What is the best cue you ever played pool with? -
10-26-2012, 06:08 PM
Meaning you shot your best pool with! The cue that made your pool playing a real pleasure to do. If you wish you can state the name of the cue, shaft, tip and weight! Thank you for your input.
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Location: Palm Springs/Rancho Mirage California area
10-26-2012, 08:32 PM
I shoot with a Schon CX-06 fitted with a McDermott I-3. The I-3 has a tip diameter of 11.75mm and I like the Moori Soft tip on it. I'm very comfortable playing with this cue. It's well balanced and just has a good "feel" to it.
Brunswick Centennial 9-foot table with Mark Gregory rails, 4.5" pockets, and Simonis 860HR.
Jim Baxter 60" amboyna burl plain jane with Z2 shafts, OB break cue, Steve Lomax ebony with silver-rings jump cue.
I have a buddy who is a real cue whore. Through him I have had the pleasure of playing with a lot of different cues, from a lot of different builders, including all of the top tier guys. Incredibly, the best playing cue I have ever had the chance to play with was probably one of the oldest cues he's had. It was a all original, steel jointed, George Balabushka with a Gus Szamboti forearm. The cue was so well balanced I couldn't believe it. The cue felt extremely solid and gave a lot of feedback. It seemed effortless to play with. It was a real pleasure to play with to say the least
This was the first time I ever saw a Balabushka let alone get to play with one. I was amazed at the top notch craftsmanship that he was able to accomplish with the tools and machinery available back then. For me the most amazing part was the original leather wrap. It was so well done that even after all these years I had to REALLY look to find the seam.
It was a pleasure to play with, I was in heaven, and sad that it wasn't mine.
Thanks for the opportunity to play with so many cues over the years, that I would never have otherwise had a chance to play with. (You know who you are.)
My Jim Buss is the best shooting cue I have ever played with followed very closely by my Mike Bender. Both are 60 inches and weigh between 20-21oz. The Buss has 13 mm shafts and the Bender has 12 mm shafts. I like my other custom cues but these two are the best for me.
Lately I've been playing with a very old plain jane birdseye Joss West, which would be hard to beat.
I wouldn't say it's my best player, but it's close. and since I change every week it was an easy cue to get used to.
Other recent best players are James White, Ernie Martinez, South West, Tad, Sugartree, and Cognoscenti.
All of the shafts that I play with are made by the cuemaker, and I prefer medium layered tips such as Tiger Onyx, Ultraskin, and Chris Byrne.
I am in the process of putting new tips on several older cues that still have the original tips, but some hit great with the original Lepro's or whatever.
breaker....Ernie Martinez Jump/Break
shooter....Ruger Red Label 12gauge Over/Under
I'm a terrible player. My high run is a two pack(does that even count as a pack?) so my opinion probably means little on best playing cues. I own a richie Smithlin 6 point red heart/holly cue. It weighs in at 19.1 with a 12.75 onyx tip.
"Show me a man who lives alone and has a perpetually clean kitchen, and 8 times out of 9 I'll show you a man with detestable spiritual qualities." - Charles bukowski
“show me a man who lives alone and has a perpetually dirty kitchen, and 5 times out of 9 I’ll show you an exceptional man.” - Charles bukowski
My *old cue* made by H.J. Bertram. He built it in co-production with Dan Prather when he visited germany with his son.
Biggest mistake ever that i sold it in 1999 when i quit pool for a long time.
Another great player is from a friended Cuemaker, who makes cues beside his usual work- Silvio Zugec aka Gloria Cues. Simple Full Splice-plays great. His shafts are world-class in my opinion.
Now i m very satisfied with my Josey.
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