now I did look at the mcdermott's I do like the look I want to try to get something that plays well too
What is "plays well"?
I have an older McDermott (D-6). Compared to my Joss, I like the McDermott better, but it's subjective. There's nothing wrong with the Joss. I like my McDermott shaft size and taper better. It's a 12.25mm tip with a "modified" euro taper. That can be done to my Joss. It will be done, when I get the funds and find a good cuemaker near me. The weight difference and balance differences don't bother me as much as the shaft.
I really do think it's going to come down to looks and if you want the cue weighted a certain way. Plays well is entirely subjective. As an example, every cue I picked up plays well. It plays as well as I can stroke it and adjust to the different amounts of squirt.
There are differences that may bug me, but it's nothing I can't get accustomed to, over time. The question is, do I want to? There are aesthetics that I enjoy relative to each cue, such as wood jointed big screw vs piloted stainless steel. More rearward balance vs a more forward balance. Fancy inlays vs a more basic cue.