I tend to not modify my yoyos, initially - I like to play them as the designer intended them (engineer in me), unless something is really wonky about the play initially. once things start breaking down, then i’ll start swapping stuff out. but, i am using kitty fat in all my bearing responsives for the time being…
my go-to no matter what is my theodore. it’s snappy enough with out too much bite ( a’la alligator confusion), it feels hefty, but not heavy or overbearing (no pun intended), and i find it flowy despite thise attributes.
the daytona sb i feel like is what the epitome of taking a modern yoyoer, bringing her/him back to the 1920’s or 1930’s, and handing them that day’s futuristic yoyo. every time i pick it up, i feel like a paperboy about to yell ‘extra, extra, read all about it…’. i feel it plays just like that - nostalgically. it hops and jumps and flies through the air so gracefully, it plays gracefully. i can’t think of another way to describe it… and it damn well better at the price… it was worth the investment.
alleycat 650b and deepstate i’m going to lump together, even though they are different throws. because, if i’m feeling like playing something in that vein that day, i’m pocketing one of the two… i have a hard time letting go of either of them, and i had a few each at one point. for straight responsiveness, the 650b i prefer, and i find it to be more friendly on the hand itself. the deepstate is more trick friendly, but can be harsh on the return.
the respawn - g2 did a magnificent job on this guy. great performer… my experience, this would be a, and possibly the top contender for modern responsive on the poll list, though i haven’t tried the weekender.
i did not like the gamer. it didn’t feel ‘there’. it played harsh. i can go play the moonshine again if you want more info, and i don’t even remember what the sherpa was like… but it isn’t still here…
i do have a few other pieces i play responsive… like dave, i have an sb2 going, i had the cfgt out yesterday, i have a dif-e-yo bare bones set up responsive… this could go on for a while, lol
i will intentionally leave walter absent from the list, it’s friggin impossible to find one… but i’m soooo glad i did