44RPM Rhythm Specs:
Weight: 66.2 grams
Response: 19mm pad
Bearing: Size C (.250 x .500 x .187)
The Rhythm is the first aluminum release from 44RPM, the start-up company from Drew Tetz and 3x World & National YoYo Champion Hank Freeman. 44RPM launched with a load of “flatpack” toys…yoyos, kendamas, and spin tops that are laser cut from a single sheet of wood and then assembled by the player. The Rhythm is their first player-centric release, and was designed with help from World YoYo Champion Rafael Matsunaga.
The 44RPM Rhythm is fat, floaty, and fun! Designed to be equally great for competition and every day play, the Rhythm is a perfect first aluminum release for a company like 44RPM. It’s got the spin time and stability that you expect from modern aluminum yoyos, but it plays fast and light and feels extra comfortable in the hand. It’s hard to describe how this plays in relation to other yoyos…the best way to describe it would be to say that it plays like you’re sitting in a comfortable, overstuffed chair. It feels almost weightless on the string, has crisp and clean binds, and can handle everything from goofy picture tricks to top-level 1A/3A/5A play. The Rhythm is the perfect yoyo to remind you how much fun yoyoing can be.
Available in solid colors with art created by Rodrigo “Whip” Yokota, the Rhythm keeps it simple and fun. Never meant to be a “collectors item”, the Rhythm was designed to be a knock-around yoyo that gets used, so don’t expect much in the way of fancy anodizing and limited editions. The anodizing is solid, without flaws, and the art is bold and cleanly engraved.
The 44RPM Rhythm retails for $42.50, which is plenty reasonable for a great playing modern aluminum yoyo. Priced with 3A players in mind, the Rhythm is a great deal for 3A players looking for a new pair, or a casual player who just wants something new and fun.