Thanks, but at this point I'll probably keep them just for now as I've only acquired them recently in my search for different Dufferin cues. I'm a player who is a fan of Dufferin cues but not a collector as such. I have a few Dufferin sneaky petes that I actually play with set up slightly different for the different formats of pool and snooker I play. I am considering using at least one of these to see how it performs, and if I like it, I may consider getting a conversion done on just one of them but only as I intend it to be used.
At a glance they look like they have a slightly different taper than my sneaky petes, but I haven't run a micrometer over it to check.
I doubt I will keep them all into the future as I don't really have the display for them and can't give them the attention they deserve. I will definitely give you first notice if I decide to part with any, as I know your appreciation for vintage Dufferin cues.
Another issue is that the flaking in the images I showed prior was only a small defect compared to some of the others butts are lot more affected.
Also I live in Australia, and I am not sure if the postage would negate the value to a point where it may not be worth it for you. I would perhaps consider a trade. I am not sure if you part with any of your Dufferin cues, but no harm in asking.
My two dream Dufferin cues for playing would be as follows: (I don't even know if they exist with the parameters I want)
Dufferin ETERNA House Cue (Vintage Canadian)
- one piece cue, converted
- 16 ounce
- 58 inch
- 9 mm - 10 mm tip
- ferrule: any
- Converted to a 2 piece (hidden target joint) but the joint where the maple meets the cherry wood base, so it is more like a 2/3 than a full piece, 1/2 or 3/4
Dufferin PHANTOM Cue (Vintage Canadian)
- 58 inch (green leaf)
- 16 to 17 ounce
- 9 mm - 10 mm tip (I've only ever seen them with 12 mm - 14 mm)
Also, while I have your attention. I think I have an older Dufferin sneaky pete cue, and I'm curious of your thoughts.
The reason I suspect it is older is mostly based of the weight of the embossing. It looks to have been metal stamped (not embossed like the usual ones). It is also a 57 1/2 inch cue. But the thing that strikes me the most about it is the grain of the wood. I'm sure its maple, but the grain is a lot more pronounced and nearly has an ash feel due to the grain. It is probably a bit hard to see the finish in the photos for comparison.
The rubber bumper looks slightly lower as well, but may have just been worn down by use. The butt and shape also have just a slightly different feel when playing, but that could just be my own perception.