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    Default How does it compare?

    I'm going to be purchasing a new cue within the next 6-9 months and have narrowed it down to Schon, Pechauer, or KJ? I like your philosophy on cues KJ, but was wondering as I have never been able to get my hands on one, how does it compare in play to the other two cues mentioned above?

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    Having never played with one I can't really comment on KJ's cues.

    A Pechauer can be gotten for significantly less than a Schon. So if cost is a consideration Pechauer would be a good choice, on par with a Viking or McDermott, but I think a better choice would be a Jackson or Jacoby. That is just my opinion based on my experiences actually owning and using cues from the manufacturers mentioned in this paragraph.

    A Pechauer can also be had for the cost of Schon, but ?????????

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    IMHO, Pechauer is a significantly better cue than either a Viking or a McDermott from a construction perspective.

    RKW,
    I'm honored that you've included my cues in your cues selected for consideration. To show my appreciation I'm willing to make you a 'one time' offer. Purchase any one of my cues in the price range of your choice and play with it for one week. If that cue doesn't 'hit' or play better than any other cue you've ever played with, I'll personally buy the cue back from you, less shipping and allowance for use. You have nothing to lose. The benefit to you is that you'll have first-hand knowledge of the difference btwn. a hand-crafted custom cue and those that are produced on a large scale.

    Some of the reasons that I can offer a custom hand-crafted cue at such an affordable price is because I don't do mass market advertising. Also, I don't have a huge manufacturing facility and I keep my overhead in line. Each step of construction is done by me personally, start to finish. I don't have a factory full of employees, just me. Lastly, there is NO profit margin built into my cues. They cost what they're supposed to cost. All I ask is to be paid a fair wage for my work.
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    [QUOTE=KJ;38475]IMHO, Pechauer is a significantly better cue than either a Viking or a McDermott from a construction perspective.QUOTE]

    And my opinion is coming from the playability perspective. And granted it is just an opinion as playability is a subjective thing. I don't dispute that Pechauer is a quality constructed cue. But then again I don't think that McDermott and Viking make poorly constructed cues. I have a couple of their cues that I have had for almost thirty years.

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    WoWoWoWoW! Wish I could get an opportunity like that!

    If that cue doesn't 'hit' or play better than any other cue you've ever played with, I'll personally buy the cue back from you, less shipping and allowance for use. You have nothing to lose. The benefit to you is that you'll have first-hand knowledge of the difference btwn. a hand-crafted custom cue and those that are produced on a large scale.
    What KJ said about the difference in between a production made cue and a custom one must be true - I haven't had the luck yet to shoot with a custom cue but I bet it's well worth it.

    What is more:
    Some of the reasons that I can offer a custom hand-crafted cue at such an affordable price is because I don't do mass market advertising. Also, I don't have a huge manufacturing facility and I keep my overhead in line. Each step of construction is done by me personally, start to finish. I don't have a factory full of employees, just me. Lastly, there is NO profit margin built into my cues. They cost what they're supposed to cost. All I ask is to be paid a fair wage for my work.
    All that is very true as you can hardly find much of these cues out there - no advertising is done, just the cost of the materials and the valuable hours of work that has gone into the cue. They are very unique and these cues should make many heads turn if you hold one in your hands.

    Anyways, going for what KJ offered sounds awesome, you've got nothing to lose.
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    I have two "custom" cues. One by Steve Klien and the other by Chester Crick. And like KJ they are not in to marketing and high volume. They are into one thing, and that is making about 50 great playing cues a year.

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    Default Re: How does it compare?

    KJ,
    Thanks for your quick response and poohkiller, you're right, this is an oportunity that I can't pass up! I already know that I love the way the 45-4 and 45-5 looks, but I prefer the feel of an Irish linen wrap, so I will probably go with the 45-4. The only thing I need advice on is, what type of joint to get, the wood to wood, or steel joint? I've played for several years on an old McDermott with a wood to wood joint, but would like to know if people think that the stiffer hit of a steel joint will help improve my game at all?

    Thanks Everyone

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    I don't think that a joint type will improve your game, it will feel different, it will "send" a different response to your arm that you'll have to store in your "memory bank" of shots.

    Normally I would suggest steel joint to beginners that do not have a good stroke, it will give some "extra" power on shots so if you feel that your cue ball position is always falling short then you can give a steel joint a try, although I would suggest to work on your stroke instead...
    If you are a good player with a good stroke then you can get used to and play well with any joint type.
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    Default Re: How does it compare?

    Monique is in the process of posting the pics and info on the rest of the cues in the '45' series. There are actually 5 cues in that series.

    The 45-1 & 45-2 are the same cue, the only difference being the joint. The 45-1 has a wood/wood phenolic joint. The 45-2 has a piloted steel joint.

    Same is true with the 45-3 & 45-4. Basically the same cue, the only difference being the joint. The 45-3, wood/wood & the 45-4, piloted steel.

    The 45-5 is almost unique unto itself. However, given it's design, ringwork and solid birdseye forearm, I felt comfortable placing it in this series. At this time, I have no intentions of offering the 45-5 with a steel joint. The cue, as designed, plays phenomenally well and has about as 'pure' or 'true' of a hit as you will find.

    Matching Predator shafts are available as an option on any of the cues in the '45' series.

    Thanks to all for your interest.
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    Default Re: The '45' series

    Hi All,
    The pics for the complete '45' series of cues are now up. Thank You!!! Monique!!!

    As stated earlier, Predator shafts are available either as a second shaft or as the only shaft. If you chose the Predator as the only shaft, I buy back the original 1pc. shaft and give you a $100 credit.
    Price for the Predator shafts is, $200 for the 314-2 & $220 for the Z-2. In summary, buy the cue at cost, add the cost of the Predator shaft of choice, deduct $100 and I keep the original shaft. Pretty good deal, Huh ? Hand-crafted quality and Predator technology. It's what I play with.

    Linen wrap color is your choice, free of additional charge. If the color is available, I probably have it. Your cue should ship next day; latest.

    Your choice of wghts. btwn. 18oz/21oz., no additional charge.

    If you have any questions regarding these cues and you'd like to speak with me directly, please feel free to drop me a PM. Thanx, KJ
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