I got my first Barioni LD cue just a little under two months ago and I have to say I was very impressed with it. I was so impressed with it that I jumped when I got the chance to get a second cue from John without having to wait up to a year and a half to have one built from scratch. I have played with a custom Schon and a Predator shaft for close to twenty years and never thought anyone could pry it from my cold dead hand but after playing with my first Barioni I knew I would never go back. I really loved my Schon/Predator but it is now retired in favor of my new magic stick of which I am fortunate enough to own two. My biggest problem now is deciding which one I like playing with the best. I would like to thank you John for developing the technology to make these amazing cues. My hat is off to you sir.