Aroundsquare "Hydra AL Sport"
The Hydra AL Sport begleri from Aroundsquare are precision machined from aluminum, and anodized in brilliant colours. They feature the same bead size and reconfigurable multi-bead design as their titanium brothers, but with a substantially lighter bead weight. This set includes three purple beads and three red beads. Aroundsquare's Hydra Begleri are a fun yet highly adept modern adaptation of the traditional Greek multi-bead begleri. All of the Hydra sets have multiple interchangeable beads, allowing for interesting colour combinations, and some customization of weight.The aluminum version comes with six beads, weighing in at around 4g per bead, for a total of around 25g per six bead set, or 17g per 4 bead set. The beads themselves are 16mm in diameter and 8mm thick, making for 3-bead stacks of 24x16mm, and 2-bead stacks of 16x16mm. The Hydra AL Sport beads much quieter than heavier single-bead designs, and the multiple beads add a nice "fiddle factor" to each set. The slight rounding of all edges on the beads adds the overall feel.Because aluminum is a much softer metal than Ti, the surface of these will get dinged and scratched, and over time, the anodized colours will wear away, and the raw aluminum will show through. This aging process gives them a great texture which helps with grip and bead control. The Hydra AL Sport series come with a couple of extra strings, a couple of stickers, a canvas carry bag, and an info card to introduce new players to begleri. Stickers, bag, and cord colours may not be as shown, since these change with availability.