As your attorney...
:thumbup: Should be here tomorrow! :thumbup:
Bob did an excellent job of matching the cue design......he's an amazing craftsman and does such detailed, exact work as your cue design exemplifies..
By chance, would you know the orig. cue's veneers in the photo? Regardless, yours are really handsome looking. It's great to have a cue that's exciting.
I don't consider this a "Tribute". It's a COPY. There's a difference.
A tribute would be something made in the "STYLE" of another maker. Also I believe only to be made because the maker is not making cues anymore. Not an exact copy.
First, the "maker", Szamboti Cues, is still in business making cues and Second, the cue is for all intensive purposes an attempt at an exact copy of a previous cue.
The maker should have created a twist on the inlays or try and create an arrangement not seen before if he HAD to use the same elements. its not hard to do.
I wouldn't have approached it the way the maker did because I wouldn't do a "copy" BUT if I decided to try and put a twist on an element or do a different arrangement in the "style of", I still wouldn't do it without Barry seeing it first... Yes that is foreshadowing... :wink:
What about these?
Bottm original, top copy (unless it's restored with new shafts)...Many cues have been made in the "Hoppe" style. Them not being made or sold anymore by the original company, it's a bit of a grey area with me but in this case I lean towards having no problem with them as long as they are not passed off as original... That said, with the exception of the tongues on the shafts, everything looking so "true" just seems wrong...
The top is a Balabushka. The bottom is a Herman Rambow. I wonder if George knew hew was just making copies...
Either way, under no circumstances will I be passing my cue off as an original Szam...which would be difficult with the name on the forearm
You say, "tomato," I say, "I'm very happy with my new cue, designed exactly how I wanted!" :thumbup:
A cue should be appreciated for what it is....how it looks.....plays....rather than the nomenclature being debated to describe it
Since the veneers could be different anyway, my vote is to describe it as "Tribute Cue".....but it really doesn't matter in the least.
Maybe this will help......I hope so because this issue has come up before and simply gone in silly circles........
"Tribute" - an act, statement, or gift that is intended to show gratitude, respect, or admiration.
"Reproduction" - the action or process of making a copy of something.
"Copy" - a thing made to be similar or identical version of; reproduce; make a similar or identical version of.
"Pool Cue" - a piece of milled, crafted wood that can be referred to any way the cue owner prefers....Nuf Ced!
Nut Ced? Too funny....
Veneer colors different so its not a copy?...This coming from a guy who had a copy made of a copy...Gimme a break. It's about DESIGN elements not 'colors'... Geez... This is either willful ignorance, stupidity, or an attempt at covering up either one... Either way it's not good...
I don't give a crap if it is a copy or a tribute or whatever stupid name you
want to call it. It is a nicely constructed billiard instrument that I'm certain
plays as well as it looks. Congrats on the new cue. Ignore the idiots who
think it is an unforgivable crime to "copy" a damn pool cue.