tl/dr: intermediate player seeking a quiet yoyo, butterfly shape, weight over 60 grams, switchable between responsive and unresponsive, hoping to spend less than $30 (and not a Velocity)
I was into yoyoing back in middle school (late 90s), and since then I’ve picked up an old yoyo every year or two for a few weeks, mostly to do looping tricks. I am currently a grad student and decided to buy a new Velocity to use in my spare time this summer, and I’ve very much enjoyed it. My main issue with the Velocity is that the adjustable side pieces seem to shift out of place at times, so it will unexpectedly become unresponsive and I will have to push on the outside of the adjusting ring to click it back in to place. It is also very loud, so my girlfriend complains about it a lot.
-Do you know how to bind the yoyo? (If you don’t know what bind means then you don’t know how)
I’m still new to binding, but I am getting the hang of it pretty quickly
-Do you have a yoyo that you own or played with that you have liked very much? Describe every detail. Eg. what kind of friction stickers you are using, cleaned bearing or not, and so on.
I own a new YYF Velocity, purchased about a month ago. All original parts. I’ve used it pretty heavily in the time. Haven’t modified it except to replace the string. I should lubricate it to keep the noise down, but have not yet done so.
I also have a YYF One (Gacek edition). I use the regular bearing, not the CenterTrac. I did also (foolishly) oil the bearing (YYF thin) not long after I got it to try to keep the noise down on it. As a result, the yoyo became less responsive. I’ve been practicing binding with it.
Back in the day I had a variety of yomegas (brain, fireball, saber raider) and some others (Turbo Bumble Bee from when it was still Playmaxx, Proyo ProFire, Spintastics Tornado). My favorite of those was either the Turbo Bumble Bee or the ProFire, and I recently found and restrung the Turbo Bumble Bee. Still good for looping.
-Do you have a preferred shape of the yoyo? Answer it by saying like the shape similar to this or that yoyo. Some people just hopping into the yoyo groove haven’t tried all the shapes and want to explore. When this happens its all about experimenting. Please try new yoyos at contests or anywhere you can get ahold of someone for those of you in this situation. The more yos you try the less likely you are going to order something you don’t like. for those of you who live in a cave. then buy a yoyo and live with it.
I’m trying to do 1A, so I want to stick with a nice Butterfly shape. Again, I feel the Velocity has a shape that I love and feels great in my hand and I like it quite a bit more than the One. I also really like that the body is curved, rather than straight, between the rim and the center.
-Do you have a preferred weight or weight distribution? Answer it saying similar to this or that yoyo.
Again, I like the Velocity here (62.4 g). I think the weight is nice, but a little heavier would be good, and a bit more weight towards the rim would also be good. I find the One to be way too light (56.5 g), so I think the lowest I would go is 60 g.
-Do you have a price range?
Hoping to keep it under 30
-Do you have a certain amount of yoyos narrowed down? List them.
Interested in the Dark Magic II and the DV888, but was hoping to spend less than those require.
-Do you prefer a certain brand?
No just want quality
-Are you looking for a yoyo that specializes a style? Like looping, off string, freehand, etc.
string tricks. Debating 5A, but probably won’t use this yoyo for that
-Do you prefer a certain response syetem?
I’d prefer an adjustable response system where I could go from responsive to unresponsive, either through spacers and bearing replacements or something else. My issue with the Velocity is just that the response system adjusts without me touching it.
-Do you want hubsstacks or z stacks?
-What trick are you currently working on?
I’ve completed the intermediate trick list, but I’m working on perfecting some of the later tricks (Mach 5, Ripcord). I’m also working on my binding, but I have a pretty good feeling that I’m almost down with it. Might try some of the advanced part 1 tricks soon.
-Do you want a yoyo to Thumb grind or arm grind good?