I decided to buy a reproduction balancier to use when I'm not sharing an absinthe with my wife and don't need to set up the fountain. After checking around I found that the best price (by far) was from eBay seller "rueverte". Shipping was also reasonable, only €6.
I ordered it Monday and just received it today -- Friday. Germany to California in 4 days, over a Holiday no less. I didn't expect to see it for at least another week.
Incredibly, he sent it Fedex. How can he do that for only €6? And in such heavy packaging?
Anyway, it's a terrific little device and it worked beautifully in my quick test. I'm looking forward to tonight's "heure verte" to give it a real try.
Edited by Georges Meliès, 05 July 2013 - 01:16 PM.