I've seen ceramic slides in stores for as much as $25, and they're just glazed clay. The $55 one looks quite a bit more difficult to make, so I don't think the price is way out of line for that. Not to mention, it's magnesium, which I haven't seen used in a slide before, so I'm curious what it sounds like. The fact that it's so light is quite appealing to me. The thing that turns me off about it is the thickness, it seems unnecessarily bulky. I may have him confused with somebody else, but I could swear I remember reading an interview, many years ago, with Johnny Winter where he talked about his slide. He said he saw a guy playing a real thin chrome slide and he asked him about it. The guy said he made it from a broken piece of a some kind of stand, a cymbal stand, if memory serves. Johnny really liked it, so the guy made one for him. I looked for that story online, but I couldn't find it. I found some interviews where he said he used a piece of electrical conduit, and others where he said he used a Dunlop, so who knows, maybe I'm thinking of somebody else. In regard to the slide in the OP, has anybody here tried a magnesium slide before? If so, how did you like the sound of it compared to brass, steel, or titanium?