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Melissa Herndon
04-29-2008, 11:49 AM
OK...does anyone know where I could purchase the scoring balls that are attached to the light boxes at most pool rooms? I'm not looking for beads on a string....but more the wiffle ball/metal rod contraptions...or something similar? Needs to be sturdy.

I have google'd and searched and been to a gazillion websites....and all I can find are the scoring beads usually used in billiards, or the wall-mounted straight-pool counters. I'm beginning to feel internet-challenged.

Help!

Melissa

poolplayer2093
04-29-2008, 11:55 AM
sounds like something meullers would have. you might be able to do it yourself.

hay when are we going to see you in the tv rounds again

Melissa Herndon
04-29-2008, 12:00 PM
Not on Mueller's website. They have the beads on a string...but not what I am talking about. And I definitely know a few who could make them for me....but I'd rather purchase and support the industry :)

And hopefully sometime this year I'll make it back to the TV rounds. I'll do my best :)

frankncali
04-29-2008, 12:05 PM
Most of the time I have seen them made rather than bought.

A couple shelf brackets and a taunt wire with painted stryofoam balls, golf balls or any ball will work.

I will see if I can find something on the net already put together.

Beware_of_Dawg
04-29-2008, 12:15 PM
A couple angle brackets and a taunt wire with painted stryofoam balls, golf balls or any ball will work.

.

Most i've seen are made with whiffle golf balls

http://www.allkidsgolfclubs.com/ProductImages/accessories/ColoredWhiffle.jpg

Im sure you could make something that looked pretty good in a matter of 5 minutes..

Beware_of_Dawg
04-29-2008, 12:22 PM
if you pefer buying something...

here's a billiards/snooker scoring board...
http://www.comparestoreprices.co.uk/images/unbranded/s/unbranded-snooker-pool-scoreboard.jpg

buy it here (http://www.comparestoreprices.co.uk/snooker-and-pool-tables-and-equipment/unbranded-snooker-pool-scoreboard.asp)

just google "pool scoreboard" or "billiards scoreboard" there's tons of places that sell them.

hope that helps

frankncali
04-29-2008, 12:25 PM
Okay so looked around on the net for scoring balls, billiard scoring, pool scoring etc..
Even searched jpgs and gif for balls on a string, pool scoring balls etc.

No luck finding anything like you are looking for but i found alot of stuff
I didnt mean to find !! :eek:

Now I need a shower... there are some sick people in the world !:o



Try PMing Mike Janis.... He is around 100s of pool rooms and suppliers. He might have a suggestion.

Johnnyt
04-29-2008, 12:34 PM
I checked all over the web and called two supplly stores. They said rooms make them themselves. Johnnyt

Beware_of_Dawg
04-29-2008, 12:48 PM
Okay so looked around on the net for scoring balls, billiard scoring, pool scoring etc..
Even searched jpgs and gif for balls on a string, pool scoring balls etc.

No luck finding anything .


I checked all over the web and called two supplly stores. They said rooms make them themselves. Johnnyt

http://i153.photobucket.com/albums/s232/pahonigman/yousuckattheinternet.jpg

lol. j/k.

here's another decent one...

http://www.wickedbuy.com/catalog/OTBSB.jpg

buy it here (http://www.wickedbuy.com/servlet/the-148/billard,-pool,-scoreboard,-plaque/Detail)

Kevin Lindstrom
04-29-2008, 01:02 PM
I have made some for my club for a race to 9 scenerio with each of the balls colored to the coordinating object ball number.

I will post pictures later tonight for reference.

Kevin

Melissa Herndon
04-29-2008, 01:42 PM
Ha-ha...very funny. But it seems that no one else can find what I am looking for either....LOL. So I'm going to say that I need to have them made.

Thanks!

http://i153.photobucket.com/albums/s232/pahonigman/yousuckattheinternet.jpg

lol. j/k.

here's another decent one...

http://www.wickedbuy.com/catalog/OTBSB.jpg

buy it here (http://www.wickedbuy.com/servlet/the-148/billard,-pool,-scoreboard,-plaque/Detail)

Beware_of_Dawg
04-29-2008, 01:48 PM
looking for these?

http://www.insidepool.com/order/images/woodenscorebeads.jpg

$12 buy them here (http://www.insidepool.com/order/Wooden+Scoring+Beads?SID)

JCIN
04-29-2008, 01:49 PM
The Diamond guys made the ones that they use in Reno and other events. They used the plastic golf balls and a small metal rod I believe. You could PM Ric Jones here his handle is 2l82bgr8 (something like that) and he could give you the scoop on what they used.

Beware_of_Dawg
04-29-2008, 01:51 PM
or you can buy any of these here (http://www.hawleys.com/supplies/scoringSystems/scoringSystems.htm)

http://www.hawleys.com/supplies/scoringSystems/AbacusWoodScorekeeper300.gif

http://www.hawleys.com/supplies/scoringSystems/WoodenBeads740.jpg

http://www.hawleys.com/supplies/scoringSystems/MahoganyScorekeeper18406M_3.gif

Hope that helps

Johnnyt
04-29-2008, 01:59 PM
The Diamond guys made the ones that they use in Reno and other events. They used the plastic golf balls and a small metal rod I believe. You could PM Ric Jones here his handle is 2l82bgr8 (something like that) and he could give you the scoop on what they used.

I believe you put a steel ball in each plastic ball for weight to keep the numbers in the middle. Johnnyt

corvette1340
04-29-2008, 02:23 PM
oops thought I was still in NPR and clicked on this thread thinking it was about cologne, nice clothes, alcohol, money, nice cars,chick magnets, handcuffs, etc...

Chi2dxa
04-29-2008, 04:03 PM
I made mine from the golf wiffle balls purchased at "The Sports Authority" sporting goods store. I strung them together with wire but that was a bad idea. I should have used string as not to scare my shaft when I move my mark. They have different colors so you can designate every 5 game. God luck.

Rod
04-29-2008, 06:34 PM
I went to a welding supply and picked up some brass rod. Those rods are about 3 feet long. I glued a wood ball in the center with 10 balls on each side. The brass looks good and the ends can easily be bent to fit/slide into the light chains which holds the brass rod in place.

dabarbr
04-29-2008, 06:43 PM
Melissa, I'm working on a new type of score keeper. You might like it. I'll talk to you about it when I see you or PM me. Something different.

Snapshot9
04-29-2008, 07:16 PM
2 rods are preferable.

Go to any Craft Store, like Michaels, etc. Wooden balls are available there.

Go to Lowe's, Home Depot, or a lumberyard, and buy the wire. They will cut it to length for you. You can also get the 'stoppers' there to hold the wire in place once they are mounted.

(If they don't have red balls to indicate every fifth ball and score, just spray some red with spray paint.)

Usually in Pool rooms, 2 rods with 10 beads each is mounted on the light chains.

whitey2
04-29-2008, 07:33 PM
Coat hanger wire works well.

I swear there was a pretty detailed thread in this forum with pictures, and "everything".
I believe the poster used styrofoam balls, which he/she painted.

Maybe it's just me, but I get a lot of satisfaction in crafting things myself.

Kevin Lindstrom
04-29-2008, 08:30 PM
Here are few pictures of the race to 9 format that I have made. I have made race to 10 and race to 15 as well. The hardest and most expensive part in doing it this way is painting the balls and paying for the paint.

They work very well from way across the room. You can tell what the score is on a table at the opposite end of the room. The balls ar 4" diameter and I think using the same color as the ball's number really helps with this visually.

Additionally the tension can be adjusted and or balls can be added to the framework with this setup.

Kevin

http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g2/kevsauceman/DSC_0027.jpg

http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g2/kevsauceman/DSC_0026.jpg

http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g2/kevsauceman/DSC_0025-1.jpg

http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g2/kevsauceman/DSC_0016-1.jpg

http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g2/kevsauceman/DSC_0012-4.jpg

Russ Chewning
04-29-2008, 09:17 PM
Here are few pictures of the race to 9 format that I have made. I have made race to 10 and race to 15 as well. The hardest and most expensive part in doing it this way is painting the balls and paying for the paint.

They work very well from way across the room. You can tell what the score is on a table at the opposite end of the room. The balls ar 4" diameter and I think using the same color as the ball's number really helps with this visually.

Additionally the tension can be adjusted and or balls can be added to the framework with this setup.

Kevin

http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g2/kevsauceman/DSC_0027.jpg

http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g2/kevsauceman/DSC_0026.jpg

http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g2/kevsauceman/DSC_0025-1.jpg

http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g2/kevsauceman/DSC_0016-1.jpg

http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g2/kevsauceman/DSC_0012-4.jpg

Kevin,

Since you already have the correct paint, would you be interested in making me one of these? I'd want wooden balls instead of styrofoam, and would gladly pay for both the wooden balls, other materials, and a fee for making it, of course.

I was thinking about making mine own as well, but the cost of the paint is what was putting me off of it. PM me if interested.

Russ

whitey2
04-29-2008, 10:14 PM
Russ,

I don't understand where the "cost of paint" comment came from, but anyway...

You can also use a set of "Expo" dry-erase or permanent markers. They are conveniently colored the same as (pre TV) pocket billiard (pool) balls.

Solartje
04-30-2008, 01:40 AM
melissa:

http://forums.azbilliards.com/showthread.php?t=73897&highlight=counter

here is my idea , but never found time to build it.
The balls are regular poolballs, but the smalest size possible (
i think i had found a set of poolballs that are 1" small and costed 19.99$ the set on ebay. I bought two of them and they would be perfect for home use, maybe not for a poolhall as they might be to small to be seen from far.

find a guy with some good woodworking skills, and give him the picture of my idea. shouldnt cost much to make it. (depending what wood you choose) the chalkboard is simply a special chalk paint (you could even use a magnetic paint base coat) sprayed or painted on the wood.

40$ balls
15$ 14-1string
20$ paint
20$ iron string, etc..
xx$ wood (depending what wood you'd use)

fruehlein
07-03-2008, 12:08 PM
Here is my solution. I build it matching to my multimedia table:

http://www.markus-hofstaetter.at/ba/t1.jpg
http://www.markus-hofstaetter.at/ba/t2.jpg

boozebag
07-03-2008, 01:34 PM
Try these here

http://www.pro9.co.uk/html/theproshop/main.php?P=product&pid=SCOR0001


Greg

pooltchr
07-03-2008, 06:26 PM
The styrofoam balls work well, but do not use wire as it will cut into your shaft when you are moving the balls. You can get plastic coated cable, or heavy grade fishing line. A metal rod will also work well. A set of colored magic markers shouldn't set you back much if you are on a tight budget, but craft paint isn't that expensive. You can probably get everything you need to build it at Michaels and Home Depot.
Steve

Kevin Lindstrom
07-03-2008, 07:15 PM
The styrofoam balls I used are 3-4" diameter balls so they are big enough that you can move them with having your shaft touch the wire. In addition when this setup is used in the poolroom you can see the score the whole way across the room for each table without having to get out of your seat.

I have made soem with the rod as well as the coated wire for certain customers who are concernedabout shaft damage.

Kevin

bignasty
07-03-2008, 07:18 PM
Here are few pictures of the race to 9 format that I have made. I have made race to 10 and race to 15 as well. The hardest and most expensive part in doing it this way is painting the balls and paying for the paint.

They work very well from way across the room. You can tell what the score is on a table at the opposite end of the room. The balls ar 4" diameter and I think using the same color as the ball's number really helps with this visually.

Additionally the tension can be adjusted and or balls can be added to the framework with this setup.

Kevin

http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g2/kevsauceman/DSC_0027.jpg

http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g2/kevsauceman/DSC_0026.jpg

http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g2/kevsauceman/DSC_0025-1.jpg

http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g2/kevsauceman/DSC_0016-1.jpg

http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g2/kevsauceman/DSC_0012-4.jpg
very nicely done sir rep to you!