Yeah, I had to take a second glance at that. They do make some fine cues over there but if he weren't a spokesman for that particular cue maker in not sure he would have answered quite the same. He is a lover of cues though and collects a lot of antique cues.
Personally I haven't found a cue that is of the same quality as the older Parris cues. I have one that I use today from the 80s that my father gave to me at the age of 6. Can't imagine playing with any other cue. I have been debating whether to move to a maple Parris cue though. Ash has the tendency to snag in the beard and stubble on my chin plucking hairs out at the most inappropriate moments. You don't get that with maple. I tried one a few years ago and didn't like it, but maybe its time to go back and look into it some more.
Yeah, it was a neat interview, although he was clearly a bit biased. I have yet to play snooker with a proper snooker cue, so it's hard for me to really speak to them, although I was surprised to read that he thought it common for non-brass ferrules deform easily...that's a very broad statement. It's possible snooker cue builders just haven't experimented much with newer materials?? Interesting to read a different point of view though!