Object: Disassemble and Reassemble the Puzzle
Difficulty: Level 8 - Demanding
Types: Hanayama Metal Puzzles, Akio Yamamoto
Dimensions: 4 in x 1 in x 1 in / 10.1 cm x 2.5 cm x 2.5 cm
Packaging: Cardboard and Plastic Box
Note: Our level rating system is different than Hanayama's. Hanayama's goes from 1-6 and ours goes from 5-10.
This Akio Yamamoto creation consists of two pieces fashioned after the image of intertwining Bach melodies. Following the dynamic build up is an inspirational finale when the two pieces elegantly release from each other. You may even want to choose a somewhat luxurious and relaxing ambience when attempting this puzzle. The key word is 'music'.
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On Thursday February 28th Tristan wrote,
This is the most fantastic puzzle. It is so beautifully designed, and so much fun. It really was very challenging for me, and now that it's done I still love it.
As for what people say about forcing it, they are doing it wrong. There are a few more steps at the point where people believe you need to force it, which leads to a difficult to discover, yet flawless and easy disentanglement.
On Sunday March 20th boomtechnician wrote,
good puzzle. easy to get apart, takes a little longer to get back together.... as for the "forced" move, i thought it was at first... but then after doing it a bunch of times realized that it is a very precise move (as i can repeat it now very smooth and easily).... this actually made the puzzle slightly more fun as it slowed me down. I recommend take a short break after you get it apart the first time, so its not too easy to to get back together....
On Monday December 13th Todd wrote,
Great little puzzle. The movements are beautiful and the solution process is intriguing and satisfying. Mine doesn't require any forcing at all, but there is one move that's so sensitive to positioning that perhaps it can be impeded by manufacturing variances. A solid Level 4 puzzle, one of the best Hanayamas I've tried.
On Tuesday May 11th apostolis wrote,
I 've been trying for 5 days to solve it, but i couldn't anyway... Day six i had an idea to try something different than i was trying for 5 days... I took the opposite way and i solved it in about 10 minutes! Very nice and smooth movement but it needed a little bit force in one point...
Now i 've got Radix in my hands!
On Tuesday February 16th puzzler wrote,
I came so close to unlocking it!! I almost got it but, it was mismade; It wouldn't turn at the second-to-last step, no matter how I tried!I even checked with the solution but, I did everything right .It's a beautiful piece of work though, it's got a really smooth feel and feels good to work with. I only gave it 3 stars because it was mismade. If it weren't I would give it 5.
On Sunday February 14th denis_k wrote,
This puzzle is very beautiful and elegant. I spent about 5 hours on it. The one thing that may make people hesitate is that it may require a bit force at one point. I have tried only one copy of Baroq and I can say that mine required a ____BIT____ force, but minimum. This is because mine had had a seam on one of the pieces, very small and tiny, but it prevented it from being solved smoothly. After solving it 3-4 times the seam disappeared and now it can be solved without any significant force. And definitely you shouldn't apply so much force that your fingers would hurt.
On Monday November 30th Z wrote,
Very beautiful puzzle, but feels a bit light. Solving it takes you on a moderately difficult, pleasant journey through several memorable formations, and as stated by others, it could be more fluid.
Still a great puzzle, thanks to Akimo Yamamoto.
It has a loop for threading a string through, so it can double as a pendant.
On Saturday October 31st mitek wrote,
Not terribly difficult to solve, but it does have a few false states (that is, dead-end sequences). Moderate level of difficulty, I would say. But it surely looks really cool, and can double as a Christmas tree decoration :)
On Saturday March 21st timeless wrote,
Some say you don't need to force it, but most say you do. There are variations in manufacturing, and the "move that must be forced" is an extremely precise one. It seems this is simply a puzzle that requires a more precise manufacturing technique than Hanayama have.
I actually have TWO identical puzzles from Hanayama (the "cast dolce") and one requires a slight forcing, but the other simply falls through the same spot, so there is precedent for this.
I'm giving this puzzle only 3 stars because I've moved this puzzle back and forth through the "force required" move about 150 times and even though I can find a technique that requires not as much force as at first, it's still not fluid or effortless. My fingers hurt.
On Tuesday February 10th Hanzi wrote,
This is a really nice puzzle. There are two ways to solve this puzzle that require barely any force. I found the "official" solution takes longer and is more difficult.
On Saturday January 17th Brian wrote,
I really like the way this puzzle moves. The way that the pieces come apart at the end is really nice. Mine needed a bit of force for one move, but that didn't really detract from the puzzle much.
On Sunday January 4th MadnessR wrote,
Still one of my favorite Hanayamas...Feels great to unlock. Never force it, keep your hands fluid and you won't have a problem.
On Tuesday December 9th DerrickR wrote,
Very nice puzzle with 1 flaw. Like others have mentioned, there is one point about 70% through the puzzle where it requires a bit of force. I downloaded the answer to check if I did something wrong, but no mater how I twist step 8, it requires some force taking apart and puting together.
On Wednesday December 3rd Glynn Edward Breuer wrote,
I also thought that some forcing was required until I found out a way to do it effortlessly. Forcing is not required, it just seemed that way the first go.
On Wednesday December 3rd George wrote,
Beautiful puzzle which I found to be quite difficult. The only problem is a small bit of force is required at one point (unlike Radix).
On Thursday October 23rd Pentti wrote,
I really liked the way the pieces move. It´s not too hard, but it is clever and beautiful.
On Saturday August 2nd JohnnyZ wrote,
I really enjoy this puzzle! Though, at times you do have to force the two pieces which I don't like doing. Working these two pieces together is hypnotic...
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