Something on the cheaper side at ur level would be a protostar. If u want a really well rounded yoyo go dark magic, or if u want something a little more advanced is the dv888 but the dark magic can be just as good. I think the dv888 lasts longer than the dark magic too. If u want a more straightforward answer: dark magic
I would definitely look into getting the YYF Severe. It’s such a good yoyo for the price. It’s only $45, and like yuki said, you won’t regret getting it. It’s seriously amazing.
If you want to stay in the $30 range, you could get a ProtoStar or a ShaqlerStar, as they are essentially the exact same yoyo, the shaqlerstar just weighs a little more. It’s up to you, but I would definately look into getting the Severe. It’s amazing.
Anyway, I’d definitely recommend a Northstar (or Protostar of you prefer something lighter) if you want to stick with the big names. Neither are particularly good grinders (or grinders at all), but still great for just about everything. That’s what I learned on when I was your level.
That’s kinda surprising considering I had a Starlite until I was up in the advance part1-2. (I still do now too). I’d recommend any of the “stars” so like the Northstar, protostar, or you can go ahead and spend some more bucks on a Dark Magic. (Whichever you think you’d be more comfortable with).
I used a PGM through every trick on this site. (save the responsive ones)
But this isnt a braggin thread, so lets do some suggesting. I would suggest the New Breed or Inspire from YYJ as they are in your price range, are both metal and plastic, can both grind for at least 5 seconds with enough speed still to return to your hand and maybe even do a combo from the grind (For me anyways), and are both YYJ. The inspire is the more competition based yoyo out of the two, and the New Breed is more from just throwin’, you know, like all chill and stuff.
I’ve found in my LIMITED experience with YYF *-Star yoyos that grinding isn’t one of their strongest features. I have a StarBright, ONEStar, ProtoStar and Northstar. As far as metals, I have the SuperStar. All of these have smooth surfaces and are bad grinders. However, I hear there was a run of SuperStars that were blasted or something, so I bet those are great grinders. You CAN grind, but it’s just not comfortable.
I wouldn’t NOT get a yoyo if it didn’t have a grindable surface. I recently bought a yoyo after being warned it was finished smooth so the anodizing colors would really pop. I didn’t care, I wanted that amazing looking and amazing playing yoyo. That yoyo would be the Square Wheels Rockefeller.
Commenting on the Trigger: I have two of these because I really like these. I won’t deny it, these are one of the loudest yoyos I have. I think the Protostar is also one of my noisier yoyos as well. I still like them both a lot. Yup, the Trigger is a great grinder. Neither the Protostar or Trigger can do an IRG grind because of how they are designed.
I wouldn’t not get a yoyo due to grinds, either; however, the OP had this as criteria #3: can grind. Me, I don’t grind a bunch so I can take it or leave it especially since I have other yoyos that grind.
According to what YYE posted before on the product page, the Northstar is 69.5 grams.
The shaqlerStar is also 69.5 grams.
If we go by those numbers right there, then they are the same.
When I played a Shaqlerstar, it felt exactly like a Northstar to me. The kid who put it my hand was kind of let down that I didn’t want one too. I already have a Northstar. I will admit I’m quite happy with my Northstar, but I also don’t need a second one either.
I’d say if you want a Northstar, the Shaqler Star is the yoyo you want right now.