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12-23-2011, 11:10 AM

I've had my Runde for 5 or so years, I must like it. My unknown titlist might be my favorite playing cue. No deflection, stiff, straight, good wood, uncored straight grain forearm and wrapped in cortland so I can actually feel my cue. On the other hand, I found a falcon sneaky at a hawk shop a few years ago that had some layered tip on it. $30. I could do things with that cue that I didn't think where possible.

So I feel that who ever uses good wood, a stiff but not too stiff taper, good tip and knows how to balance a cues weight, makes a great playing cue.

P.S. I couldn't stand the sound of the hit of a lambros.


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who makes the best playing cue??? - 12-23-2011, 09:07 PM

My experience:

1. Judd Fuller
2. Wes Hunter
3. Mike Lambros


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12-23-2011, 09:29 PM

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For those of us who won't be dropping $5,000 on a cue any time soon, who would you say for plain janes under $600 and classic four-pointers under $1,300?
Jensen, and Jensen.


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12-23-2011, 09:29 PM

The Tim Scruggs cue i had in my thirties. I still have the same cue now i am 69 but it was better then..lol..
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duff - 12-24-2011, 04:22 AM

i can do anything with my 100 $ dufferin laminated shaft 1983 cue that i can do with any other cue.tons of hit. ymmv,for sure lol. with a triangle tip of course.
  
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12-24-2011, 04:34 AM

i think great hitters come in every brand and style.so subjective. its very true that certain makers have a certain hit. even many production cues do.ever played a monster, old house cue? i have , many times. ive got a couple of them!!!!! lol
  
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Broomsticks - 12-25-2011, 01:38 PM

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I have heard that a good player with a broomstick will beat a ballbeater with any 1 of the great custom cues out there.

But speaking for ballbeaters eveywhere I would play Mika even up if he uses cornbread and I get a Keith Josey Sneaky pete!

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The area that I used to live in had tournys and also leagues using broomsticks as cues.

I also beat a guy once wih a snow shovel! LOL

I play with a mueller supreme house cue that I stripped, cut, put a joint in and then fitted with a flat laminated shaft partial that I put together. (First cue I put together) Actually it hits really good for what it is to me. This cue gets the job done for me but I'm currently working on a replacement.

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For What It's Worth - 01-01-2012, 04:09 AM

The Best playing cue is a hard question to try answering definitively. I've tried lots of different cues over the years and some were pretty rare and expensive ones . But hitting a few balls with someone's else's cue is hardly a fair test, especially since the type and shape of the tip of the cue might be diffferent from what one normally prefers to play with and there's other things to consider like type of ferrule material or the shaft thickness of any cues you test hit.

I used to think my '84 Runde Schon was the best hitting cue I ever played with and it was my main cue for 27 years. Then I got a Joss West made in the 70;s and I had to admit it was a much nicer feel. Interestingly, both cues had the same steel joint 5/16x14 thread but the Schon weighs in at 20.4 ozs and has micarta ferrules and the Joss West weighs in at 10,1 ozs and has ivory ferrules...similiar tip type on both cues and identical nickel shapes to the tip.

Hmn.... so I started to wonder whether it was the lighter weight and ferrules composition that made the joss West have a better feel? It was interesting to experience but the difference between the two cues was very noticeanle.

And then in October 2011 I got my first Tim Scruggs cue that has a full flat ivory joint and ivory ferrules and weighs in at "exactly" 18.3 ozs per Mr. Scruggs' invoice to the cue's original owner. WOW....OMG......NIRVANA & VALHALLA COMBINED.....I have never had the pleasure, nor privilege, of ever playing with a finer, better feeling cue....I cannot describe the feel....let me put it this way....the cue is weightless in your hands.....there is not feel whatsoever until you make contact and the ivory joint imparts a totally. completely different feel at cue ball conatct than any steel jointed cue I've ever hit. I'ts like the cue tip and the joint are connected in one solid piece and you can instantly feel even the tiniest of vibration through your fingers on the wrap. You instantly know when the hit is pure and it's such a sweet feeling. I think the ivory joint has a lot to do with it and I've fallen in love with the sensation so much I have my steel joint early 70's Joss West up for sale on e-bay right now because I just bought a '95 Joss West with ivory joint the day before Christmas. My new Joss West cue (ivory joint) with ivory ferrules weighs 19.2 ozs.

Now after evaluating the cues, I have to tell you that Bill Stroud makes a fabulous cue and I've tried his steel joint and ivory joint cues and definitely, the ivory joint cue plays and feels better. But if you want to find a bit of absolute heaven here on earth, get your hands on a Tim Scruggs cue with ivory joint. I got a 2006 Scruugs in October 2011 and biy, it is the most incredible, sweetest hitting cue you will ever have the opportunity to stroke any pool balls with .....Tim Scuggs is definitely far and away the best hiting cue I've ever tried.

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01-01-2012, 04:14 AM

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Sounds like most of you are bragging about cues you have bought and trying to justify the ridiculous amount of money you've probably spent on them. A great player doesn't need a $2000.00 dollar cue to play great. And in case you've never tried one, a really well made McDermott, one for $300.00 or so, is more than good enough for most players. Unless you are a professional, making a living playing pool,and I doubt most of you are, the cues you are listing are ridiculous to the average Joe. These lists of overpriced cues scream "I have no investments". If you had on a blindfold, do you really think you could tell the difference in most of these cues from a good McDermott, Lucasi, or say a 5280, and do you really think a $2000.00 cue is what makes you a better player. If so, you're dilusional.
i could tell the difference between a mcdermott or lucasi 5280 and the nicer cues i've used. i'm a mordt fan, andy gilbert and mezz. all of those play better and have specific traits that make them play better then the production cues you listed


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How can you expect an answer to this question ? did you think you would get let in on some secret, perfect hitting cue ? it is a subjective question that has no real answer.


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01-01-2012, 09:43 AM

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How can you expect an answer to this question ? did you think you would get let in on some secret, perfect hitting cue ? it is a subjective question that has no real answer.
yes it is a subjective question with no one answer thats right for everyone
but certain names come up more often than others
shows among the azb ers that see the thread and want to respond
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also some replies are so enthusiastic about one or 2 cuemakers you can see the impression that cuemaker made on that person
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How can you expect an answer to this question ? did you think you would get let in on some secret, perfect hitting cue ? it is a subjective question that has no real answer.

like a pretty woman.....somebody may like a pretty face while somebody may like a sexy body.....but, certainly a good looking woman definetely different to the ugly one.
  
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01-01-2012, 06:29 PM

I have been fortunate to have had cues by the Masters, Gus,Schick,Barry,Searing,Bender,Kikel,Southwest,Er nie,Perry Weston, and some of the not Masters, Farris,John Bender,Jerry R (who is a master having built cues for 30 years) and maybe a few I have for gotten to mention. I have not found a magic wand in any of them I still need to do my part. Having said that I have not had a dud in any of them either. Of those mentioned I do hold a special fondness for the Gus, Searing, Schick, and Bender. How ever I am now playing with a cue that John Bender built for me and I can find no fault with it. I dont think you can pick a best playing cue it is the shooter not the arrow.
  
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Richard Black - 01-02-2012, 12:14 AM

What do you guys think about the hit of an older richard Black. I am looking at an early 90s basic RB cue.

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01-02-2012, 05:05 PM

1. Rick Howard
2. Mc Daniel
3. Steve Klein
4. Andy Gilbert
5. Kenny Murrell

My top 5 so far.



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