It sounds almost sacrilegious to say but I agree. I had at least four of his cues and my wife had one. They just felt kind of dead playing 9 ball. I did not feel like I could move the cue ball well with any of my Szamboti cues.I hung out in a room in Jersey that the owner and Gus were friends.
The owner had about 15 Gus cues and there were a handful owned by some players.
I got to hit balls with most of the cues and there was one with green veneers that just didn't feel right.
I never cared for the hit of his cues,way too stiff for me.
I felt the same way about Richard Black. I know Mizerak played with a Richard Black cue, but they were good friends and he probably made him a cue right to his liking. I played some with Mizeraks cue and if I remember right it had a slimmer butt and felt a little different than other Blacks I had picked up.
The pictures below are my wife with Gus and his Wife picking up her new cue. She has it under her arm as Gus is looking down at his dog. The second picture is my wife with Gus in his shop. The cue was beautiful but sadly she ultimately went back to using her Huebler.
I'm sorry, I deleted the pictures. I don't think I should be posting pictures of Mr Szamboti on line. You should probably have permission of some kind.