- cuebald on 7/7/2007 9:56:45 AM
I've both sold (retail) and used Coker cues before. Overall, they are very good. Tom is an absolute perfectionist, so you can be sure your cue will be of very high quality. Any defect, no matter how slight, will usually be repaired immediately.
Tom Coker cues hit extremely stiff with good feedback. I find that they give very nice action on the cue ball. For the money, they are an excellent choice generally.
Drawbacks of a Tom Coker pool cue include the dimensions which can be quite odd, and the ring work is another area of concern that I've heard from folks in the past, although the look is generally good. Also, I have been out of this work for a while, but I've heard that the quality has suffered in recent years.
- united on 7/7/2007 10:01:58 AM
I bought one on eBay a while back for about $350 USD and I like it a lot. Coker cues are well built, solid custom cues with a decent price point. They are actually similar to Southwest cues, but quite a bit cheaper in price.
- guest on 7/7/2007 10:07:55 AM
I read somewhere that Coker cues began as a two brother operation where they did all of the production themselves. This was when the quality was good, but now they have several employees, and this is likely why the cues just aren't as good. You've got to ask yourself why so many of these cues make their way on to eBay...
- billiardsforum on 7/7/2007 10:15:07 AM
Other than a few apprenticeships, Coker cues are built solely by the Coker family. I'd say that the only reason so many are making it on to eBay is because there is considerable demand for pre-owned Coker cues, and not because of poor quality.
- united on 7/16/2007 8:13:56 PM
Someone sent me a private message from the guest account about the Coker cue I bought from eBay a while back. I don't want to respond with a private message to the guest account, but I will post my thoughts on the cue here.
As I've mentioned previously, I am very happy with the craftsmanship and quality of the Coker cue, and I felt that the price I paid was decent for what I got.
I find it to be versatile, and very "playable" for various situations. It has a great feel and balance to it, and a good solid hit.
As for the pricing, I really don't know. I had it in my head that the $350 was a decent price, so I didn't do much shopping around, but I think eBay has a feature where you can look at all historical auctions for a given item and see the pricing trend.
Good luck with your search for a cue.
- dckraus44 on 8/13/2010 2:06:56 PM
I've been playing pool for 50 years and during that time played with many different brands of cues. Nothing IMHO hits better than a Coker cue, especially since they're priced far below many of the exhalted names in custom cue making. Most important to me is consistency of hit and no one does a better job in that department. Perhaps it's because Tom was once a jeweler—there's attention detail that equals that of any cue maker in the country. I have two Coker cues, each with two shafts. With Mori tips on all the shafts, any combination hits and feels exactly the same. As a BCA Recognized instructor, I recommend Coker cues to all my students. As I noted earlier, this is my opinion, but you'll have to go a long way to find a better constructed, better feeling cue.