Best "cheap" custom cue you've used?

mrparks

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Interested to know what the best custom cue (not mass produced) for least amount of money is you've played with. Mine was a Bill Hoyt sneaky Pete with a hidden steel joint. Bought it new for $100 and it played very close to my Schon.
 

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Black-Balled

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I have found phillippi cause to be far better players than the price tag would suggest, but I've only been familiar with their low/mid range cues.
 

4scarecrow

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I've had plenty of custom cues from the best in the business over the years. Hate to say it, but the 60" Diveney sneaky that I play with daily (bought of the rack at a tournament for $500) is probably my favorite thus far. Don't think I'll ever get rid of it.
 

ideologist

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Joey Bautista makes some of the best players on Earth, and definitely has the best shaft wood.
 

cuesblues

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Not cheap cheap but great cues for under a grand:

Terry McFadden out of Phoenix
Joey Bautista
 

Z-Nole

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I had a relatively cheap Randy Mobley before I ordered my custom cue. I want to say I paid around $400 or $500 for it with a cheap case. It played so well I dropped considerably more for a custom Mobley.

My wife left it on the back of the car one day and pulled away so one of my neighbors got a nice cue and a George case. Her biggest mistake was saying to replace it with whatever I wanted.
 

Sealegs50

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Best I have tried:
Jeff Olney Merry Widow
Jack Madden Merry Widow

Best I have owned:
Joss Merry Widow 1985 ($200)
Peppers 4P4V SS 2012 ($475)
 

Maxx

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Joey

The least expensive best player I’ve had is a used Joey Bautista conversion I picked up to try one of his cues. Glad I did.

I imagine the Jerry R cue posted earlier plays great, I always liked his cues and while they weren’t inexpensive, they often seemed under valued.
 

JessEm

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Tad Lofstrom out of northern Minnesota. I wouldn't say "cheap", but definitely reasonable for what you get. I don't think he makes a lot of cues though, or takes his time. I've always got an an eye out but rarely see any for sale.
 

Bavafongoul

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Jim Vest......the player told me his cue cost around around $1300.
It was a really handsome player design with Juma joint and ferrules.
 

Z-Nole

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Played with a Tillis sneaky Pete back in the 80’s that was awesome. Real reasonable too.
 

S.Vaskovskyi

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My first fairly simple cocobolo/bem pj cue which needed to be at least 60 inch from Dan Prather cost me 200$ 21 years ago. Allowed me to learn and enjoy everything about the game.
 

cubswin

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Was a Mason Houghland cue. Second best would be one of Joey's, have had a bunch of them.

Also had a local cuemaker make me a sneaky that played great. It was actually the least expensive.

Wouldn't call any of them cheap though.
 

jay helfert

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A lot of guys out West have sneaky pete's made by Al Romero for 150-200. Al makes very good playing cues. His shop now is at Hard Times in Sacramento. He is over 80 and still plays pretty sporty himself.
 
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