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Tom Kuhn RD-2 - Carpe Diem (mini)
Exhibit #3062
TypePrototype
ShapeStandard (-)
AxleBearing
FinishClear Coat
ColorRainbow
PackagingDisplay Boxed
ConstructionComposite
ResponseTurbo Disk
Diameter41 mm
GapFixed
ConditionMint in Package
Number Produced6
Date2004
OwnerRick Brough
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RD-2 description from the original Tom Kuhn website in 2004:

"Given the demands of function over the past two and a half decades, the basic yo-yo has been transformed by Tom Kuhn in his quest for the perfect yo-yo. It had to be responsive, predictable, perfectly balanced and weighted with extremely long spin time. It had to be easy to maintain and therefore fun to play even after nightfall. It should be shock-resistant, low maintenance and low cost."

"Now, true to form, the next generation of Tom Kuhn Yo-yos from What's Next. Tom's personal favorites.. the Recreational Devise.. code name... RD1 (butterfly configuration) and now introducing the incomparable RD2 (classic configuration). Beautifully finished Wooden.. [size I] ball-bearing axle, high performance rim weighted yo-yos. Additional features are Dr. Yo's innovative, patented Turbo Disc Response System and stainless steel weight rings. (optional with some models).
We are not sure if these are yo-yos or works of art. You decide."

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Included two pre-installed weight rings, eight extra Turbo Discs, and a museum quality, black lacquered base for display.

Original RD-2s came in a sealed, clear display tube. Also, originals have the year "2004" imprinted at the 6:00 position on the yo-yo's side. At the 9:00 position is imprinted "CARPE" as a numerator and "DIEM" as a denominator; at the 3:00 position is imprinted "1.00" (yo-yo's gap) as a numerator and "1.618" (yo-yo's width) as a denominator.

About this model: This unique, rainbow laminated model was supposedly one of six produced (according to the owner of HiJinks in Provo, Utah, where this model was purchased and who was also a friend of Brad Countryman, owner of What's Next/Tom Kuhn). It was originally created as a prototype. However, Brad decided instead to put the RD-2 Natural and the special edition RD-2 Cherry Rosewood models into production instead.

Original retail price: $30 US.

Collected March 31, 2004.
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