Dont even bother with a spec bearing. Just use a regular 10 ball flat bearing and lube it with Yoyofactory (thick) looping lube.
Then you just have to figure out which string meshes with that config until you dial in your response level.
Keeping away from the half thick spec bearing will give you a lot more ‘trick latitude’.
… I am seriously no trick machine… But I have figured out a few things in the past 18 years.
I know this will sound contrary to what people feel is the whole point of the Spec bearing. But Spec bearings are(in my opinion) better suited for players that are advanced to more quickly adapt to that narrow gap responsiveness.
If you really want to play responsive; it might actually be more entertaining to just get a good fixed axle and have some old school fun…
… Instead of hesitating to move to ‘unresponsive’ it might be wiser to focus specifically on learning how to bind. I mean; binding is a an actual trick in itself. Successful binding comes faster to some than others; no doubt. But all you need is a few good binds(one for frontstyle tricks and one for sidestyle) and you will find yourself in a World of yoyo happiness.
In reality; every thing in Yoyoing is another road to adventure. So if you want to play responsive; ok. If you want to play unresponsive; …ok. If you want to challenge yourself to figure out how to start playing ‘musical bearings’; changing stuff around until you are happy; then that is the mission you will undertake.
… once you get your Cabal; just put some thick lube in the stock bearing and see what happens?
That will be a good starting point for ‘perspective’.
I may be in the minority; but I do not like the half thick spec bearings; period.
To me it is about as entertaining as driving down the street with low air in your tires. < Sure you will get down the street; but why suffer?