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Questions about Bamboo Kendamas

Discussion in 'The Sesh' started by Itamar, Dec 23, 2016.

  1. Itamar

    Itamar n00b

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    Hello DS, for my next dama, I'm looking for a natty since i'm a super sweaty player and I make every painted tama slicker than glass. I've been looking at the new Kaizen 2.0 Natty Bamboo and I was wondering:
    How does it break in for Lunars and Stalls?
    How tacky does it become after a good period of breaking it in?

    I appreciate any comment, thanks.
     
    Dec 23, 2016
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  2. Cheech_Sander

    Cheech_Sander Administrator Staff Member

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    #sweatyplayerproblems

    I actually don't have any bamboo damas so I can't help you, but I'm sure @htimSxelA or @KendamaUSA can tell you more.

    That said I'm not sure how to answer "how tacky for lunars?" 80% tacky? tackier than a bad Christmas tie? how do you judge that?
     
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  3. cbwalsh24

    cbwalsh24 Honed Member

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    Love bamboo. Light and crisp. Breaks in nicely. Sweat on it enough and it'll get grippier.
     
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  4. Itamar

    Itamar n00b

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    Well, you're right that's really general but I don't know how to put it in a different way. Just wanted to know if it gets decently tacky or stays pretty slippery. Can't really judge it, as you said :)
     
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    Dec 23, 2016
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  5. Clayk27

    Clayk27 Member

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    I've never played a bamboo but the clacks sound amazing
     
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  6. Rob

    Rob Member

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    I had a KROM bamboo and I jammed it for a good half-year, It was my go-to for ages... but, like ash it chips along the grain a lot easier than most hardwoods.
    I can't say for the Kaizens, but my experience with Bamboo was mixed
     
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  7. Nick Lectura

    Nick Lectura Moderator Staff Member

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    The only bamboo kendama I have is a bamboo Shenzu strung up to a KenCo red stripe, the newest formula. It's not that broken in yet, so I can't really speak on it. However, I think the bamboo kaizen 2.0 is a good choice. The 2.0 shape is pretty awesome, a good balance of lunars and slingers but a little better for lunars.

    Idk if you already have one, but getting a GT with a raw ash tama would be awesome since you're a sweaty player. Getting sweat on a raw ash tama pretty much eliminates the need for any kind of sticky paint. A local homie who I play with has really sweaty hands, and you can do pretty much any trick on his kendamas because they're so broken in. I recommend a birch GT with a raw ash tama, definitely another good choice for a natty.
     
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  8. Itamar

    Itamar n00b

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    GT is definitely on my radar as the sweaty player I am, but ordering from them isn't the nicest thing since I'm from Israel; I'll have to pay $15 shipping (which I'm fine with) but I'll have to pay another 17% tax on the package(+shipping) when it arrives and the total price comes down to a bit too much for me. This is why I'm looking for some cheaper alternatives. Thank you for your comment!
     
    Dec 23, 2016
  9. htimSxelA

    htimSxelA Moderator Staff Member

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    Bamboo is fairly unique, its kind of a stalky/grassy species, super porous. Players usually consider it really good for stilts and bird type tricks, the porous nature of the wood helps with those sorta tricks.
     
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  10. Michael Joseph Reeves

    Michael Joseph Reeves Honed Member

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    Definitely try out bamboo if you havent!
     
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  11. Dwesty

    Dwesty Honed Member

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    Great for stalls absolutely but unless you really hone in that big cup it probably won't be amazing for lunars just because it is natty. Such great sound though. I highly recommend it, you won't regret trying it.
     
    Dec 23, 2016
  12. Dillonjohns79

    Dillonjohns79 Member

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    I have an old OG bamboo ken Co from 2014 and I'm looking into getting a new bamboo setup!
    What are the best options?
    How's the Kaizen vs Play?
    Are there any other brands that do bamboo?
    What do you like about bamboo?
     
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  13. goenKendama

    goenKendama Moderator Staff Member

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    I've been playing a Bahama Kendama natty bamboo laminate for a while and really like it. The sound is great and the ken is pretty slim which helps me with slingers. It's also held up really well. Bahama has a number of versions including translucent painted tama and glow in the dark but I haven't played them yet.
     
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  14. Ben Lowe

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    Kaizen 2.0 (and BrayMod) are quite good. KUSA's most updated shape that seems to play great for everything. I would highly recommend.
     
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  15. James Hoang

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    Su Lab has a bamboo natty complete up on their website. I think they also offer clear coats, but I'm not sure, so check them out.(Just search up Su Lab kendama on Google.)
     
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  16. Nick Lectura

    Nick Lectura Moderator Staff Member

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    I had a Shenzu x red stripe (new paint) set up that was super nice. Makes me want to get another bamboo set up.
    I liked how the spike was durable as well as the sounds it makes when you do cup flow or spike. It was also pretty durable, at least in my experience
     
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  17. Joel Clayton

    Joel Clayton Honed Member

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    Bamboo is by far my favorite wood to use ken wise.

    I love a good bamboo ken with a beech silk tama
     
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  18. Jenny Cho

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    I would love a bamboo setup - I don't have one in the collection yet! My #1 pick would be the new Kaizen 2.0 - it looks very clean and has the classic bamboo aesthetic. And if you want a tacky tama, you can pair it with a Sweets tama or something like that! ;):)
     
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  19. Congarranza

    Congarranza DS Legend

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    Sweets needs to get on that bamboo train. @MattSweets
     
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  20. Joel Clayton

    Joel Clayton Honed Member

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    i want a 2.0 kaizen bamboo so bad
     
    Apr 21, 2017