DXL 5-Star Video from theglasslab.com on Vimeo.

Ernie from General-Yo asked me to put together a small video of DXL Crew players throwing the 5-star. The video features: Yoshi Mikamoto, Paul Yath, glasseye, Alex Kim, Randy Asis, and Sam Lopez.

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GlassZero

I didn’t think it would be proper for me to continue contributing to theglasslab without showing a little support. I acquired this rare Duncan FreeHand Zero a few years ago. I’m afraid to admit this, but the era of the Zero is about over for true players. The demand has dropped pretty low. In today’s modern style play new comers may play with a Zero or a Velocity then move on very quickly to a metal yo-yo of some sort. It’s almost a shame the basics are no longer learned on a responsive yo-yo.

The good news is Duncan was kind enough to make a few limited edition yo-yo’s for some store’s and individuals. The demand for the limited editions has also dropped. There are a few that are still in high demand, such as this beauty.

 

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My Glasseye Zero is very special. As you can see the yo-yo has been modified with a silicone response. Who could have possibly done such a clean job, so clean it looks factory complete? The yo-yo community’s very own Takeshi Kamisato. This one is a real player and will stay in my collection for a long time.

If your attending the World Yo-Yo Contest in August you may want to approach Takeshi check what he has with him, he usually preps some nice products for sale, contest specials.

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Elements Trick Seven from Sam Lopez on Vimeo.

Z Flips!
I know someone made it either escolar or doc pop but i’m not 100% sure so check my facts.

Just like a henry roll but you lose contact with your string. you have no idea how bad i wanted to quote i’m on a boat when i started my intro…

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PURE Response

SPYY, (Saturn Precision Yo-Yo’s) has been in the metal game for some time. The Canadian based aluminum yo-yo manufacture has been dropping quality products for 7 years. Steve Buffel, chief designer for SPYY, has been designing yo-yo’s even longer. As of late though they seem like SPYY is on FIRE. The amount of work it takes to release one yo-yo would overwhelm most small firms. Well, not SPYY, they’ve released 5 quality yo-yos in 2009 and the years not up. I have no inside tips, historically August is when new products hit the ground and heat up the community. Why? The World Yo-Yo Contest and The New York International Yo-Yo Open are held in August. Most manufacturers save some of their new models and special editions for these two events. I’m eagerly waiting to see what SPYY has to throw down next.

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SPYY has done some amazing metal machine work with the PURE yo-yo. From first look it would seem like the yo-yo could have been machined out of 1 piece of aluminum. It’s been some time sine the yo-yo community has seen a solid side aluminum yo-yo. You can see from the photos that the fit and machining of the side caps are tight tolerances. I’m no engineer, just by looking at this work of art you can see some of the challenges it would take to get a machine to make all the necessary cuts completed so accurately. The concave side caps are a whole new level of, “Huh, How the” factor.

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It takes a special commitment for a company and a player to throw there names together for a history. The SPYY PURE has done just that. The PURE was put together by Steve Buffel and top tier counter weight player Jonathan Robinson. As you can imagine with Jonathan’s input this beauty was designed for counter weight play. If you’ve ever seen Jonathan’s video’s you know he’s a true counter weight player. It’s not the first time SPYY has made a yo-yo with the help of a world class player, and I’d bet there will be more in the future.

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A work of art and playability are two things that come to mind after spending a week with the SPYY PURE. Don’t take my word on it, I’m not a reviewer, I’m sure there are plenty of reviews around the web. With the yo-yo market getting saturated with aluminum I tend to look for the things that stand out, PURE does just that for me.

 

A little note about me: Yotoy, also known as Shawn, I’ve been doing this yo-yo thing since 1996, both collecting and playing. My playing skills are not world class, you won’t be seeing any tutorials from me. Yo-yo’s are all about fun and escape for me. Lately I’ve been combining two of my hobbies, yo-yo’s and photography. Needless to say I was extremely honored to be considered a contributor for theglasslab. I’ve been a fan since it’s inception. I hope to contribute a few words and lot’s of images in the future.

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Elements Trick Six from Sam Lopez on Vimeo.

Trap Door
created by Doc Pop

A double or nothing Transition trick to a trapeze and now a bucket kink mount, or a crazy tech loving lovers thing.

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Elements Trick Five from Sam Lopez on Vimeo.

Pine Mount

Ripcord dismount

Undermount remount

Jargon stuff

Ryan Lai taught me this trick around a year ago. He said if I found anything besides the kamikaze 5 hold to post it. Sky Kiyabu taught him this and then Lai taught it to me. This was probably the first trick that got me yoyoing again. Hopefully it will do something similar.

Official Discussion Topics:
http://www.yoyonation.com/talk/index.php/topic,54849.0.html

http://yoyoexpert.com/forums/index.php/topic,4307.0.html

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Well here they are, the two first yo-yos from Duncan’s Screaming Eagle Project. The idea behind the project is to bring high-end metal yo-yos into the hands of the masses with the Duncan name on them. The first two yo-yos are the Mayhem and the Vendetta. I’ve only played with the Mayhem (previously called the Mentasm) and I’m glad to report it’s a very solid throw. From what I’ve heard, Duncan is planning on releasing the Vendetta at the IYYO and the Mayhem at Worlds. Let’s hope that Duncan has more great stuff planned for the future.
Mayhem
Vendetta

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Yo peeps… just wanted to introduce to you two new staffers here at theglasslab.com. Please welcome Sam Lopez and Yotoy! I’m really excited to have these two on board at theglasslab.com. They’ll mos def bring some great things to the table.

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Elements: Trick Four from Sam Lopez on Vimeo.

Frontstyle, Plain and simple. A small breakdown of what makes some Frontstyle tricks.

Breakdown of Frontstyle Elements. (There are plenty that i have missed but this is the Jist of them.)

Outer Box Under Mount

Outer Box Over Under Mount

Both of the outer box is just a start i do need to figure a way to get into the opposite outer box area tho,
Jonbot has a trick. http://www.vimeo.com/2899831
Happy Innovation!

Official Discussion Topics:
http://www.yoyonation.com/talk/index.php/topic,54849.0.html
http://yoyoexpert.com/forums/index.php/topic,4307.0.html

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Elements: Trick Three from Sam Lopez on Vimeo.

Bucket Mounts If i knew how long this project was gonna be i probably wouldn’t have assigned myself to try to explain buckets and a few different variations to jump into.

The big brother of the famous wrist mount. Not too much love for this mount. Thus a good thing to look into.

1. 1.5 Bucket Mount
2. Wrist Mount Bucket Mount
3. Jade Whip Variation Mount
4. Back String Exclusion

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