Today’s investigations into the history of yo-yo continue with the Turbo Bumble Bee GT
Interestingly, those two things on the side there are wood and brass center elements, so you can convert this from ball bearing to a fixed axle on wood or metal respectively … but it does ship with the ball bearing in by default.
The instructions aren’t very visual, I guess they assumed everyone had the basic tricks down at this point, so I’ll just type them up:
Turbo Bumble Bee
Welcome to the high performance world of the Turbo Bumble Bee. With 2500 years of research and 2 years of development, the Turbo Bumble Bee is now available for high performance spins, fantastic looping, and un-bee-lievably smooth string tricks.
Bumble Bee Care
Remember that the Turbo Bumble Bee is a machine. Follow these guidelines to ensure years of trouble free fun.
Keep it Clean! – The Bumble Bee is equipped with a modern high speed ball bearing. Dirt will cause the Bumble Bee’s bearing to wear out fast. Be careful not to walk the dog in the dirt. Keep it try, water can rust the bearing. Do Not Oil.
String – Your Bumble Bee is a high performance yo-yo. You will wear out string faster than a fixed axle yo-yo, so change strings often. Also remember that the tighter your Bumble Bee’s string, the harder it will be to return to your hand. (This is the opposite of a fixed axle yo-yo.)
Brake Pads – Your Bumble Bee has high tech brake pads so it will return to your hand. The amazing speed of this yo-yo will wear down the brake pad material, which will periodically need to be replaced.
If the Bumble Bee does not return to your hand, change the pads as follows
- Peel up the pads with a safety pin.
- Remove the old adhesive.
- Apply new pads ensuring that they are installed absolutely flat and very snug around the plastic blocks.
- Yellow Half
- Black Half
- Brass Back
- Brake Pads
- Ball Bearing
- Side Plates
Some of this seems a little … errr… wrong … in retrospect like “never oil the bearing”, and “strings wear out faster on a ball bearing than a fixed axle”…