decided not to make a new thread since I found this one.
Just an observation for someone considering a purchase.
My pal decided to have Players Pure X j/b shaft turned down because he wanted less thickness in his bridge. Done deal, but it showed that carbon ferrule under the tip is nothing more than a fancy imitation. The thing is so thin that it disappeared partially. I assume carbon at the joint is the same trick, though to tell for sure one has to dare and turn it down too
Phenolic tip of the cue is a pretty solid thing by itself, but take a note that carbon here is not what you expect it to be.