Intro:I have been trying to get my hands on one of these for a while. I have a friend at school, Ben (Benyo on the forums), Who has a beautiful violet one. I offered him my 2010 G5 but no he didn’t want it. So I found someone who was trading a Grind Machine Two and I jumped at the opportunity. I traded my 2010 G5 and my Velocity for a Grind Machine Two and asked Ben if he wanted to trade. He said, “YES!!! But I have to check with my dad first.” That took a day to decide and I was getting worried he would say no but he said yes! Finally it’s in my grasp!!! The beautiful violet gleamed in the sunlight when he handed it to me. YES!!!
First Impressions:Violet. Awesome color. This 888x was one of the new types that had the metallic anodizing. It looks great. Nice, Shiny,a nd not to mention sparkles in the sun! This yo-yo has a classic shape except has nice little grooves that help stable the grinding. First thing I did when I got home from school was pop off the yellow and white hubstacks and put on my black ones that I had been saving for this moment. It looks like an angel with black wings! AWESOME!!! There is not much to say about the response. Normal YYF K-Pads. Nice, clean, tight binds.Now it is all set up with green string (green ftw!!!), black hubstacks, and YYF K-Pads. Lets throw it!!!
On a Throw:This is no G5 on stability but certainly a Mighty Flea on speed! I went right into my test trick: Skin the Gerbil. At the end on the trick the yo-yo was kinda tilting but still has enough spin for a good bind. I decided to switch the bearing out for my special CT. It improved the stability, spin time, and everything else possible. This made it sleep around two minutes longer and Skin the Gerbil didn’t make it tilt anymore! I threw it into a wrist mount and popped it out as fast as i could. Wow. That was only like three seconds! This thing is crazy! No wonder Yuuki Spencer loves them! I decided to try an arm grind. It glided up my arm and popped off the other side and still had enough time to do a sick front combo! I decided to go into some more complex grinds: thumb grinds and grind transfers. I threw it down for a thumb grind and popped it up for one. There was just enough room for my thumb between the hubstacks and the top of the side. There is a nice little groove just for your nail just like on the G5! The grind lasted for 5 seconds and I had just enough spin time for a bind. Now onto a grind transfer. I decided to do a finger to an arm transfer. I popped it up and help it on my finger for 1 second and then popped it over to my arm. It shot off the end and I still had plenty of spin time! this yo-yo continues to amaze me!
Conclusion:If your looking for a yo-yo and you are advanced go for this one. Also maybe order a KK or CT if you do fast tricks but otherwise it should be good stock. If your eight8eight gets a vibe tell YYF and get a good 888x for free from them. I personally have not tried a classic enough to know how well they play but I just can’t imagine a 888 better than an 888x. I’m sure a lot of you disagree but again thats just my opinion. Thanks for reading! Any suggestions? Just post them here!