Old Schons

steniacho

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Jim was great guy and had some quality offerings. I have a fond memory of him helping my wife pick out a cue. He spent a good 45-60 minutes on the process; bringing out about 5 cues at a time, letting her try them out, then swapping out the ones she didn't like to fine-tune the result. Absolutely no pressure or up-sell, just a genuine desire to find the right cue for her tastes.

Later on I picked up a "Superior" shaft on a visit to his shop. Made by Runde and came from old growth wood which was salvaged from the bottom of Lake Superior.
 

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measureman

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Love the R-Series cues. Here’s my main player. 60” R10.
I bought that model brand new in about 1985.
59" 2 shafts with Ivory ferules.
I paid a dealer $525.00 for it at a time when Szamboti's basic cue was $425.00 with the same specs.
The only thing I didn't like about was it was 21 OZ.
I sold it about 2 years later and bought a Meucci and that turned out to be a bone headed move on my part.
 

mattb

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I love the lower end Schon R series. Some of the best players are the simple R1's. Hard to beat an all maple cue. I still own several but they hardly ever see the light of day anymore. My all time favorite is the R7. I looked for years but never came across one that met my standards. They always had something slightly wrong.
 

PDX

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Jim was great guy and had some quality offerings. I have a fond memory of him helping my wife pick out a cue. He spent a good 45-60 minutes on the process; bringing out about 5 cues at a time, letting her try them out, then swapping out the ones she didn't like to fine-tune the result. Absolutely no pressure or up-sell, just a genuine desire to find the right cue for her tastes.

Later on I picked up a "Superior" shaft on a visit to his shop. Made by Runde and came from old growth wood which was salvaged from the bottom of Lake Superior.

I loved going to BnB years ago. I bicycle by the old shop once a week. Around a month ago I was on a bike ride and my GF and I stopped at a cemetery next to the Spring Water Corridor Trail. We were checking out old tombstones and low and behold, I noticed Jim’s face inscribed on his. He was a great guy.

Back to Schon’s, I’ve had a few Runde era, a few Evan and a Runde Runde. I dig the old R’s, but probably the best playing Schon was a Runde Era CNC SL-22 with a micarta ferrule, which happen to be at Jim’s.

This is my only Runde era Schon, though it is CNC. One micarta ferrule and one ivory.

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PDX

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It seems like Billiards N' Bagels had a boatload of nice cues come through. I would've liked to have met and chatted with Jim.
Jim had everything from Dufferins to SW, Schon, Runde, Black, Coker, McWorter, Jacoby, Joss, and a plethora of other cues that I can’t recall. The only thing I have left from his shop is a pair of water Buffalo horn joint protectors that Bob Runde made and a lot of memories.
 
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