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How much wax in Mathmos lamps, Astro vs baby?

Started this discussion. Last reply by jonny p Aug 9. 5 Replies

After a long long gap of decades, I purchased a new Mathmos Astro, and was slightly disappointed in the amount of "goo" it contained. Back in the 70s our Crestworth Astro seemed to have more wax,…Continue

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jonny p replied to Mark Britten's discussion How much wax in Mathmos lamps, Astro vs baby?
"Astro have about 250ml on the old bottle thus got changed in mid 2000s to least wax and we'll the flow is more bug blobs than little ones or snakey flow than the 1970s-2000 bottles. I think it was done more likely to save money than flow and…"
Aug 9
MonsoonStorm replied to Mark Britten's discussion How much wax in Mathmos lamps, Astro vs baby?
"Just a suggestion, have you tried using a dimmer? I've found the the snake type movement tends to happen when the lamp is running cooler.  It may be worth trying a cheap dimmer socket first before dropping money on the vintage…"
Aug 9
Mark Britten replied to Mark Britten's discussion How much wax in Mathmos lamps, Astro vs baby?
"Thankyou for your expert replies. I'm "new" at this, despite having one waaay back in the early 70s, Im pretty clueless as there was no way of tapping into a wider knowledge base like now. I certainly wish we had kept it, however if I…"
Aug 8
Arne replied to Mark Britten's discussion How much wax in Mathmos lamps, Astro vs baby?
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Arne replied to Mark Britten's discussion How much wax in Mathmos lamps, Astro vs baby?
"the new Astro bottle definitely contain less wax than vintage ones and the baby bottles. Back in the day an astro bottle had twice as much wach and fluid than baby bottles and when comparing a new astro bottle to a bottle I mad from two babies…"
Aug 6
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How much wax in Mathmos lamps, Astro vs baby?

After a long long gap of decades, I purchased a new Mathmos Astro, and was slightly disappointed in the amount of "goo" it contained. Back in the 70s our Crestworth Astro seemed to have more wax, more activity and seemed to flow better.I recently added a Baby to the living room and it seems to have as much wax as its older brother and is consequently more interesting to look at. Am I imagining this? Has anyone compared volumes? Am I a nerd with no life? (Don't answer the last question).See More
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Something Interesting About Me:
I'm an international hit man.
Where I Live:
England - UK
My First Lava Lamp was:
Mathmos Astro
My Collection Includes this many Lava Lamps:
2
My Favorite Lava Lamp is:
The Giant

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