I’m still very green at this. I only got my first modern yoyo (after 25 years of no play) about 4 weeks ago. It was an M1 (orange) and I loved throwing it from the start. It seems so natural in my hand, but of course I have no other frame of reference. I chose the M1 because it always seemed to get positive reviews, and I didn’t want to spend huge amounts if I ended up not liking the sport (hobby? whatever). Needless to say, I loved it right away.
A few days ago I ripped a pad in my M1 and while waiting for a new set to arrive, I find my self getting antsy to throw. For the last few weeks I’ve nearly always had the thing in my hand, it’s been my default activity when I’m thinking at work, or doing anything else that doesn’t require me to be sitting down. Friends and coworkers have gotten used to hold conversations with me while I throw. Now of course, I can’t throw my M1 until I replace my pads (I like unresponsive, but not THAT unresponsive).
I’d like to pick up a backup yoyo to throw when my main is out of service like this. What I’d like is something completely different from the M1 I’ve been throwing, so that I get a better idea of what’s available, and so that any bad habits in my throw isn’t being covered by the M1. Reading up on these forums and other places, I’m considering a Grind Machine. Am I likely to be disappointed by the GM2 v2 or is there perhaps another model that I should consider? I’d like to keep the cost down, and I’m not particularly picky, but I’d like a yoyo that won’t frustrate me. Any recommendations?