Peradon Cue Guide
Not sure which cue? too many options? read on...
Peradon Cues are made in Liverpool,England,they supply to many suppliers around the world but don't sell directly to the public, we are one of only a handful of retailers who can pick out an exact cue to your specification. The Peradon cues are made to a very high spec. and will last a lifetime so choosing the right one for is the most important decision you'll make. The following information hopefully will help make this choice easier, remember if there is anything your not sure about please feel free to call us on the helpline number.
Snooker, Pool or 9 ball? English or American ??
The first thing is to narrow down what game you play the most? easy? not always alot of players mix from English pool to Snooker , we'll give you the differences between the cues next.
Snooker Cues - 57 inches long(145cm)the average weight is 17.5 oz (450g)with a tip of 9.5mm to 10mm, good strong cues suitable for mixing between games, normally with many way to extend longer to reach across a full size 12 foot table.
English Pool Cues - or can be described as 8 ball cues to play on tables 6 to 7 foot and below, these cues are ideal for english 8 ball pool with a slightly lighter weight (average 17oz)and fine narrow tip only 8 to 8.5mm which works well with a smaller white ball as found in English pool, quite often comes with joints that allow the cue to be shortened for areas around the table with difficult access i.e pubs where quite often the table is stuck in a corner near the wall! These cues are less adaptable to the other cue sports because of the narrow tips and shafts don't play too well with the bigger heavier balls of snooker and 9 ball American pool.
9 Ball American Pool Cues - Macmorran cues supplied by Peradon are full on 9 ball cues for big 9 foot pool tables, designed to hit big! with a maple shaft, heavy weight(20oz)fat tips around 13mm strong joints and a wrapped grip shaft for that extra grip these cues work great on the American style tables(9ft) but do not work well with snooker or English pool (red and yellows)
Its about choosing the right cue for the job in hand below is a diagram to try and explain how well each type of cue swaps uses to other games.
Simple one piece cues have no joints but they are difficult to transport around, they just about fit into a car so are no longer considered the most practical, Peradon still produce one piece cues and cases.
Two piece cues have a joint in the middle of the cue which is the most practical because once split down they are the shortest to carry only just over two foot long, However this trend come through in the 60's/70'since then 3/4 joint have super seeded them in my opinion the main fault I find when playing is the joint is directly under your chin, yes they are ultra smooth flush joints but you can feel them if you touch the cue on your chin like most players, grow a few wiskers and its very distracting! Again this is choice left to yourself, If you have to get on a bus to get to the club or don't lower your head too low when sighting a shot then two piece cues are fine.
Three Piece cues(3/4 jointed as also described) are now the most popular buy today for the serious player, the joint is out of the way being between 12-16" from the bottom, the joint is also a little wider in diameter giving more strength, the joint is around the transition from shaft to butt which long term(years) is better. The joint is lower which allows extensions to be screwed onto the shaft. All round the most practical choice as it combines strength, shorter than a one piece to transport and looks better!
Hand spliced or machine spliced?
The difference is only clear once explained, Machine spliced has a straight, spikey, pointy joint between butt and shaft(often Ash and Ebony), the hand spliced has feather shaped splices as can be seen below, machine spliced cues are cheaper than hand spliced for obvious reasons that the name suggests, strength wise there is no difference to worry about or play difference at all. This is just personal preference.
How long can they go?...Extensions
This can be an area of confusion. Push fit extensions fit any cue and are the easiest to explain they slip over the cue butt and there is a choice of two, a solid one(1674) or extendable one(1678) up to 35".This is the only choice for Peradons two piece cues.
Three quarter cues can have two different screw on extensions, the first involves the bottom butt being unscrewed and a longer one (extension) screwed on to the joint effectively making for a longer cue, this method is a little messy, a professional player who uses this type is Mathew Stevens but not many others now. Choices of this type are(1662 solid black,1660 solid redwood,1664 extendable up to 51 ".
The second method is available for cues with a mini butt (6")this means they have a internal thread in the very bottom of the cue which allows extensions to be screwed in without spliting the cue down. This way is a lot cleaner and easier however as expected costs a little extra in cue price. The cues sold without a mini-butt do not have the thread in the butt so cannot be adapted. Available extension sizes are 6"(1640)telescopic 12"-16"(1641)solid 20" midi butt(1642)or the longest 23"-35" telescopic butt(1643).
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