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Tip shaping frequency - 07-09-2019, 06:58 PM

How often do you shape your tip? What tip hardness and tool are you using?
  
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07-09-2019, 07:12 PM

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How often do you shape your tip? What tip hardness and tool are you using?
Once after every miscue. . I wish I was joking.


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07-09-2019, 07:40 PM

Techno dud, SIB pro, elkmaster, and triangles. I keep a piece of 600 grit sand paper on me and scuff as needed. I shape and burnish depending on the tip and how many hours of play it has seen. If I notice a little mushrooming, I re-shape.

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07-09-2019, 07:40 PM

Kamui Black Clear soft and seldom reshape. Only have tp freshen the tip with light scuffing.
I never break with my cue. Either a house cue or mt Stinger Break Cue. But it took hours of
play and continuing light shaping after being installed by the cue-maker. Burnishing is needed.


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07-09-2019, 07:50 PM

Zan tip and never turn back, maybe scuff up the fibers once every two weeks with 220 grit or my (own) aluminum gator tool, I am currently using a Zan plus medium, I don't mind their plus soft either. Second tips I would say I enjoy that don't take to much matense is triangles and le-pros... Problem is their consistency and finding one thats good.


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07-09-2019, 08:06 PM

Iím the other extreme. I donít touch them. Ever. My break cue tip has been on for 15 years and itís fine. My playing cue tip has been on about 3 years and itís fine. Ymmv
  
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07-09-2019, 08:10 PM

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07-09-2019, 08:59 PM

I use Ultra-skin black soft tips and very rarely ever do anything to it, except to maybe knock off some of the old chalk and rough it up a bit.

I beat the hell out of these soft tips and use my playing cue to break with. They hold up, never mushroom, and I seldom ever miscue.

The price is about 1/10 of a Kamui or any of the other hyped up tips.

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07-09-2019, 10:00 PM

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Techno dud, SIB pro, elkmaster, and triangles. I keep a piece of 600 grit sand paper on me and scuff as needed. I shape and burnish depending on the tip and how many hours of play it has seen. If I notice a little mushrooming, I re-shape.

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How is the techno dud? I favour a medium soft tip (kamui black, zan medium, slightly pressed triangle). The pooldawg milkduds were way way too hard for me.
  
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07-09-2019, 10:09 PM

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How often do you shape your tip? What tip hardness and tool are you using?
After having a tip installed, I'll play with it for about a week or two. Then I take it back to the cuesmith to have it reshaped and de-mushroomed.

Couple weeks later, I'll re-shape it one more time, and then I leave it alone. I'll scuff it up every once in a blue moon.

Maybe once or twice a year, I'll re-shape it, just to have a fresh layer.

I use a willard's nickel radius for shaping, and a kamui gator for scuffing.

Im currently on a victory soft, but Ive played with zan mediums the most.


A tip will last me about 8-9 months (I play a lot and use my cue for breaking and playing). It could last longer but I don't like the idea of realizing I need a new tip right before a tournament.

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07-09-2019, 10:20 PM

I shape my dawgduds when I install them and perhaps once every 100hrs. of use. I use sandpaper in a custom shaper.


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07-10-2019, 02:02 AM

i give it a little touch up when i miscue, which is seldom now that i switched from kamui. i use ultraskin ivory soft. i have a curved all steel scuffer, don't know what it's called
  
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07-10-2019, 02:39 AM

My current playing cue has a Zan hard tip. I don't have to do a whole lot of work to that tip as it keeps its shape, however when I have to reshape a tip I use a file.


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07-10-2019, 04:16 AM

I get my triangles pressed at install and choose one of my abundance of good shapers...rough it up a bit or not depending on who installed the tip...

from that point on I shape it with my chalk.....

tip shapers were invented by tip sellers... just saying


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07-10-2019, 05:00 AM

And I'm on the other end from most of the posters; I like to keep a round profile on my tips, so I use a tip shaper (ultimate tip tool) about once a month. I break with my player, and tend to use medium tips. I just installed a new SIB Cool Blue medium, last night, for a run. I typically use dawgduds.


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