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#1 ETexas

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Posted 25 January 2008 - 03:23 PM

Are the commercial fountains as fragile as they appear? Seems to me that for the prices they are asking everywhere they should be a bit more sturdy. For a retired old man on a fixed income these things are out of the question however they are quite beautiful. Maybe when the excitement of being legal wears off the prices will come down. Until then me thinks a homemade one of some kind is in my future. :unsure:

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Posted 25 January 2008 - 03:32 PM

Most of the fountains are actually very sturdy despite their delicate appearance. Don't expect the prices to come down any time soon. I own two fountains. One is all glass (Versinthe) and I have yet to break it even though it has taken some abuse. My other is a very sturdy glass and metal unit made by the French Man. I can see it lasting for many years. :cheers:
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Posted 25 January 2008 - 03:52 PM

Some people have broken the glass on their French Man fountains. My beloved is a 2-spout with a small, sturdy glass bowl. I actually like it more than any modern 4-spout fountain I've seen.

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Posted 25 January 2008 - 04:52 PM

Yeah, from the many, many stories I've read on this forum, the glass globes of the Frenchman fountains are actually incredibly fragile, and can easily be broken simply by washing them with warm water after they've been filled with ice water. And you can only buy replacement globes for the smaller ones. The all-glass fountains, while thinner and not as attractive, seem to be much sturdier. And they're cheaper, too.
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Posted 25 January 2008 - 08:48 PM

Why yes, we have broken a fountain! :thumbdown:
Check the threads and you'll find a wealth of information on making your own. Also, keep in mind that the fountains weren't nearly as common 100+ years ago as a well-poured carafe of ice water. According to some reports, there was great prestige awarded to accomplished pouring artists. Not only is a carafe much less expensive, but I think pouring is an art that should developed, again.

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Posted 25 January 2008 - 09:15 PM

Yeah, it should be an art developed and used by people louching my absinthe for me. I'm not going to concentrate on using a decanter for a steady drip and miss the louche action.

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Posted 25 January 2008 - 10:04 PM

There ya go. Guys can't multi-task worth a damn. We can't pour and watch a glass louche at the same time especially if there's a pretty girl in the room. I think all we need is practice, Peridot. Grab your glass, absinthe, carafe of cold water and a pretty girl and practice, practice, practice. I bet we can do it.


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Posted 25 January 2008 - 10:09 PM

I multi task very poorly, though I was great at it as a teenager.

As much as that ability has atrophied so far I wonder if I'll be able to breathe and watch television at the same time when I'm 50.

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Posted 25 January 2008 - 11:00 PM

Guys can't multi-task worth a damn. We can't pour and watch a glass louche at the same time especially if there's a pretty girl in the room.

Who could?
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Posted 26 January 2008 - 12:03 PM

:shock: Jebus!
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Posted 26 January 2008 - 12:49 PM

Yep, nothing like a bottle of pre-ban to brighten an absinthe drinker's eyes. I'm sure you'd agree, Mindshifter is a pretty fortunate fellow.

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Posted 26 January 2008 - 12:56 PM

:rolleyes: Ahhh youth sweet wonderful youth.

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Posted 26 January 2008 - 01:33 PM

The girl is pretty young too E! :wheelchair:



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Posted 28 January 2008 - 01:24 PM

Pretty & young. :) I can put almost 50 % of my concentration on the louche action when she pours a glass for me. It took me years of practice, though.
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Posted 28 January 2008 - 01:43 PM

Half crazy after all these years, huh?

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Posted 28 January 2008 - 01:58 PM

Gosh -- first I looked longingly at the bottle, then I saw the girl, and now I can't remember what I came to this discussion for. Yowzah! What she would look like with pointy ears and green skin... :heart: :heart: :heart:
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Posted 28 January 2008 - 03:09 PM

My Frenchman fountain has seen near daily use over the last couple of years. The spigots leak like crazy now. I'll have to take them apart and fix them somehow. I think that a little strategically placed silicone will do the trick. I've had no problems with cracking due to thermal expansion/contraction, but washing under the strainer is tricky business.
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Posted 28 January 2008 - 09:39 PM

I think that a little strategically placed silicone will do the trick.

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Posted 15 February 2008 - 03:08 PM

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#20 Misanthrope

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Posted 15 February 2008 - 03:30 PM

Are the commercial fountains as fragile as they appear?

I have a #1 4-spout fountain and a Lemercier fountain and have not had any breakage or damage problems with either. But, then again, I am very careful with both. They are, however, a bit cumbersome to clean.
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Posted 15 February 2008 - 04:44 PM

I picked up one of the (in)famous US$20 Lowes mouthwash dispensers and it works great. You do have to raise it some, but hey, that's what those big dictionaries are good for these days.
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Posted 15 February 2008 - 10:38 PM

Yowzah! What she would look like with pointy ears and green skin...

A leprechaun with nice cleavage?

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Posted 17 February 2008 - 10:50 AM

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Speaking of that sort of thing, I happened to be at (against my will and better judgment) the Mall of America yesterday. There's a liquor store there now so I poked my head in and saw Lucid on the top shelf. That's just weird. Well, if they're selling absinthe at the MOA, maybe it's not ALL bad.
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Posted 05 July 2008 - 02:03 PM

While moving today my two spout Frenchman fountain broke. Now I have to see about getting a replacement. Does anyone remember how much a replacement costs? And has La Maison started carrying them?

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Posted 05 July 2008 - 02:06 PM

Bitch.

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Posted 05 July 2008 - 02:08 PM

There's been a rash of fountain breakage going around. Sorry to hear you are the latest victim.
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Posted 20 July 2008 - 01:22 AM

I just moved too (just 2 min from my new hospital!) and was extremely careful with the packaging and handling of my fountains, thanks in main part to the sad stories posted by people here. So it wasn't all for nothing. Luscious Oily Lesbians!.
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