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Transformer Tubes (Formerly Steele Concept)

Discussion in 'Glass' started by Steele Concept, Aug 10, 2012.

  1. Steele Concept

    Steele Concept Transformer Tubes Manufacturer

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    Hi guys,

    I have been a member/lurker here for around 2 years and have owned multiple vaporizers. I recently have developed an indestructible designer water pipe that was engineered from the ground up to be the ideal vapor tool. There is nothing else like this on the market and I believe it will shake up the industry!

    It is constructed entirely of FDA approved materials including: 304 Stainless Steel, Polycarbonate and 304 Stainless Steel cubes filled with glycerin and purified water.

    My product will be launched at Hempfest 2012 in Seattle at the Glass Blowers Direct booth. We will have an ad in High Times December 2012 issue. There may even be a product review coming up in High Times of the Steele Concept.

    Product will be available next weekend and FC members will receive an EXCLUSIVE Grand Opening $50 discount code for orders placed August 17th-19th. For now members will have to use Dwolla or phone in orders until I have my LLC and business checking account to take credit cards.

    For more information please see my website. SteeleConcept.com

    Feel free to hit me with questions or comments. I know you guys got em :)

    [​IMG]
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  2. Peloton

    Peloton Vapes Hard

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    Glad to have ya here. Seems like a very interesting concept.

    I'm guessing you freeze the glycerin cubes? Also, what is the GonG joint size?
  3. Tweak

    Tweak T\/\/34|<

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    Exactly how is it indestructible if it still contains glass?
  4. skyline

    skyline The Connoisseur

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    I think that's polycarbonate not glass, and the downstem ... looks to be a glass one actually. But it's probably removable and replaceable like with any non-fixed downstem bong.

    Edit: I've always wondered this but I've never done the research ... is Polycarbonate a safe material to use? I know one concern with using plastic bongs is that smoke will interact with the plastic and may pollute the inhaled gas with unwanted chemicals.
  5. Steele Concept

    Steele Concept Transformer Tubes Manufacturer

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    Yep. Simply stick the cubes in the fridge for a half hour or so. The liquid will gel and the cubes stay real cold for a long time. The vapor is propelled around the cubes and is extremely smooth.

    The GonG is 19 to 14 mm low pro downstem with a 14 mm bowl. I selected it specifically because of the sleek looking low profile :)

    The tube you see is FDA approved polycarbonate and highly heat resistant. There are no health issues that I am aware of after my extensive research.

    The down stem and bowl are borosilicate glass.

    The total weight is 3.01 pounds with nearly all the weight in the base. It is pretty difficult to even tip over.
  6. Steele Concept

    Steele Concept Transformer Tubes Manufacturer

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    By the way it is the type of device that you actually have to use before you believe. I could go on all day with that marketing blablabla. But until you see how a 12" unit performs compared to excessively percolated tubes, it's hard to contemplate.

    I've had 10 people try it so far and all were very surprised with the smoothness. Let's just say a lot of smiles were had that day.
  7. shredhead

    shredhead Specialist

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    interesting. Any videos?
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  8. quentin123

    quentin123 Active Member

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    Will the cubes be available separately?
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  9. smokum

    smokum The Guy Your Mother Warned You About

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    I'd like to see some 'in use' vids myself. Your channel only carries 3 vids right now, but no action shots.

    Interesting new conceptual design no doubt.
  10. shredhead

    shredhead Specialist

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    Ya maybe with a nice showerhead downstem this could be a nice travel vapor tube with good diffusion.
  11. Peloton

    Peloton Vapes Hard

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    I don't know if I'd necessarily say this would make a good travel piece... it's 3lbs, a foot tall, and also $400 ($350 for us FC'ers that preorder on said dates). The toughness it seems to have, however, would be an awesome attribute for a traveling piece of course. I really do dig the design, but I just don't know if I could justify the $$$ for this. Man it sure looks cool, though.
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  12. Steele Concept

    Steele Concept Transformer Tubes Manufacturer

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    @shredhead, product action vids coming soon. I wish Vitolo had one. He does the best videos! I'll try to get some vids up utilizing the RockZap (RIP) for vape and a Combustion one ASAP.

    @quentin123 for the general public, no. For FC guys, sure :) If you want bulk, your wish is a PM away. Alternatively you can get 4 for $21 on Amazon (type steel ice cubes) or get the n'Ice from Brookstone, also reasonably priced.

    I definitely wouldn't recommend these cubes in glass, as they'd end up smashing glass ice catchers.

    @Peloton I think it'd be great for travel to toss in a car as it can take a whoopin'. Or to toss in a backpack to bring to buddies. In terms of portability it is a water pipe so it's not going to have the convenience of a MFLB or a regular pipe or something.

    I acknowledge it is an expensive piece. It costs me a ton to manufacture as my machinist and his son do all the work by hand and I pay them more than they asked for because the craftsmanship is superb. From Connecticut with love, baby! In the future economies of scale could drop my manufacturing cost and I could drop the cost for all you guys.

    But you bring up a valid point. Fuck $399.99 for the coolest cats on the interwebs. I'm not a greedy dude and this forum is by far my favorite one.

    $100 off for the Grand Opening Sale. $50 off thereafter for FC members. Price includes free shipping anywhere in the domestic U.S... Even if your ballbag is frozen solid in Alaska, or stickin' from the heat of Hawaii!
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  13. Steele Concept

    Steele Concept Transformer Tubes Manufacturer

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    Today is officially my real birthday (I just turned 25) and I've decided to begin the sales from today the grand opening sale from 12th to the 19th of August for my friends family and FC members. If you have a Dwolla account just use coupon code "grandopening"

    If you don't have Dwolla and don't want to make an account you can send an email to: stevesteele87@gmail.com with your address and phone number. I'll give you a ring I can take CC over the phone via Square. Or you can send a money order via USPS. The price for all all above parties for the grand opening is $299.99 with FREE SHIPPING until the 19th of August.

    I'm sorry for the inconvenience in this regard but I need to wait until I get my merchant account to take CC online. I was rejected from numerous 3rd party payment processors due to the nature of my product.

    Thanks FC!
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  14. OhTheAgony

    OhTheAgony here for the chicks

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    First of all, happy birthday :party:

    I do like your idea, but I too have problems justifying such a high price tag. I mean, I could buy 7 or 8 Ehle's including a diffused downstem each for that kinda cash. & I don't think I'll life long enough to break 7 Ehle's to be honest.

    As I said, I like the idea, but I don't think it should cost more than 2 or 3 times than the breakable original.

    Good luck on your endeavors though, I'll keep an eye on this.
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  15. Jurassic

    Jurassic Active Member

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    Hey Steele, great concept... I wish you would have thrown your idea out 2 years ago before you started development just for feedback. Personally i'd prefer a dewaar style joint 18mm, and it's hard for me to buy something that I can't see through for ease of cleaning. I'm sure there is indeed a niche you will fill for those on the go, but i'm just not a fan of polycarbonate.

    Oh yeah, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! You're only 25? Looks like a great business venture for you, kudos at such a young age.

    EDIT: Would have to agree with OTA, for $400 i'd rather go with Mobius :D
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  16. Steele Concept

    Steele Concept Transformer Tubes Manufacturer

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    Möbius stereo matrix is dope. Or if your a boss, the sovereignty peyote pillar perc lol, That thing is unreal.

    Unfortunately at the end of the day glass is glass and can break. The Steele Concept intentionally avoids excessive Percs and such. What I wanted was a simple aesthetic and a simple function that never breaks. People are amazed by the smoothness when they hit the Steele Concept and you can't really understand until you have ripped her.

    The cubes are no gimmick fellas.

    Now that I have completed units I definitely gotta show the diffusion capabilities and maximum rips one can take on the Steele. Action shots are coming soon all! Maybe later tonight or tomorrow I can shoot some videos for your pleasure.

    $400 for a lifelong unit is certainly reasonable and if I can get economy of scale up it might be possible to do 300 a unit. But these are hand machined and welded American beasts. It's the type of thing where you beat your cheast like a gorilla and throw your Steele concept at a weaker species ;)

    Because the product is so different I expect tons of criticism. Especially on good ol FC.

    Thanks guys!
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  17. Jurassic

    Jurassic Active Member

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    You make some great points, and at $300 (or $200 for FC'ers lol) i'd maybe reconsider based on what information i'd find on the poly/heat. Lifelong is a really good point, and I imagine that there would be "less" condensation on SS? Is that correct?
    One of the things that appeals to me is the fact that it doesn't have excessive diffusion. I prefer the least amount possible to keep as many actives with still the benefit of vapour through water.

    I really respect you for coming on here with your product and accepting all the criticisms and feedback, and will definitely help spread the word for you.

    Enjoy your birthday! :)
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  18. Steele Concept

    Steele Concept Transformer Tubes Manufacturer

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    I just sold 2 wholesale units to a local dealer and one of them will be featured in a raffle on the local radio! Everyone I show the unit to gets a big ass grin on their face and I love it!

    Here is my final offer: grand opening will take off $150!!! That's right the FC price will be $250 with FREE SHIPPING. After that its $50 off for FC members. FC is one of the closest communities I know of online so fuck it count it as family :). This offer will end next Sunday so get em in boys.

    I know you guys will love my unit and I am willing take a hit on the price for a week in order to establish buy in from this great community. This is absolutely the lowest I can go and I want you guys to be happy :)

    Happy birthday to me and happy birthday to Steele Concept, hehe.

    Peace
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  19. Jurassic

    Jurassic Active Member

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    Wow, that is a pretty generous offer! Especially coming down all the way from $400. I personally can't afford it (saving for VXC) but i'm pretty sure some members will pounce on this. I am looking forward to some videos though. I would love to support you but I only use glass at home and am extremely careful so don't really require a use for this, and am waiting patiently for PV to release the FC bubbler for vapour!

    Best of luck in your sales, and I do look forward to seeing some videos. Also are you planning any vids similar to Glasstafarian's Evolver "whoops" dropping on floor HydraTube vids? I'd imagine that you want to illustrate just how indestructible it is, but without destroying your home in the process :)
  20. Steele Concept

    Steele Concept Transformer Tubes Manufacturer

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    We have some drop and tip tests on the youtube channel. Vapor/Smoke highlights coming soon.

    www.facebook.com/steeleconcept
    www.youtube.com/steeleconcept

    Check it out and make sure to get those orders in this week if you want the special grand opening price. I will NEVER be offering the unit for $250 again and it's a one time only opportunity. After that it is $350 with FC coupon and that is the best I can do.

    Thanks again!

    -Steve
  21. Jurassic

    Jurassic Active Member

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    Hey Steve/Ryan, thanks for those vids! Ouch, that truely was painful seeing you break the Roor! lol I did notice that something did break on the steele concept, or was that the glass downstem flying and breaking?

    You have switched your pricing around a little, so maybe never say never. First $50 discount, then $100, and now $150, but then it will only be $50? I'm having trouble following, but I suppose it's because it's a limited time special, and the FC discount will be $50 correct? According to your original post, you were going to offer FC a $50 discount, but that was limited, so $400 after that. Now it's $350 after the limited time? Is that right?

    Thanks again for the vids, no need to compare to glass and waste more precious Roors lol Maybe more vids with just your steele concept, but remove the downstem! lol
  22. Steele Concept

    Steele Concept Transformer Tubes Manufacturer

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    Heh the Steele Concept in that video got dropped about 10 times and was still fine. The polycarbonate piece popped out because we were using a poor sealant. Other than that it was fine and just resealed later with a better sealant. No significant damage was done to the unit, just some scuff marks on the bottom.

    Our sealant now is an ultra hard FDA approved waterproof high temp sealant. I pulled very hard and we tried tugging and twisting and it is an extremely strong bond that doesn't break.

    The grand opening price for my family, friends, fraternity and FC is $250 with FREE SHIPPING. until this Sunday August 19th.

    After Sunday August 19th, family, friends, fraternity and FC can get it for $350. Everyone else pays $399.99.

    These offers are exclusive to the people close to me and my favorite forum. Pricing is transparent and the same for everyone. I am being very generous at first because I want to get people talking about the unit. This product is a premium quality unit and is priced as such.

    I apologize for the pricing confusion before. It seems with the new forum software I couldn't delete or edit older posts.
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  23. Tea Party

    Tea Party Boro Connoisseur

    Low profile? what is with the long joint stem on these?
  24. Steele Concept

    Steele Concept Transformer Tubes Manufacturer

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    That's the name of the type of down stem. The longer joint stem was chosen for the aethestics and when a log vape or other is placed on the GonG it will be far enough away from the unit. When I was designing it, people tended to like the joint stem to be about the same height as the tube.

    Did this answer your question? If not I can further clarify :)
  25. Steele Concept

    Steele Concept Transformer Tubes Manufacturer

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    UPDATE:

    After discussion with suppliers and dealers the final regular price has been secured. Once again I apologize for the movement but this is the launch week and shit has been crazy. I've spoken with a large number of people a LOT has changed.

    Thankfully I was able to take down the regular price. Once again in the future if economy of scale goes up it is possible I may be able to go a bit lower. This wouldn't happen for a long time though as very large orders of material would be necessary. I want to make this unit as affordable as possible for the general population :)

    MSRP - $399.99

    $250 for grand opening until August 19th
    $299.99 for FC, family, friends etc. after the 19th.
    $319.99 for everyone else.

    All pricing includes free shipping anywhere to the domestic U.S.

    I also have a Light Saber from 7th Floor on order, so we will try and get a product action video up ASAP of both vaporization and combustion.

    Thank you for your patience everyone.

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