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Question 06-10-2019, 08:26 AM

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I dunno, you might be right. In that case, it should read, "The fuzziness of butterfly points."

Thanks for pointing that out.

But...

I think that the color choices really influence the visual of where the woods join. I have one that is all natural colors and have seen some with red/ yellow, etc ...and the latter looks like something you wouldn't even want to step in.

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06-10-2019, 08:47 AM

Thanx to this thread....I have to add more things I won’t put up with....
...the only leather wrap I want to see is stacked...no reptiles, no pachyderms..
...and no reverse points on the after-wrap.
...and nothing on the end of the points...I feel they may cover a mistake.


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pet peeves - 06-10-2019, 08:51 AM

My number one pet peeve on a cue costing over 1k is having no ringwork on the shaft or butt joint (A & B rings), to me all black collars are what you get on inexpensive cues.
I also don't care for- malachite or turquoise, and reverse points on the butt. I like butterfly points but don't like that the veneers don't stay a solid color.
Other than that I like everything lol.


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06-10-2019, 08:58 AM

Cnc inlays that are left with rounded points. Lazy. I second the rings that dont align. Lazy.
Forearm points that are uneven such as length.
Fake ivory
Shaft not very tight when screwed on. <-- not technically appearance related but big pet peeve
Ebony that is so black its hard to see any grain.
Thick metal rings
Oversized hoppe ring
Sugar marks in upper part of shaft
Large separation at base of forearm points

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06-10-2019, 09:04 AM

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I hate to see a blue chalk ring around the ferrule. It tells me the owner is a Borer. It doesn't bother me much on house cues, but in case I get a house cue alone, out comes the #600 and off comes the ring. No excuse on a store-bought cue.
This is actually one of the first things I check for when I play someone new. If I see their ferrule blue, I know they have not had much if any formal learning. They may be a good shooter, but I know I can out-move them most of the time.


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06-10-2019, 09:14 AM

Floating points

"Box" cues

Clovers or spears on the tips of the points

Elephant or some other weird wrap

Short ferrules

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06-10-2019, 09:30 AM

Wrapless
Wood joint
Big pin (3/8x10 mod preferably)
No turquois
No bocote
Med-soft tip
Maple shaft 12.75-13mm


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06-10-2019, 09:39 AM

I definitely go for the more simpler looking cues. I prefer the more natural looking cues, the ones without the extra bling, colour's decals. Predator BK series is a prime example. I like how they break, but I do not like how they are a walking advertisement.

Things I like :
-Full splice wrapless.
-simple ringwork
-if there is a wrap, I like simple ringwork above and below. i prefer the look because it has a deliberate start and end of the wrap, and doesn't looking it was carved into the cue.
- if it is a wrap, soft tanned leather, not repurposed, or printed, or glossed.

things i usually do not like (on occasion, something just works, and i like it, even if it is not something that would normally appeal to me):
- floating points
- points in the butt
- a lot of bling
- decals
- rounded points
- overly bright contrasting veneers. (white/black is ok, if it is to make the points obvious into the forearm)
- repurposed, glossy or textured wraps.
- blue ferrules - this is more a pet peeve for my equipment. i don't really care about other peoples. I like to keep mine clean.

All that said, my main player is a Cohen and flashier than i normally would be drawn to. ebony, with copper inlays and curly maple recuts (i think they are recuts). so i break a lot of my standards for my main player :P I find it the right mix, and elegant, rather than gaudy.

Not really a peeve about equipment, but i hate to see someone with nice equipment decide to play hockey with the shaft. i don't know why so many will use their shaft to move redirect balls that are moving. I see guys with high end predator cues, smashing the side of the shaft into balls. Also, i cant stand when someone smashes the butt of the cue into the floor, or uses their cue like a walking stick.
  
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06-10-2019, 09:44 AM

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06-10-2019, 11:05 AM

OK blue chalk on the ferrule.

Now I brush my chalk on yet over weeks and weeks of play my ferrule gets a blue tinge.

I thought this was from rubbing the cloth one some strokes (draw style player and pendulum stroke).

Or am I doing my chalking wrong with my brushing or is it that I don't clean my shaft and ferrule often???
  
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06-10-2019, 12:12 PM

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OK blue chalk on the ferrule.

Now I brush my chalk on yet over weeks and weeks of play my ferrule gets a blue tinge.

I thought this was from rubbing the cloth one some strokes (draw style player and pendulum stroke).

Or am I doing my chalking wrong with my brushing or is it that I don't clean my shaft and ferrule often???
This is not the blue we are talking about.


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06-10-2019, 12:34 PM

Colored ferrules, ugh!
Specially those bowling ball materials.


  
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06-10-2019, 12:38 PM

Personally not a fan of "flame" veneers.


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06-10-2019, 12:40 PM

Rounded points, or even inlaid points that are rounded, or dotted. I think butterfly splices are lame, too.

It took me a long time to come around to the colored laminates on points, but the history of the titlist has me liking understated versions.

Non-natural materials for the grip (although my first cue had that).
  
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06-10-2019, 01:38 PM

Dislikes - Rounded points, floating points and any materials which are endangered, protected or extinct (including unsustainable Rainforest wood).
  
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