AKA my quest for the perfect fitting. Yes, I'm being super picky, probably to the point of absurdity, but I just really liked what I originally got!
So around November (I think) I bought some a couple 1/2"mpt x 1/2" fittings from MoreBeer. I thought they looked great so several months later I ordered some more but they were completely different.
The new barbs were designed differently and the barb itself skinnier and longer. They also say "304" and "1/2-150" on one of the hex sides while the old have nothing on them. I e-mailed and asked if maybe I got the wrong product or they got a new design/supplier and sent some pictures. They replied saying they'd look into it and whatnot and offered to send me replacements. I replied and well, B3's customer service left much to be desired when they didn't reply again and I received nothing.
So I tried Bargain Fittings, I got something similar to the new ones I got from B3's but slightly different and returned them. I was apparently the first person to ever return something to him haha. I would recommend though, easy to deal with and has good prices and ball valves which I kept.
Then I tried KLG Stainless and received them today, they're the exact same ones as the newer ones I got from B3 (which wouldn't surprise me if they're B3's supplier since they're like 30 miles away).
Here's some pictures:
Pic of the barbs
. Hard to see but old one is full flow from end to end, new one tapers inside up until the barb
Barbs next to tape measure
Anyone know a supplier for the barbs of old? Bought any barbs from B3 recently and gotten the old or new style? Or you can just call me out for me incredibly picky and anal about the barbs...