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1  YoYoExpert Forums / General Yo-Yo Forum / Re: Two ways of teaching... on: May 03, 2016, 09:08:32 PM
I'm the first type as well. (full disclosure - when I started there was no such thing as "unresponsive") Partly because it teaches you to be smooth. If you're not, it's going to snap back on you. I've got a couple of nephews that are getting pretty good, but they think 2a is stupid, because they are so used to being able to just throw as hard as they can that they can't even make a responsive yoyo sleep. Also most of the people I've taught had an easier time because they said when learning a trapeeze or even a bind that throw-fail-tug it back, throw-fail-tug it back is less frustrating than throw-fail wind it back up by hand, throw-fail-wind it back up by hand. I'd feel differently if learning responsive first taught you some kind of bad habit or something, but to me it's the opposite.
2  YoYoExpert Forums / Kendama General Discussions / Re: What are you throwing today? on: March 06, 2015, 02:25:31 PM
Brought a Sunrise to the office this morning.

3  YoYoExpert Forums / Yo-Yo Modification and Maintenance / Re: tips for maintaining yoyos in open, harsh climates for long periods of time. on: December 13, 2013, 08:12:17 PM
Yeah, I forgot that the Classic comes with them. Thanks.
4  YoYoExpert Forums / Yo-Yo Modification and Maintenance / Re: Un-knotting your axle bind knots. on: December 13, 2013, 08:10:24 PM
I usually just take the yoyo apart. For old-school non-opening yoyos I use a tool that I have in my tacklebox. It's like a long thin pocket screwdriver with a pocket clip, but with a tiny hook on the end instead of a screwdriver blade. Tackle shops sell them for undoing snarls in baitcasting reels.
5  YoYoExpert Forums / Yo-Yo Modification and Maintenance / Re: tips for maintaining yoyos in open, harsh climates for long periods of time. on: December 13, 2013, 07:57:02 PM
If your response fails, your yoyo becomes a paper weight. If I were going to live in a mud hut for two years, I would be tempted to bring Lyns and Kicksides and Journeys with good old fashioned o-ring response. Not too sexy, but almost indestructible.

I would definitely call ahead to see how much acetone you're allowed to bring on an airplane!
6  YoYoExpert Forums / General Yo-Yo Forum / Re: Strange Happenings on: December 06, 2013, 11:44:34 AM
I live in a small town, and it's very common for the tracker to say "delivered" first thing in the morning, when what really happened was it was loaded in the little Jeep at 8 in the morning, and will get to me around 4 pm when the mail always arrives.

I know it's frustrating, but please remember that YYE did exactly what you paid them to do. The postal service fumbled the ball, but that's not YYEs fault. Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the USPS got millions and millions of extra packages thrown in their system. I know it sucks, but you still have today and tomorrow. It could still show up before you leave.
7  YoYoExpert Forums / Spin Top General Discussions / Re: Opinions on the Blizzard on: November 30, 2013, 04:48:34 PM
My one Blizzard is one of the old single-bearing domed-cap jobs. When it lands wrong, the tip/bearing falls out and tries to run away and hide from you, but other than that, it's a fine top. Spins as smooth and as long as any top I own. I've got Sidewinders of various ages/designs, with plastic tips, and with steel ones. I wholeheartedly recommend all of them.

Now, about Duncan. Some of my favorite yoyos are Duncans. I love them. I love everything they've done to promote skill toys. My irritation with them stems from this; based on it's shape and it's size, the Ripcord would be my favorite top by a long shot (even though you have to tape them) if Duncan would just offer a metal tip for it. Yeah, the old plastic was superior to what they're making them from now. Yes, it's irritating that they are selling them with strings that are too short to use.I understand the tip is what it is, so it doesn't dent mom's (or wife's) hardwood floors. What I'm trying to say is, Duncan makes me so mad, only because I do care about their product. I could over look all the rest if I could just get a reasonably priced metal tip for it. I've monkeyed with putting Trompo Grande tips on them, but never ended up with a smooth spinning top. As much as I (almost) love my RCs and Diet RCs, Spintastics tops are just easier to tinker with to get what I want from them.
8  YoYoExpert Forums / General Yo-Yo Forum / Re: yomega power spin? on: September 08, 2013, 07:54:57 PM
Had to dig waaaay to the back of the drawer for this one. I don't know when they quit making them, but I've had this one for almost 20 years. It had a plastic bushing rather than a bearing. It is pretty much a Fireball without caps. Mine had Raider guts swapped into it about 10 years ago.
It's pretty light for it's size.
9  YoYoExpert Forums / General Yo-Yo Forum / Re: Sunglasses on Stage on: August 19, 2013, 09:03:12 PM
Because unless you have a medical reason, wearing them indoors is rude and childish and they want to show us how "bad" they are?
10  YoYoExpert Forums / General Yo-Yo Forum / Re: Wow general yo did it again on: August 17, 2013, 11:03:22 AM
What is this supposed to mean?

I think it just means is that as of the start of this thread, all we knew was that General Yo is about to release another yoyo, and that it's pretty. Anything other than that is just plain old fanboy hype. Since then we've learned that very few have actually played it, but that they did like it.
11  YoYoExpert Forums / Yo-Yo Modification and Maintenance / Re: SPR Kits for this day & age. on: August 13, 2013, 04:46:25 PM
If I recall, Chico makes something they call a CAK kit that is similar to the old SPR kit. I've never tried one, but I've been meaning to.
12  YoYoExpert Forums / Yo-Yo Reviews / Re: YoyoFactory Whip review on: August 12, 2013, 11:06:56 AM
I can't believe we've gone on for two pages about whether or not the Whip is a great $10 yoyo. I thought Ted's review was spot on. I pulled my first Whip out of the box, played it for 15 minutes, then ordered them in every color they came in. Yes, it's a little light. So practice shorter combos with it. Feel free to practice over concrete. It's tough, it's cheap, and it rocks. The Classic is a better $10 beginners yoyo, but like yoyo143 said if you want it unresponsive it's closer to $25. If you think the Whip is too light and the Surge is too heavy, then the Classic is a great $25 yoyo, but for a $10 out-of-the-box-unresponsive yoyo, IMHO nothing out there right now beats the Whip. (If you're a One fan, I see your point, we just disagree.) Heck the Ann Connolly edition comes with a $10 Center Trac in it for $10. It's a free yoyo. You can't beat that!
13  YoYoExpert Forums / Kendama General Discussions / Re: Kendama Photos - Let's See 'Em on: August 10, 2013, 02:55:43 PM

Here's a quick shot of a shelf in my office;

14  YoYoExpert Forums / Yo-Yo Modification and Maintenance / Re: Help with vibe!!! on: July 30, 2013, 09:08:26 PM
Jeez, this whole "don't unscrew your yoyo" thing has gotten a bit out of hand. I never heard of this in my 15 years of yoyoing up until a couple of weeks ago... Are you kids really so careless as stripping threads, crossthreading and over-tightening are that much of an issue???
15  YoYoExpert Forums / General Yo-Yo Forum / Re: Yoyoing within the cliques lifestyles, and sub cultures on: July 22, 2013, 09:38:32 AM
Interesting post. While I am way past caring what others think of me, I do represent those I work for, so I don't wear one on my belt at work. I don't hesitate to take one out of my pocket, though. I do have a shelf in my office that holds tops, a kendama or 2, and half a dozen yoyos. It's always fun talking to people and watching them look over my shoulder with a "are those what I think they are?" look on their face.
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