Starting to zero in. Talking with Crosswhite on the IRC, he was again talking the Shinwoo Techno 2’s. That got me to thinking a bit.
While my out of pocket costs are irrelevant to the overall discussion here, a couple of thoughts popped into my mind:
Seeing used tres leches are hard to come by, the price for a pair seems acceptable. A bit higher than I was planning to spend, but you learn, you adjust. Also, I like how they look. Finding a pair on the used market will take some effort. Might be worth it. They are designed for 3A.
Sleipners? I don’t think so! At least not for 3A right away. It is on my list of yoyos that have caught my eye in general though. Maybe I find something good on the used market.
The Protostar/Northstar idea hasn’t been ruled out. The price though makes it a reasonable cost.
But, considering I’m going to be dealing with a lot of kids, who are gonna say “I want what he has” because they saw me use it, it seems the Shinwoo Techno 2 might be a good choice. I don’t want to give parents sticker shock over prices. If I say that the pair cost me $20, a parent is going to say “Really? $20?” and then when they question that, I can give the prices of other yoyos that I only have one of. I think when they hear about how yoyos are made and what goes into them, they’ll understand better.
Right now, I’m almost 40 and getting into this. A lot of parents in this school are around my age, many younger, some older. Most probably have little to no yoyo experience or knowledge other than what they see on TV. They, like I was, are going to be a bit surprised at the prices of some of this stuff. But, $20 for a pair, I think they can say “yes”. However, this isn’t about making sales. Since I won’t see any commissions, I don’t have to worry about people thinking I have some sort of ulterior motives.
Plus, even for my kids, I’m not willing to spend much on yoyos for them. My concern is they’ll get bored and move onto the next thing. If I’m trying to minimize my losses, why wouldn’t other parents? But, with my increasing collection, any yoyos my kids abandon will just end up in my cases. But, if they are really into it, they’ll have plenty to try before I buy.
There are $10 ball bearing loopers. There’s the $10 ONE and WHIP models. Heck, all that’s really needed is a $10 off-string and this stuff gets affordable fast. But, 4A is rather specialized, and even the Shinwoo model at $15 makes that affordable. I don’t mind using and showing expensive stuff when I have it available to use, but I like being able to show that “you don’t have to spend a lot to get started and have a good time”.
I’m ordering a pair of the Shinwoo Techno 2’s. It makes the most economic sense, as I only intend to really be able to learn a few tricks just for demonstration purposes. But, even so, nothing is being ruled out. There’s always purchases down the road. This discussion isn’t over. A decision has been made though, and you’ve all been very helpful. I’m still reading and listening and absorbing information. I am definitely not done learning on this subject.