Cue Work - How Long Should You Wait ?

How long to give a cue maker - public poll

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Mickey Qualls

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Hi all, I'll get right to it...

Took my custom cue to the maker a couple weeks ago. Talked for a bit, told him what I wanted (a second shaft, and a tip on the original). He said he was busy, but he'll squeeze it in, and it would be ready in a couple weeks. So I left the cue with him to match up the joint (at his request).

I hadn't heard back from him, so I called this morning (a few days after the two week mark). It seemed to be a cordial conversation all around.

I asked how progress was going, he freely admitted he hadn't touched it yet. He's busy, but he'll get to it in the next week or so. I said fantastic, I'll follow up in a couple weeks.

He was forthcoming by telling me he hadn't gotten to it. For now, I'm willing to err on the side of caution, and take him at his word for now.

On the flip side, I read stories here about cue makers holding a cue for months, always being busy, never seeming to get around to it.

I'd like to think it will be ready two weeks from now, if not before. And I'd like to have a reasonable pre-emptive plan in place.

That said, if it's not ready, then in the board's opinion...

- Would you go get your cue at that point ?

- Or let the maker continue to put it off ? And if so, how long would you let him put it off ?

Thoughts and opinions are appreciated.


AzB Gold Member
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When I order shafts from my preferred full time cuemaker he completes them in 1-2 weeks. If I am not in a hurry he may take 3 weeks.

I have never left a butt at his shop and have ordered multiple shafts for different cues by email sending him the specs and diameter at the joint.

The last shaft I got from he actually made while I waited.

Obviously every cuemaker is different and tier workload and other commitments had alter completion dates, but OTOH shafts are a pretty basic operation.
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AzB Gold Member
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Get it back. Quality does take time but there is a limit. Simply tell him you do not want to wait any longer. He most likely could not care less as he is busy. There are a lot of incredibly talent craftsman around...but lousy managers.