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Original Frank Paradise Pool Cue


Original Frank Paradise Pool Cue

I have a fairly plain Frank Paradise cue stick which I had made for me in around 1964 (shortly after the Hustler came out, I saw it a dozen or so times, and learned that Paradise cues were used in the movie and among the best cues being made). The cue was slightly damaged in a flood in the 1970s, and in the 1980s I had it repaired and had a second shaft made by Palmer Cues. The cue now needs to be re-wound, the tips need replacing, and the original shaft is slightly warped. The butt and the second (Palmer) shaft roll straight, both separately and together. I use the cue a lot, and consequently care most about it's functionability. But I don't want to do anything stupid to lessen what I'm told is its significant value. I'm wondering where to have it repaired. There's a local - Connecticut - cue maker named Ed Harris who's been recommended and does excellent work, and I'm inclined to give it to him (the very first time he saw me and the cue, he came right over to ask me about it, because he recognized immediately what it was). I'm also wondering whether to have it completely refinished and restored, since it has some dings and cosmetic flaws which have no effect on function, or whether (like antique furniture and instruments), it's better to leave it original. Any advice would be appreciated.

Original Frank Paradise Pool Cue

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Original Frank Paradise Pool Cue

  • Title: Original Frank Paradise Pool Cue
  • Author: (Christopher Burdett)
  • Published: 12/30/2009 4:19:16 PM