Yes i uzed it for a while 3yr ago -- and i intend to uze it (english billiards) this (2013) season.
I measured it again.
Lengths === 11" tip + 23-3/4" mid + 22" butt + (1" skrew wt) = 4'-10" total (+ extn = 16").
Weights = 2.41oz tip + 8.53oz mid + 11.21oz + (3.94oz skrew) = 26.09oz total.
The tip woz initially 16" i think (and 9.5mm i think) -- but what with experimenting and kutting it iz now 11" (and 10.0mm).
The cue initially (when 16") made a very loud annoying TONKA sound every shot -- now (now 11") it still duzz, but it aint so loud.
Initially (when 16" and 9.5mm) the cuesmith woz amazed when he tested the cue -- he found that the cue (uzing sidespin) had zero squerv (ie koz the qball swerved a lot) -- this woz counterintuitiv.
Nowadays (11" and 10mm) the cue squirts more and swervs less and hencely duznt enjoy or suffer zero squerv.
Last edited by cushioncrawler; 08-15-2013 at 04:53 AM.
I reckon that any heavy joint lowers cuepower a bit (due to dampening of kompressional vibrations), and i reckon that at some locations a heavy joint lowers cuepower a lot (due to dampening of bending vibrations).
(The annoying TONKA sound must kum from the kompression bizness or less likely from the bending bizness).
If an S-bend iz the major natural bending vibration of a cue then any joint at the 2 nodal points shood not affekt cuepower az much az a joint lokated tween the nodal points (or lokated near the tip end or near the butt end). Theze (S-bend) nodal points might be say 1/10th L (6") from the tip and say 6/10ths L (36") from tip. A joint say 3/10ths L (18") from the tip might rob most S-power.
An ordinary banana-bend would hav 2 nodal points too -- and praps a joint at 3/10ths L might rob most banana-power allso.
I reckon that nobody wants poor cuepower, but i am thinking that an elcheapo cue with a heavy joint near 18" might hav more swerv and hencely better (if that iz what u want) squerv etc than a muecci or predator etc.
Last edited by cushioncrawler; 08-15-2013 at 04:49 AM.
Interesting, mac. I think I get it now. Youre intentionally increasing squirt, purely for the sake of decreasing swerve(and the net squerve effect)? I assume this cue squirts more than a typical hi squirt cue. So how did that monster 26 oz. cue play for ya?
Yes adding the heavy joint at 16" (while leeving the qtip az iz at 9.6mm) might hav inkreeced squirt a little (or praps zero) while inkreecing swerv (due to less cuepower) and u get less (or iz it more) squerv. But, az i sayd, this kombo woz bad news -- too much swerv (for a 12' table).
The prezent 11" and 10mm arrangement haz a workable amount of cuepower but the squirt iz a bit too much. Praps i shood thin it down.
Anyhow i played badly and lost the other nite -- it woznt the TONKA'S fault. The trouble iz my stance. It feels good standing face-on like the top snooker players. But my stroke iz best suited to standing very very side-on -- like i did in the 80's. Next week i will stand side-on -- and i might or might not be uzing the TONKA, dont kare.
Ah well, we all have our bad days. Let me know how the monster does next outing!