|What makes one cue
cost so much more than another?
There is very little difference in playability from
one cue model to another within a specific cue brand. But, there are some: 1.
Grain selection & color in the shaft; the best are used in the higher-end cues. 2.
Cheaper cues have solid forearms in the butt rather than truly spliced butts with 2, 4, 6,
or 8 points. Meucci cues have deeply inlayed splices, rather than just surface inlays or
decal points like most other brands. This difference shows up in the play of the cue as
well; we have found that a spliced butt will produce as much as one to seven percent play
advantage (increased power, reduced deflection). The rest of the price difference is
purely design, inlay and rarity, which equals pride of ownership to the player or
collector. Because we understand this value, we make many limited edition models which
increase in value very quickly.
Meucci's warranty policy?
Meucci Originals manufactures a very fine hardwood
cue. The key to this statement is "hardwood,"
not steel, plastic, or some composite material like
graphite or fiberglass. Therefore, it is important to follow one very important rule when
dealing with an organic material such as hardwood; "f you are comfortable in the
atmosphere you store your cue, then your cue will be comfortable." In other words,
around 72 degrees and 50% relative humidity. You would not be comfortable in a 130 degree
or -20 degree car trunk or rear seat of a car with a relative humidity as much as 99%.
Keeping this in mind, as well as the fact that cues are made to be struck on the leather
tip or the rubber bumper, our policy is as follows: If a cue is returned to us within one
year of purchase and it has no dings or dents in either the shaft or the butt (when held
up to the light) and none of the fittings (wood or others) are swelled from heat, cold or
moisture abuse, we will generally repair or replace the cue at no charge if received in
like new condition. If the cue is broken in half, it has obviously been struck from the
side, either by being thrown down; slammed against the table when breaking the balls or
held behind the neck while stretching which causes undue side pressure. In some rare
cases, a cue is even broken over someone's head in a fight. In any case, we obviously do
not warranty against breakage, simply because the cue has undergone sufficient side
pressure in the process of manufacturing to show any weakness that might be inherent in
the cue such as a crack. There have been some cases where we have replaced broken butts,
but, we generally will repair a broken butt at a minimal wholesale cost to the end user.
Concerning warpage, the shaft of the cue is open to the atmosphere with the exception of
the moisture retardent sealer so it is extremely important that you take good care of the
cue to keep it out of moist conditions. If the butt is warped and shows no signs of
moisture abuse, we will replace it free within 90 days of purchase. We will require a copy
of the sales receipt.
What material is the Meucci ferrule made of?
In the 25 years that Meucci Originals has been
making cues, we have used four or five different materials. But, all of them had one thing
in common; they have always been a soft and
flexible material. Originally, we used implex
plastic, then ABS plastic, then a poly-carbonate. Today we use what has proven to be the
perfect ferrule material to help reduce deflection and increase power. At the same time it
is durable, resistant to chalk, and cracking or splitting (as regrettably has been the
case with some of our earlier materials). The new Meucci ferrules are 100% guaranteed and
we will replace (at no charge) any that crack or split as a result of play. Other
manufacturers are now claiming "new and better," while incorporating our
technology, but, Meucci Originals has always demanded a soft, flexible ferrule because we
know that play is more important than longevity when considering a ferrule material.
Generally a shaft needs replacement after 3 to 5 years because it's dimension is so worn
down from light sanding, polishing, and tip replacements. What is important to us and
surely you the player (at least our pro's tell us so) is that, during that 3 to 5 years,
you play the best pool of your life rather than sport a shiny, hard (heavily deflecting)
ferrule that still looks great on the shaft that you just threw in the trash because it no
longer plays the same.
What kind of tip does Meucci use?
In most cases, we use a medium-hard, modified,
LeProfessional tip from Tweeten Fibre. Bob Meucci was used as a consultant in the
development of this tip in 1969 while employed by National Tournament Cues in Chicago, IL.
What type of wrap is on a Meucci cue?
Always authentic Irish Linen - NO EXCEPTIONS!
We then usually coat the wrap with a polyeurathane high-gloss finish for two reasons: 1.
So that the total butt has the same unbroken feel and texture when moving your grip hand
to different positions. 2. More importantly, we coat the wrap because we
think the design and asthetics of a cue are important to you. We are sure that you don't
want all cues to have a blue chalk stained wrap after a very short time.
Meucci is the only cue maker, to our knowledge, that offers a solid black and a natural,
solid cream colored wrap.
Particularly when you consider that we are the only cue maker
that offers basic solid black and natural wraps which look much better with most butt
designs that the speckled wraps (black / white spec, green / white spec, etc..) We decided
to make this change more than 25 years ago because once cue makers started pressing wraps
to get them smooth and flat, the Irish Linen wrap was no more functional as a sweat
absorbing wrap, but was merely a traditional part of the design of the butt. Therefore,
let's keep it clean and attractive. Just picture one of our cream wraps mixed with blue
chalk - "ain't it purrrty!" Of course, because we are a custom cue maker, we do
offer the standard, pressed wrap with no finish as an option.
What are the measurements of a Meucci?
What type of wood is in a Meucci?
What is the best cue weight for me?
What type of coating does Meucci use on their cues?
Can my cue weight be changed?
What options are available?
How can I get my cue repaired?
Do you use ivory in your cues?
What is your metal butt joint made of?
What is a wood to wood joint?
How should I care for my cue?