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07-10-2017, 09:40 PM

Beautiful! I had a wood to wood cue once and I loved the hit. I bet it hits a 'Ton'!


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07-11-2017, 04:14 AM

Nice to see this fantasy project get done.

I want to hear about how it plays.

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07-11-2017, 07:45 AM

Nice cue!
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07-13-2017, 09:27 AM

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Nice to see this fantasy project get done.

I want to hear about how it plays.

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I'll let you know after I play with it on Sunday. I'm sure it will play good with the Meucci Pro shaft on it. The Meucci Pro plays well on my McDermott butt, so I know that shaft hits good.

I'm more interested in seeing how the cue will play with the new shaft.

Speaking of that, there is another option that I've never even thought about. The new shaft will fit my McDermott butt...that will be something to try out also.
  
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07-16-2017, 11:43 PM

I played with the cue today at Brian's and it hits really solid. As expected, the maple shaft I ordered hits fairly stiff, but that was what I was looking for. I wanted a hit that would be what a Taiwanese player would like. I went to Taiwan a couple months ago and I'll take this cue the next time I go. I'm not sure that I like the tip though. It is supposedly an Ultra-Skin Soft but it feels and hits hard and is nothing like the soft I'm used to with the G-2. After playing with it again next Sunday, if I still don't like it, I'll have it replaced with a G-2 soft.

With the Meucci Pro shaft on the cue, you can really move the cue ball with ease. The Meucci Pro has a milk dud on it, but I'm going to swap it out with a G-2 also because the tip is worn down and shorter than I'd like. Several people tried the cue and I've already had offers to buy it.

I took it in the Pro shop to weigh it and and it came out 19.5 ounces. A couple of the guys who shot with it said it didn't feel that heavy, The butt is just a hair shy of 16 ounces. The shaft is 3.5 ounces...the same as the Meucci Pro. The balance point of the cue is around the 18-19 inch point.

I don't know if is the G-10 pin or the combination of a bunch of variables, but you can make the cue feel like a tuning fork in your hand if you hold the handle and lightly tap the forearm. You can feel the vibrations from the shaft as they go from the front of the cue all the way down to the butt...even through the leather wrap, though I know it has to be dampening it some.

One of the guys said, "you got a winner with this one".

The ebony and purple heart in this cue are really dark. I like that. The cue butt almost looks like it is black until you are under the lights.

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08-10-2017, 09:45 AM

I played with this cue for several hours last Sunday, using the shaft that I had made for it (not the Meucci Pro).

The shaft is one of the smoothest and best finished shafts I've seen in a long time.

My normal playing partner didn't show up for some reason, so I spent most of the time playing half table. I put all 15 balls randomly on the rack-end of the table and practiced short shots moving the cue ball around without touching another ball. This shaft and tip control the ball very well.

Originally, I didn't like the Ultraskin Soft tip because it seemed to be "dead" or "non-responsive", but now that it is broken in a bit I'm beginning to like it more and more.

This cue may be the most "resonant" cue I have. I haven't gotten them all out to compare, but I don't recall any of them producing the amount of "vibration" this one does when you tap the side of the shaft or forearm. I mean that in a "good" way. The cue doesn't vibrate or act weird when you mishit, it still sounds and feels solid, but when you tap the shaft or forearm, you can feel the vibrations all the way to the butt end of the cue. It will hold the vibrations for quite a few seconds...kind of like a tuning fork.

I'm not sure if the "resonance" is from the G-10 pin or just the overall composite of the cue's construction.

Another thing I've noticed is that it is extremely easy to draw the ball with this cue. Once again, I don't know if it is the cue, the tip, or the combination of everything.

I've already had offers from others to buy it, but I have no plans to sell it anytime soon. I had it made as an "experiment" and now it turns out to be a "keeper". Now that I know how it reacts with its components and dimensions, I may have another couple made to resell.

Now that all is said and done, I'll say that the cue was made by Schmelke.

I purposely left that out in my opening post because some people are biased and don't consider Schmelke to be a "custom" cue maker or a "top quality" cue. I wanted to find out for myself. That is not the case. EVERYTHING on this cue was "made to my order"...from the tip to the butt bumper. I told them every combination of material to be used, the exact specifications for every dimension...shaft diameter, shaft taper, butt diameter at several points, balance point, over-all weight, etc. and they made it accordingly.

I'll say right now that I don't think you can buy a "custom" cue from anybody in the USA that will give you the product that Schmelke gives you for the price.

And their customer service is TOP NOTCH. From the very beginning, they answered every phone call I made and every e-mail. They readily accepted several changes I made along the way and gave me what I wanted. If you ever deal with them, please ask for Kim. I'm sure that the other personnel are equally customer-service oriented, but she is a sweetheart. I also talked with David Schmelke several times and he always answered every question I had.

For the price you pay for an imported production cue from China, you can get a quality "custom" cue made in the USA by Schmelke.

Try one, you may like it!

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