The DIP R shaft is great, I like that its got a little more give than the DIP H shaft.
Not 100% if this fits in the Mezz shaft thread, but forgive me if I'm mistaken :embarrassed2:
I finally got my 314/2 United joint shaft from Germany, and after changing the horrible Everest tip that came on it I'm truly amazed how good it feels for me personally.
It's feels great, the build quality seems to be up to Mezz standards. Nice looking wood, rolls very straight, there is no visible wobble at all when rolled on table.
It's like more natural to play with and overall I just love it. This shaft is "the one" for me, even though Predator is mocked and hated here on AzB For some it simply works, and for now it feels pretty darn good to me, hopefully its not just a new shaft hype or anything like that I'll get back to this after a few weeks if I remember and give my input if it still feels this awesome then :grin:
It is not nearly as hard hitting as Mezz shafts, it feels a lot softer and hit is dampened much more than with my old wx700. That is something that I like alot, many players will think differently on this though. Some like hard hitting cues, some like a softer feeling.
Thats it for the hype and stuff, I actually had a question about it that I came here to ask :grin: Are these 314/2's made by Predator or Mezz? The website implies Mezz, but that would be kind of odd? Any insights on this?
It is a 314/2, not the newer 314/3. My Mezz AYA cue came with the WX700 shaft, that was mentioned in this same thread regarding its weight earlier on. I just changed from WX700 to a 314/2 on the same butt.
I will never sell the WX700 though as its a good shaft and occasionally i will play a few racks with it. For now the predator just feels easier for me, i seem to get a bit too much action with the mezz and having to compensate for it is annoying atleast. This is probably caused by the fact that the first serious playing cue that I practiced a lot with had a 1st gen predator on it, and I got accustomed to playing with it.
However when I got around buying my own cue, I went for a Mezz with a Mezz shaft. Mostly because they are in such good reputation here on AzB.
Now im starting to realize the old fact: Dont fix it if it aint broke. And I shouldn't have done just so. It will take some time to get accustomed back to playing with the predator shaft, but it will be easier for me than adjusting to the mezz shaft to the level that i can play with a predator.
I think that we should all play with what ever feels the most natural to us, and for me it seems to be a 314. In the end I love my Mezz cue, no matter who manufactured the shaft that is attached to it as far as I enjoy playing with it
Cool, Did u check the weight of the 314 shaft , one thing I discovered when switching over to Mezz from predators myself was the overall balance of the cue.
Generally speaking the Mezz shafts are consistently heavier than the 314 shafts thus affecting the balance quite considerably on some occasions.
Perhaps that's also one of the contributing factors why u like ur 314 over the wx700? IMHO I think we often overlook how the balance of the cue is affected by shaft (weight) changes.
This looks like something good. Shaft weights.
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I just asked a Mezz proprietor in my area and he mentioned that the you would need to request the shafts be made to take the weights / cored deeper to facilitate the weightsGood question. Does anyone know if the shafts weights are usable with the existing shafts? At least the recent ones?
Just an update on the issue regarding the fact that Mezz shaft in 3/8x10 will not fit a modified (flat bottom) 3/8x10 pin.
It is true, but I have discovered that Mezz wavy joint will fit the modified (flat bottom) 3/8x10 pin. Nevertheless, it will not fit the regular 3/8x10.