Just starting out; to give you an idea of where I’m at, I’m executing the basic string tricks and mounts with confidence (double or nothing, Oliver Twists, Trapeze (and Brother)) but not really doing combos yet.
I’m finding one of my obstacles with my Velocity (which I do enjoy, mind you) is spin stability. Definitely owing in part to my skills (need to practice practice!), but the two things that are bumming me out are going off axis and having spins die even more quickly than I intend. The other thing that’s a downer is when switching to unresponsive, I can’t hand start yet… so if the spin dies, I can only get it back by winding. For that reason, I’m quite happy to stay responsive for a while.
From the looks of things, the YYJ Dark Magic II might have what I need-- slightly larger and heavier, good stability, and comes with a thin bearing for responsive play. I really love the YYJ Inspire, too, but looks straight-up unresponsive.
Any others to consider as a “stability” upgrade from my Velocity? Budget’s not really a problem… I don’t care if it’s bi-metal, metal, or plastic… but that said, a reasonably-priced yoyo will probably sit better in my mind than something flashy and expensive; $70 or under is where I’m most comfortable for this particular buy, though all options would be considered.
Something to grow with would be helpful, but this won’t likely be my last purchase ever, so I’m not expecting a throw that will cover all bases and be the holy grail for “every style” or anything like that. If it is on the more “forgiving” side for one-offs and short combos, that’s where I’m at for the near future.
I’m curious in particular if there are any YYF throws that meet my needs.