I bought this cue at DCC for $400, knowing nothing about the cue maker. I just liked the way it felt and played. I used it for the next five years and did pretty well with it (2010-15). After it got broken I haven't played much pool any more.
It was well packed, in a hard case that was inside a larger cue bag stuffed with clothes. It did not come down with the regular baggage and I had to find it outside the office for Spirit, just laying there by itself. I was so glad to find it that I just took it home without checking anything. When I opened the bag and took out my cue there it was in two pieces. I was sick! The hard case it was in was totally undamaged, not a nick on it. Someone had to do this deliberately. I've never flown Spirit again since this happened.