The amount of "love" that I received overnight is proof positive that 20+ hours of information gathering and writing I did putting this history together was worth it. Thank you to everyone in the community.
Having all this information out there "jogged" the memories of so many, Chris in particular. I received a steady stream of corrections, additional info, and "I just remembered" emails from Chris all night
"alexx" coming out as the owner of the "Other Boyd" Peak is a missing link I've been searching for for almost a year. I'm dubbing that Peak in the "Alex" Peak in the edits I'm about to make.
There is another green/blue acid wash Pioneer test ano Peak (my hunch that Chris ordered up pairs of each colourway was right). Chris gave it to his old boss in Houston and it remains in his possession.
Adam coming along with the Wedding Peak info and confirmation that Turtlechute and Balls Peaks are 2nd run.
So much information came in over night. I'm preparing to adjust the History accordingly. Here's the info that came in that I will be adding to the History:
Quote Chris, “Also one of the most important details that was not mentioned ... was that Boyd was one of the only testers who gave us the feedback necessary to fix the prototype run. Without his help in those early years there would never have been a CLYW. He plugged CLYW at all the contests, won a bunch with his prototype and pink/green production run. He did all the leg work. Hence why we did the Bear vs Man so quickly.”
From Chris: “the hoodride run… we got 2 anodized gold, 2 anodized black. 1 back one went to Sebby. The other black to Paul and the other gold to Paul. I kept one gold and removed all the ano on the outside to create the hoodride. RAN now owns it. It was a 1st run… probably one of the nicest. Same as the 1st run of 50 that were painted.”
From Elephark: Hoodride's brother is Solid Gold Dancer, which is all gold, and is owned by gsimian. gsimian's teal one also had a twin, which Chris owned and eventually sold. I do still own the blue/green Pioneer test, and Chris recently confirmed that there was indeed another one like it, but its location is unknown. Also, prototype 0003 went back to gsimian, then to me.
From Adam: Also... I remember that the prize for the 2007 Virginia State yoyo contest was a 1st run 1st batch Peak (I think) (since it was January of 2007) that was anodized completely black. Sebby won the contest and the peak.
Looking here: http://www.yoyonation.com/talk/index.php/topic,16696.0.html
the other all black anodized which Chris references above as having gone to Paul is (or was) sold to Étienne. Paul did not hold on to many of the Peaks he got. Actually my info shows him as just owning Solid Gold Dancer and "gsimian", both of which are 1st batch, 1st runs. Really a shame. He owned both raw protos at one time and sold them off to Elephark and "spy". He owned painted proto 0003 after David W had finished testing it and this was sold to Elephark as well.
Of the 50 numbered OG Peaks, #1 was held back for Levi, #50 was painted pink and sold directly. The “special” one with the inner hubs painted blue was actually one of the 47 OG Peaks shipped to and sold by YYN. This special one was “picked out” by RAN. I don’t have the details as to how he knew there was a special one in the batch or how exactly he got hooked up with it, just “picked out”, which tells me he did not get it by chance. There was an OG that had major vibe and was not shipped. It was held back by Paul and Paul later sold it. Not sure what the number was. So that clears up the 47 OGs that YYN received.
Chris said, “Levi and I painted those Peaks together. I helped with the prepping and everything… he did the painting. It was in a small paint shack in a small farm town outside Camrose, AB. Took us about 13.5 hours to do them. Was a loooooooooong day!”
Then I remembered this older post by Chris with some slightly different numbers:
Here's the work that went into those 1st 50:
16 hours prep/paint
8 hours siliconing
4 hours assembling (had to match halves)
3 hours packaging
+ the time it took Paul to make the custom string
+ the endless amount of time online we spent keeping everyone updated with our progress
+ the fun we had with starting a yoyo company
This was the 1st yoyo Caribou Lodge released. It was made in 2006 and is still the preferred yoyo Alex Berenguel is using for contests.
"alexx" of Team CLYW owns the "Alex" Peak, twin to the "Boyd" Peak
Boyd had a Green Mountain themed much like the OG 50 Levi painted peaks... (I think this is the one that's in the 3D video in Save Deth Vol 1) but he says it got lost/stolen somewhere around late '07/early '08
There were 6 "Adam Brewster's Wedding" Edition peaks made for..... my wedding in May of 2009. These were 2nd run peaks. Dark sage green with a robin's egg blue splash.
One for me, 3 for my groomsmen, 2 for my ushers
More painted Peak pictures here: http://www.yoyonation.com/talk/index.php/topic,41164.0.html
"These 5 or 6 “all orange / gray splash” are from this early test colourway run, so some lucky kids from YYN got to buy this rare test color Peak without even knowing it."
You'll be happy to know that at least four of these all orange/ grey splash were purchased from employees/ friends of YYN before they were released online. I own one of them .
Interesting note, the one belonging to Ryan Finley (Pat Cuartero's cousin) was borrowed and used by Sebastian Brock, himself, to win Mid Atlantic Regionals 2010. Sebby signed it after he won and gave it back to Ryan when he returned to NYC. I'll ask Ryan for a picture of it when he gets a chance.