It looks like banned users do not have their private messages deleted, but they can't reply to them after being banned. Probably why the user sent messages with an email for people to contact. He knew he wouldn't be on the site for long.
I am jonesing to try one. Seems like 2/3 of the players out here in Az have them. It doesn't look like I will be able to get one for my regular playing cue (Layani), because of the joint, but I'm willing to switch to another cue for a little while to see how the CF shafts play.