My name is Paul Zografos, and I have been involved in the yoyo community on and off for 20 years. I have always continued to throw, but college, life, moving, careers, family, etc. tend to get in the way and I dropped off from the internet community after YYN closed up.
I have recently been able to, after settling down a bit in my life, get back into the online community... and boy did I miss you all!
I have always wished that I could run my own yoyo company, but it never seemed to be something that was feasible until recently. I worked my butt off the last few years to get to the point where, even if all I do is make cool yoyos for you all and never profit a dime, I will be immensely happy. I am doing this for all of us. I want to push boundaries and make a splash rather than a quick buckÖ
With all that in mind... here is my official announcement:
It is with great pride that I am announcing the official launch of Big Bang Bandalores!
"Bandalores" Is a play on "return tops" in that, it is a somewhat silly name used for "yoyos".
We donít take it too seriously, and will generally refer to the company as "Big Bang".
Here at Big Bang, our goal is to develop products that are unique, rewarding, and enjoyable rather than purely optimized trick assist devices.
We will push the boundaries and do what others aren't willing to try. The majority of yoyo players will spend most of their yoyoing lives "casually screwing around" and just enjoying throwing a yoyo. We do this for fun, a rewarding escape, or to relieve stress.
This is where we live.
We want to make the yoyo that you reach for when you're just throwing with some friends, that you hand to someone and say "hey, try this one out."
We design our YoYo's to provide unique, enjoyable, and rewarding experiences that will put a smile on your face every time you pick one up. When you're showing your collection to somebody, we want them to reach for your Big Bang and say:
"Whoa. This is different."
Big Bang Bandalores was founded by Paul Zografos, a life long yoyo player with 20 years experience playing, modding, dreaming up, and now creating yoyos.
"Big Bang Bandalores is an avenue for me to give back to a community that has given me so much over the last 20 years. We promise that from your first unboxing to becoming your go to throw, we strive for our products to be a unique and rewarding experience.
Keep Looking Up.Ē
Currently, we just released our String Theory Nylon String, something I have been working on perfecting for over a decade and I have had many people who try it beg me to start selling it.
Pics of the string in Hi.Viz :
Please check us out on Instagram and FB:https://www.instagram.com/big_bang_bandalores/https://www.facebook.com/BigBangBandalores/?hc_ref=SEARCH&fref=nf
*Notes For the Forum*:
I did not want to just design one yoyo, release it, then hope I can keep up with things. I have a few years of ideas scribbled in notebooks, and since learning CAD software, I have begun turning them all into 3d realities.
I have a few of these designs ready to go, as well as the ability to make it happen. So, if we get as good of a reception from all of you as we have so far with our prototyping, expect some *really* different stuff to be coming out of here.
And yes, I am working on getting all of our products to you all through YYE. Donít worry
I will be posting updates as we progress in the process of releasing our first yoyo. PLEASE ask questions here or on any social media sites of ours, I will respond ASAP!
The final prototypes are being anodized currently and the packaging is going to be pretty sweet and something you will hang on to/continue to use rather than discard after opening (no cardboard boxes here!)
Hereís a little tease for you all of our first release... more details will be released soon...