Dan-cat wrote:I'm in desperate need of my own cue. Reading back up on this thread GBL seems like a good option, I don't really want to spend more than £200.
When I was twenty I had a John Parris cue that cost me about £300, I see now that they are £600+ which is a bit keen for me right now.
£200 buys a lot more than it used to! Brands to consider: GBL, Phoenix, O'min, Mastercraft, Cue Craft, Mastercue, David Wu, etc, etc. All very good quality.
If you want a custom cue made to your own specs, these are incredible value and they're receiving rave reviews (as Tons knows).http://www.mastercraft-cues.co.uk/index.php/2
Please take a look, they're on budget, the plain ebony being about £200. Go for a 1-piece as well, more feel in the shot. Apart from David Wu cues on ebay (some brilliant cues for less than a hundred quid), I consider these to be the best value for £200. They're made in the UK as well, bonus.
But David Wu (China) is making some excellent cues that are getting very positive feedback, like this beauty for £85:http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Emperor-1-pie ... SwXshWsJlL
They also do sets with cases and extensions. I'm sure they could add in the extensions and case if you contact them (they are friendly) for not a lot judging by the price of their sets.http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_odkw= ... e&_sacat=0
It depends how much you want to spend. A county playing friend recently ditched his custom Cue Craft (think north of £400) for a GBL only half the money and is so much happier. Spending anything north of £400 will only really help folk who regularly hit tons. That's not meant to be an insult to anyone, just the truth. A JPU can't pot the balls and frankly it's not as good as many a £300 cue. Nor would a custom TW, MW, CJ, etc etc. Like cars, the higher the price, the more marginal the increase in quality. I say this to every improving player; the best money you can spend is on coaching. You can get to see a good coach for as little as 15-20 an hour.
Cue at 200 quid + coaching > 1000 quid JPU every day of the week.
How tall are you?