do cues hold their value and playability

mindtriplx

AzB Silver Member
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do well made custom cues hold thier value? also does the cue loose some of its playability after awhile? the reason for the question is i am thinkin about buying my friends old scruggs cue. any comments on scruggs cues would be helpful also (i believe it is a late 70's early 80's cue.)
thx
 

Zims Rack

Promoting the Cueing Arts
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mindtriplx said:
do well made custom cues hold thier value? also does the cue loose some of its playability after awhile? the reason for the question is i am thinkin about buying my friends old scruggs cue. any comments on scruggs cues would be helpful also (i believe it is a late 70's early 80's cue.)
thx

IMO, a cue is only worth what someone is willing to pay. If you're willing to spend thousands, then it's worth thousands! I would say about 50-60% of the custom cue makers are going to hold their value, and Scruggs is one of them.

Zim
 

Joseph Cues

Cue Nut
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Well reputed cuemakers like Tim Scruggs' cues hold their value.
If you have a cuemaker making 200 hundred cues a year and claim he's a custom cuemaker, he's stretching.
 

UWPoolGod1

AzB Silver Member
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Yeah it does depend on the design/maker/want. People want to get their hands on Southwests cause it takes so damn long to get one. Raises the price and want. I just sold my beat up Scruggs sneaky for $282.88 and I only paid $200 for it when I bought it 4 years ago. So people will pay what they want to pay, especially on Ebay. Do I think it was still worth the $200, probably not due to its shape, but the name made it. And it still hit the same as it did back then, as far as I know.
 

mindtriplx

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thanks for the replys. im not so much worried about the price or what i can sell it for but how it plays and from what im reading it seems like a good cue makers cue will play great for a long time, right?
 

Zims Rack

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mindtriplx said:
thanks for the replys. im not so much worried about the price or what i can sell it for but how it plays and from what im reading it seems like a good cue makers cue will play great for a long time, right?
ANY cue can only play as great as the person using it. Yes, the "experienced" cue makers cues generally last longer. But then again, anything can last long if properly cared for.

Zim
 

longhair

Boyd Porter-Reynolds
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mindtriplx said:
thanks for the replys. im not so much worried about the price or what i can sell it for but how it plays and from what im reading it seems like a good cue makers cue will play great for a long time, right?
They just might get better. The best hitting cues I have used had shafts a couple of decades old. Maybe they continue to dry out?
 

Fore Rail

AzB Silver Member
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I'll echo the sentiments of Zim, a well cared for cue will last u a good while.

A teammate of mine has a Joss-West that he has owned for approx 35 years.

It seems to work just fine from my point of view!!!

When he and I play, I'm usually racking & racking & racking :) :)
 

Templar

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mindtriplx said:
do well made custom cues hold thier value? also does the cue loose some of its playability after awhile? the reason for the question is i am thinkin about buying my friends old scruggs cue. any comments on scruggs cues would be helpful also (i believe it is a late 70's early 80's cue.)
thx

I have the same Joss cue that Danny Janes made for me in 1978 (this was before he started mass producing cues) and it still plays the same as it did when I first got it. Both shafts are still perfectly straight. Granted, it has been well taken care of. Never abused. And I can't possibly tell you how many hours of use it has provided me over the last 26 years. The tips have been replaced numerous times over the years but that's the only work that's been done to it. Tim Scruggs worked with Danny for a few years before he formed his own company. I used to own a Scruggs cue but I never really used it since it was a lot like the Joss and I preferred the hit of the Joss. I ended up trading it for a George cue which is every bit as well made...if not better in my opinion. As long as you're careful about how and where you store the cue, make sure you have a quality case and try not to take out your aggression on the cue when you miss an easy shot, a good Scruggs cue should last you the rest of your life. What you ultimately end up selling it for, if you ever do, will depend on how much the buyer is willing to pay. I paid $700.00 for the Scruggs cue and traded it for the George which had a price tag of $1450.00. But, the George cue has more inlays and longer, more perfectly executed points. It just depends on what you like.
 
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