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    McDermott Defy Carbon Shaft Issues

    Well, I just got a replacement for the Defy that I received that was defective. It's a Jacoby Black and it screws on perfect to my early 80's Richard Black. Not loose, but definitely not too tight. I think some of the carbon shafts will have tight joints regardless.
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    McDermott Defy Carbon Shaft Issues

    Thanks! I don't know a cue mechanic in this area (greater New Orleans) but I'll see if I can find one if the next shaft I get is tight as well.
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    McDermott Defy Carbon Shaft Issues

    Thanks for relating the experiences with the tight fits. That makes me feel better. I was going to try screwing it on using graphite had I reason to screw it on again. Beeswax sounds better. I guess another possibility would be to get a 3/8x10 tap and to run it through. I don't know the...
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    McDermott Defy Carbon Shaft Issues

    So I contacted Richard Black and he tells me he uses the standard 3/8x10 pin for cues. Not sure why screwing on the shaft would have been difficult or what that issue might have been.
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    McDermott Defy Carbon Shaft Issues

    I didn't realize that was the case for cue pins. I realize that they could have different thread angles and depths, and different helix angles but I assumed that they would be standards used for cue pins. How does one determine the thread type to order on a carbon shaft. I've never heard of...
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    McDermott Defy Carbon Shaft Issues

    I purchased a Defy carbon shaft recently and have some issues that I'd like help understanding. The first was that screwing the shaft onto the butt (a 1983 Richard Black with 3/8x10 pin) was very difficult. It was tight from the start, but got harder and harder to twist on the further the pin...
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    New Here? - Introduce Yourself

    I'm not really new here as I joined up back in February when I was trying to value and sell a Ginacue I purchased back in the 70's. I didn't ever introduce myself here, so I thought I would. I live in Metairie, LA, a suburb of New Orleans and have been here all my life other than a bit of...
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    Babe Cranfield

    I searched for Babe Cranfield on YouTube and came up with a match in the Legendary Stars of Pocket Billiards (ESPN put it together) with a match between Willie Mosconi and Babe Cranfield with commentary by Alan Hopkins. I didn't see a date, but I think it's from the early 80's. Very...
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    Math Questions For Pool Players:

    I haven't been reading these forums for long, but this is the strangest that I have seen. I'm not sure that anyone here is really interested in how the area of contact is calculated but here is my take. I've been a student of pool all of my life and a decent but certainly not great player ( I...
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    In the rack, or not?

    I keep hearing "outline of the rack" but what is "the rack?" Is the outline the tangent line around the outside of the racked balls, or is the outline of the triangle (often referred to, possibly incorrectly, as the rack) used?
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    In the rack, or not?

    Lot's of triangles in the hall where I play. some extend maybe 3/8" outside the balls. Others extending and inch or more. So, it should be established prior to play which rack is to be used?
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    In the rack, or not?

    So I assume that the outline of the rack means the outline of the balls, and not of the physical rack device that is used to put the balls in position, since physical devices used to rack differ in outline. Is that correct, and is it the outline of a 15 ball rack, or the outline of the 14 balls...
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    How do I determine a price for a Ginacue?

    I had the cue made for me in 1974. I have had it since so I know it has not been refinished. Other than visible signs of use on the wrap, the butt still looks pretty much like when I got it. The shafts both play fine, but one has a joint issue in that it is no longer as initially made (and...
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    How do I determine a price for a Ginacue?

    I"m new here so please bare with me if I make any missteps. I have a Ginacue (marked "L" on the listing of Ginacues attached) I purchased back in 1974 with a black suede (I was told) Fellini case. The case sure looks like a Fellini but has no tag sewed in. The butt has an SS joint is in...
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