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    YoYoJam Prelude - A Review 
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    I saw this yoyo before worlds, and this got me more excited than the other yoyos I saw coming out. I'm, quite frankly, sick of massive, h-shaped yoyos. They are getting old to me.

    The Prelude is the first full plastic YYJ to use the Solid Spin System. This brings the updated axle to the price point of the Lyn Fury, KickSide, Journey, etc. Before this yoyo, I had only briefly played a DMII, and I was impressed. On the DMII, the Solid Spin really improved the smoothness. I was curious to see how it would do on the budget plastic.

    Specs:
    57mm diameter
    38mm wide
    57 grams

    First thoughts:



    I opened up the package, which was a standard YYJ plastic box, and was disappointed. The yoyo has some build flaws. There are bubbles in the rims, and many rough spots. I understand that there will be mold marks on any injection molded plastic, but the Prelude's design puts the mold marks on the inside of the hub. The outer surface of the yoyo should be smooth and mark free. Instead, there are swirls, rough patches, and smear like spots. The bubbles in the rims especially disappoint me; I've had other low end, polycarbonate plastics that have not had bubbles. The bubbles seem to me to show a rushed production.
    The colors are bright and vivid, which I like. I also like the Prelude logo; It is simple, but still elegant.

    Play:

    Stock, the Prelude comes with a narrow C bearing and silicone stickers. The narrow bearing is exceptional: I can get it to spin over a minute by flicking it. The problem is that the narrow bearing's spin times aren't worth anything; the gap is too small to use. So, I added a regular C bearing.The stickers, stock, were snaggy and blah. They kept popping out of their grooves, and would catch without warning. Binds were not clean. I pulled them out, thinking I could put in some standard O-Rings. I was wrong. The grooves do not fit the normal YYJ O-Ring. So, response options are limited to the stock stickers or silicone. Because I didn't want to wait the curing time, I just used a sticker maker to put more adhesive on the silicone pads and reapplied them. They were still snaggy, but I wore them in and now they're nice.



    The Solid Spin axle is phenomenal. The yoyo is very smooth, and could probably feel close to dead smooth if there weren't bubbles in the rims. The caps do add vibe, however. They aren't perfectly flat, and don't sit tight in the yoyo. Taking them out increases smoothness, but makes the yoyo extremely light.



    On the string, this yoyo feels FAST. It's incredibly light and zippy. It isn't even 60 grams, but I never felt a lack of spin. The metal in the middle didn't seem to take away from the spin times either. This is a fun yoyo; if you are playing some super fast music, it fun to see how fast you can do your tricks. The yoyo isn't uncontrollably fast, however. Some yoyos seem to want to go fast, and not handle slower play styles. I find myself being in charge of the yoyo, instead of it dictating my speed, so to speak. It doesn't feel hollow on the string, nor does it feel solid either.
    As for grinds, they work. It's plastic.

    Final Thoughts:

    This is a good yoyo. At its price, it is extremely competitive. I would like to see the build quality improve though. The bubbles irk me. I would also like to see the Solid Spin Axle go into an all plastic Celcon yoyo. This is a fun yoyo, but I would like to see a Celcon Solid Spin that was smaller in diameter and heavier to bring it more in line with the Lyn Fury or Kickside. I also think the Prelude should come with a regular bearing. The thin bearing was really good, but it was not usable.
    The response also needs to be fixed. I would have made it compatible with O-Rings, and made silicone stickers to match that groove. It seems counter intuitive to eliminate such a great response system, especially in a low end model. The silicone stickers are starting to show wear. O-Rings last much longer. The O-Ring system is a big reason why I recommend YYJ to beginners; you don't have to replace it. I could easily tell them to buy a FHZ from Toys 'R' Us, but the stickers wear out to quickly.
    It's a good yoyo, with some minor execution flaws. The bubbles and mold marks don't make the yoyo wobble or lose functionality. The bearing/response issues are easily overcome, if you know what you are doing. I would have liked to see this be as good of a yoyo for beginners as the Celcon line, but I can't say it is there yet. The response issues keep it from being in that league. If a beginner asks what yoyo to buy, I will still tell them to get a Lyn, KS, Speeder, or Journey. Those yoyos are not as smooth, but are more serious players for the money.

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    isn't the pinnacle the same shape, diferent specs, celcon, and has SS system?

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    I think so, but I haven't held one to tell you for sure.
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    Yep, they're very very close, if not the same shape/size.

    I've got a pinnacle but not a prelude so I can't compare, but at worlds they looked exactly the same.

    And I don't believe the Pinnacle is officially released yet, the only ones I see online are the WYYC editions and they seem to be sold out.

    Pinnacle plays quite well though, I didn't have any of those silicone ring response problems with it and there's no major mold flaws. Comes with a wide bearing stock too, so that helps.

    Oh and the Pinnacle is heavier. Weighed them both w/out string at worlds, the Prelude is 57.5g and the Pinnacle is 62g.

    Overall I'd go with the Pinnacle, but that's just me :)
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