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Thumbs up Comments wanted about Mr.Richard Black's Joints - 12-31-2008, 08:12 PM

Hello I would like to hear some different opinion's about Mr.Richard Blacks Cues. (playability) I'm Having a custom Made- should it be Ivory-Flat Faced,or piloted Ivory? Or should I ask for Radial pin, Flat faced with Ivory? Wasn't Richard Famous for His Stainless Steel joints. Or should I get a cue from His massive collection- (then customized) Any one have any blue Lapus in a richard black. Thanks in advance for any and ALL opinions. mark
  
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The hit or playability - 01-01-2009, 03:12 PM

You need to hit some with each joint configuration to find out what you prefer in a cues hit. Ivory joint hits nothing like a s/s joint. If you go ivory go flat faced. His s/s cues are piloted. Tell him how you prefer a cue to hit and he can assist you somewhat with your selection. His cues in s/s have a very unique hit unlike any other s/s I have shot with. Firm hit with exc. feedback but unique. Probably his specialized tips. Good luck
  
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01-01-2009, 06:06 PM

Hotrod makes a good point that you should have a personal preference based upon comparison.

My experience with Richard Black's work, ironically, just puts faith in Black himself. I have a piloted 5/16X14 ivory joint cue that is fantastic hitting. I recently traded a phenolic FF joint cue with radial pin that hit almost the same...for me, I would let Mr. Black engineer the hit he recommends. I never played with a Richard Black cue that did not play very well. (That totals only about 6 cues though).

Opinions vary, but I believe Richard Black to be a master. I personally would have no fears at all in giving him total freedom to craft the best hit according to his assessment.


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01-01-2009, 06:18 PM

I had a flat faced Richard Black Hoppe about ten years ago and never played with another cue that felt the same way. It had great feel and response. Really miss that one.
  
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01-05-2009, 08:02 PM

Well you asked so here goes. I have three RB's all S/S joints one from 1980 81, and 82. The 80 is 59" and plays great, the other two play like S&*%. Also the inlays look like a child did them-the worst work I have seen period. Obviously this was a long time ago but have seen some from probably ten years ago that weren't earth shattering either. I hope you don't have any of these issues, good luck.
[edit] It COULD have been the tips on the other two but I think I switched shafts from cue to cue and the 80 still played good.

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