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  • Where can i find good value snooker cues brand new?
    I have been checking out a couple of sites but the prices are toooooooo high. Anyone help me out.

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    • I may not be able to help you but I suggest you should refine yr question, such as yr budget, yr location, yr preferences, good luck

    • North West Cues

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    • It depends on many things really, how long you have been playing, your present skill level and obviously just how much you want to pay for a cue. If you are new to the game, dont pay too much, you may find it isnt as easy as you might have anticipated. If however you have been playing a while and consider yourself a reasonable player who will continue to play regulary then investing in something better will benefit you. Theres certainly no need to spend more than £70 - £80 on a cue, unless you find a cue that you really like the feel of, the balance, the weight etc. There is a lot of 'big name' cues out there, they are nice cues, but they won't make you a world champion. Have a look in 2nd hand shops, quite a lot of folk buy expensive cues thinking it will transfrom their game, it doesn't, they usually end up selling the cues etc. Also flea markets, car boot sales quite frequently turn up some nice cues. I paid £10 for a 1 piece ash cue, with no name, perfectly weighted, balanced and straight,, from a car boot sale. Old cues tend to be a 'safer' gamble, the wood is 'aged' and 'mature' and if it's straight, it will probably stay that way forever. The trouble with new cues is they are so mass produced , the timber hasn't had time to mature, lots end up 'twisting' and 'bending'. Some will say 'hand splined', which basically means the butt of the cue is hand finished, it doesn't mean the cue is 'handmade'. Ebay turns up some half decent cues too, especially if local. What timber is used to make the cue is a personal preference, many use ash cues, but equally many use maple cues. Some find the grain of the ash a distraction and ash can be a bit 'whippy' if the cue has been 'rubbed' down over the years, wheres maple , to me, tends to be somewhat more rigid, stiff, though many argue this isn't a good thing.