I am a fan of 3yo3. Landon takes some of the craziest ideas and makes them real. Yo-Yo hand turned from Acrylic? Check. Acrylic metal hybrid? Can do. Delrin? He’s got that. Landon offers many different options in yo-yo color, material, and responses. Over the last few months, Landon has been talking about making a metal yo-yo. Landon worked out a shape in CAD, sent it off to Ernie at General-Yo for input, and then had them machined. A trip to the anodizer, OneDrop for a Pyramatte finish, a buddy who specialized in laser engraving, and the Bass Line was finished. Truly, the Bass Line was a work of respect between friends. Landon got a gold Base Line in my hands for a review and I am more than happy to oblige.
- Diameter: 56.40mm
- Width: 41.18mm
- Weight: 66.4 grams
- Gap Width: 4.1mm
- Response: Flowable Silicone
- Bearing: C, stainless, pre-cleaned
I think it was the Omnicron when I said that Landon needs to get some packaging. The two of us played around with a few idea’s. I joked that he should put a sound system inside the box that would play music when you open the lid. Ultimately, Landon went with a clear box with a sticker on top. Not bad. Better than wrapping it in newspaper. The Bass Line Landon sent me was classic gold color. On one side, the Bass Line has the 3yo3 logo in LED style font and a clean “Bass Line” under the nub. On the other side there is a Sawtooth wave and a Square wave. Nice touch. If you look at a Roland Bass Line TB-303 Synth/Sequencer, the font used in Bass Line is spot on, and on the Wave Form options, you have a Sawtooth Wave and a Square Wave. It is easy to see where Landon’s inspiration comes from. Smooth look, nice color, and a nice box.
Comfort and Tech:
The first thing that struck me about the Bass Line was how smooth the finish was. Landon had the guys at OneDrop run the Bass Lines through the new Pryamatte ™ tumbler. The result was a super smooth finish that slips around in your hand. Some have complained that a Pyramatte finish will stick to your hand in humidity. I live in California, where humidity is not something the weather men even measure any more. I needed to test this humidity problem, so I steamed up the shower and took the Bass Line in the room; still super smooth. Even in humidity, the Bass Line has an almost magical finish.
The rim starts of at a slight slant, and then breaks into a curve towards the gap. The curve is very gradual and flattens out into the silicone response groove. The 56mm diameter and 41mm width feel great in the hand. The slightly slanted rims hit the sides of the thumb meet perfectly and the curved gap gives you plenty of room to rest your fingers on, while keeping your middle finger off the wound string. Inside the 4.1mm gap is a precision machined bearing seat commonly found in high end metals, a C sized bearing, and a groove that can take both the new General-Yo Pads and flowable silicone.
In your hand, the combination of the super smooth finish and the extreme comfort shape, the Bass Line is amazing to just hold. It feels right. At 66.4 grams, you don’t feel like your about the throw a boat anchor, and with a full sized profile, it fills the hand. Many full size throws feel bulky in the hand, not the Bass Line. It was like holding a Puppy. You just slide your fingers over it and stare at it just waiting to see what happens next.
On a Throw:
If you could take your favorite song, attach a string to it and throw it around… The Bass Line is like throwing music. It glides. I am not talking about a slow floaty glide. I am talking about a fast, aggressive, in your face, joy on string, smooth as Isaac Hayes glide. First throw was like trying on a brand new pair of super comfortable shoes. I felt like a kid in the show store, running through the aisles with the new shoes and yelling to my mom “These shoes are fast!” It was that kind of feeling. Over the week, I expected the feeling to diminish but it didn’t. I don’t think I have ever been so enamored with a yo-yo before. I get flutters in my stomach as I approach it. I almost feel like I am privileged to throw it. Like a fallen Four Star General handing you his cutlass and telling you to charge into battle with, cutlass in hand. It sounds dramatic but I am not kidding. This yo-yo feels like inspiration on a string.
Zero vibration. Zero. Even at the end of the spin, when most yo-yos would wobble and flop, the Bass Line silently spun to a stop without wobble or vibe. Stability is also spot on. There was very little tilt during trick play. Even on a sloppy transition, the Bass Line held true and fast without lean or tilt. The 4.1 mm gap allowed for as many string segments as I could cram in, and still provided a tight bind. The 56mm diameter is easy to work in and out of chops and small segments. Not once did the Bass Line snag on me un-expectantly. Hops were superb. The 66 grams were easy to launch and land, making Eli Hops controlled and not over exaggerated. Fast, smooth, and stable, the Bass Line hits the mark on all expectations in trick play.
Now onto the grinds. MAN. Alright, let me ask you a question. You know how on heavy bead blasted yo-yos, sometimes they grind “Hot”? I mean, you pop it up onto your finger and you start to feel your finger get warm from the friction? The Pyramatte ™ finish by OneDrop gives you the versatility of a bead blast, with none of the string snapping burn that a bead blast is prone to. The Bass Line is slippery on binds, but in a good way. Its like moving ice on a hot Teflon pan, it just… glides. The Bass Line also has a nice subtle IRG that add just enough rim weight to provide a solid lip for long Inner Ring Grinds.
Honestly I am sorry this week is over. This yo-yo is fantastic. I want to throw it more.
Get it. Leave this review right now and get it. I am not kidding. This is Landon’s finest work, and arguable one of the best throws available. Do you remember when the Torrent came out and people hmmed and hawed about it, and then poof, they were all gone and you could not get one? Don’t make that mistake again. The Bass Line is IN-CRED-I-FREAKIN-BLE. It is like playing with water on a hot day, listening to your favorite song, and being handed a bag of neon colored happiness. You do not want to miss out on this throw. I am sorry if it feels like I am pushing, but I just can not get over how fantastic this throw is. If you have been holding out for an exceptional full sized throw, this is your chance. The Bass Line is the full sized answer for players who are looking for a serious throw.
If I had to describe the Bass Line with one word, it would be “Flawless.”
Just a quick note to wrap things up. Landon is offering the Bass Line with CUSTOM ENGRAVING for only $20 more. You can have anything you want engraved along the rim of the yo-yo. Personally, I want music notes layered over sine waves.
Currently the Bass Line is only available at the 3yo3 Web Store at LandonBalk.com
Written by Chris “Dr. Yo-Yo” Allen who must now say goodbye to the Bass Line and move onto another throw to review. (The Bass Line is not to worry, Chris will visit in between shifts when the other yoyos aren’t looking)