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SU Lab kendamas?

Discussion in 'The Sesh' started by Guy LaBorde, Jan 9, 2017.

  1. Guy LaBorde

    Guy LaBorde Honed Member

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    Has anyone tried a SU Lab kendama from the Japanese Company? They look very cool to me, but I have almost no information about them other than seeing their products online, and seeing pros like Iji play fskd tamas.

    I do think that the customizable aspects that you can choose on their website look awesome!
     
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  2. azleonhart

    azleonhart Moderator Staff Member

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    The man himself gifted me a Sync Pastel and a Maple Natty / Walnut stripe last year.

    The natty performs like any other natty, but their rubberized paint is pretty awesome!
    Not too grippy, while being smooth enough to make minute adjustments.

    Highly recommended.
    Plus, Su himself is an awesome dude!
     
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  3. st0rmzy

    st0rmzy Member

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    Does he only ship in Japan? :(
     
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  4. KeeganS

    KeeganS DS Legend

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    I'd love to order the SULab FSKD tama setup but sadly, their website does not offer international shipping D':
     
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  5. azleonhart

    azleonhart Moderator Staff Member

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    I believe Japan has parcel forwarding services.
    Try them out!
    Otherwise, if you have contacts living there, it's the best.
     
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  6. lategreat808

    lategreat808 DS Legend

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    Their Tamas look insane!!!
     
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  7. michael.

    michael. Member

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    hi guys. i live in tokyo and visit su lab weekly for lessons and just to hang out. i was just there today!

    i can confirm the rubberized pastels are badass. for me, it's a nice balance of tack and slip. he'll also custom paint whatever sorta colors on your tama, and he said he's going to do custom orders for the rubberized pastels soon! his dazzle paint is where you wanna go for ultra tack. he also puts burn lines on your natty tamas for free!

    the kens are wonderful, and he recently released (december 2016) some AMAZING full ash sync kendamas. i can not begin to explain how ridiculous it is. i've played nearly everything, it's by far the most balanced all-around ken i've had my hands on, in my opinion. i hate myself for not being able to get one of the 30 he put out lol. he's planning on putting out a birch in april!

    as for the fskd tamas, they are also great. they break in wonderfully, and su has one on a maple craft at the moment, it's broken in sweet and i watch him regularly first try some ungodly bird combinations. today he was landing stilt, stilt over valley, swap bird over valley (kwc 2015 level 10).

    for sure, if you get a chance to be in tokyo, scooping up some of his stuff is a must. for those of you wanting international shipping, i'll be sure to tell him and see what he thinks!

    i'd be happy to answer any questions you guys might have about su lab the best i can. also, sorry for the ridiculously long post.
     
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  8. nikki_deo

    nikki_deo Slayer

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    I was able to get a su lab painted tama at MKO this year. had to get the pastel blue one :D i paired it with my RWB maple ken and i love it! the paint is nice too with a slight stick yet it still has slip.

    i've been seeing those fskd damas on instagram (i think it's called rex and tops?) and they look awesome! i'd love to get my hands on one if it's available internationally
     
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  9. Cheech_Sander

    Cheech_Sander Administrator Staff Member

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    pics or →
     
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  10. michael.

    michael. Member

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    pics or right arrow.

    birch with a regular rubber paint, zebrano with rubber pastels paint.

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  11. Claire Dama

    Claire Dama Member

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    I recently copped a su lab tama from rwb at batb and it's honestly op. Tracking is fantastic, and the paint has the perfect amount of tack (so far, haven't completely broken it in)
     
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  12. nikki_deo

    nikki_deo Slayer

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    pshh. so bossy. lolJK

    one of my heavier set ups but still slays (especially those slingssss)!
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  13. MJ Brother

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    Awesome that you guys are so interested in the Lab! I live in the same city (Kawagoe, Saitama) as Su Lab and have mucho Su Kens.
    Su Kens are your run of the mill kendamas. Quality for a nice price. I really like the wide selection of woods they sell. Not to mention the ken only or dama only options. Since Su (The owner's name is Su) paints tamas, it's a great place to get that dream custom you've always wanted. That is, if you can stop by the shop. I know for a fact that he's shipped product to Germany so I'm pretty sure they can do international shipping.

    I don't have too many pics of the details of their kendamas but here's a couple.
    * SuKen V2, Left to right: Rosewood, Ash, Keiyaki, Zebrano
    * Krom Delux & Viking: Su Paint
    SuKen_Exotic.JPG Krom_Zombiedama_2.JPG
    The SuKen V2 are not being made anymore. Now they only have their V3s. The details of the kens are that the sting hole sits left like Sweets F3s or Ozoras & there is no logo on the base cup or the big cup rim. _IGP5867.JPG
    The rubber paint they have is very similar to DWI rubber.
    The FSKD (Rex & Tops) tamas are like KROM rubber.
    He has his Dazzle Paint, which is like others were saying, "Good balance between slip and tack".
    Their big deal is the Sync kendamas. Like Michael was saying up top, it is an all around killer, but sadly sold out now. Very small runs.

    Yeah, any other questions you guys have, just let me know!

    * SuKen V1:
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  14. MJ Brother

    MJ Brother Member

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    Su Kens in action.
     
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  15. Congarranza

    Congarranza DS Legend

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    Anyone know if @RWB Mfg is making the current SuLab kens? Their IG posting have them tagged in every post.
     
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  16. michael.

    michael. Member

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    rwb only makes the synckendama, not the sukens. also su is an rwb rep so that might have something to do with it!
     
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  17. Stuart Barron

    Stuart Barron Slayer

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    Wow didn't realise RWB made the Sync ken. I tried one when I was at sulab last month and it was really nice, wish I could have bought one really.
     
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