My favorite time of the year is when my budget permits me to buy a new glass pipe. Unlike other glass collectors who buy, buy, and buy again throughout the year I prefer to plan out my purchases, much like a ships navigator planning out his next heading. Through this I haven't found myself in the age old "first world problem" of making a frivolous purchase I soon regret.
“Toro Double Macro” – Courtesy of Bit Freak Glass
What I love most about my Local Head Shop or LHS is their customer service as well as their selection of Toro glass. Being the only Toro retailer in Nevada, Aces High Tobacco and Gifts keeps all of sin city's Toro addicts well fed with a wide variety of Toro from the very basic to the "over-the-top". Their awesome customer services comes in to play if you speak up and make your intentions known, by simply giving them your phone number once new Toro's arrive you will be immediately contacted, so that you can come down and get your best pick before they are all gobbled up!
Aces High – Las Vegas, NV
At this juncture in my acquisition I was patiently waiting for the next Toro shipment to come in, whilst finishing up a day of writing for IgniteMe.co I got the call. "Yo! New Toro's just go in, we have your double macro here!!". Before I got too giddy to function I quickly grabbed my things and headed to Aces, eager to purchase my first "true" toro.
As I walked into the shop I could smell the excitement in their air, I finally understand why women get so giddy about shopping. As I approached the front counter to check out the newest crop of Toro's my jaw dropped at the variety of different models they had available. Just like that all of the research and methodical planning was thrown out the window, my eyes became slightly dilated, and I began looking for "the one". The “Pikachu to my Ash Ketchum” so to speak, what first caught my eye was a brilliant 7 arm to 13 arm double micro with Slyme and Black accents, TAG's Slyme has been a favorite color of mine, but with a slightly steeper price tag than my wallet could handle I began looking for something else.
As a glass collector the double micro model was my all time favorite, but until this very moment I hadn't even been in the same room as one that was for sale. So my eyes grew larger to see that they had 3 other double micros besides the pricey Slyme'd out one, I ended up picking the double micro that featured not one, but two of Toro's unique "Frothilator" diffusion system. Showcasing Toro's signature "geometric" style the perc looks a bit like a circ-syle diffuser the frothilator features precise slits around the diffusers base, making it so that little water is needed to make it work.
Upon taking my newly purchased piece home it was time to begin the age old IgniteMe tradition of "R&D", I was given the opportunity to water-test the piece at the store but now it was time for some serious scrutiny. To keep it brief words can't describe just smooth this piece is. At first I thought maybe the two chambers would be a tad cumbersome and would add to the pieces overall drag, but since you don't have to use a lot of water the diffusers create a "purring" effect. When hitting it you encounter almost no drag depending on the slide or concentrate utensil you use, I defiantly recommend sticking to Toro's classic Ice-Pinch style slide to achieve optimal diffusion, but on the other had since the piece is so sturdy it's just begging to try on any and all of your "headpiece" style slides.
All in all I don't regret abandoning the double macro, although I love that particular model I am very glad I decided to take the risk and spend a bit more to purchase the double micro. People usually scoff at the higher-than-usual price tag Toro often carries with it but I believe it was money well spent. Never before have I owned a piece that naturally emits so much stability, both in the construction of the piece and in it's styling. I look forward to my next Toro and I highly recommend this brand for any glass enthusiast who enjoys a scientifically artistic piece that is made for daily use.
Edited by superjoint, 11 July 2012 - 01:58 PM.