must admit i like the idea. spending 500 or few thou on a cue that you never even got to try out slays me. it would be nice to try playing with a phillipi for a few hours before deciding to spend so much for it. or a josey or searing. sure its nice to rely on reputation but for me it would be a help to also get my hands on something that i can try out before paying all that cash and not being able to return it if i dont like it.