A play on the DV8, a full metal yo-yo with some serious potential! The flat-rimmed DV888 sets the bar high as YYF's first release for their Fundametal series.
YoYoFactory's Fundametal series, the straightforward full metal yo-yo series without any frills or gimmicks, makes its debut with the DV888. The lack of excess leads to a reasonable price. The DV888 is a bit of a play on the original Buzz-On DV8, which came loaded with a stainless steel rim; you could say it's a full-metal version of the DV8. There's no axle protrusion, reducing weight in the center. Coupled with the flat rim design, the DV888 displays unbelievable spinning power for a yo-yo in this price range.
YoYoFactory has made a bit impact with their first low-price full metal yo-yo, we've come to expect good things from the Fundametal lines, thanks to the DV888.
"What is B-Grade?"
In 2009, YoYoFactory started selling a selection of "outlet" items at events. Calling them "B-Grades," that name has spread throughout the yo-yo world, and is now a common term.
At B-Grade sales, you can pick up excellent yo-yos with mild imperfections, discolorations, marks or scratches. These make them less desirable as finished products, but they're still great yo-yos and totally playable, meaning you can get a high quality throw for a bargain price. As a result, B-Grade sales have become very popular.
"What kinds of B-Grades are there?"
The majority of B-Grades have small discolorations or cosmetic blemishes from the anodization process. These are known as "C-Types," whereas yo-yos that are not perfectly balanced and have some vibes are called "V-Types." Some may have both types of imperfection; it's always good to double check
B-Grades are outlet products because for one reason or another they haven't met the maker's standards for their products, things to look out for include:
-color imperfections, finish may look dull or scratched
-bearing or response pads aren't well installed or working properly. Often, switching out these parts will address these issues.
-Bearings or pads may differ from the standard product model.
-Artwork or logos may differ from the standard model.
-Other issues may exist, but nothing so bad as to make the yo-yo unplayable.
|Style||String Trick (1A, 3A, 5A)|
|Trapeze Width (mm)||27|
|Body Shape||Flat Rim|
|Bearing Type||Ball Bearing|
|Bearing Size||Size C (Large)|
|Response System||Slim (OD 19mm)|
|Maintenance||Pad/Sticker/O-Ring Change Required|
|String||C3 Pro String (Fat) x100|
|Bearing||CLYW x iYoYo Pixel Bearing|
|Pad||REWIND Japan Pad|
|Maintenance||YYF DARK MATTER Lubricant|
So this B grade actually require pad replacement to get it playing well. The pads on these are old and are no longer grippy. After replacement it plays perfect, no vibes at all even with the flat bearing it came in, and you don't really feel the weight. I swapped in a centertrack, your preference may vary. Tokyo-Yo and Throws and brews didn't like theirs, but I think that's more because their DV888 was set up responsive-which it should never have been. Anyways, these have none of the major flaws described in their (valid) reviews since it's set up unresponsive and is one third the cost of an A grade.