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 51 
 on: August 14, 2018, 08:29:33 PM 
Started by Jospin - Last post by Daveid
a lower center of gravity makes it fall over slower (precess slower), and taking the cap off lowers the center of gravity, i suppose it might be personal preference... if you are popping to a sideways regen (drumbeat or sewing machine or joker choker) it may not be as important... my qs is an original, not a hybrid, so the cap was aluminum too, so the weight of the cap was a lot more significant, your experience may be very much different if you leave the plastic cap on...

 52 
 on: August 14, 2018, 08:01:27 PM 
Started by ta0 - Last post by ta0
Among the 1.4 billion people in China, at the moment we took this picture, these were perhaps the best spintop trick players  ;D



I wish we'd had many other handsome (and not so handsome) players attending: it was great fun. I imagine there are several good and perhaps not so good players kicking themselves at a missed opportunity to place high at a world contest in China. But as they say, you need to buy at least one ticket to have a chance to win the lottery.   ;)

 53 
 on: August 14, 2018, 06:50:53 PM 
Started by ta0 - Last post by robtsou
In US customs in Seattle I met Andrew Bergen, a great yo-yo player (current US 1A champ, I believe, and 14th at worlds). He commented about Kanta and reminded me that he had once freestyled in tops (before my time, 2003 I think). I told him he should freestyle with tops again and he said he might. He did say that he needed to get some good string  ;D

I talked to Andrew before the contest and he told me the same thing. And he's pretty handy with a top to boot!  He was throwing mine doing some GT type tricks, he was pretty good.  He did say he wasn't a fan of regen tricks though.  I was going to buy a top and give it to him but there were no tops for sale at the contest!  I thought for sure YYF would have brought some but they didn't.

I don't know if there was anything really wrong with the stage in China.  It wasn't overly hot or anything in the hall although the hallway that you had to wait in was lacking in the AC department.  The overhead lights definitely got in your eyes though if you had to look up for anything.

Despite being utterly unprepared and completely out of my depth and league, I still had a good time once I managed to get over my embarrassment for such poor performances on such a large stage.

And, I've finally started to get a feel for regens!

Thanks, Tao for not giving me too hard a time.  I think I could feel Dale being embarrassed for all the top players in the world while I was doing my "freestyle". Ah well, it was an experience to be sure.

 54 
 on: August 14, 2018, 06:40:52 PM 
Started by Jospin - Last post by Jospin
It's anodized, so I probably won't be modifying the surface at all.  I feel like I can get the snap itself started pretty well (I'm used to snap starting yoyos), but I'll try messing around with the tape and other tops to see if extra grip helps.  What's the purpose of removing the top half of the top?

 55 
 on: August 14, 2018, 06:35:20 PM 
Started by Jospin - Last post by Daveid
what kind of surface do you have on that qs hybrid? i used to practice the snap to hand with the lower half of the  lightest tops i could find, duncan imperial lower half usually, if you're going straight to the string i think most prefer drumbeat... my qs lower half was slick so i used steel wool to polish it until it was more grippy but if yours is the anodized kind you might not want to remove the pretty colours... nexcare makes a waterproof bandage tape that's pretty grippy, if i was just starting i might try putting a few pieces of that on the top where i put my fingers for the snap.

 56 
 on: August 14, 2018, 02:24:16 PM 
Started by jim in paris - Last post by mailman
cool vid eh !

jim

I have that toy, somewhere!  I had forgotten all about it....

 57 
 on: August 14, 2018, 02:19:09 PM 
Started by jim in paris - Last post by jim in paris
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B0I16xGEPOE

recycling beer cans

jim

 58 
 on: August 14, 2018, 02:16:17 PM 
Started by jim in paris - Last post by jim in paris
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ftOtYBFrMAg

a quick vid in ajaccio while the worlds streaming was lagging bad

jim

 59 
 on: August 14, 2018, 01:52:30 PM 
Started by ta0 - Last post by jim in paris
Happiness runs in a circular motion!


copyright Mike the Hout

so does playing tops or simply top-play

we had the cycle revolving around the spinology dvd and duncan vids
then came S8 : a new world of wonder
a little later arrived the Mexican style with gus,gerardo salvador etc,and the Colombians'
the rebound came from Neff Tyler Daniel Jakub pushing the level of play even further
more recently thanks to Jorge's contact in Nagoya and Ludo' efforts to promote the toupies du monde
we got to know the taiwan style ,the koma play ,plus Larry's connection with the Gasing tradition


the styles of play are changing,melting,evolving

the world spintop contest MUST  evolve too

jim


 60 
 on: August 14, 2018, 01:20:12 PM 
Started by jim in paris - Last post by jim in paris
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YcULKxsD2IM

cool vid eh !

jim

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