Since mathmos re-shaped the astro bottles i can no longer use the new bottles on my vintage early astro & lantern, as they have tapered the base in to make a lip so the bottle sits on the rim of bases, This tapered part now sits inside the bases but to wide so rests on the inner part which makes the bottles very wobbly and i dont feel safe to use, The lantern base is the worst, slight tap and bottle tilts right over. Also less contents for more money as found out when i just refilled a earlier bottle
mathmos site states the follow
wonky lava lamp - wonky bottle - bottle wonky
i think its down to wanting quicker heat up time, nearly all of mine have been diluted down , the worst 2 get right is the bottles for the blue base / black bases, craven walker designed em for the long stretchy flow and u.s china blobs, cressida granger said once anyone can make a blob lamp ! which is what mathmos do now :-(
It's called GREED! If they can pocket more money and now sell crap and you continue to buy their NEW CRAP, at the same high prices no less, they will continue to make and sell CRAP. Shame on Mathmos, thought for sure they would have seen the direction that Lava Lite went through, guess not. Sad days.
Sounds like another fine company now going down the drain similar to what happened to the lava lamps once they moved to China.
I never understand why any company, that has great success, starts to change things for the worse. I know that dollars and cents is the name of the game but once a company alienates their core buyers, the rest goes down hill from their.
Oh, Goodness! I have just purchased an AstroBaby for my friend as a gift! It takes the new halogen bulbs! I am afraid to give it to him now :(.
Got one of the new Astro Baby bottles and was shocked by how poor the flow is on it! It just produces blobs that go up and down. I thought I was being fussy but look at the first comment on their new Neo lamp: