A few years ago, Roger Klause, who owns a tube that Vernon gave him, had a dye tube in the market, following the barrel-shaped concept. He had them manufactured by Mystique Silks Mfg. who made beautuful silks. I used that tube all the time until I lost the two that I had (I suspect one of them is lost at home). I contacted Roger and he told me he also lost his and is using the one Vernon gave him, and that Mystique Silks mysteriusly vanished from the map leaving no trace. eventually contacted Porper. HHe makes a beautiful DT, not quite barrell but rather egg shaped, that holds 18" silks easily and is reasonably priced (www.porperoriginals.com
). It doesn't have the ribbon inside and I don't think it needs it.