:53pm
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OMG Lana!!! I envy you...
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Oooooo .....the Pink Panther is on the way................i cant hardly stand it ...............
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O M G ............ its in Lexington ...........is sched to be delivered tomorrow.........cant wait to touch it will post pix tomorrow night
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Wow, 2 days UPS ground, that is the quickest shipping ground I have ever gotten. Anyway it is here and is just BEAUTIFUL!

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Old 2008-10-24, 8:20pm
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Got my sparkly purple one today.
Early Birthday present (just let my hubby know ).
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Soft glass -- I haven't worked much soft glass yet with the Betta but once again, on my particular set-up, I think the Betta and Cricket are pretty much the same.

I think the Cricket is much cuter than the Betta. And if I was looking to buy a first torch or move up from a Hot Head, I think the Cricket is absolutely the way to go. I personally like the flame characteristics of the Cricket much better than the MiniCC. The Cricket flame can be fluffy but it's not too fluffy and when the Cricket is in pinpoint, it is a penetrating point which I like much better than the MiniCC's pinpoint.
Thanks for your thoughts Beckah, Im hoping to go to a cricket from my HH
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Old 2008-10-25, 10:16am
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Thanks for your thoughts Beckah, Im hoping to go to a cricket from my HH
If you can afford to do it now, I think the Crickets are still priced at $139 -- which is a great deal. That's the introductory price -- I don't know when they'll go to the regular price.

I also like that the Cricket can run well on one 5LPM oxycon. Which definitely lowers the start-up costs. I wish it had been available when I set-up a couple of years ago.
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Old 2008-10-29, 12:20pm
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I just got my cricket torch 2 days ago. Anyone have a pic of there's hooked up to the oxy and propane hoses? I have mine hooked up but the hoses are bent so far they almost have a kink in them. I am used to pointing the tip of the torch more upwords, like i used to with my minor. The brass fittings on the cricket are strait down, so when i hooked up my hoses and pointed the torch up like I'm used to, the hoses seem to be in a very tight curve. I had to zip tye them to the torch so they would stay put. Now with my luck i will most likely drip hot glass on the hoses and ruin them. Is there some kind of L shape fitting to put on the brass hose connects so i can get the hoses out of harms way. Or do i have to get used to working with my torch in a horizontal position. I really don't need to have another learning curve, my beads look like crap lately. I have a very small work space so if i have to point the torch more horizontal i will probably burn something in front of me. Like my tool box of glass rods or plastic box of frit. Any ideals would be much appreciated.
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Old 2008-10-29, 12:42pm
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I just got my cricket torch 2 days ago. Anyone have a pic of there's hooked up to the oxy and propane hoses? I have mine hooked up but the hoses are bent so far they almost have a kink in them. I am used to pointing the tip of the torch more upwords, like i used to with my minor. The brass fittings on the cricket are strait down, so when i hooked up my hoses and pointed the torch up like I'm used to, the hoses seem to be in a very tight curve. I had to zip tye them to the torch so they would stay put. Now with my luck i will most likely drip hot glass on the hoses and ruin them. Is there some kind of L shape fitting to put on the brass hose connects so i can get the hoses out of harms way. Or do i have to get used to working with my torch in a horizontal position. I really don't need to have another learning curve, my beads look like crap lately. I have a very small work space so if i have to point the torch more horizontal i will probably burn something in front of me. Like my tool box of glass rods or plastic box of frit. Any ideals would be much appreciated.
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I had a similar issue in that I am used to having my minor pointing much more up than I am able with my cricket. I didn't want to stress the hoses, so I pointed it more out than up and got used to it pretty quickly - I would consider clearing in front of the torch.
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I just thought of something - you could try adding a very small piece of 2 x 4 under the torch - something just big enough to fit under the base - to raise it off the table.
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I just got my cricket torch 2 days ago. Anyone have a pic of there's hooked up to the oxy and propane hoses? I have mine hooked up but the hoses are bent so far they almost have a kink in them. I am used to pointing the tip of the torch more upwords, like i used to with my minor. The brass fittings on the cricket are strait down, so when i hooked up my hoses and pointed the torch up like I'm used to, the hoses seem to be in a very tight curve. I had to zip tye them to the torch so they would stay put. Now with my luck i will most likely drip hot glass on the hoses and ruin them. Is there some kind of L shape fitting to put on the brass hose connects so i can get the hoses out of harms way. Or do i have to get used to working with my torch in a horizontal position. I really don't need to have another learning curve, my beads look like crap lately. I have a very small work space so if i have to point the torch more horizontal i will probably burn something in front of me. Like my tool box of glass rods or plastic box of frit. Any ideals would be much appreciated.
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Hum....this is something that would concern me a bit, too! I've sold my Mini CC, and want to order a Cricket asap!!!

Does anyone know FOR SURE how long the intro. price will be available? I have to transfer from my PP account, then pay my CC bill so it's clear to purchase. I know GTT was looking into setting it up so we can purchase using our PayPal accounts, but I don't think it's quite there yet

I totally don't want to miss out on the intro pricing while doing all the $ juggling, so if it's going to continue with the "intro pricing" until further notice, I'm probably ok.

Thanks for the suggestion, Squid! I'd probably get used to it fairly quickly, and having worked so long on a hot head, it's probably going to actually be MORE COMFORTABLE to work in a forward/outward direction than an upward one, too!

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Well, for now, I'd be thrilled if I could find someone who would sell me their PINK or BLACK Cricket - yeah, right!

I'm thinking I'll probably have to call GTT and order since I suppose this is a "special order" color (would really prefer NOT purple - sorry Purp Peeps!) - so if anyone out there has a PINK or BLACK one they're not thrilled about (would have to have either the different color knobs or at least the different color ends on the knobs), PLEASE, PLEASE, SHOOT ME A PM!!!

I'm going to see if anyone contacts me in the next day or so, then it's ORDER TIME!

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I just got my cricket torch 2 days ago. Anyone have a pic of there's hooked up to the oxy and propane hoses? I have mine hooked up but the hoses are bent so far they almost have a kink in them. I am used to pointing the tip of the torch more upwords, like i used to with my minor. . . .
Elaine, I noticed the same thing about the position of the barbs in pictures of Crickets before I ordered mine. It's sounds like you used your Minor as I did--pointed more up. After taking Jim Smircich's class, I re-aimed my Minor (before the Cricket arrived) so that the flame was closer to parallel with the table top. I'm doing the same thing with the Cricket but am still annoyed with the barb placement.

I have the base corner closest to me hanging an inch and a half from the table edge.
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I'm going to be securing my Cricket to my workbench via a Creation Station - the "clamp" thingie worked well for my Mini CC...hopefully it will be OK with the Cricket as well, with the corner pointed towards me. I currently don't have anything that is at the "back" of my workbench anyway, and do have a marble tile that hangs on the wall to shield it. We'll see...

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Thanks for the input...I did sort of notice that, but if I can order one in PINK and still take advantage of the intro. price (plus the "special order" cost for the color, of course), I'm going for it!

I wrote them an email - hopefully it will all work out great!

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I just got my cricket torch 2 days ago. Anyone have a pic of there's hooked up to the oxy and propane hoses? I have mine hooked up but the hoses are bent so far they almost have a kink in them. I am used to pointing the tip of the torch more upwords, like i used to with my minor. The brass fittings on the cricket are strait down, so when i hooked up my hoses and pointed the torch up like I'm used to, the hoses seem to be in a very tight curve. I had to zip tye them to the torch so they would stay put. Now with my luck i will most likely drip hot glass on the hoses and ruin them. Is there some kind of L shape fitting to put on the brass hose connects so i can get the hoses out of harms way. Or do i have to get used to working with my torch in a horizontal position. I really don't need to have another learning curve, my beads look like crap lately. I have a very small work space so if i have to point the torch more horizontal i will probably burn something in front of me. Like my tool box of glass rods or plastic box of frit. Any ideals would be much appreciated.
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My solution to this was to remove the base and turn it 180 degrees and reattach. The torch is a little closer to me and my hoses go straight down - they no longer have the tight curve. This seems to be working fine for me and have not found any safety issues. Maybe this will work for you.
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My solution to this was to remove the base and turn it 180 degrees and reattach. The torch is a little closer to me and my hoses go straight down - they no longer have the tight curve. This seems to be working fine for me and have not found any safety issues. Maybe this will work for you.
That is a good idea - I will have to see how that works for me. Thanks for posting!
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My solution to this was to remove the base and turn it 180 degrees and reattach. The torch is a little closer to me and my hoses go straight down - they no longer have the tight curve. This seems to be working fine for me and have not found any safety issues. Maybe this will work for you.
WELL, I DID IT!!! I ordered mine today - woo hoo!!! I'm getting that delicious pink with black knobs (which will have the red/green ends to tell fuel from oxy, of course!) I can hardly wait...maybe mid November, that figured

I'm trying to visualize your solution, Theresa. Thanks for suggesting it - is there any way you can take a quick snap of how your torch sits now? Do you mean you disconnect the "arm" that the torch is sitting on from the base, then turn it around? I'm terribly tired at the moment; my brain's sort of fuzzy - I'm sure this will make sense when I get the torch - but a picture would be wonderful to make eyes at

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Hi De~ This is my solution to the bent hose situation that my DH didn't like. I detached the "arm" from the "flat plate" and rotated 180 degrees and reattached. Minimal tools required - a flat screw driver and adjustable end wrench. It did bring the torch closer to me which at this point has not been a problem. It works for me.
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HOT HOT HOT Thats all i can say! Not only is it HOT Pink it is HOT HOT HOT It melts Bullseye like buttah. My uroboros too. I LOVE this torch! Dont have a prob with the hoses as is. I do use a creation station. Thanks GTT for a super COOL HOT torch!!!

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Hi De~ This is my solution to the bent hose situation that my DH didn't like. I detached the "arm" from the "flat plate" and rotated 180 degrees and reattached. Minimal tools required - a flat screw driver and adjustable end wrench. It did bring the torch closer to me which at this point has not been a problem. It works for me.
Oh, Theresa - you didn't forget me! Thanks so much for the photo! I'll admit, having worked so long on a Hot Head, I'm going to want to tilt that puppy UP - but it looks like with this configuration, it still will bend the hoses, but not as extremely as when the "arm" is pointing (slanting) the other direction!

Thanks so much for doing this for me - and all of us!

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