Titaniums 😊

Myk I should post some pics from other yoyo maker and tell you where the weight distribution is wrong, but I really don’t want to do that.

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Haha no, I only wanted to more of yours! I know you were using them as examples. I’ll go look at your site,…

Oh, sorry I didn’t understand :smiley:
I’ll put here a pic…random
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^ Thanks! Did it work? Is it like a barking walk the dog?

Well whether or not they actually used Ti to the fullest, and regardless of the actual merits of Ti as a material for manufacturing yo-yos, I enjoy all of my Ti yo-yos.

My Rook and Castle are amazing performers. My Fianchetto is like an old school EDC, that’s been hotrodded. Even the seemingly much maligned Ricochet, is pretty fun; an organic with lots of spin power.

It could totally be “all in my head”, but whatever, I enjoy them.

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This post has refueled my desire to hunt down some of those magnificent pieces made by Mr. Bist. Which is not good at all, considering that the probability of finding one is extremely low.

I’ll go look at some dog/cat videos to feel better. Or purchase more titanium yo-yos. That’s always good for the wallet.

On another off-topic note, is there a post where people get to upload pictures of their designs, such as modded yo-yos, prototypes that never got the chance to be produced, etc? I’d love to see something like that. But I’m not sure if other people would be interested.

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You can post designs here:

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If there is so much demand, why doesn’t someone come up with a new Ti Walker? Just change say the hub to spikes like the ti Hawk or Gen Yo style? So many say they wont ever sell them… Just thinking out loud.

Maybe the Ti Hawk is close enough already…?

There was one, called the d***runner, which was designed with a slightly wider gap and to take modern 19mm slim pads. I’m not sure how many were made but @chaosgow already said they aren’t doing another run of these, either, since apparently VsNYYC resurrected itself at some point. I picked one up on BST a couple months ago and it’s one of my favorites.

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And, of course, everyone who owns a TiWalker will vigorously point out how the “new TiWalker” with any changes at all just isn’t the same. And everyone who wants to experience the real thing will still be stuck questing for an original anyway.

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Ha both great points and yes I did snag the DR on the BST. I do like it a lot.

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As somoene who has owned multiple originals and made the bootleg (as part of a group originally but I did all the public runs) I can safely say they are different. The runs are different too. Which you like will likely depend on the era you started yoyoing. The bootleg takes 19mm pads so you don’t have to put silicone in it. It also has a wider gap so it’s easier to get a few wraps in the bearing. On the string the bootlegs are almost identical to the original except you don’t feel the pads rubbing against the string because the gap is wider.

Personally, I think the bootleg is much better because it plays better (due to a modern gap) and it doesn’t require such time intensive maintenance. You’re welcome to your own opinion on the topic though.

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VSNYYC doesn’t seem to have stuck around after trying again so don’t count it out fully. Time will tell, maybe I’ll do it again.

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I don’t know how this turned into a Ti Walker topic again :joy:, but as someone who owns both the original and the D Runner remake, I can say that I like the latter of the two more. They feel almost the same during play, which covers all your Ti Walker needs. Yet the D Runner is somehow more stable and handles horizontal much better. Don’t ask me how. I have no idea.

Also, the Walker is a great yo-yo, especially for it’s time. It’s not, however, as good as some of the more modern throws that are now out there. In my opinion, we should let the past go and move on to newer things, different things, revolutionary things, not the same old stuff once again.

If only more people modded…

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You may be right (on some purely objective grounds), but you’ll have to burn through the rose-tinted lenses that many folks view the TiWalker through in order to convince them of that. That yoyo wears a nigh-mystical patina that comes from having “Legendary” status bestowed upon it by its devoted apostles.

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Have you played one?

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No. But you see this phenomenon in lots of areas of life. The TiWalker is hardly unique in its ability to inspire the hype machine. How many of its owners have played the bootleg? And if they did, how many of them would agree that it is better than the original? I think confirmation bias would see to it that those numbers would be supremely small.

It’s a good yoyo but I definitely feel like people prop it up so it retains it’s value. I’ve spoken to several owners who have stated as much and I wouldn’t be surprised if most were doing it.

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Come on people! New things > old things, this is just science!!

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Couldn’t pass up the opportunity :wink:
But yeah, I would like to try a bootleg with the modernized response

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