Hi, As part of a larger hobby project, I'm building a microgram balance based on the one described at Sci-Toys.com, but I believe my questions are appropriate for the "general physics" forum. Background: I purchased a 36" threaded steel rod, connected it to a razor, and then put it on a couple glasses for support (I haven't yet started the upturned razors support). I'm amazed at how long it takes the rod's oscillations to damp down to equilibrium. The longer the rod oscillates, the less convenient the scale will be to use, so I've been wondering what I can do about it. The first thing that came to mind was using a threaded titanium rod instead of a threaded steel rod -- they cost 10 times more but they're available online. Q1: Am I correct in assuming that if two scales both start at the same non-equilibrium initial condition, the one with a titanium rod will damp out to equilibrium before the one with a steel rod, all other aspects of the scales, samples, and reference weights being the same? I think this would be so because the steel version would start with more gravitational potential energy that needs to be damped out. Q2: Will the endpoints of a titanium rod sag about the same amount as the endpoints of a steel rod, even though the stiffness of steel is about twice that of titanium? I'm guessing this is true because titanium has about half the density of steel, so the decrease in weight per unit length cancels out the decrease in elasticity in the equation for deflection of a cantilevered beam under a uniform load. Let me know if my intuition and limited physics knowledge are steering me wrong.