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Unplayed cues coming out of storage - 07-02-2020, 03:51 PM

I have about 15 cues that were put in storage in cases over 20 years ago. Some are straight, some are not and the biggest problem on the butts is you can feel a ridge on the buttcap where the wood has moved/shrunk?. Some of the cues have a wobble that you canít see rolling them, but is visible spinning them on a lathe, anywhere from 10/1,000th to 30/1,000th when we checked with a dial indicator. Most of the wobble was at the bottom of the forearm on the butts and about 10Ē up from the joint on the shafts.

What is a minimum tolerance level you would consider a cue and a shaft to have to be playable, and and what point would you say give up on it. I do intend to sell these and while the problem may not show up rolling them, now that I am aware of it, I will cut the price accordingly and mention it up front.

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07-02-2020, 05:26 PM

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I have about 15 cues that were put in storage in cases over 20 years ago. Some are straight, some are not and the biggest problem on the butts is you can feel a ridge on the buttcap where the wood has moved/shrunk?. Some of the cues have a wobble that you canít see rolling them, but is visible spinning them on a lathe, anywhere from 10/1,000th to 30/1,000th when we checked with a dial indicator. Most of the wobble was at the bottom of the forearm on the butts and about 10Ē up from the joint on the shafts.

What is a minimum tolerance level you would consider a cue and a shaft to have to be playable, and and what point would you say give up on it. I do intend to sell these and while the problem may not show up rolling them, now that I am aware of it, I will cut the price accordingly and mention it up front.

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07-03-2020, 04:56 AM

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I have about 15 cues that were put in storage in cases over 20 years ago. Some are straight, some are not and the biggest problem on the butts is you can feel a ridge on the buttcap where the wood has moved/shrunk?

What is a minimum tolerance level you would consider a cue and a shaft to have to be playable, and and what point would you say give up on it. I do intend to sell these and while the problem may not show up rolling them, now that I am aware of it, I will cut the price accordingly and mention it up front.

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John,first I am not a cuemaker so this is just my opinion. I have seen many cues for sale that say they have about a credit card of roll.most credit cards are. 040-.055 thick. You can give the amount of roll for each cue but I certainly wouldn't say any of these you should give up trying to sell if that's what you want. Most players, probably 99.999%, couldn't tell a cue has. 010 roll and in my opinion that's a straight cue. A lot of factors would go into how much. 030 would effect price but the main one would probably be the maker and design. For example there are many collectors that would love to have a beautiful Haley even if it were out .030 . The shrinking around the butt cap should not really effect how it plays but could effect the resale a little, I haven't seen one so bad that it couldn't be corrected with a refinish but I'm sure there are some out there. In my opinion if you list them with what you honestly think the faults are you'll find a buyer. Wether it's to shoot with on a regular basis, just for using in their home room or for display just depends on how much it's out and who the maker is. You should post some pics in the gallery , you'll probably get some better options than mine.


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07-04-2020, 05:54 PM

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I have about 15 cues that were put in storage in cases over 20 years ago. Some are straight, some are not and the biggest problem on the butts is you can feel a ridge on the buttcap where the wood has moved/shrunk?. Some of the cues have a wobble that you canít see rolling them, but is visible spinning them on a lathe, anywhere from 10/1,000th to 30/1,000th when we checked with a dial indicator. Most of the wobble was at the bottom of the forearm on the butts and about 10Ē up from the joint on the shafts.

What is a minimum tolerance level you would consider a cue and a shaft to have to be playable, and and what point would you say give up on it. I do intend to sell these and while the problem may not show up rolling them, now that I am aware of it, I will cut the price accordingly and mention it up front.

John Henderson
Finish itself has come a long ways in 20 years. If these aren't so collectible that a refinish would kill the value I agree a refinish would take care of most of the flaws.
  
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