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Are Mali cues decent playing cues (compared to other lower end production cues)? - 08-14-2012, 12:12 PM

I am looking for opinions about Mali cues (the ones with the flat faced 3/8x10 Mcdermott style joint).

Are they good quality (in comparison to other lower end production cues), and are they good hitting cues?

I am guessing that Mali cues are/were made in China, so how would you all rank Mali cues compared to all of the other production cues that are from China?

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08-14-2012, 12:57 PM

I could be wrong, but I think the 3/8 x 10 Mali's were made in the USA and the later Asian cues have a metal joint color and a different pin. I have had several of older ones and I think they are great for the money.
  
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08-14-2012, 01:39 PM

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I could be wrong, but I think the 3/8 x 10 Mali's were made in the USA and the later Asian cues have a metal joint color and a different pin. I have had several of older ones and I think they are great for the money.
My first cue was a Mali from the Trophy Series purchased in 1987. It had an SS collar. I would find it hard to believe that it was made somewhere other than the USA.


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08-14-2012, 02:41 PM

Thanks for your replies. I recently learned that very few production cues are made in the USA these days. The only ones that I know of that are made in the USA (not including the custom cue makers that are production, like J Pechauer cues for example) are the ones below.

Schon
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Meucci
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McDermott
Schmelke

I have no idea where Mali cues are/were made, but I never knew that they are/were american made cues. If they ever were made in america, than they must have been decent quality cues (I am guessing). I see that they have (or had) a Vintage series (that retailed for the $200 and over range) in the link below.

http://www.billiardwarehouse.com/cue..._pool_cues.htm

I am mostly curious about their playability, and quality. Are the onder ones (with the 3/8x10 joint pin) better quality? Are the Mali cues even being made anymore? Thanks.
  
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08-14-2012, 02:46 PM

I meant to note "Are the older ones (with the 3/8x10 joint pin) better quality" (than the newer ones with the stainless steal joint)?
  
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08-14-2012, 02:53 PM

I had a Mali v9 playing that I loved and used for many years until I regretabily shattered after a loss. Wish I could have that one back.


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Mali cues WERE made in the good ol' USA (now China!)
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Mali cues WERE made in the good ol' USA (now China!) - 08-14-2012, 02:59 PM

I don't know exactly when the U.S. production stopped (or perhaps transended to import)...probably around when the "Asian Invasion" came in the mid-late 80's. The early Mali's were VERY WELL MADE and some even have collector value! F.Y.I.
  
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08-14-2012, 03:30 PM

That is interesting. I am very curious how I would be able to identify the well made american made Mali cues. Are all of the older 3/8x10 (with wooden threads in the shaft) Mali cues American made? Some of the older Mali cues look very nice, and I am just surprised that they are worth so little (if they are not cheap Asian imports). I never thought much about Mali cues in the past (always thought that were cheaply made junk cues), but now I am very curious about them. I guess that I may have been very wrong about the cues. Thanks for the info.

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I don't know exactly when the U.S. production stopped (or perhaps transended to import)...probably around when the "Asian Invasion" came in the mid-late 80's. The early Mali's were VERY WELL MADE and some even have collector value! F.Y.I.
  
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08-14-2012, 03:43 PM

There were different mali logos. The first was a green logo that was boxed in, and it was sideways. Then the green logo without the box, then the same style logo but different color in the late 80's, then the gold logo. The green was around in the late 60's, 70's, and the gold showed up about the latter part of the 70's, or early 80's. The logo information was collated from various posts on AZB, so I cannot say for sure it is perfect.

The Mali company has been in business since 1826, 19 years before Brunswick started. I believe they started their cue making operations in a barn in 1961. Some of their mid-sxties cues were made under the name Cuesport. Rarely you can find one of their very early cues still with the logo on it. There was one recently on Ebay.

Mali began importing cues in 2001. Before that heir US made cues had various different joint types and ranged from inexpensive plain cues to fancier cues with splices and veneers. In general Mali did make good cues and may people treasure their old Mali cue. The old ones are considered collectible by many, but not generally those that collect the "custom" cues.

Personally, I think a good collection is incomplete without a good example of each Mali "era".


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08-14-2012, 04:09 PM

That is very interesting info. Reminds me of Huebler cues (with the sideways logo in their very 1st line of cues), but I know that Huebler cues are much more valuable. Thanks for posting that very interesting info.

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There were different mali logos. The first was a green logo that was boxed in, and it was sideways. Then the green logo without the box, then the same style logo but different color in the late 80's, then the gold logo. The green was around in the late 60's, 70's, and the gold showed up about the latter part of the 70's, or early 80's. The logo information was collated from various posts on AZB, so I cannot say for sure it is perfect.

The Mali company has been in business since 1826, 19 years before Brunswick started. I believe they started their cue making operations in a barn in 1961. Some of their mid-sxties cues were made under the name Cuesport. Rarely you can find one of their very early cues still with the logo on it. There was one recently on Ebay.

Mali began importing cues in 2001. Before that heir US made cues had various different joint types and ranged from inexpensive plain cues to fancier cues with splices and veneers. In general Mali did make good cues and may people treasure their old Mali cue. The old ones are considered collectible by many, but not generally those that collect the "custom" cues.

Personally, I think a good collection is incomplete without a good example of each Mali "era".


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08-14-2012, 04:20 PM

rather have a Mali than a Meucci...........hey that rimes.;lol


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Thanks for your replies. I recently learned that very few production cues are made in the USA these days. The only ones that I know of that are made in the USA (not including the custom cue makers that are production, like J Pechauer cues for example) are the ones below.

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08-14-2012, 05:46 PM

Mali's were made in the US all the way prior to the Vintage Series in 2001. I have a bunch of them and play with them all the time. 3/8x10 and SS joints. I love em all. Don't think any Mali has ever felt cheap to me, though their market doesn't show that.

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I have a old mali cue .

I think they are a good cue. mine has white phenolic joints a but cap.

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08-14-2012, 06:21 PM

I used to sell Mali cues when I was in college, and when I worked for my local pro shop. The USA made Mali cues were and remain one of the best values when you can find one. I would pass on any of the modern import Mali cues. But definitely I would look for a USA made Mali cue through Ebay if your wishing to add to one's collection.


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