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the ONLY way I'd ever get a carbon shaft... - 07-25-2019, 04:33 PM

...is if they could make it appear as a natural wood color--there is nothing more ugly to me on a cue than a black shaft--which might be a little weird since my first decent cue my grandpa bought me back in early/mid-1990s, it was a Cuetec Earl Strickland edition all blacked out with a carbon-fiber "looking" shaft and butt, which I still have and use to this day (however, swapped shafts with a new Cuetec to get the R360 shaft on the black carbon-looking forearm/butt with a sport type grip.

Back then I thought it was the coolest looking thing ever. Did not even try it out...funny part is I was maybe 5' 5" and 105 lbs and it was a 20.5oz cue (all they had in the glass case at "Snookers", which had many locations in SE Michigan at the time, but is no longer around). Now at 37 years old (6' 3",185 lbs) and over thirty new cues later, and this one and only Cuetec is still the heaviest in my collection! LOL

Yuck, I cringe a bit to be honest when seeing all black now...just doesn't look right.



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07-25-2019, 04:35 PM

Black is the new maple.
  
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07-25-2019, 04:41 PM

I love the way my cue looks with the carbon shaft. Black on black I don’t really like. If I ever figure out the pictures on here I’ll throw it up
  
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07-25-2019, 05:14 PM

Then paint it!

I painted a few bicycle forks (a full frame would be daring). 800 grit wet sand and epoxy spray. *IF* you ran black through the sprayer first with a little oil then *almost* fully cleaned it, after applying a blue shade to it (the tapered section look) you might pull it off (at least in the tapered section). Of course if you don't, it's a PITA to sand back off (do NOT strip it).

If you do paint it and the shaft is low modulus you might want to think twice. Predator doesn't advertise the grade, so you'd want to call them. Although their default answer to that question is probably "high", it feels like "low to medium".

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07-25-2019, 05:23 PM

Life on Earth is based on carbon...
Life in pool is not based on carbon fiber...
...Iím sticking to maple...unless they come up with something that does what maple canít do.


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07-25-2019, 05:27 PM

I doubt I'll ever switch from maple.
I don't struggle with deflection and appreciate fine craftsmanship.
I agree though, a black carbon shaft on a hand made wooden butt with points and veneers looks awful.


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07-25-2019, 05:27 PM

I think carbon looks better as long as the butt kinda matches
  
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07-25-2019, 07:16 PM

I like using a a maple shaft with a thick ebony butt.
  
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07-25-2019, 08:26 PM

One mans beauty is another mans eyesore as the saying goes but i like my blak 4 with my revo shaft. Also have a meucci carbon pro on a gambler with a black forearm. I think the predator looks better but the meucci feels better.

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07-25-2019, 08:32 PM

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Life on Earth is based on carbon...
Life in pool is not based on carbon fiber...
...Iím sticking to maple...unless they come up with something that does what maple canít do.
You do know wood is carbon based
  
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07-25-2019, 09:51 PM

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07-26-2019, 11:12 AM

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I don't care what color it is but I can say my Meucci carbon fiber shaft plays great.

Been playing with wood shafts for just over fifty years but I can see carbon fiber shafts is the future.

So smooth and so straight! Hit's 'em good. Easy to move the cue ball around.




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07-26-2019, 11:21 AM

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...is if they could make it appear as a natural wood color--there is nothing more ugly to me on a cue than a black shaft--which might be a little weird since my first decent cue my grandpa bought me back in early/mid-1990s, it was a Cuetec Earl Strickland edition all blacked out with a carbon-fiber "looking" shaft and butt, which I still have and use to this day (however, swapped shafts with a new Cuetec to get the R360 shaft on the black carbon-looking forearm/butt with a sport type grip.

Back then I thought it was the coolest looking thing ever. Did not even try it out...funny part is I was maybe 5' 5" and 105 lbs and it was a 20.5oz cue (all they had in the glass case at "Snookers", which had many locations in SE Michigan at the time, but is no longer around). Now at 37 years old (6' 3",185 lbs) and over thirty new cues later, and this one and only Cuetec is still the heaviest in my collection! LOL

Yuck, I cringe a bit to be honest when seeing all black now...just doesn't look right.



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OB is carbon, with wood outside
  
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07-26-2019, 11:36 AM

I have a Becue with two white shafts and they are way easier, to me, to sight down when you are playing. They are painted and aren't as slick as the black ones, though.

Once you get used to aiming down a pure white shaft, a wood shaft looks "crooked" for a while when you switch back. You can see every grain and imperfection until your eyes get used to it.
  
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07-26-2019, 12:13 PM

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...is if they could make it appear as a natural wood color--there is nothing more ugly to me on a cue than a black shaft...
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