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09-21-2002, 11:26 PM
Their website and the pictures on their website are nice, but how do they PLAY? Has anyone out there played with or owned one? How do I go about searching just for comments regarding how they play?

While I definitely do like how they look and the options they have available (mainly as far as aesthetics goes--malachite and tiger-eye inlays? I'm all about it!), but if it doesn't play well, it'll be one expensive wall ornament.

Cueless Joey
09-21-2002, 11:37 PM
CNC'd inlays and points don't look too pretty to me.
I might be old-fashioned but I like my points sharply milled and my inlays hand done.
Judd's cues imo are much better looking than Colorado cues.

Vicki
09-22-2002, 09:28 AM
I've never played with a Colorado cue but I have seen them at cue shows. The finish on the ones that I've seen tends to be very cloudy. There were scratches in the finish and they just didn't seem to have the workmanship to justify the cost of a custom cue. Maybe I've just seen bad batches or something - I'm not an expert on Colorado Cues.

I've read your other posts about getting a new custom cue. I have a couple of suggestions since you seem to be unsure of what you want. It seems you don't know how the custom cues brands hit and the hit seems important to you. I recommend going to a tournament like the US Open or a cue show like The Hopkins Show in Valley Forge where cuemakers are exhibiting with their cues for you to hit balls with, ask questions, and compare a few brands. Also, you may consider buying a used custom cue from a dealer. If you buy one that you don't like the dealer will often take the cue back as trade for another cue. That way you can try a few brands and not really be locked into any one. When you find the one you love you can order your custom version from the cue maker. Some of the dealers have GREAT websites. Check:

www.billiardswarehouse.com (http://www.billiardswarehouse.com)
www.ilovecues.com (http://www.ilovecues.com) (japanese but excellent images)
www.classiccues.com (http://www.classiccues.com)

I play with and love the hit of my Capone Custom Cue.

www.caponecues.com (http://www.caponecues.com)

Good luck.

Vicki

Vicki
09-22-2002, 09:35 AM
One other thing I just thought of... you may want to find a cuemaker who is a member of the American Cuemakers Association. In order to be a member the cuemaker has to make a sample cue that is passed around to all of the voting members and they decide whether the workmanship is good enough for the candidate to be offered membership. It is one way of weeding out poor quality. This is not to say, of course, that only members of the ACA can make a cue with any quality. Lots of cuemakers aren't memebers and make very good cues. Dale Perry for instance. It's just an indicator that you should ask more questions or different questions when you talk to the cuemakers.

Vicki

09-22-2002, 12:45 PM
Chief,

I see that you are from the new orleans area. Go directly to Jensen Cues in Baton Rouge and look no further. He makes a terrific hitting cue and has been making them for years (like since the 60's I think). It is by far my favorite cue (that I own) and I collect and have shot with almost everything. His prices are reasonable and he can turn a cue around for you in a couple of months I believe.

He's relatively unknown to most, but known to those who know cues. He makes cues the old fashioned way with splice not CNC (yuck).

Regards,

Doug (aka Salamander)

MaineEAck
09-22-2002, 06:17 PM
I shot with one for the first 2 years of my "pool career" I really liked the hit, but nothing will ever compare to my Josey....