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  1. billyjack

    F/S Quick-release Jump or J/B shaft

    I have available for sale a nice shaft for many of the common Q/R joints on jump or J/B cues. Originally from a Bunjee Jump cue, I bought it from Troy as a spare for my J&J J/B. Shaft is 29" long, measures 21mm at the joint, and 13.6 mm at the tip. It has been sealed and polished, rolls...
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    My pool night at the bar

    You guys who gamble at bar pool definitely have my respect! Saturday night was a company get-together at a local bar. Knowing I'm a pool nut, one of my co-workers, a regular at the bar, invited me to the table. Of course I obliged. A seven foot Valley with worn cloth, dead cushions, dirty balls...
  3. billyjack

    F/S Quick-release Jump or J/B shaft

    I have available for sale a nice shaft for many of the common Q/R joints on jump or J/B cues. Originally from a Bunjee Jump cue, I bought it from Troy as a spare for my J&J J/B. Shaft is 29" long, measures 21mm at the joint, and 13.6 mm at the tip. It rolls smooth, and is clean, smooth...
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    Vintage Pool TV on DVD

    I put together a Classic TV Pool DVD for my league buddies, and decided to offer copies here if anyone wants one. Content is as follows: Steve Mizerak Lite Beer Commercials - both Steve's original and the "Great Pool Shootout" commercial with all the gang-Steve, Bubba Smith, Rodney Dangerfield...
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    New Year's thanks to the mechanics

    I'd just like to wish the contributors to this forum a happy and prosperous New Year. This section, along with the" Ask the CM" section is, to me, what sets AZ well above the other forums. The willingness of the members to openly share information and lessons learned from experience is nothing...
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    New Year's Thanks to the Cuemakers

    I'd just like to wish the contributors to this forum a happy and prosperous New Year. The" Ask the CM" section is, to me, what sets AZ well above the other forums. As an inquisitive former engineering student, I'm always interested in the processes and theories behind the equipment of the...
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    Aluminum Cues, anyone?

    Back in the 60's when I first took up the game I acquired two new aluminum cues, played a few years, then stored them away for 35 years. When I came back to the game 3 years ago I learned metal didn't replace wood in pool like it did in golf equipment over the years, so it was time to invest in...
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    "It's George" Tip Tool & Hercules H1 Tips

    I have a couple small items for sale: 1) "It's George" tip tool- a quality USA made item with large & small radius shapers and tapper surface on back. Nice leather case included. Sells at the online stores for $19.95 to $24.95. Never made it to my case as I'm stuck on my sandpaper shapers...
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    Need help with follow-thru

    I have a recurring problem with staying down on a shot. I've worked on developing a longer follow-thru, but I think my problem is more than that. I believe I need a stroke thought or process to ensure I don't decelerate thru the ball as soon as I make contact. Does anybody know of a drill...
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    How do you play this?

    I'm having trouble with the following shot, and hope there might be some sound advice in A-Z land. Visualize this; You're standing at the head of the table. CB is approximately on the headstring one diamond from the right long rail. OB is frozen on the foot rail two diamonds from the left...
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    Dufferin Wood ID

    Attached are pics of some of my Dufferin Cues. I use them to satisfy my obsession to tinker with wraps, refinishing, retapering etc. Helps keep me from messing with my "good" cues, as many things are better left to pros. Other than the obvious Ebony and maple, I'm at a loss to identify the...
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    Question for the fractional-ball aiming fans

    Based on many of the comments in the various recent aiming threads, I've decided to give the fractional ball aiming a try. I still don't understand why, but it definitely improved my pocketing. I find it easy and accurate when you're aiming your tip through the CB to a point on the OB, but what...
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    Happy New Year

    Just wanted to take a moment and wish all the gentlemen who frequent this forum a very happy and prosperous New Year. I stumbled on to this forum when I got back into the game about a year ago, and, as a former engineer, am incessantly curious about the technology and processes involved in...
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    Magic Eraser-a testimonial with pictures

    Like many AZers, I prefer a super-clean, super-smooth unwaxed shaft on my cues. While the benefits of Mr. Clean Magic Eraser have been discussed here often, I thought my recent shaft reconditioning earned one more post. I recently bought a used cocobolo / leather McDermott on eBay as a backup...
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    Cue Shaft Polishing Abrasives

    If you feel your treasured cues deserve better care than a scotchbrite pad, read on. I made a quantity buy on some USA made fine cushioned abrasives in suitable grits for cue care, and can pass kits along to forum members at a very reasonable price. Each kit has 12 long-lasting, ultra-flexible...
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    McDermott / ferrule question

    I just bought a used McDermott as a "beater" to take to the places I woudn't bring my "good" McD. Bumper has a hole in the center with a 10-24 stovebolt that threads into a 7/8 or so diameter metal insert with a slot across the diameter. Every other McD I've seen has a bumper that requires a...
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