JB Case after a few weeks or so. . .

nksmfamjp

Refugee...
Silver Member
I received this case from John Barton.

After a couple of weeks of use, because I hate reviewing stuff I haven't even used. . .It is great. Better than expected.

1. How well does it protect?
It protects great. What can I say, it is a JB Ultrapad interior. It lives up to that name and more. It has nice thick padding which keeps a gap between each piece. What is funny, is it does this all in a smaller case. This case is a 3 x 6, but from the outside I would swear it is a 2 x 4. Everything on this case is about protection. If I knock it over at the pool hall, the pieces are held down in the case, even when it falls over. With the zipper closed, it is as secure as is possible in a case.

I would say A++ for protection, but. . .of course, it's a JB.


2. How strong are the handles, straps and latches?
Everything is JB's best quality hardware, so no worries there. The handles are sewn directly to the case which makes them feel very secure. Thee back pack straps and pads seem to be a new method for John, but they pull the straps in tight and allow them to float loose. They are a similar shape and design to a real back pack strap. Good work on the pads and straps John! I have to add an extra attaboy in here because I was especially picky about this point since I walk to the pool hall.

Definitely, A grade stuff here.

Lid zipper is solid:


3. How comfortable is the case to use?
I would say very good. Everything goes in easy and works as expected. The extra pockets are super. If you get a case from John, get the FR surface pockets! The only negatives are the backpack straps don't slide in and out as easily as a real backpack, but the are leather too, which might be more sticky. Also, the Ultrapad is so firm, I have to pull cues out by the JP's. This is the way I wanted it though. There is another interior which is a bit looser. Nice big zippers with pulls!

Jump Pouch:


L Zipper:


Front Inner:


Front Outer:


Outer Pockets:


I would say A for ease of use. It is basically all A+, except for the sliding of the backpack straps which I think will improve with break in.

4. How well done is the fit and finish?
The outside is tight to the tube. The inside is well shaped. The pockets were well designed and constructed. I did special request they be extra tall pockets which makes them easily squished. Still, I need the height. All the details are right. The sewing, tabs, zipper pulls, zipper on the side, rubber foot .. . everything was well executed.

I would say A.


5. How well done is the decoration?
Most cases have tooling, or decoration. This is a daily use case. It's decoration is in the textured leathers and color patterns. Everything turned out well. Pretty good color balance. The next one will be made from the $30,000 croc hide!

I would say B, but this is a utility case. It does what it is supposed to well. I wanted this to be a C or D level as far as decorative quality goes. Besides I can't give all A's!;)

6. Intangibles
This is where JB wins you over. He was always easily accessible on Skype. He was good about emails. He understood what I was asking for. He was very reasonable when changes were made to things he had worked on. He did everything in his power to build my perfect case. He built this one my way and can build yours as you wish!

A++ here.

This case does more than any other case on the market IMO, and JB Case was the right kind of company to build it. I needed someone who would't be stuck on their previous designs and patterns.


Thanks John.
 
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nksmfamjp

Refugee...
Silver Member
I can't say enough how good John is to work with! I'm pretty uh, uh selective. John delt with my pickiness well.
 

PaulieB

AzB Silver Member
Silver Member
Great review and great case. I liked how you used it for a bit before you reviewed it, which just makes good sense. However, you did not impress me with all that fake Monopoly money sticking out of the pockets!

(Yes, I'm just kidding :p )
 

nksmfamjp

Refugee...
Silver Member
Glad you liked it. Actually, that is real money! Regardless, just trying to show why I think pockets are important.
 

deanoc

AzB Silver Member
Silver Member
I have enjoyed working with John,we had a few small problems on a case,and he couldn't wait to replace it,even when I said its not that big a deal

Dean
 

the_general

I love Ivory.
Silver Member
I received this case from John Barton.

After a couple of weeks of use, because I hate reviewing stuff I haven't even used. . .It is great. Better than expected.

Jump Pouch:



Thanks John.



Sorry, I just saw this post so late Nathan...


hmmmm... shaft looks familiar. :thumbup:


JB makes outstanding cases - inside & out. :cool:
 

nksmfamjp

Refugee...
Silver Member
Yes, that is my Bebot Bautista jump cue poking it's butt out.

Off topic, that thing ought to be illegal. I can make balls and always get a hit with it. What if I practiced jumping! I actually jumped a ball, banked it and got my leave. The guy was looking for a train to jump in front of!
 
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jetlau3

AzB Silver Member
Silver Member
John is a great guy to work with. I have almost the same exact case from him with a different exterior. It is sturdy and fits everything I wanted in a case. The interiors are a bit tight but you can leave your cues in them upside down for a few nights and they will loosen up a tad bit and still offer great protection.

John himself is a pleasure to work with. He is great with communication and very accomodating. When I tried to order an additional 1x1 for carrying my bar cue, he modified it with his own interior for free and charged me nothing.

Upstanding guy. Can't say enough. Nice case !
 

Railbird Hero

AzB Silver Member
Silver Member
I cannot wait to have one made for me. Knowing I could get fatter pockets, choose all my own options, and not be disappointed when it arrives. I went to his website and spent hours admiring the cases he has made. Many many hours of work on many of them. Thanks for your review. It really has helped sway my decision.
Cheers.
 
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