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Frankendamas vs Straight Setups

Discussion in 'The Sesh' started by KeeganS, Aug 10, 2017.

  1. KeeganS

    KeeganS Slayer

    Dec 6, 2016
    Boise, Idaho
    A little terminology definition for people unfamiliar with the topic.

    Straight Setups - from straight build in gunpla (gundam model kits) building. The setup is exactly how it originally came from in the box (barring string and bead/bearing). The cups, tama, and sword have not been switched out for replacements from other setups/brands.

    Frankendama - kendama made up of a ken and tama both from different setups and/or companies/brands (sword and cups may/may not be the original setup).


    So here's the question. What do you guys prefer with your kendama setups? Mix and matching to make a totally unique setup or keeping it as is out of the box?

    Both are fine with me, but I find myself more often than not mixing and matching kens and tamas into more unique setups that (as far as I know) no one else has/seen. It's one of the things outside customizing (burning, painting) or wood turning kendamas yourself that really makes the kendama yours.
    It gets even cooler when you see other people making the same/similar setups as you (whether on coincidence or being inspired by your setups).
    Aug 10, 2017
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  2. Gasiek

    Gasiek Honed Member

    Jan 20, 2017
    Poland Wrocław
    Screenshot_2017-08-10-23-13-11.png I like changing tamas for better design, better weight match and also I match great tama with a great ken. One time I switch sarado but from one sweets prime to another to make one better lunar balanced. Also about frankendama, has the option on thwir site called frankendama where you can choose tama, ken, string and even the weights!
    Aug 10, 2017
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  3. Eric H

    Eric H Honed Member

    Jun 13, 2017
    I mix and match if a ken is good for lunars and a tama is good for lunars. Same for stalls and sometimes weight (I don't have a scale). But yeah, I love that sometimes nobody else has it.
    Aug 10, 2017
  4. goenKendama

    goenKendama Moderator Staff Member

    Oct 14, 2016
    Metro Manila, Philippines
    I'm more likely to tweak a stock setup since I like to do stalls and swapping tama and ken between brands (or even different models) doesn't always have a good mate between the tama bevel and stall locations.

    Aug 11, 2017
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  5. Congarranza

    Congarranza DS Legend

    Jan 10, 2017
    Camarillo, CA
    Here are the mutt setups of mixed companies with two hybrid sweets on sweets to the right.

    Last edited: Aug 15, 2017
    Aug 14, 2017
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