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Buying a CuePlus extendable telescopic pool cue from the UK to USA and Canada – Costs and payments

 

Customers buying our Extendable `American 9 ball` pool cues (sticks) from the USA and Canada.

We have sold several of our extending telescopic pool and snooker cues to the USA and Canada and customers in those countries are often interested in buying but are concerned about making a purchase from the U.K. Because of the popularity of our `CuePlus USA 49` extendable cues we have looked at selling these products on Amazon.com, however Amazon’s costs and taxes make the process much more difficult then it should be. In this post we will explain the costs involved and the easier process of purchasing direct from ourselves.

We are going to use the `CuePlus USA 49`  telescopic extending pool cue as a product example. To purchase this cue the cost is £79, however we can not charge VAT to the USA or Canada and this is included in the cost of our U.K buyers. This means 20% has to come off of the price which makes the cue £63.20 to the USA and Canada buyer and this saving will certainly help toward the post of £25, which includes post, packing, insurance and tracking service.

Some customers want to know what the conversion rate is in $ USA dollars and as this changes all the time the best way to calculate this would be to go to Googles currency conversion table . As you will see, buying direct from us still makes these extendable cues great value. At the time of this post (1st August 2018) to purchase one of these cues would be £63.20 plus £25 to include post,packing, insurance and tracking making a total of £88.20 converted is $115.80. Disclaimer; This was the currency conversion at the time of this post and it changes continually, it could be a little more but is just as likely to be a little less. You are advised to actually do this exercise yourself to give yourself some reassurance.

Okay, you know what this telescopic cue is going to cost you, but will there be any import tax? We can not advise on this as it appears to vary from State to State, however it is quite `unlikely` you will pay much (if indeed anything at all) though if it is something that concerns you, you should make inquiries and perhaps contact you local customs officers.

You have some concerns about returns? We have very few returns of these models, in fact less then with our traditional cues. However we do have a returns policy which you can see by visiting this link.

Providing we receive back in perfect condition we will refund you the cost of the product but we can not refund any postage costs so please do not buy these cues just to try and out of curiosity. Our telescopic equipment is often seen on T.V being used by professionals so you can be assured you will be getting a very good product. They are unlike any other cue so you can not check them by rolling on a table and you need to be aware of this before purchasing.

You now know what the Cueplus telescopic cue will cost and you want to go ahead so how do you pay? You need to visit this link overseas postage page and change the qty to 25, (each unit is worth £1), you then need to visit the product page for the CuePlus USA 49 and place your order, it is that simple. We will confirm your order and advise of any tracking details.

Please note that the postage costs are only relevant for the cue and if you wanted to add any further products or accessories to the order it could effect postage costs so you will need to contact our sales team for further information.

We will continue to look into the possibility of selling on Amazon.com but for the moment this is certainly the most convenient and cost effective way for you to purchase this product from us. Though we hope we have covered everything please do not hesitate to contact us for with any questions or for further help.

You can be assured we will try our best to provide a very good product and service.

 

 

Is there a difference between a Push-on cue extensions and the Screw-on cue extensions?

Darren asked; “Is there a difference between a Push-on cue extensions and the Screw-on cue extensions?”

Our answer was;

Hi Darren, there are some difference of-course between a push-on and a screw-on cue extension but be assured that either product that you buy from ourselves will work very well indeed. The Extenda Push-on cue extension will fit any snooker cue and is still used by many professionals as you will see on T.V. It is quick and easy to apply and even players who have a Blueray Telescopic cue extension sometimes will still use them. They can also be added to rests to extend their length as well. The Blueray telescopic cue extensiopns will require the correct joint to fit your cue as there are many different types of joints so one of these extensions will not fit all cues. We can provide these extensions however in a number of different joints which will fit many of the most common joints used in the manufacture of snooker and pool cues. Some important things to consider are whether you want all your equipment to fit into one snooker case and certainly there are more cases to choose from with a Blueray Screw-on telescopic cue extension as it is a slimmer product. Another important point to make is that I am only advising regarding our own telescopic cue extensions which are used by the professionals and which we make ourselves here in the U.K. There are Chinese copies which will not hold your cue straight and could even damage your cue as well as making you miss some important shots so if you want the best we advise that you either buy the original models from ourselves or one of our distributors. Hope this helps, though you are of-course welcome to phone us to discuss in more detail if you have any further questions.

Tip sizes for snooker and pool cues

Customer question;

Do you sell any snooker cues with 7mm tips please?

Our answer;

The tip sizes for cues are normally determined by the size of the cue ball you are playing with so the smaller the cue ball the smaller the tip.

Generally speaking most players prefer and 8mm to 8.5mm tip for a 1 & 7/8 pool cue ball, and 9.5mm to 10mm tip for a full size 2 1/16 snooker cue ball. American pool uses an even bigger cue ball so the tip sizes are normally between 12.5 mm and 13.5mm.

Of-course there are also many different sizes of table which also use different size balls but the above tip sizes are the most commonly used.

Sometimes we get some enquiries for 7mm tip cues, and though we can supply these at an extra cost we do not recommend for most players. Some players believe that a small tip size gives them more cueball control but you need to be a very good player indeed to be able to get any extra benefit from a tip of this size as it can sometimes cause miscues.

Also, the wood beneath a 7mm ferule would be very small and this can more easily cause the ferule to snap off completely, especially when playing power shots. Certainly we could not gauranatee this would not happen on any cue purchased from us with a 7mm ferule / tip and this is why we recommend 8mm to 8.5mm for pool cues.

We would advise that good practice is just as important as the tip size to obtain good technique and ball control and our coaching DVD’s (click here)  will certainly help with this.

Can you guarantee this cue is as described and won’t disappoint.

Hi

I’m interested in buying a  2 pc 3 section Blue Moon Cue and Case (Deal 230812a) can you tell me the weight of the cue and tip size?

I have bought a different cue from the internet prior and the cue wasn’t straight and the centre joint wasn’t so good.

Can you guarantee this cue is as described and won’t disappoint.

I have looked for reviews for your cue but can’t seem to find any.

Regards

Anthony Darroch – Sent from my iPhone

Our Reply

Hi Anthony,

The weight of the cue will normally be between 17.5 and 18.5 oz’s but if you have a preferred weight I can go through some and find one closest to your preferred weight. The tip size on this model is 9.5mm as this is a snooker cue and case deal. You can find more details on the cue by visiting this link https://www.snookercues.com/product/2pc-lynton-snooker-cue-c06 .

Regarding quality, this is a very popular cue which is very good value for money cue. It is genuine spliced and not painted or transferred as many cues are in this price range. You will probably not find many reviews on this cue because we only sell them direct ourselves. We could put `made up` reviews on all our products as I believe some other suppliers do but it is not something we would even consider doing. Though there are no reviews on our site with the snooker model there are a couple on the pool model which you can see if you visit https://www.snookercues.com/product/2pc-lynton-hand-spliced-pool-cue-c06-from-blue-moon-leisure and scroll down the page.

Every cue is checked before despatch to pass our quality control, it will be straight but we do not check it by rolling it on a table as this is not the best way of checking any cue. Most cue company’s would advise the same.

It should also be noted that there is a difference between the £59 and the cues we sell that are £159. When considering quality you can not expect a £59 cue to be the same quality as one that costs 3 times as much but I can advise honestly that the Lynton offers very good value. You are also welcome to phone me to discuss if you wish and if you are local we have a showroom where you can actually try the cues. We are not just a company selling cues from a bedsit or garage, we are happy to speak to our customers and we sell our products all over the world. I would be interested where you got the last cue from.

I hope this helps but if you have any other questions please advise.

Kind Regards, Rob

Robert Field

Product Manager

Blue Moon Leisure UK Ltd

1 – 2 King Street

Combe Martin

Ilfracombe EX34 0DB

Tel; 01271 889147

http://snookercues.com/ For a great selection of Snooker and Pool products http://bluemoonleisure.com/ for Pool, Snooker, Table Tennis and Table Football.

 

 

Do we supply Peradon cues?

Question;

Hi I contacted you a while ago about coming to look at some cues. I play pool and have been told perdon fletcher is a good snooker cue but can be used for pool I ideally want a one piece. Do u sell this brand? Thanks again lore

Answer;

Hi Lore. The new showroom is taking longer then expected but I am trying to get it completed before the end of October. Having said this, we have had several visitors to the new premises who have been able to try some cues on our pool table. The only thing is that I have to get some cues out from our stock shelves instead of them all being on display.It will be better when the showroom is complete but for those who want to buy a cue more urgently and are prepared to take us as we are, they are welcome via an appointment. Regarding the Peradon Brand we are official stockest and can get any Peradon cue you want. We do not have any stock at the moment but will be including a selection of their cues in the new showroom. They are more expensive cues so we will not be stocking them in big qty’s so if you have a prefered model let me know and I will include one in my next stock order. Yes, you can play pool with a snooker cue but the tip sizes are normally determined by the size of the cue ball you are striking so a smaller tip is recommended for pool. If you wanted to use the same sue for snooker and pool then a bigger tip would be the way to go. The good thing about being able to try a number of cues in our showroom is that you do not just get a choice of different tip sizes but also of weights. Please feel free to give me a call if you want on 01271 889147.

Cueplus 505 USA American telescopic pool cue

American 9 ball pool shafts

After sending 2 CuePlus telescopic pool cues to America our customer wrote asking this question;

Hello, 

I just received the two cue sticks ordered from your website. They are awesome, however my purchase order says that they were pool cues and I received snooker cue tips. Did I make a mistake when I ordered the pool cue? And if so do you sell a pool cue shaft that we can use in place of the snooker cue shaft?

Thank you

Cue+Plus USA 505 telescopic pool cueHi Jeanette, glad you have received the cues okay and that you think they are awesome. We do sell many of these cues to America and they are in fact pool cues with 8.5mm tips which is the best size tips for `English 8 ball pool` as the balls are smaller. The description on the product actually states ” The shafts are made from selected straight grained ash and have small 8.5mm tips for English Pool and will fit in a 2pc cue case for safe storage and easy transit.”

 Cueplus 505 USA American telescopic pool cueThe Cueplus 57 is a snookercue model and has a 9.5mm tip, and we also have 3 models for American pool, see these links

https://www.snookercues.com/product/cueplus-47-usa-9-ball-telescopic-butt-pool-cue

https://www.snookercues.com/product/cueplus-usa-505-telescopic-american-9-ball-pool-cue

https://www.snookercues.com/product/cueplus-usa-extendable-telescopic-9ball-pool-cue

Maverick USA CuePlus

Cue included in CuePlus 55 package

 If it is American pool that you play then the bigger 13mm tips and maple shafts of these 3 models above may have been better suited to your requirements. We do get customers in America who play English 8 ball Pool, American 9 ball pool and snooker and all these different billiard games use different cue balls which determine different tip sizes.

 Unfortunately the shafts of our American cues have a different joint system so our American shafts would not fit the telescopic butts you have bought. We could perhaps custom make one for you but that would be very expensive and we are a bit too busy at the moment to make one as Christmas approaches.

 I could perhaps look at costs for doing this for you in the new year if this is something you might want to still consider. If we had a demand for separate shafts and we have a qty made then the cost would no doubt be more affordable if you could wait. We are launching a new sales campaign for the USA so it will depend on its success as to the cost effectiveness of going into bigger production of alternative shafts, but if we do it could bring costs down.

I hope this explains and answers your question but please do not hesitate to contact me should I be able to help further. In the meantime if there are any developments on these shafts sooner and I will keep your enquiry on file and try to remember to contact you to advise.

I would be interested how you found us in the first place? Perhaps our new sales campaigns in the USA are working!

Kind Regards, Rob

Robert Field

Product Manager

Blue Moon Leisure UK Ltd

Ilfracombe EX34 9RA

Tel; 01271 864922

http://snookercues.com/ For a great selection of Snooker and Pool products http://bluemoonleisure.com/ for Pool, Snooker, Table Tennis and Table Football.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MARIAM AGNISH BECOMES ‘WORLD NO: 10’ IN SNOOKER

MARIAM AGNISH IS WORLD SEEDED NOW …

(article in The New Indian Express)

MARIAM AGNISH BECOMES ‘WORLD NO: 10’ IN SNOOKERMARIAM AGNISH BECOMES WORLD NO10 IN SNOOKER

Mariam Agnish, tenth standard student of St Joseph’s Girls’ Anglo Indian Higher Secondary School, Coonoor, has done Nilgiris and Tamil Nadu proud by becoming ‘World Rank No: 10’ in Snooker.

This 15-year-old girl returned to Coonoor on Sunday after bagging this covetable position at ‘World Under 21 Women Snooker Championship’ organised by International Billiards and Snooker Federation (IBSF) at Mol in Belgium.

“I am happy to have exhibited marked improvement in performance over my debut in this championship at Russia last year which has instilled adequate confidence in me to win titles for India in future. I will be focussing on the nuances gained by this international participation to hone up my performance in coming tournaments”, she told Express.

“The Billiards and Snooker Federation of India had selected Mariam Agnish to represent India in this world championship based on her ranking in the National tourneys. She is the only cue-game sports person from Nilgiris all these years to have represented the country in an official international match abroad”, noted her father-cum-coach AJS Kumar.

PHOTO :: Mariam Agnish receiving the recognition certificate from IBSF Vice President Maxime Cassis in Mol, Belgium

How to re-tip a snooker and pool cue

A WELL MADE CUE IS NO GOOD WITHOUT A GOOD TIP !

As we have previously mentioned in our coaching DVD’s, the tip is the only part of the cue permitted to strike the cue-ball, so it is one of the most important parts of the cue. There are many different kinds of tips, but we recommend `Blue Diamond` or `Elkmaster`, both are good quality tips which will hold the chalk well, and also `bite` into the cue for the more difficult `Side` and `Backspin` shots.

On many of the cheaper cues, the tips are hard and you will not be able to get the same ball control, so one of the first things you can do to improve your cue action and win more matches is to change the tip. We often get asked for advise on how to do this, so we have included below some simple instructions. There is more then one way to re-tip a cue, some players use `cue clamps`, but beware, some clamps can damage your shaft, and they are not really necessary, so our instructions below does not include them.

1. What you will need; A sharp knife, a piece of sandpaper, some glue. With regards the glue, we supply `Tweetens` tip glue if you prefer, but to be honest, we fit hundreds of tips and use Loctite Super Glue. If you can find the `gel` format it will be easier to apply, and will help avoid putting on too much which might soak into the leather tip and make it harder then it should be.

2. Remove the tip with a sharp knife and rub the top of the ferule with some sandpaper so remove any of the old tip and leave a good surface to apply the new tip to. Try not to use a file in case you file the brass ferrule at an angle.  (See fig’s 1 and 2)

Cut off tip

Fig 1 – Cut off tip

Figure 2 - Clean ferule

Fig 2 – Clean ferule

3. Rub the part of tip you are going to glue (flat part) gently on the sandpaper to make sure it is nice level and clean for glue application.

4. Apply the glue to the top of the ferrule on the shaft, and spread so that it covers the full surface. (See fig’ 3)

Fig 3 - Apply Glue

Fig 3 – Apply Glue

5. Apply the tip centrally so that part of the tip is overlapping the ferrule. (See fig’ 4)

Fig 4 - Position cue tip

Fig 4 – Position cue tip

6. Turn upside-down and apply some pressure for about a minute. Do not do this on a good surface like a kitchen top, but on a small piece of wood. The wood will also be useful when we trim the tip later. If you are not in a particular hurry you can leave the tip for a while for the glue to set fully, but it should be okay to trim sooner if needed. Very often we have to trim the tip within a couple of minutes because customers are waiting.

7. Turn the shaft upside down and with the sharp knife cut a slice with the side of the knife against the ferrule. Turn the shaft around very slightly with each cut to take off a small piece at a time. This way the tip will fit your cue perfectly. Be careful not to cut into the shaft or ferrule when trimming tip. (See fig’ 5)

Fig 5 - Cut cue tip

Fig 5 – Cut cue tip

8. Smooth off with the sandpaper and dome to your required (or favoured) shape.  The picture in fig’ 6 below shows the most commonly shaped tip, but some players do play with `mushroom shaped` tips, which leave part of the tip overlapping, similar to fig’ 4.

Fig 6 - Finished cue tip

Fig 6 – Finished cue tip

 You can use sandpaper to shape the tip, or you can buy one of our tip shapers like the one below by clicking here.

snooker / pool cue tip shaper

Tip file for snooker and pool cues

Are telescopic cues allowed in Tournaments?

 

  1. Bill Morgan

    Hi, I purchased a bluemoon leisure cue plus 57 several years ago. I play in amateur tournaments where I live in  Ontario Canada. Several players have challenged the legality of my using a telescopic cue  in tournaments.  Is there a problem with this in the U.K and more specifically  in Ontario Canada.   BILL

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Bill, thanks for the e-mail I shall answer your question to the best of my knowledge. Certainly there are no rules in the U.K that state you are not able to use a telescopic cue at any level or in any tournament. Telescopic cue extensions have long been established within the world Billiard and Snooker Association, in fact to the point where the old style long tackle is no longer even part of the table equipment in major tournaments. Nearly all snooker players use the telescopic table rests and cue extensions that we make and it has been the case for so long now I can not ever see the situation changing. The equipment has been endorsed by the worlds best players and officials alike.

      With regards to pool, I know there are many of our telescopic cues being used worldwide but in particular within my own league in Devon, England. They are just a part of equipment that any player can buy and use so it is not giving any particular player an unfair advantage, they are available to everyone!

      You do not state whether it is snooker or pool tournaments you are playing in so I can not therefore vouch for the particular tournaments in Ontario you are playing in. There are so many different rules for various billiard and pool associations it would not be possible to confirm the legality within them all, but I can say that I am not aware of this equipment being banned within any snooker, Billiard and pool governing body.

      It is the case in nearly all modern day sports that new technology has changed the way equipment is made. From Athletics to Tennis to Golf, although it has to be said Golf is bringing in a ban on the `Long Putter` some time in the future. They have made it known in advance though, so if I were you unless there is a rule the players can quote to say otherwise in the tournaments you play in I would carry on using the Cueplus57 and use it to good effect and win as many matches as possible.

      Let us know if you win any tournaments with it! Good Luck, Rob

What is the difference between a machine spliced cue and a hand-spliced cue

Mastercue Tournament Snooker Cue + white veneerThe main difference between a machine spliced cue and a hand-spliced cue is simply the way they are built. 

The cue on the left is a Machine Spliced cue, and though it might have some decorative splices, it is a solid piece of wood, normally Rosewood, Mahogany, or Ebony.  You will see that the ends of the splices are pointed where the machine has cut it. Note; I am referring to the black ebony wood and not the splices and veneers below which are hand-spliced on to the machine spliced butt.

They are not so time consuming to produce so they are not as expensive as Hand-Spliced cues.  Never-the-less, top players have been seen on the T.V. playing with Machine Spliced cues.

The cue maker often uses more exotic timbers to enhance the appearance of Hand-Spliced cues, though it must be said that it won’t make you play any better.

A Hand-Spliced cue is made from several different layers (or splices) which are individually glued to the cue.  Some of these splices can be quite thin, so you can imagine, it is a more skilled and time consuming job, which is reflected in the cost.  

Royal 1pc hand-spiced pool cue

You can see from the cue on  the left that it is a Hand-Spliced cue because the tops of the splices are rounded and not pointed.  Many imported cues that have this feature and are not expensive are sometimes painted in a style of a hand-spliced cue. The quality and feel of a painted butt can not be compared with a true Hand-Spliced cue.

On our website we sell some hand-spliced cues for under £50 and some for over £150. Why such a difference in price? One is that there might be cheaper materials used in the manufacture. Not only in the hardwoods that might be used, but also in the quality of the ash in the shaft. Let’s be honest as well and say that some of the cheaper manufacturers in China will also produce cheaper cues because of labour costs. Do not think that `all` hand-spliced cues are better (or will make you play better) then `all` machine spliced cues. Some machine spliced cues may in fact be made from better quality timbers then cheaper hand-spliced cues. It is definitely true to say that in some cases machine spliced cues are made better then some hand-spliced cues so will in fact perform better.