It looks like we’re starting to get a lot of visitors from the raver community so I’d like to welcome you guys to THEGLASSLAB and invite you to post in the Discussion Forums and introduce yourselves.

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Sorry for any inconvenience, but the bigger videos have been generating too much traffic on my server and I have to pay $120 in fines by next Tuesday or I get shut down. So just for today, the videos in the “Large Videos” will be inaccessible so that fine doesn’t get any bigger. My webhost was supposed to provide me with unlimited bandwith, but I guess this is one of those “in between the lines” things. It’s very frustrating trying to give a free service to the community but have to pay out of my own pocket. Anyways, sit tight and let me try to get this worked out. If anybody has suggestions, send me an e-mail at glasseye@theglasslab.com.

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I was talking to Jen Niles the other day and she wanted to make sure you all check out Golden Apple’s contest site for results and pictures. You can get there by clicking here.

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The Glass Lab Experiment #3 has just been released in the Large Videos section. This one is a little over two minutes long but I stayed up until 4am working on this sucker. Hope you like it.

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The Duncan Freehand

Well the Duncan Freehand is going to be released within the next few weeks and I was able to get my hands on one of the pre-production Freehands. The contestants at the Golden Apple contest received one as well. The body is made of the same plastic as the Avenger (correct me if I’m wrong Steve) and is also the same color. The sidecaps look like they came off of the TransAxtion, but are white with the new Freehand logo. Steve said that the sidecaps come off, so when I have some free time, the caps are going to take a nice warm bath in some RIT dye.

The body shape of the Freehand is the same as the shape of the Duncan Wheels (basically a reversed imperial which = a nice wide butterfly). The guts of the Freehand consist of the usual Duncan bearing and brass spacers, but this time around they’ve added some O-rings to the mix (same size as the Team Losi and Variflex O-rings) so that the gap is adjustable. For the return system, they added pads or discs (whatever you prefer to call them) which look and feel very similar to the ones used in the SuperYo Samurai. There is a distance of approximately 1/16th of an inch between the outer diameter of the bearing and the inner diameter of the return disc. Steve mentioned that it was designed this way to allow more string into the gap when doing a trick without running interference with the return system.

In terms of play, initially the Freehand didn’t quite live up to all the hype. In it’s stock setup, it’s a decent yo-yo, but not the godsend that many were expecting. It did lots of things good, but not outstanding. Time to break out the mod kit! First thing I wanted to get rid of was the adjustable gap. Call me lazy but I just don’t like fiddling with gaps since it’s just another factor I don’t want to deal with. I took out the Duncan brass spacers and O-rings and replaced them with Bee spacers (no O-rings). This change alone seemed to increase sleep time but the Freehand still wasn’t as smooth as I like my yo-yos. I removed one of the return discs and replaced it with a Turbo Disc. It made a world of difference. It went through backspin tricks nicely, iron whips were no problem, and it opened up real big for suicides. In this modified state the Freehand is comparible to one of Stan’s wheels which is no small feat.

I still need to put thing thing through the paces and will probably make a few more minor adjustments to cater to my style of play. But this should be a great starting point for all of you who want a killer one-hand yo-yo. It doesn’t take much effort to modify the Freehand for your tastes and it seems that the Freehand was actually designed with the modder in mind. Looks like Duncan is starting to turn things around. Many thanks to Steve and the guys at Duncan for providing me with one of the pre-production Freehands. Now get some sleep.

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There were alot of great performances yesterday. Patrick Mitchell must have not slept in the last month and spent all his time practicing cause he was pulling the most insane two-handed tricks yesterday. JM McNulty also stepped up his play and did a great routine. Gary Longoria is running away with the Circus. Juggling, Diabolos, Yo-Yos… whatever he’s doin he’ll make your jaw drop. One of the best technical players (if not the best) around. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a majority of the freestyles on tape. I was helping Bride tape the Gonzo division (with the exception of James’ stuff) and the rest of the time I spent hangin out and talkin smack. Ummm… I mean exchanging invaluable secrets and techniques on conquering the universe in 30 days. The good news is that Citadel spent at least 5 hours sitting on a cold hard floor getting footage of every single freestyle in order to bring you, the viewers, THE ULTIMATE IN XTREME YO-YO MADNESS!!!! MUAHAHAHAHA!!!
See Sector Y for details. Some restrictions may apply.

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The Crew Formerly Known as the String Burners tore it up at the Golden Apple Contest in Hollywood yesterday. Great job guys. James (FKA Spikey Haired Raver) did Glowstick and Photon freestyles and blew the entire audience away. You can find videos of the two freestyles in the Large Videos section. If you’re looking for something new, definitely check them out. No E required.

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The Duncan FreehandWell the Duncan Freehand is going to be released within the next few weeks and I was able to get my hands on one of the pre-production Freehands. The contestants at the Golden Apple contest received one as well. The body is made of the same plastic as the Avenger (correct me if I’m wrong Steve) and is also the same color. The sidecaps look like they came off of the TransAxtion, but are white with the new Freehand logo. Steve said that the sidecaps come off, so when I have some free time, the caps are going to take a nice warm bath in some RIT dye.

The body shape of the Freehand is the same as the shape of the Duncan Wheels (basically a reversed imperial which = a nice wide butterfly). The guts of the Freehand consist of the usual Duncan bearing and brass spacers, but this time around they’ve added some O-rings to the mix (same size as the Team Losi and Variflex O-rings) so that the gap is adjustable. For the return system, they added pads or discs (whatever you prefer to call them) which look and feel very similar to the ones used in the SuperYo Samurai. There is a distance of approximately 1/16th of an inch between the outer diameter of the bearing and the inner diameter of the return disc. Steve mentioned that it was designed this way to allow more string into the gap when doing a trick without running interference with the return system.

In terms of play, initially the Freehand didn’t quite live up to all the hype. In it’s stock setup, it’s a decent yo-yo, but not the godsend that many were expecting. It did lots of things good, but not outstanding. Time to break out the mod kit! First thing I wanted to get rid of was the adjustable gap. Call me lazy but I just don’t like fiddling with gaps since it’s just another factor I don’t want to deal with. I took out the Duncan brass spacers and O-rings and replaced them with Bee spacers (no O-rings). This change alone seemed to increase sleep time but the Freehand still wasn’t as smooth as I like my yo-yos. I removed one of the return discs and replaced it with a Turbo Disc. It made a world of difference. It went through backspin tricks nicely, iron whips were no problem, and it opened up real big for suicides. In this modified state the Freehand is comparible to one of Stan’s wheels which is no small feat.

I still need to put thing thing through the paces and will probably make a few more minor adjustments to cater to my style of play. But this should be a great starting point for all of you who want a killer one-hand yo-yo. It doesn’t take much effort to modify the Freehand for your tastes and it seems that the Freehand was actually designed with the modder in mind. Looks like Duncan is starting to turn things around. Many thanks to Steve and the guys at Duncan for providing me with one of the pre-production Freehands. Now get some sleep.

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It looks like we’re going to be seeing more yo-yos on the big screen in the next year or two. Steve Brown was recently filmed as the yo -yo stunt double for Owen Wilson in his next movie. To add, I’m currently training actor Holt McCallany for his upcoming movie which will take place aboard a submarine in WWII. I f you don’t know who Holt McCallany is, if you’ve seen Fight Club, he’s the mechanic who tries to pick a fight with a priest by spraying water on him. Sweet, huh? Holt, if you’re reading this, remember… HARD STRAIGHT SLEEPERS!

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I got a call from Bill Liebowitz yesterday and it looks like the contest next week is going to be bigger than we all expected! Besides the Golden Apple team, Team Proyo, The Spin Doctors, and “The Crew Formerly Known as the String Burners” will all be representin’. If you want more info on the contest, check it out here.

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