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Alchemy cuLater - See You Later (mini)
Exhibit #4358
ShapeConcave )-(
ConstructionMulti-piece aluminum
Gap Width4.2mm
OwnerRick Brough

The Alchemy cuLater

The cuLater was from the short-lived (less than one year) Alchemy Yo-Yos. The cuLater was an undersized, but scaled-up version of their CU that sported a print of a model's eye on the face of one halve. Essentially, Alchemy took the basic design of the CU, and then enlarged all the dimensions by 1.3157mm. So, 50mm diameter, 39mm width, and made it out of aluminium (as opposed to stainless steel for the CU). They kept the weight at 64.25 gms, added a size A (5x11x5) ball bearing axle which gave a 4.2mm gap. They also added Alchemy-branded Vapor response pads for this dead response yo-yo. Body was bead-blasted for a smooth grinding surface and anodized in black. The green cat-eye logo is pad printed. Came with an Alchemy-branded linen pouch, two green polyester strings, and an Alchemy-branded green box with removable lid to hold all the contents.

Alchemy began taking pre-orders for the cuLater on February 29, 2008. The yo-yo was retailed by the beginning of April 2008. Alchemy Yo-Yos officially released four models during their approximately ten month existence: CU, Nimbus, Silk, and finally, cuLater.

Diameter: 50mm
Width: 39mm
Gap width: 4.2mm
Weight: 64.25gm
Material: 6061 aluminum
Bearing: Size A (5mm OD x 10mm OD x 4mm WD)
Response: Alchemy Vapor pads

Original retail price: $90 US

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About Alchemy Yo-Yos
Alchemy Yo-Yos, started in August 2007, was not so much a yo-yo manufacturer as it was the name of a personal project started by three individuals: Eric Wolff, Rob Tsou, and Jaco Greeff. While it's not clear exactly who designed the cuLater in this exhibit, master yo-yo modder and yo-yo creator Eric Wolff designed only one yo-yo during his time on the Alchemy project: the Silk made out of Delrin.

According to their now defunct website, "AlchemyYoYos [was] a research and development project to create unique and creative yo-yos and accessories to fill needs that modern players might not even know exist. Our designs are created by some of the best and most original modders and designers who wish to bring their ideas to players around the world. We hope we can expand on what you already do."

Their website was broken down into the following labeled categories:

"The building blocks of all matter. [These were the only models they ever listed under Elements, even though they made three other models.]

• The Silk
• The CU
• The Nimbus

These are bits that add functionality to your yo-yo in ways that it was never designed from the factory.

• FHZ Thumb Grind Weight Rings
• FHZ Flush Rings
• FHZ Stack Converter Kit
• Aquarius Rings

Items that change the properties of your yo-yo, and hence how it plays. These are designed for tuning your yo-yo to the play you want.

• Merc Bearings
• Merc Shims
• Vapor Stickers
• Vapor Rings
• Marsh Stickers
• Red Silicone O-Rings
• BeefCake Bearings

• Eric Wolff
• Rob Tsou
• Jaco Greeff


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