Tonkin cue playability

Kickin' Chicken

Kick Shot Aficionado
Silver Member
I was interested to get a Tonkin cue mayber 10-12 years ago and I ran into Pete at SBE outside so no chance to hit one of his cues right then. I asked him some specific questions about the playability of his cues and when I asked about how his cues sound when striking whitey he told me that he strives to make them as close to no noise as he possibly can. That was a deal breaker for me as I am a big fan of the sharp note <<<ping>>> when a cue strikes the cue ball.
 

DJKeys

Sound Design
Silver Member
I was interested to get a Tonkin cue mayber 10-12 years ago and I ran into Pete at SBE outside so no chance to hit one of his cues right then. I asked him some specific questions about the playability of his cues and when I asked about how his cues sound when striking whitey he told me that he strives to make them as close to no noise as he possibly can. That was a deal breaker for me as I am a big fan of the sharp note <<<ping>>> when a cue strikes the cue ball.
You probably already know this, but a Joey cue pings like no other, Tascarella bumperless as well. I am also a huge fan of that cue feedback-

-dj
 

fastone371

Certifiable
Silver Member
You probably already know this, but a Joey cue pings like no other, Tascarella bumperless as well. I am also a huge fan of that cue feedback-

-dj
"Joey" cue?? I have found removing bumpers from just about any cue vastly changes the way it sounds.
 

hang-the-9

AzB Silver Member
Silver Member
Thinking about buy a Pete Tonkin. Any thoughts on how they play. My daily player is a Lambros
Thx
They play as good as you do. Playability is not a thing that measured with numbers or comparisons. It's a combination of hit feel, balance and how the shaft performs. None of those can really be put into something you can compare person to person since it's all personal preference. You can say the cue is yellow, but you can't really say it "plays good" since that will change from one person to the next.
They are good cues, people want to buy them, that is about the extent of it until you try it out yourself.

Going by what I know of Lambros, it's not going to be any better or worse, but is likely to have a bit softer hit depending on the exact cue of course.
 

lord_shar

AzB Silver Member
Silver Member
Haven't played with a Tonkin, but I do have a Meucci, Schon, and Andy Gilbert in my cue stable. The Gilbert has a nice crisp feel with a nice matching ping. However, I did have it made with a 5/16x14 piloted stainless steel low joint (3/4th" length instead of 1"). Other Gilberts normally use flat-faced joints.

I remember one other poster here stating that Gilbert cue hits sounded "loud," but I haven't noticed this on my particular playing cue.
 
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