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Proud owners of custom cues, what do you do with the spare shaft? - 07-11-2020, 06:24 AM

Ok so recently I've been looking at custom cues and I've finally ordered one from a cue maker I like that is at my budget.

The build default comes with 2 shafts, which if I'm not wrong is quite common when purchasing customs.

So my question is, what do you guys like to do with the other shaft, assuming you got 2 of the same type of shaft?

Do you play with it as frequently as the other shaft, or keep it aside as a back up or possibly keep at home unused to get a better price should you choose to sell it in the future?

Personally I don't feel I'd need to carry a spare shaft around because I don't really compete or play big money games, I just love the game and admire the art and craftsmanship of custom cues and because of that, even if the tip pops off during a session, it's not like I'd be in trouble if I wasn't able to use my cue mid-session, so that isn't really a big concern of mine now.

I'm interested in the option of keeping the spare shaft aside at home in the event that I need to sell the cue, but not sure if there is any optimal storage method long term for something like a cue shaft.

I'd appreciate any form of discussion, many thanks in advance.
  
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07-11-2020, 07:14 AM

Rotate em, because each one is slightly different, keeps me on my toes.


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I'm interested in the option of keeping the spare shaft aside at home in the event that I need to sell the cue, but not sure if there is any optimal storage method long term for something like a cue shaft.

I'd appreciate any form of discussion, many thanks in advance.



There are some that use a thin black sharpie to write the makers name of the face of the shaft and just store it in a case at home. Some have joint protectors that are marked with the maker. I don't like to write on my shafts and custom JP's can get expensive especially if you have a lot of cues. What I do is buy basic JP'S and use a string tag with the shafts info (maker,brand,length ect.) and put them under the JP'S before I store it. A lot of cues have unique ring work but if they don't they can easily get mixed up if you have a lot of cues. I also have separate cases for all my cues. If you don't want to take an extra shaft just leave it in the safe...


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07-11-2020, 12:40 PM

Who did you order the cue from? Some people like unplayed shafts from certain makers and could have an impact on selling it later.

Me....I’d have to give it a test run and see if it’s the exact same as the other one....probably won’t be, but it should be very close. Carry it with you if you have room in your case, but I’d get a cheap set of JP’s to tell the difference between the two anyway.
  
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07-12-2020, 10:39 AM

Second shafts are over rated IMO- I have many custom cues- all with 2 shafts- I just use one bc I don't really understand why there are two. I would not pay for an extra shaft if there was an upcharge. I have been playing for many years and never had to change a shaft mid game for any reason-never.
  
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07-13-2020, 10:30 AM

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Who did you order the cue from? Some people like unplayed shafts from certain makers and could have an impact on selling it later.

Me....Id have to give it a test run and see if its the exact same as the other one....probably wont be, but it should be very close. Carry it with you if you have room in your case, but Id get a cheap set of JPs to tell the difference between the two anyway.
I ordered a cue from Al bautista. Not exactly the priciest customs, but I've read nothing but good things about him here so I figured I'd give it a shot given the good price. Though cos of that, I'm not expecting the cue value to skyrocket over time. But it'd be nice if keeping one of the shafts unused helps to hold the value of the cue over time if the day that I need to sell it ever comes.
  
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07-18-2020, 06:27 PM

This may sound silly, but right now i have a shaft with a kamui black medium, and a black medium clear. I have mis-cued with the clear a bunch, so right now i never use it. If i have multiple mis cues with the regular one, i may switch mid-match just to gain confidence and then work on the tip after.
  
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07-18-2020, 06:49 PM

I don't see the point in two shafts. The cuemaker in my area who passed away only made one with the cues.


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08-06-2020, 07:22 AM

My first custom cue was also from Al (have a few of his) as i live very near to him. The first cue he built for me i actually bought 3 shafts. Each a bit different diameters and different tips that i supplied as i was just "testing" the waters per se. For the most part for everyone that said it's a waste is pretty spot on. I think the part of having an unhit shaft is also a good selling point though especially on your bigger custom cues. I carry a 2 x3 most of the time for the player, 2 shafts, plus my break/jump and that's enough and i dont know why i even carry the second shaft of the player honestly. If you hadn't already placed an order with Al i could have probably made you a good deal on a cue from him.
  
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08-06-2020, 08:10 AM

The last two custom cues I ordered with 3 shafts each. One shaft was my player, and the other two were untouched for future resell value.

The playing shafts were modified by the cue maker to my specs while the other two shafts were left "standard" from the cue maker.

I mark each shaft on the joint face with a roman numeral, to tell them apart.


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