Jeff here from North Mississippi
I played quite a bit of pool in the late 80s through sometime in the mid 90s. I loved it, but only advanced to what I would call an advanced amateur. I couldn’t hang with the “good players”, but was slightly better than the average amateur.
I owned several meucci cues, and after trying out a Schon I decided I wanted a steel joint cue. The owner of the local pool hall (a well known player in the area) knew I was looking for a new cue. A quiet individual, he surprised me one night by bringing several of his cue out from a storage room one night and let me try them out. Two of them stood out to me by the way they played but neither had a brand name on them. This was around late 1991, and they both looked old. He said one of them was a Jensen. It had a slim stainless ring at the joint from what I remember…I’ve never seen another that looked like it. It wasn’t fancy, kind of plain…felt good. The other cue was a plain standard 4 point, steel joint with a dark black butt with a plain white cap. He told me it was a Szamboti, but he didn’t act like it was a big deal. His personal playing cue was an old ivory joint Szamboti. Was it genuine??? I don’t know, but I didn’t want to chance it. It looked plain, and was too much money at the time for me to risk….I think he priced it at $1000.
I ended of visiting Bill McDaniel in Jackson, TN and ordered a basic 4 point cue from him in early 1992. I was stunned by the beauty and craftsmanship in the cue!!!! But to me, it just didn’t have the same hit as the Schon’s, that Jensen, and the “Szamboti” cue. It just didn’t feel as stiff to me, and never warmed up to the feel of it. I sold it some time in late 1999 or early 2000.
Anyway, I have recently got the urge to play again, and played twice this past week after about 25 years. Yep, I’m still a poor player, but I think I‘ll try to get back into it.
I have been looking for decent but cheap cue. Prices have really gone up from what I remember. I would love to find a sweet deal on an older plain Schon, but will probably end up with something much cheaper.