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dhlasnic
01-31-2004, 11:05 AM
I know you guys have probably heard this a hundred times before, but I'm getting back into playing. I played a lot in high school and college. Now I'm 50. I can still run a rack or two of call shot, but my 40 year old cue has had the radish. I am somewhat rural. There are no pool halls in the area. I would have to drive 60-70 miles to search for a place to try out cues. I'm not even sure they have a place with a real good selection to try. I have been checking ebay and I keep seeing Joss, Meucci, and Lucasi cues that list for $400 and sell for around $200. That sounds like a pretty good deal. Is it? Is one of these better than the others. I'm just asking for opinions. I might consider spending more for a custom cue but I would like to know what the difference is. Do they play better or is it looks and resale value that we are buying? Do the shafts on the custom cues have less tendency to warp? Finally, is there a list of cue makers anywhere on the web? If there is someone in Western New York or Northern PA, I wouldn't mind contacting them to see what the have available if I decide to go in that direction. Thanks in advance if anyone cares to reply to any of these questions.

crawdaddio
01-31-2004, 11:31 AM
IMO--most custom cues play ALOT BETTER THAN PRODUCTION CUES.The materials used are generally of higher quality, and the attention to detail and playability is far superior.
Check www.easypooltutor.com (http://www.easypooltutor.com) they have a cuemaker reference board
also www.onthehill.net (http://www.onthehill.net) Troy is a great guy and will give u a great deal
David

Harold Acosta
01-31-2004, 02:55 PM
Visit this website for more info about cuemakers:

http://www.cuemakers.org/

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woody_968
01-31-2004, 03:07 PM
Out of the cues you listed, I am not a big fan of Lucasi, I played with a Meucci for several years and although most people on these boards knock them I think they are a fine cue (but I sure dont like the designes they have gone to). As far as Joss I think they are probably the best of the three, although I have heard that there newer lines can vary greatly in hit. Mcdermott makes a good cue for the money, and so does falcon IMO.

I have recently gone to a custom and so far am very happy with it. Can I say its a bazzilion times better than my Meucci, not yet, but I do like it enough that I will be getting one of his nicer cues soon (yes I am a sucker for nice inlays and a pretty stick).

bigshooter
01-31-2004, 05:34 PM
I've played with several Joss East production cues and I think most of them hit very nicely.
I have one pre production Joss from Danny and I can feel some difference but not a huge amount.
Its hard to go wrong with any Joss IMO.

dhlasnic
01-31-2004, 05:42 PM
Thanks guys. That answers a lot of my questions. As far as being a sucker for a beautiful cue, I am as bad as anyone here. I just wanted to be a little more informed. Thanks again.