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03-29-2020, 08:35 AM

Although he's now retired, I'd be remiss if I didn't give kudos to Jerry Rauenzahn. Jerry was a joy to deal with, providing email and picture updates along the way and he delivered the cue to me on time (to the day) and built the cue to my exact specifications. A true professional.


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03-29-2020, 08:59 AM

Kelly Peterson aka MVP Cues needs to be on the good guy cuemaker list. I was beyond pleased at his communication throughout the build process and his execution was top flight. I highly recommend.
  
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03-29-2020, 12:36 PM

Here's my story:
In July of 2019, my job sent me to Shreveport for three weeks. I posted up here asking what pool was available there, and got a lot of good responses. Bill Schick's place came up a few times, and I looked him up. He is apparently quite a well known cuemaker, and has a very nice old-school room there, so I decided to make that a stop. I brought with me a well used viper cue that I bought at a garage sale for $10, and it needed a tip. When I got to Bill's place and asked for him, the guy at the desk told me he'd go see if he was busy. I followed him to a door off to the side of the pool room, and half followed him inside. When the desk guy told Bill about me, and then Bill saw me at the doorway, he motioned me to come on in. I spent the next couple hours with Bill, just hanging out BSing, watching him clean up my ferrule, installing the new tip, and he even reshaped the shaft to be a taper and tip size that matched what I told him my regular playing cue has. He showed me a pair of custom scrimshaw cues he was working on, and handed both to me to look at. These were amazing pieces of art and I will tell you I was a little nervous holding them, considering what they were probably worth. And when it was time to go, he really didn't even seem to want to charge me for his work. The price he asked was less than what I could even buy a decent tip for up by where I'm from. I gave him double that and thanked him for sharing the time and his stories with me, and I still got one heck of a deal. I used that cue to win a local 9-ball tournament at Secrets during my stay there too.

Can't say enough good things about Bill Schick, and I'm glad this thread gives me the chance to pass that along.
  
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03-29-2020, 01:19 PM

Bill Schick - After I bought a used cue built by him, he made 2 new shafts and suggested I try his taper. For years after that, I sent the shafts back for retipping annually. Always helpful on the phone. One time, it took ~8 months to have my shafts returned. He told me that something happened that kept him out of the shop. When the shafts were returned, the receipt said N/C.

Barry Szamboti - Barry took care of me when I was buying one of his fatherís cues. He provided his opinion on its origin, spruced up the butt a bit, and made 2 new shafts, which I still play with. He even got the cue to me just prior to the Christmas holiday break.

Laurie Franklin - Always helpful on the phone. She runs an organized shop. I used to send my SW back annually for retipping. She would let me know which day of the week that tips were done. If I get the cue to them before that day, my cue would be shipped on the next day.

William Gentry - i got to meet him a few times and spoke on the phone as well. Really nice guy who was highly skilled as a cuemaker. I am still sick over the tragic loss. More than any other cuemaker, I wanted to work with him to have a cue made.
  
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Pleasant dealings - 03-29-2020, 02:03 PM

Greg Sowder www.sharkshooter.net Many refinishes, tips, shaft reconditions, wraps, shafts, and questions cheerfully answered.

Ron Kilby www.caromcue.com Good dealings and communication. One of the few that uses wood pins.

Chuck Starkey https://www.facebook.com/chuck.starkey.31 Another wood pin master. When it was realized that my shaft work was a different thread than what he used, he graciously shipped them back at his cost.
  
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03-29-2020, 02:58 PM

Jerry Olivier is a super nice guy and makes one hell of a quality pool cue.
  
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03-29-2020, 04:22 PM

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We have been bombarded by many Negative Stores about BAD EXPERENCE with Cuemakers.

Eddie Wheat & Tony Zinzola come to mind as two scoundrels, who have both not treated AZB Members well.

But I am sure there are many stories of Cue & Casemakers that are positive, that are like dominos falling in a line of 10,0000 Dominos. All fell perfectly.

Zero problems, Mary Cue & Casemaker have a delay or two, but these professionals communicate well, and deliever as promised.

Not sure Dennis Swift of KY is still building Cue Cases, but Dennis is honest as the day is long.

Ron Thomas of Louisana was also a great person to deal with, sadly he & wife are in bad health, so I understand her too is retired.

Jack Justis is retired, but Jack did wonderful work, and deliever fast.

Jim Buss -Cuemaker is also retire I believe, but was another great guy to deal with.

Joe Whiten put a 2 X 4 Case on E-bay one I snagged it as a blemish, honestly the blemish was nothing, Joe is a fine Casemaker. I still scratch my head, what was a blem, the blem was almost unnoticeable IMHO.

Just a few positive EXPERENCES.

Who else has something positive to say?

Ernie -- Ginacue

Never had a problem. Work delivered on time, if not early. Always gorgeous and flawless.

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03-29-2020, 04:25 PM

Can't say enough good things about Rusty Melton

i have been fortunate enough to become his friend while
getting several of his beautiful cases
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03-29-2020, 05:04 PM

I got one of, if not the first custom cues from Randy Mobley when he moved into his new shop almost 15 years ago. The whole process couldn’t have been any easier. We met to go over a few things, I gave him some money, and then he called when it was done and I gave him some more money and got my cue. It couldn’t have been easier and his work is as nice as anything I’ve ever seen. I hear Randy has quite the back log these days and I can understand why.
  
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03-29-2020, 05:05 PM

Pete Tascarella is one of the good guys. He built a cue for me and it was finished before the expected date, by 6 months. The cue was perfect and flawless. Pete is as honorable as they come!
  
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hi - 03-29-2020, 07:30 PM

I think that Josey is unbeatable !!!

Him and his wife really care about customer and deliver perfect products ALL THE TIME!


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03-30-2020, 09:13 AM

I saw a cuemaker not kick a dog one time.
  
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03-30-2020, 11:15 AM

Some years back I asked Murray Tucker III to build me a full splice cue. I wanted one before I turned 60. He wasn't building at that time but promised to let me pick one next time he put some splices together.

Sure enough, a couple years later he sends me a picture of a batch of new blanks. I picked one and provided a few details of what I want (a Tucker as he would normally build it).

Fast forward a year or two and he lets me know the cue is done nicely before my 60th birthday The cue has one of the best finishes I've seen, wonderful balance and plays great.

Thanks Murray !

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03-30-2020, 11:18 AM

I wanted a Blackcreek sneaky and approached Travis about getting one. He said he normally builds them for shows, but had a few splices in stock and would consider finishing one of those for me. He had a bubinga into maple blank which suited me fine. He said about 6 months until it was done and sure enough, almost exactly 6 months later I had the cue. It's fit and finish were (are) spectacular, as was it's "hit".

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03-30-2020, 01:26 PM

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Some years back I asked Murray Tucker III to build me a full splice cue. I wanted one before I turned 60. He wasn't building at that time but promised to let me pick one next time he put some splices together.

Sure enough, a couple years later he sends me a picture of a batch of new blanks. I picked one and provided a few details of what I want (a Tucker as he would normally build it).

Fast forward a year or two and he lets me know the cue is done nicely before my 60th birthday The cue has one of the best finishes I've seen, wonderful balance and plays great.

Thanks Murray !

Dave <-- was playing with the Tucker just a few weeks ago

OMG, how could I forget Murray?!

Murray has done some exquisite maintenance work for me on my Gina shafts. Last year I made the mistake of having a guy at the DCC replace a chipped ivory ferrule. Big mistake. In any case, Murray volunteered to take care of me, so I took the opportunity to send him four Gina shafts for retappering, sealing, and new tips, as well as a new ferrule to replace the bad one.

In no time at all they came back perfect.

Thanks again, Murray -- you da man.

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