First steps as a kid on a Canada Games Olympic Yo-Yo. Basically a wooden Imperial-ish shape. Good yoyo! Bought another one recently. Why that one? It’s all that was available.
As an adult, grabbed a Brain… Wing… something… XP? transaxle and did some good learning until I decided I needed a ball bearing. And then it was a Raider for a month. Why these? Because they’re all that were available locally and I didn’t know from anything else.
Then a few videos later and “Holy moly… 1A unresponsive yoyoing!”, the discovery of this site, and ordered a Velocity. Not too long after that, a DM2. Mostly because it came recommended among the yoyos that could be both responsive and not.
Did a bunch of learning on the Velocity, then a bunch more on the DM2, but by the time I was doing things with the DM2 I was kinda hooked and it wasn’t long before I owned others. So I didn’t have just one yoyo that I did “most” of my learning on for Unresponsive 1A tricks.
Now I’m learning fixed-axle on a LoveJoy and Baldwin. Because they’re boss. A bit of Duncan Butterfly in there, too. Because it’s boss.