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  • #91
    Very interesting.

    Under no circumstances would I let that bloke tip my cues.

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    • #92
      be interesteing see how that tip finished up!

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      • #93
        Originally Posted by happy View Post
        Hi all
        I am a newbie to snooker.
        I thought I would post my question here about Cue Tips.

        Yesterday I bought a "new" unused Ronnie O'Sullivan Signature Series (BCE 3pc), but this is apparently old stock. Current one is 4-pc set. Anyway, the butt rubber was moldy. The seller retorted saying "will it affect your game"?

        Ok, anyway today I looked the (still) unused cue tip.
        It said "blue diamond". It looked a bit rounded but I am pretty sure it is unused because the cue was factory wrapped up.
        However, when I touched the tip (I am total beginner), the rubber (or leather) seems to be very hard. Almost no bounce at all.
        BTW, it does not look blue. More like a dirty black with spots of grey or white or dirt.

        My question is: is this normal for a brand new blue diamond tip? I read that this is a tad harder than others.
        The rubber is all there, just a bit "dead meat" type of hardness. Do I need to change the tip or should I just use it for a few games or a few months with plenty of chalk?
        Do I need to "break in" the new tip?

        I appreciate your time to read and reply. Thanks for your help.

        Joe

        Hi Joe,

        It is quite common on brand new cues that the tip has been fitted a while ago, so the color is darker. tip can feel dull as well. After all, it is just a piece of leather, which is sibject to temperature, humidity, dust, you name it...

        My advice would be to sandpaper it a bit, to see if it gets some life back. If not, then don't hesitate, change it for a brand new one and you will feel an immediate improvement
        Ton Praram III Series 1 | 58" 18.4oz 9.4mm | ash shaft + 4 splices of Brazilian Rosewood | Grand Cue medium tips

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        • #94
          I use superglue gel and I put a little on both surfaces and wipe off immediately and when it is dry put a little blob on one surface, position and clamp it for at least 30 min's and it's easy to trim. Never fails.

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          • #95
            http://www.handmadecues.com/info/30-retipping.htm gives me a 404 page not found error.

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            • #96
              Originally Posted by renenkel View Post
              http://www.handmadecues.com/info/30-retipping.htm gives me a 404 page not found error.

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              • #97
                Thanks for sharing. Very interesting video. Btw, I've heard some people treat the tip with a hammer while retipping, to make it more dense, is that true?

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                • #98
                  some people tap the tip with a snooker ball to "bed the tip in", never used a hammer though
                  Up the TSF!

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                  • #99
                    Or turn the cue upside down and in a controlled vertical way let the cue bounce off a hard floor, only an inch though mind, otherwise you may end up with a multiple piece cue lol

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                    • Originally Posted by jrc750 View Post
                      Or turn the cue upside down and in a controlled vertical way let the cue bounce off a hard floor, only an inch though mind, otherwise you may end up with a multiple piece cue lol
                      I do that to ensure no air in the glue, not to bed the tip in
                      - as you say "controlled vertical" manner is the key
                      Up the TSF!

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                      • Originally Posted by DeanH View Post
                        I do that to ensure no air in the glue, not to bed the tip in
                        - as you say "controlled vertical" manner is the key
                        I do the same. Bounce the cue up and down on a nice hard ( tiled) floor gets rid of any air bubbles. I have a wee "toffee hammer" which I've used but most of the time I can't be bothered and just let the tip play in naturally. I'm never in that much of a hurry. Standard practice for me is to re-tip a few weeks before the league starts. New season new tip good to go as they say.

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                        • One way of getting tips shaped in a hurry.

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                          • Originally Posted by narl View Post


                            One way of getting tips shaped in a hurry.
                            These guys are very clever with jigs!
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                            • Originally Posted by Shockerz View Post
                              These guys are very clever with jigs!
                              They've stuff set up like that for a lot of aspects of cue making, even splicing the cue is done with machines mostly.

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                              • Used to do that myself until I realised that I was not hitting the tip in the same way that I strike the cue ball - thats the point where I having put the tip on would play a few sessions, wait till it started reshape itself and then re-trim and reshape and hey presto..good to go.

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