I have both, in addition to my burgeoning metal collection. And both have their ups and downs. The lyn may be a bit more responsive “out of package”, but after some very simple tweaking the lyn is more palatable to the upcoming player. If you shave both o rings, the lyn plays beautifully. If you silicone it it is even better. I havent siliconed my speedmaker, but it does have a shaved oring, and it plays very nice as well. And if you sanded the starburst it would be even better. I guess that it comes down to personal preference, but i think the weight distribution in the lyn is better. The difference in weight is somewhat negligible, and thats why weight distribution becomes so important. I definitely can get my lyn to sleep longer, with less tilting. The speedmaker is faster though, but as your learning simpler advanced tricks id go with the lyn. If you shave the orings or silicone it, it is just plain beastly.