I have been thinking about what I write here and I have been trying really hard to tread lightly and not piss anyone off but you know what? I have been burned by others who are always happy to take my money from me for sub-standard products and services for too long now, the gloves are off and I'm coming out punching....Currently I am waiting for some new clear glass to come in....I am so sick of spending hours (and I do mean hours) on a complex floral focal and then fighting with the clear glass when I come to encase. This is a subject about which I could rant for England and will now proceed to do so, you have been warned....Why can't anyone make good compatible soft clear glass that is actually clear? I'm not talking about handpulled here but the clear glass that is produced in bulk. I have tried it all, I have cleaned it with various fluids and ungents that were never meant for cleaning glass, I have peeled and pulled enourmous rods as wide as tree trunks, I have put it through the dishwasher, I have danced with it naked in the pale moonlight with my tongue sticking out, facing east and I have tried the "armpit swipe" with that special brand of cleanser beadmaker sweat. I swear I have rods from pretty much every batch of sodding clear glass that was ever pulled with one exception....Aether clear from Double Helix. Now I am usually on the ball and can, after years of practice, snag new glass as it comes out but this one passed me by, sharp intake of breath....shock horror......I know.... not only did I miss a new glass but apparently the BEST clear glass to hit the scene in years, WHAT WAS I THINKING!!!!!!Actually I will tell you precisely what I was thinking another day because I remember it quite clearly.So now while I wait to see when Aether will be available again and how it squares up against the rest of the competiton, Diamond clear by Precision is my "go to" clear. D.C. has not been without it's problems but imho it's the best one out there for what I need. I can case a bead and it comes out clear, who woulda thunk?I do think that some of problems with some of the other clear glasses may be down to the way we work, but for me, if I work hot and fast I need a clear that works hot and fast without burning, bubbling or scumming. I think it is obvious that we don't mind paying for good clear either, I know I am happy to pay premium price but only for premium glass. What seems to have happened is the price of clear has risen but the quality is still patchy at best, not useable at worst. It is very telling that when a "good" batch hits the market is sells out stupid fast. This is not a big problem with borosilicate or Bullseye or Satake so why is it with the 104'sI am pleased that Double Helix are taking their time with Aether, it suggests quality control that is somewhat lacking in some of the mass produced clears and I am looking forward to trying it, I have heard great things about it. I do think Precision take a great deal of care with Diamond Clear but these are handpulled, I want more....I actually want different clears, not just one or two. I want a range of reliable compatible clears for different processes, one to encase silver so it stays silver, one that is really soft and runny, one that is stiffer, one that is optically perfect. I use glass in different ways to acheive different effects and I want clear glasses to compliment that. What sort of money making opportunity is being passed by here?As a parting thought...I started making beads in 2002 and really the Italian glass was the only one readily available, I simply don't remember there being a problem with the clear, maybe my standards have changed but I don't think so.Come on, someone pick this up and run with it, we have the money to make it worth your while.....This wouldn't look the same with scummy clear!