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Gear / How to make your finesse a wide axle for serious cheap
« on: August 06, 2008, 01:57:09 AM »
We all know that the finesse's axle is actually sunk into the hubs (its not flush with the surface, that is). Mr B give you the option of buying a wide axle evolution kit, but i've figured out a way to do it for practically free, giving you a "Chinesse" type axel (for more information about the chinesse, read my thread and review of the 2g chinesse

For this mod, you will need:
2 pairs of washers big enough to fit the axle of the diab snugly-ishly (they should be like a medium-sized kind of "standard" washer)
nothing else

Disassemble your finesse
Begin to reassemble it. Put the one cup, its washer (the big plastic one), and a hub onto the inner axle.
Place two (or as many washers are you need to get the hub flush with the string surface) onto the inner axle and hub.
Put the outer axle onto the inner axle (funny how that works out. they just happen to be called the same thing). The outer axle should be flush with the hubs.
Do the same thing to the other side.

Enjoy your wide axle knowing it cost you virtually nothing.

Tricks / Diab turns during antisuicide?
« on: June 24, 2008, 08:40:41 PM »
When i do a trapeze to antisuicide or a vortex to antisuicide, the diab turns maybe 30 degrees anticlockwise during the trick. Is there a way to stop this? I'm pretty sure it's just poor technique, but i'd like to know if there is a technique to correct this.

Gear / How much do sundias cost in Taiwan?
« on: June 22, 2008, 05:20:57 PM »
I'm planning a trip to taiwan, and i'm trying to figure out if a trip to TPEC/Sundia is worth the money. In the US, I can get short bearing flys for 30, wide bearing flys for 45 and suns for 50. Is the price better in taiwan or should i just order in the US?

General / 2008 Collab vid? [brainstorm thread]
« on: June 16, 2008, 04:35:00 AM »
We have a proud tradition of making a collaboration video, it would seem, but this years has not yet been organized (i do believe).

Is such a production in the works, or must we coordinate it from scratch?

Gear / Getting finesse nuts unstuck
« on: June 14, 2008, 05:37:50 AM »
I've noticed that the nuts on finesses (G3, but probably G2 and G1 also), the ones that attach the washer and everything, have a tendency to become jammed on the piece inside the axle. Its kind of hard to describe.

The silver metallic nuts, when tightened, seem to become permanently fastened onto the central fastener

Is there a way to undo this? I used the nuts for one of my hybrids, and i need to change back to stock for 2d, but the nuts have become stuck on the fastener, which is not stock

Gear / Dave's Cup Tape Illusion
« on: May 24, 2008, 12:54:44 PM »
We've all seen Dave's VOTW with his awesome cuptape. What i would like to know is that if this effect is possible on the naked eye without being viewed through a camera. I sat down and did some very questionable math about this.

After doing a bunch of research, the "refresh rate" of the human eye seems to be somewhere between 25-60hz. Using the inverse rule, this equals a period of 1/25 sec to 1/60 sec. Any particular point on the diab has to pass your eye 25 to 60 times per second. This would equal to 25-60 rps (rotations per second). Multiply that by 60 to get the RPM, you get an rpm that ranges from 1500 to 3600rpm.

The Nyquist frequency is the frequency at which aliasing ceases. This is equal to 2 times the bandwidth. In this case, the Nyquist frequency for the human eye ranges from 50 to 120 Hz. My theory is that up until the Nyquist frequency, the diab's motion gets progressively more aliased, then becomes a blur.

Now this is some VERY questionable math and physics, so feel more than free to correct me, but i want to know how Dave gets his tape to sparkle

Gear / Weight of individual finesse components?
« on: May 06, 2008, 01:51:23 AM »
Does anybody know how much each individual component of a g3 finesse weighs? I'm trying to figure out how much my personal favorite Chinesse configuration weighs (chinese hubs, stock axle, chinese washers, double finesse washers, 10g weight kits)

Gear / Introducing....the chinesse G2 Now with video review
« on: April 25, 2008, 05:26:25 AM »
This is the second generation of the original chinesse diabolo, which can be found here
the original played like a dream, but suffered from a fatal flaw- weak washers. In tightening the diab together, i was forced to bend the washers inward. Later, as the result of a relatively chaotic fall, the washers on the diab broke.

I recently received a shipment of new generic diabs. much to my surprise (and delight), the original diab and the new ones had identical or very similar hubs, but the washers were MUCH MUCH stronger. I reused some of the parts from the old diab, but, because i was converting two diabs, new washers were necessitated.

Anyway, now the important part. They play more or less identically to the old chinesse. The only real difference is the added (more or less negligible) weight of the new washers. They are lighter than finesse, grind better (they use the same axle, but the axle is placed flush with the hubs, not slightly sunk in), and gain speed criminally quickly (I have to really correct them quickly in 2d lest they move too quickly).

And now, here a video review

Gear / Introducing....the Chinesse diabolo!
« on: March 07, 2008, 03:44:34 AM »
The chinesse diabolo is a mix of a chinese diabolo (unbranded) and a finesse.
There are three variations thereof

on the left is the original four inch chinese diabolo that supplied the chinese parts for the chinesse. It has finesse washers, hubs and axles, but the original cups. it's performance is just terrible, because the finesse parts do not fit correctly onto the cups.

in the middle is a blue finesse with the axle from the chinese diabolo. It plays pretty much equivalently to a wide-axled (evolution kit) finesse, and there is negligible weight difference. There is, however, a noticeable turn in the absence of string movement.

On the right is my personal favorite. This diabolo uses the chinese washers and hubs, but finesse cups and axles. It is vastly lighter than the stock g3 finesse. The protrusion of the components of the axle that would otherwise be held inside the hubs creates an effect similar to that of a wide axle. There is no notable turn.

As you have read, i personally favor the white finesse with chinese washers hubs. None of these diabolos are particularly suitable for 2d, but that may be simply because I am terrible at 2d

Gear / How to break in waterproofed braided mason's line
« on: March 02, 2008, 07:10:57 PM »
As some of you may know, I don't use specially made diabolo string. I use mason's line. In the past, i have always used twisted as it was cheap. However, it was difficult to undo tangles, I would have to change my string ever day or so, and now, braided and twisted cost virtually the same.

Recently, i went to Home Depot and realized that they were out of my brand of string. So, i purchased another brand, and for good measure, i purchased the braided variety.

Woe is me when i got home and tried it out only to realize that there was exponentially more "stickiness" in the string than my old string. I looked at the packaging and saw the string was "waterproofed", which i take to mean "anti-slip".

I tried several different methods to remove the waterproofing, and the method described here is best (so far). After i cut the string, i soaped it down and soaked it in water for about a minute. I took it out of the water and dried it. As i was drying, some of the yellow pigment came off the string (the string is yellow). I believe this is the waterproofing and that it is oil based (explaining why the soap was able to remove it). You have to repeat this process a couple of times (i did it 3 times), then let it sit for a while (more or less an hour). When you get back, you should find that the stickiness is reduced to something similar to a broken-in string.

I have yet to determine the life or strength of this string but it seems to be greater than the twisted string. Also, i have not tested how additional washes affect the string. My guess would be that it reduces the stickiness to a certain extent then the string begins to act as any wet string does (slick then really really sticky)

Performances / My practice and talent show performances
« on: March 01, 2008, 03:20:44 AM »
This is my practice video, which was taken last week. It's mostly boring stuff like minigens and a duicide and there's a painfully failed attempt at 2d high at the end.
And this is the performance i gave at my school's talent show on 29 February 2008. I liked it, but i messed up a bit.

Gear / Jugglingstore had Sundia!
« on: February 26, 2008, 12:38:26 AM »
I just noticed that jugglingstore now has Sundias in stock. This is great for us americans! what a day! it's still kinda expensive though.

Sorry if this seems like a shameless advertisement.

Tricks / Easy tricks that look hard?
« on: February 21, 2008, 10:48:00 PM »
i'm doing a performance in a week and as i decided to film myself doing my routine and realized how easy it looked. I need some really easy to do tricks that look ridiculously hard. Any ideas? They can 1d or 2d, but i'm terrible at 2d so i greatly prefer 1d. Also, they can't require any height because the ceiling of the stage is very very very low. Basically, i cant do infinite suicides. So anything going higher than an infinite suicide is a no go.

Gear / It turns out finesses are balanced!
« on: February 15, 2008, 02:54:17 AM »
I recieved a white finesse today and i decided to mix it with my blue. I had heard reports that different colors had different weights. I know now that this is not true to the extent that it affects my ability to use the diabolos. Consider this some kind of empirical test, i guess

yes that is the box that it arrived in

Tricks / Whip catches in performance?
« on: January 20, 2008, 01:04:30 PM »
I have a performance in a month or so and i was wondering about the usefullness of whip catches in performance. They definitely fall under crowd pleasing category, but the only smooth way to use it is the whip catch duicide. I've experimented with kind of a sideways whip catch into pirouette and mini-gen, but other than those, i'm out of ideas.

Gear / Spinabolo bearings on your finesse?
« on: January 04, 2008, 09:36:15 PM »
I read in Leo's equipment sticky that some people have been using spinabolo bearings on their finesses.

Does anybody here know how that would work?
If so, would it also be possible to use sundia fly bearings or something so i don't have to buy an entire diabolo?

General / How do i contact WJF?
« on: December 29, 2007, 11:58:14 AM »
I was looking over the WJF's website, and i noticed that William Wei-Liang Lin's prop is spelled "diablo"

I was wondering who to email about this, as "info "at"" seems inappropriate. Possibly, there is a webmaster email address?

Gear / Static on your finesse?
« on: December 27, 2007, 11:13:34 PM »
I've recently noticed like a crinkly static electricity sound when i touch my finesse g3 after i mess up over something made of a certain kind of cloth. Does anybody else notice this. I diabolo on my bed at night because my parents get mad at me when i drop it.

I thought the finesse was made of some kind of rubber, which doesn't collect electricity, right?

Gear / where to buy diabolos in beijing?
« on: December 22, 2007, 03:21:55 PM »
i'm going to beijing sometime this week and i was wondering if anybody knew any places that sell diabolos.
I'm looking for the better quality ones, like the taiwanese ones (as wierd as it would be buying them in beijing).

Tricks / Whats your favorite combo?
« on: December 21, 2007, 06:31:31 PM »
As the title suggests, what's your favorite combo?
My personal favorite starts on an open string on the floor.
I do a counterclockwise sun, so there are 2 twists of string above the axle.
Then, i do a floor start into clockwise sun, then allow the sun to continue into a suicide.
Next, i do a wrapicide (not sure if that's the official name) for a right wrap.
I start doing orbit accelerations, then an inverse trapeze release.
I end it out with right backside and minigenocide.

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