I learned to fly a Rev basically for free and I teach those lessons learned for that same fee. I have attended clinics, but I don't need a lesson in how you do it,... I want to know what is possible with imagination and practice for me! Show me something I can't do, explain how to make it work and then help me focus on that objective.
When I have been involved with clinics as an instructor it is all about experimentation. Set-up four identical kites each one slightly different (only one variable ~ scientific principle) and then for a few days everyone switches back and forth every few minutes flying the same couple of precision techniques. Which kite version did you "connect with",... The "why" isn't important until after a few days of comparisons have been completed. You might like one better in big wind and different version in a calm environment. Amazingly, the students could tell which instructor "tuned the handles" after 3 days, not just whether they liked magic sticks or an alternative bridle.
You appreciate the craftsmanship of an expert builder AFTER you have made a kite yourself. Revs are pretty easy, it's all flat and straight lines. It will NOT be cheaper, but you can control how it comes out and what materials are used, or deviate from the standard and experiment like thomas edison.
So what do I receive for joining 38 special? I own something over 60 Revs and have been flying 'em for 10 hours a week, for over two decades.
I'm in indoor/no wind specialist 'cause those are my local conditions. Believe me, when a guy goes to San Diego and buys a kite at the factory, then flies it there & in Washington DC, well you need to adjust handles, frame, flying style technique, or you too will cry out loud "I just want'a fly!" (that happened a couple weeks ago). I squared up his sail to the wind, extended his top leaders, explained why this was necessary and gave the guy some practice objectives to work on, so he could become "one of us".
"Forward flight, to the top of the window" tuning is not how a revolution kite works best, show me you can hold a hover and keep the kite balanced while inverted.
Video taping yourself sounds to me like providing free content for the company. Rev has been good to me and have been supportive of them,.. that doesn't mean we haven't angered each other like siblings.
I will wait and see how things develop. Maybe newbies with 400 dollars for a 4 stringed kite are more common that I imagined and the old veterans aren't profitable enough to listen to exclusively.
Don't be discouraged at all. There are many variations of Revolutions to get your fix! Plenty of time to get more B's, or others. It is never a bad time to get "into" kites. Keep an eye out for second hand kites too! Pilots upgrade and a Rev will fly well passed the "see through sail" stage.
Kiting, in all its incarnations, is a thing of peace.
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'Timing is everything' they say... Seems like mine may have been bad. How discouraging to read all this about Revolution, considering I just got turned on to quads and bought my first Rev 3 weeks ago...