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Cue Maker / Ariel Carmeli - 07-08-2019, 07:47 AM

Just purchased a DROP DEAD GORGEOUS Balabushka Tribute ( **NOT** an Adam, etc, "faux" "signed" type Bushka ) custom made by Ariel Carmeli ( with two teal rings on the butt sleeve that came from Balabushka's shop after he passed away ), a cue maker in California. I've heard Alex plays with his cues but other than that, I know almost nothing about him. What I *do* know is, he makes BEAUTIFUL cues. At least mine is. Can anyone post any more info about him? He certainly deserves props for this cue. I'm guessing his other cues are just as nice. Any info is appreciated.


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07-08-2019, 07:58 AM

Just an FYI, many if not most claims that "my cue has "X" in it that came from Balabushka's shop when he passed away" are bogus.

That material in your cue was used by many cue makers in the 50's, 60's, 70's...

Many makers after have built cues using it and many of those who recieve their cues mistake what the maker told them which in most cases would be that the material used in their cue was "the same material Bushka used" but not nessesarily form George's stock.

If you have it in writing from Ariel and it can be verified from his source then that's about as good as you are going to get.

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07-08-2019, 08:58 AM

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Just an FYI, many if not most claims that "my cue has "X" in it that came from Balabushka's shop when he passed away" are bogus.

That material in your cue was used by many cue makers in the 50's, 60's, 70's...

Many makers after have built cues using it and many of those who recieve their cues mistake what the maker told them which in most cases would be that the material used in their cue was "the same material Bushka used" but not nessesarily form George's stock.

If you have it in writing from Ariel and it can be verified from his source then that's about as good as you are going to get.

Good luck!

I'll never know and I really don't care. But it sure is pretty.

Thanks.




Player: Ariel Carmeli Titlist Balaushka Tribute
Player: Sideways JossWest
Player: Dave Brainard Titlist - Rambow replica
Player: Tad model Tad-4-P
Player: Meucci QB-12
Player: Joss 10-08
Case: Fellini 1x2
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~ Ronnie Allen ~
  
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07-08-2019, 10:06 AM

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I'll never know and I really don't care. But it sure is pretty.

Thanks.
If you dont care then why make a point of mentioning it in parentheses?

Regardless, if you can get proof it'd be a + if you ever wanted to sell.


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07-08-2019, 10:10 AM

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If you dont care then why make a point of mentioning it in parentheses?

Regardless, if you can get proof it'd be a + if you ever wanted to sell.
Because I wanted to? Yeah... that would be it.

Not planning on selling it so no worries there.

Thanks again for the input...




Player: Ariel Carmeli Titlist Balaushka Tribute
Player: Sideways JossWest
Player: Dave Brainard Titlist - Rambow replica
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07-08-2019, 10:24 AM

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Because I wanted to? Yeah... that would be it.

Not planning on selling it so no worries there.

Thanks again for the input...
Anytime..


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07-08-2019, 10:26 AM

So... circling the wagons back to the point of the thread, anyone have any info about Ariel Carmeli? Anyone have any of his cues? Any info is appreciated.




Player: Ariel Carmeli Titlist Balaushka Tribute
Player: Sideways JossWest
Player: Dave Brainard Titlist - Rambow replica
Player: Tad model Tad-4-P
Player: Meucci QB-12
Player: Joss 10-08
Case: Fellini 1x2
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07-08-2019, 10:29 AM

He makes great cues. Alex played with one for a while. His cues are in pretty good demand right now I believe.


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07-08-2019, 10:32 AM

Martin from Superior Cues AKA jazznpool on AZB would be a good resource.


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07-08-2019, 10:43 AM

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Martin from Superior Cues AKA jazznpool on AZB would be a good resource.
Thanks Dave.

I got some info from specific sources here that I know and trust and Carmeli came back with flying colors. I did that before committing to buy. I just thought it might make a good thread for anyone who has any info / stories abut him to share. I was vaguely aware of him but had no specific info until I asked my sources. So I just felt, yeah... good idea for a thread, get this guy some well-deserved recognition if possible. *You* already know for sure about how nice his cues are... at least the one I bought ( it arrived this morning and I'm looking right at it as I type this )!




Player: Ariel Carmeli Titlist Balaushka Tribute
Player: Sideways JossWest
Player: Dave Brainard Titlist - Rambow replica
Player: Tad model Tad-4-P
Player: Meucci QB-12
Player: Joss 10-08
Case: Fellini 1x2
Case: Katana 2x4


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~ Ronnie Allen ~
  
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07-08-2019, 10:53 AM

And btw, here's the cue:

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07-08-2019, 11:03 AM

About 5 minutes doing a search here on Ariel and his cues will give you many hours of reading and good information including cue photos going back more than 15 years. Don't be lazy bro!
  
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07-08-2019, 11:22 AM

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About 5 minutes doing a search here on Ariel and his cues will give you many hours of reading and good information including cue photos going back more than 15 years. Don't be lazy bro!
Martn - Embarrassed to admit I've never used the search here and have no clue whatsoever on how or where it is. But, I'm sure I can figure it out. This thread really was to get Ariel some ( more ) recognition. That said, sure, I would love to know more about him but I did feel spreading the word certainly wouldn't hurt him and that's really what this thread was all about.




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Player: Sideways JossWest
Player: Dave Brainard Titlist - Rambow replica
Player: Tad model Tad-4-P
Player: Meucci QB-12
Player: Joss 10-08
Case: Fellini 1x2
Case: Katana 2x4


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~ Ronnie Allen ~
  
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07-08-2019, 11:33 AM

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And btw, here's the cue:

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Absolutely a killer cue buddy. Ariel makes great cues and alex played/plays with one and many otherspinoys have played his cues.
  
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07-08-2019, 11:40 AM

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Absolutely a killer cue buddy. Ariel makes great cues and alex played/plays with one and many otherspinoys have played his cues.
That's what I was told when I was asking my sources before I bought. I figured, good enough for Alex, good enough for me. Plus it didn't hurt that it was, possibly, the prettiest cue I've ever seen and I've seen thousands. Toss in the John Davis ( Titleist ) blank and it was really a no-brainer at that point!

Thanks, Jay!




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Player: Sideways JossWest
Player: Dave Brainard Titlist - Rambow replica
Player: Tad model Tad-4-P
Player: Meucci QB-12
Player: Joss 10-08
Case: Fellini 1x2
Case: Katana 2x4


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~ Ronnie Allen ~
  
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