Believe the answer is YES Top to Bottom.
Does Sterling have the lining from top to the bottom of the case?
one piece? or multiple pieces stitched all the way down?
Barton's video shows him holding a small piece of lining....perhaps there are multiple pieces of lining that is stitched all the way down?
If that was the case then I can see people inserting the butt with the joint down first...and it may come into contact with a shaft. This is depending on whether it is one piece or multiple pieces stitched down to the bottom.
I think the Sterling cases are very well designed and the lining is different compared to other cases. I had other cases in the past and some of them rattle like Giuseppe's, who also makes a good case for the money.
I know the shafts won't touch each other because of the lining between the shafts. A piece of paper can be between those shafts and technically it's not touching but with the sock lining....it can compress the butts and the shafts to the point that pulling out a shaft out can cause contact with another piece, due to the tight space. This is sort of the downfall with the lining.
Where a tube style, it may rattle, but has enough clearance/space that it won't touch another cue.
Let's just say the accuser, pulled a shaft out from an angle, the lining will bend with the shaft, perhaps causing it to make contact with a joint or a joint protector, depending how the cues were inserted.
I happen to be the lucky winner of the first JB Custom case designed by me and John Barton. This case is a 3 x 6 with the same inside configuration. I have had this case since May 2008 and have had expensive cues in ths case constantly. I even have a jump cue butt in one of the SHAFT sleeves that stays in place and doesn't fall to the bottom of the case (they stretch) with no damage to any other shaft or butt.
I have had no problems with any of my cues being in this case NONE. They actually protect the butts/shafts better since they don't move around (as tube cases do). They also don't accidently fall out. Best design in a case IMO.
I think Barton's design is fabolous but it's not "human" proof. The design of the case is superb if you only know how to insert them, then again why should a case come with instructions? I usually insert and zip!...and I am on my way.
I am sure there area a lot of cases that you can acquire for X amount of money but there is no denying that Barton's case is very innovative and some call it "forward thinking."
Whatever the problem is, between the two parties, I hope it gets sorted out and perhaps, John can improve on the matter, whether this story was fabricated or not.
Good luck in your future endeavors!
It's much more likely in a Justis case but it does not apply to our cases.
Our interiors do not hold the cues in a death grip like yours. That is what caused the damage to the cue in question. Using our name as a smoke screen will not work for you on this one.
(I highlighted the relevant part for you Jack)crmdog said:The interior was replaced with the JB replacement interior. I personally believe this is superior to the original. While using the previous interior I thought I had closed the lid but did not. Getting out of a cab my break cue hit the pavement. My boneheaded fault, but this won't happen with the interior it presently has. I should note that Jack has stated that this modification voids the warranty.
You have to admit - the man is passionate about his product.....
So anyway, I don't happen to have side by side pix of our interior and yours and I know that you somehow feel that this lie by Monstermash validates your choice to offer almost no protection in your cases but I promise you that tomorrow I will make a new and clear video of your case and ours in a direct comparison. You are more than welcome to retaliate with a video of your own and show off all that you think is bad about my cases.
Monstermash...in an effort to resolve the issue with the case -
I am offering (since it is a Sterling case) to send you a prepaid shipping label so you can send the case to me at no charge and I can inspect it personally.
I will take pictures of the case unloaded, and fully loaded.
If it is defective I will replace it.
If it is not defective I will send it back to you, again at no cost to you.
If this sounds like a good way to resolve the issue with the case, then PM me and address and I'll send the label ASAP.