Alan Gray and the Great Bambino
Standard Size Tops
Standard tops are are 3" high, 2" in diameter. Styles include
Triple Play, Double Play and Dugout.
Larger tops, ranging anywhere from 3" to 9" in diameter, are
also available for the true top lover. 3" tops are a little larger
and spin a little longer since they have more mass. Slightly more difficult
to spin, you have to hold the tip up and a little more to the side to
compensate for the added weight.
Tops 4" and above have to be held more like a bowling ball, with
the tip out to the side. Tossing needs to begin a little slower, gradually
accelerating towards the end of the throw. Be more careful when you
grab it if it's spinning at full speed, because it has much more energy
and it could sprain your wrist. Expect to get plenty of dings in the
top because it will run into furniture. Oversized tops are less predictable
than 2" tops and they usually have metal tips. They are best used
outside. Large tops are designed to be thrown, but some may wish to
just display them. If you're going to throw a very large top and catch
it, we recommend using a helmet, steel toed boots, a glove and have
a strong arm. These mega tops can pack quite a punch.
Hollow tops spin longer than solid tops since the mass of the top is
concentrated at the outside of the top.
Small finger tops which have the shape of a balloon and can be launched
with the snap of a finger. These tops are less than 1" in diameter.
These tops are no larger than 1/4" in diameter
These are one of the oldest tops in the world They are kept spinning
by constant whipping the top using a leather strap attached to a stick.
Fixed tips, bearing tips and wooden tips. Coming soon, bearing tips
in two parts.
Dugout and yo-yo strings are specially made by Alan Gray. These unique
strings are stiffer, last longer and are more tightly wound so they
don't wear out as fast as ordinary strings.