This is certainly something I'm considering.
The facebook link earlier never popped up for me so I don't know how to find the listing from Michael Littman.
Right now my main considerations are either this listing on craigslist... I've messaged him for shaft diameter, weight, and tip because it doesn't seem to have it. Only negative really is that it doesn't have a wrap and I'd prefer one. You can't have an unwrapped stick wrapped can you?
Or I really just like this Pechauer's design and the upside is like said above, I could keep this butt and upgrade shafts only when/if I get to that point...
Theres also these on ebay but they have zero information about diameter or shaft at all...
Or just sticking with my original plan for substantially less since this cue comes exactly how I'd like to start out. Downside is that the whole stick would need replacing when I decide to upgrade. I also just would rather a color stain over stickers.
I'm still looking at the schmelke sticks as well. So far I haven't found any that I like that will keep me enough under the pechauer to not just go for the pechauer. And I'm also going through the for sell section but most of that is way above my limit.
And as far as the break cue goes. I'm not "worried" about velocity exactly, more just wanting to find a good balance for me to maximize energy if I want to power break. I didn't know if there was a good rule of thumb out there for figuring out what the max weight you'd want to use is.
Thanks so much everybody. I'm learning a whole lot as I go through all this.
Please forget all of the other recommendations, and get a Joss. They are great cues. Better then anything that has been mentioned so far, and can be had within your price range. Hard to believe nobody has mentioned Joss yet. Unbelievable.
You said that you want a wrap, so here are a few with wraps.
I would get the sneaky though. Had one as a kid, and it was one of the sweetest hitting cues I ever played with.