HmMMmmM You guys have given me so much to think about! This forum is soooOoo much better than computer help forums where people just call you a nooblertz lol.
Let me address the noise concern right quick…
My co workers, are total whiners…they look for any reason to complain. I was throwing my Northstar in my cubicle and one of them complained that she couldn’t hear her customer speaking on the phone over the noise of my yoyo (which is a complete and total lie). Now if she takes that complaint to my manager he will have no choice but instituting a no-yoyo rule at work, even though my manager is a cool guy he has to choose business over pleasure.
Me personally, I don’t mind the noise at all…I even use the noise as feedback when its slowing down and time to bind.
At this point you’re probably thinking I’m a little immature to be playing with a yoyo at work but there’s a bit more to it than that. I work 11 hour shifts overnight and a lot of times there’s NOTHING TO DO for about 2-2.5 hours per shift. Plus my buddy at work is the one who kind of reignited my interest in throwing after many years (when he got his dv888). So he’s been teaching me every trick I know how to do, at work. So it would just really make my day to continue throwing without people whining…One co-worker threatened to cut my string with scissors! They’re really just jealous of the fact that I am having real fun while they’re just sitting there reading Twilight.
OneDrop 10-ball bearing: I am totally down with this bearing. I read a TON of forum posts all about this bearing being the quietest. Thank you all for confirming my concerns with that.
So as of now, I am putting the OneDrop 54 back in the running alongside the 3yo3-Cosmo and the epically stylistic Spyy Ronin.
I’ve seen someone mention that both the 54 and the Ronin are super quiet, I love that. I have a bit more confidence in OneDrop than I do in the other companies but that is based on popularity and not so much personal experience (which is where you guys come in!).
By my count the votes in this thread are looking like this (I counted Studio42’s votes as 1 for the Ronin and 1 for the 54):
Someone also mentioned that his 3yo3 Accent outperforms the 54 and the 888 which sounds like a really big endorsement. I wonder if he would feel the same about the 3yo3 Cosmo (I just like the smooth round shape of it a little bit more, it has the same round shape as the 54).
Gap width is another thing I’m closely looking at and I’m noticing with all the throws listed above, they all have a narrower gap than my Northstar which is even narrower than the dv888. I kind of prefer the Northstar gap of 4.43 over the dv888 gap of 4.67 because binding is really easy on the Northstar and just a little trickier on the dv888. To me gap width translates into: the bigger the width the more complicated string tricks can be done at the expense of easier binding.
The 3yo3 gaps are tiny in comparison:
Based on that gap comparison it seems like the 54 would be the most ideal for long layered string tricks. If I had to pull the trigger right here right now I think I’d shoot for the 54.
…and off the subject, that YYF-DNA has a gap of 4.89 which is the biggest I’ve seen so far in my studying. I imagine you have to really know what you’re doing with that throw to work with it. When my buddy first got the dv888 we where both a little disapointed with the challenge involved in binding it over the ease of binding the Northstar…after a few days we got used to it completely though. I think I might get a DNA in a few months just for some variety and new challenges, and to check out those hubstack tricks.