For me, next to wood screw in shaft, ivory joint is a beautiful hit, combined with 3/8-10 pin. McDermott style.
Is the hit really that good? I know other factors of the cue come into play..
Joe Barringer's configuration: flat ivory joint, big proprietary g10? pin, ivory ferrule, and original Moori medium is the best I've ever played with.
Starkey's wood pin and no-ferrule shaft is also very, very nice when combined with the right tip.