not sure if this should be in maintenance or recommendation formum - but here goes:
so i got a yyf protostar when i bought a couple of looping 1080s. Since i have a lovely Shu-Ta for my 1A stuff, i decided to put a counter weight on the protostar - i was pretty impressed with how well it worked.
skip forward a couple practice sessions - BAM crash! I missed and the yoyo fell to the ground. Now it is fairly responsive. I tried lubing it, but not change. The bearing barely spins - certainly not nice and free as on my Shu-Ta.
Do i just replace the bearing with another center-trac - or might something else be the issue? Also, those spaces that fit in the bearing are REALLY tight - what is the best way to separate them (i used a small flat-head screwdriver)?
related questions - is there some type of rubber bumper you can put on these so impacts are not as devastating to yoyo or the house? Is there a particularly durable/cheap yoyo that is good for learning the 5A basics and can survive rough and tumble learning phase when I am dropping quite often?
Thanks for the thoughts.