One Drop YoYos has announced the Virtuoso, a new signature model for Ethan Cheung!
Ethan is one of our very favorite players, and it’s super gratifying to see a new signature model for him. His creative talents are truly staggering, and watching his US Nationals freestyle to music he composed and performed was a high point of the event.
Ethan’s new signature model, the Virtuoso, is designed and produced by One Drop YoYos. Here’s what they have to say about it:
It’s always intriguing to make a signature yo-yo. We always invite the player to contribute as much as possible to the design so that this important moment for them is the best it can be. A good measure of success is if the yo-yo is a reflection of the person. Ethan Cheung is a player on our team who is focused on competitive yo-yoing, but he doesn’t sacrifice any artistry in this pursuit. This rare combination makes Ethan stand out.
If you watch Ethan Cheung’s performance at Worlds 2018 in Shanghai you will notice precision, artistry, clarity, mastery. If you look at his signature yo-yo, the Virtuoso, you will notice the same characteristics. The 7075 aluminum alloy design is very focused towards function as a hard core competitive yo-yo with all the performance you would expect. If you look closely, you’ll also see the artistry with the clean flowing lines, the minimalist cup, the light bead blast, and the beautiful “projection profile” on the face of the rim giving a small nod to our first yo-yo, the Project.
Ethan explains his thought process on designing his signature yo-yo:
“At a glance, the design is reminiscent of the Format:C: which was the yoyo that allowed me to push my own boundaries and place 10th at Worlds in Iceland. But if you look more closely, you’ll notice the grooves on the rim – a tribute to the original Project and the roots of One Drop. For this signature model, I wanted a yoyo that would allow me to explore more styles of movement, that complements any style of play thrown at it. It is this balance of comfort and performance, of minimalism and detail, that makes us proud to present: the Virtuoso.”
The Virtuoso will be available this month at YoYoExpert.com.
One Drop YoYos Virtuoso Specs:
Weight: 64.7 grams
Width: 45.30 mm
Diameter: 56.60 mm
Response: One Drop Flow Groove
Bearing Size: Large (C) stainless steel (One Drop 10 Ball Bearing)
Alloy: 7075 Aluminum