This is my second cue from Brent. If you haven't seen one of his cues in person I'll start by saying the pics don't do any justice for the actually fit and finish of the cue. You really need to see these in person to appreciate the quality in even the most least expensive conversions he does. Hands down the best value around.
Lets picture Dennis Orcullo with a machine gun. This cue hits a ton. Definitely more powerful than the purple heart and don't get me wrong my purple heart is a beast too. I used this cue as a hybrid break cue/player for about 12 hours total this weekend. Minus the few hours when the other guys playing wouldn't give it back.
-Break cue: Best shaft for a break cue I've ever used. Stiff and responsive but with all the control you'd get out of a maple shaft. Its got a triangle tip on it which isn't the best break tip option out there but the cue performed really well. I like the fact that this cue takes a little english off your stroke which is perfect for breaking. I'm totally convinced that with a little tweaking of the tip ferrule combo we have ourselves one of the top break cues on the market. Send me everything you got Brent and I'll find that combo for you. If you're like me and breaking is the weakest part of your game this could make a real difference for you. I highly recommend this shaft for a break cue.
-Player: I like this cue as a player even though it does take a little english off your stroke. With a real soft tip I believe this cue would come to life in the spin department. I noticed that even though its stiffer than the purple heart cue its also slightly more responsive so we've got something with a little more power and and a little more playability than its purple brother. This lyptus feel begs to be stroked firmly. I play with a few guys that are full stroke 2 and 3 rail position guys. They absolutely fell in love with it. Very unique characteristics and distinctive "dink" I know you guys would love.
For anyone who likes a firm hitting cue this is hands down the right match for you.
First side note: On two seperate occasions over the weekend I had a some players comment on how much they liked the reddish tint to the shaft. They seemed to feel that visually it helped them line up better and see the cue moving in motion, they liked seeing a little darker tint while in stroke. Take it for whatever its worth but I found it pretty interesting that something like that made a difference.
Second side note: I play in a garage once sometimes twice a week. So I'm subjected to a climate thats not controlled. It was 90 degrees, hot, humid and raining. Normally I have to adjust my game and stroke a little firmer because the high humidity takes a ton off my cue. This lyptus was unaffected by the change in climate. I did not have to over compensate every shot all night. Very refreshing since I would have been annoyed all night by the change in feel the heat/humidity has on all my other cues.
Third side note: I have a few cues in well over the 1k price range made by very respected cue makers, they've been dropped and nicked/chipped plenty of times. This cue got dropped twice on Saturday night. Now we're in a garage so its smooth concrete but it also got dropped on the much coarser concrete drive way. I don't know what finish he uses but there wasn't a nick on it. So I feel pretty good letting others use this cue when we are boozing it up heavily.
Nice cue Brent. Thanks.