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Tricks / Re: Overarms!
« on: December 12, 2007, 05:01:43 AM »
Any tips, anything?!  ???

Gear / Re: Damaged or malfunctioning gear?
« on: December 12, 2007, 05:00:27 AM »
I suppose if there is no negative impact on diabolo performance and only a slightly louder noise, there's no real reason to take huge measures onto fixing it, you can even use the noise as an indicator to how fast your diabolo is spinning; it usually gets louder as speed increases.

But again, if you want to get the fastest solution, contact the manufacturer.  ;D  ;)

Gear / Re: Damaged Diabolos
« on: December 12, 2007, 01:06:06 AM »
On that note, I can give away about 700ml of my trumpet oil, I stopped playing like a year ago.

Gear / Re: Damaged or malfunctioning gear?
« on: December 12, 2007, 01:04:08 AM »
Many Yo-yo's have bearing systems and I'm sure you can find some grease meant for them on eBay that ought to work for your diabolo.
I did a few eBay searches for you and couldn't find what you're looking for; which I guess is just a simple bottle of grease.

Also, I've got no idea how to apply grease if you do manage to get it, but I'm sure sending an email to a company that manufactures bearing diabolos, or your fly in particular that they could both deal you some grease and application details.

Gear / Re: Damaged or malfunctioning gear?
« on: December 11, 2007, 06:06:45 AM »
I guess you mean the ball-bearing fly, and that you dropped it on concrete?

Well, I'd personally say to disassemble- then re-assemble the entire diabolo because I found that dropping a ball-bearing Diabolo from a good height and with enough speed can misplace/loosen and just generally screw up the internal components of the diabolo.

If you have already tried it without good results, just tighten everything inside the cups while the diabolo IS assembled, the screw-parts in the cups (connecting to the axle) can come loose after a bit of spinning following high drops and such, if that is the problem then you can increase the tightness by wrapping some plastic-bag strips, of your own size preference around the sides of the axle, that go through the cups and connect to the nuts.  ;D

Tricks / Overarms!
« on: December 10, 2007, 12:24:24 PM »
Hi there!, I've been looking into 1D overarms lately as my new trick category to practice while I wait for my second finesse to arrive.
Of course, I came right to first-up to do some learning on the subject of overarms, an realized that there were no general overarm threads! Or at least, complete and recent ones.

Anyways, back on the topic: I've been playing with overarms and so far have gotten the gist of basic overarm orbits along with a single trick of that type:  That is, the "Overarm-Swoop", and "Swoop-Sun".

But now the tricks I want to learn involve "String-Wraps" (Mid-page in the link above ^ ). This is the part I need help with; I've attempted both "Armover String-Wraps" and "Left-Catch String-Wrap Intros" and neither seems to be working for me!

As I reach to the right to try to enter the wrap, my string either goes slack and the diabolo flies away to my right, or should I cheat and enter the wrap by contorting my right stick, my diabolo (Finesse G3) doesn't revolve across the loop on my arm as it should but rather grinds to a friction-burny stop on my arm.

Also, it feels very awkward for me to maneuver my left stick around mt right arm for some reason, probably because I'm straining to pull the string taut against the diabolo.

I suppose the problem is in string length... opinions?

General / Re: Painting a diablo?
« on: December 10, 2007, 05:52:18 AM »
At school yesterday I sprayed Gloss-Enamel onto 1 of my Finesse cups...
Freakin' brilliant! It only lasts about a day and it will temporarily glue dirt and dust to your finesse until it wears off, but the effect is a rubber-ish looking diabolo looking like Fluro Plastic!

Try it.

Gear / Re: Damaged or malfunctioning gear?
« on: December 06, 2007, 11:21:01 AM »
Yeah, thanks for the replies.

The site I ordered from ( ) was supposed to send me a finger axle, a 2x10g weight set and a white G3, instead I got a finger axle, a 2x6g weight set and a dirty white G2- it seems this store can't get any variable order right so far. I wouldn't personally recommend it.

I saw actual White G3's for sale at , which is a very trustworthy site that I'm sure can distinguish a G2 from a G3, so you may want to look into that.

I'm going to send all the items received from oddballs straight back, claim a total refund and some sort of compensation (Maybe $$$, maybe a free Diabolo!) for the ridiculous amount of inconveniences they've caused.
And after that, I'll order all the same gear from firetoys for 10$ more, I've already got a Whitey G3 reserved!  ;D

Gear / Re: Damaged or malfunctioning gear?
« on: December 05, 2007, 12:00:46 PM »
*update*: I've just today received my long awaited diabolo set from and at first I was really excited and happy until I realized that they had sent my a 6g weight set rather than the 10g set I ordered, and now I believe they even gave me a G2 Finesse rather than a G3, G2's aren't even on the same freakin' page as the G3s! No idea how they screwed this up...

Anyways, before I return my false sets and get proper ones back, hopefully with juicy 'compensation' diabolos, I need to verify that the White Finesse they sent me really isn't a G3 after all.

The main difference I can see is that the Finesse they sent me has only ONE CUP ALIGNMENT RIDGE per cup, whereas my current red Finesse that I'm sure actually IS a G3, has THREE GROUPS OF CUP ALIGNMENT RIDGES on either cup.

^Does this indicate a G2?

Videos / Re: Our First Quality Video
« on: December 02, 2007, 09:23:16 AM »
Great technical video, showcasing plenty of solid tricks and a few stylishly personalized ones.

The camera-work was excellent and properly captured the action, but I think you should consider an environment to perform in that better contrasts with your diabolos and string.

I think the main reason people consider this boring is that it is practically composed of tricks executed in a kind of uniform fashion and without straying too much from the usual, it's easy to spice up a video with a few more things happening in the background and such.

Tricks / Re: What is this trick called?
« on: December 01, 2007, 12:21:46 AM »
OK, I wouldn't be surprised if that trick was as invention of the performer himself, but just to be sure I recommend you browse through the animations of tricks here

Gear / Re: Damaged or malfunctioning gear?
« on: November 30, 2007, 12:57:50 PM »
Whoopee! I've ordered my second white finesse G3 from and it, along with an evolution 1 and 3 kit were dispatched today, I've also got access to a very precise scale, so I'll compare the weights of the red and white G3 cups and see if there's really a difference.

Another thing that's been brought up before, maybe somewhere is misshapen cups, and a few resolutions.
My red G3 has severely misshapen cups to the extent that the diabolo visibly wobbles on the string, and because of this I recently tried 2 recommendations of how to fix this problem. Those 2 methods were leaving the diabolo out under the sun on a weltering hot day, and soaking the detached cups in warmish-hot water.

First, I tried the soaking method by detaching the cups from the rest of the diabolo components and leaving them to rest in reasonably hot water, just cool enough to put your hands into it without taking bloody stubs out a moment later. Unfortunately even though the cups were fairly softened immediately after removal from the water and a short period after, the softness didn't last long enough for me to completely reassemble, balance and start spinning my diabolo.

Maybe I'll try using hotter water for more time when my second diabolo arrives and gets misshapen.
Anyways, about 2 weeks afterward I attempted putting my diabolo out in a blistering Australian day, about 34^C at the time.
Anyways, after setting my diabolo down in my yard I left to watch some TV then came back about 40 minutes later, to find that my house had cast a big shadow over my diabolo and ants were crawling over and nibbling my diabolo!
2 minutes and a freshly boiling kettle of water later, the ants were gone and I got to spinning my hardly affected diabolo.

I'll definitely be re-trying these two methods in the near future, and we'll see how it goes.

Tricks / Re: Diabolo-A household helper?
« on: November 30, 2007, 12:38:39 PM »
 >:(  Misleading title: I was expecting people to be using diabolos to: wipe asses, beat children, answer the door and what-not.

Tricks / Re: What is this trick called?
« on: November 30, 2007, 12:14:40 PM »
I think you're talking about either a double/single 'Fritz Release', as Will said- a link to a video would be really helpful but I guess it's safe to say that a Fritz Release or variation therein is most likely, if you're curious.

Gear / Re: Damaged or malfunctioning gear?
« on: November 25, 2007, 02:23:18 AM »
Hehe, thanks for the help.
So, I suppose I should get 2D? Looks very enticing, and now that it's Xmas time I could get a discount second diabolo...

Gear / Re: Damaged or malfunctioning gear?
« on: November 25, 2007, 01:01:57 AM »
Yeah, I do that every once in a while to straighten my string, but it's only a temporary effect and can wear off just by accelerating harshly once or twice  :( .  I find that another quicker and more convenient method of straightening the string is to simply:

1) Take both handsticks in either hand.
2) Quickly and firmly pull both handsticks in opposite directions, so the string very quickly goes taut.
3) Give the string slack and repeat a few times until you're happy with the results.

This method is more convenient because you can quickly repeat it a few times whilst the diabolo is in midair.

Anyways, next subject! (straying from the subject here) Christmas time is closing in, and I can't think of anything I want more than a second Finesse.
I definitely want to learn 2D, but I have a few questions:

A- When learning 2D with finesses, is it easier to learn if they both have finger axles? Because if so, then it'll cost a lot more money and I'd need to buy another set of weights to keep the diabolos' balanced  :(

B- If I were to mix the cups of my red finesse with the most likely white cups of the 2nd finesse I may buy, will the 2 diabolos remain balanced? I've heard that mixing certain colors of cups will put the diabolo off balance because different colors of cups may have different weights  ???

C- Is it really worthwhile if I've already got 1 Finesse and am still only a novice at it? Maybe I should just buy a Circus...

Thanks.  :P

General / Re: You know you are too obsessed with the diabolo when...
« on: November 24, 2007, 12:38:50 PM »
Cryogenically preserving your diabolos' when you go out on a trip.
(Yes, I know you'd bring them with you... shaddup)

Gear / Re: Damaged or malfunctioning gear?
« on: November 24, 2007, 11:55:03 AM »
I've gotten my new string, yay! It appears to have fixed the problem but at certain points within a wrapped position, I can feel definite strong friction between the string and axle...

But so far, so good- I'll see how things progress and try out some suggestions of axle cleaning, and post the results.

A new strange problem with my gear now, is that my string :o  seems to be becoming problematic; certain tricks that I used to be easily capable of performing with my old orange MB string are still OK with my new string, but all whip catches are ridiculously hard to do now!
Maybe in only 1 of 10 whip catch attempts will the string connect, and still end up in a 'left backside' position.
I'll see if the whip catch becomes easier as the string wears, also I have a theory as to why whip catches are so much more difficult now-

-: I think that it is relevant to Henry's string being laced with light wax to keep it clean and strong before use. Basically, in the first few times Henry's string is used when it is very new, the string stretches to an extent and becomes slightly thinner. The problem is that the slippery, flexible wax-like coating doesn't stretch out so well and so, when the string is slack- like when throwing a whip catch, the waxy stuff pulls and contorts the string, meaning the string doesn't move as well through the air and makes catches awkward.
 ;D ;D ;D


Tricks / Re: New way into vertax (orbiting)
« on: November 22, 2007, 05:17:17 AM »
Oh, sorry Nev- I wasn't aware of that.
Great video and entry, by the way- would you say it's more effective as a learners entry into vertax than the conventional method?

Tricks / Re: Tricks you want to see -
« on: November 21, 2007, 09:43:35 AM »
Sorry to break in here, but where can I find out about 'sprinklers'? I've never seen/heard of the trick before.

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