McDermott vs Viking Cues

McDermott vs Viking Cues

Post by Howl » Tue, 08 Aug 1995 04:00:00


        I have just received the catalogs from both Viking Cues and McDermott
cues.  I would like to know if there is a REAL difference between the
two as far as quality.  Both companies have some very nice looking
cues. What I want is one that hits and plays well.
        Any opinions either way would be appreciated.

                                Thanks -

Howler

"Hhhhooooowwwwwllllllllll !!"
Clan Wolf will prevail!

 
 
 

McDermott vs Viking Cues

Post by Scott Mas » Tue, 08 Aug 1995 04:00:00

Quote:

>    I have just received the catalogs from both Viking Cues and McDermott
> cues.  I would like to know if there is a REAL difference between the
> two as far as quality.  Both companies have some very nice looking
> cues. What I want is one that hits and plays well.
>    Any opinions either way would be appreciated.

I bought a Viking 1 1/2 years ago and really enjoy it.  It is
definitely a good, solid cue.  It is a low end model ($100), but plays
very well.

Recently, I have switched to a McDermott cue ($200) and also really
enjoy it.  It is about the same weight as the Viking (19.5 vs 20 for
the McD), and feels really solid.  It just feels like a more quality
stick.  Of course, this may have to do with the price...

SM

 
 
 

McDermott vs Viking Cues

Post by Table O » Fri, 11 Aug 1995 04:00:00

I have a McDermott, the cocobolo model, with a stainless joint. I was told
when researching cues that McD shafts were stiffer than many, i.e., might
not have as much action as, say, a Mali, but had very little deflection.
As far as I can tell, this is true and I love the stick. HOWEVER,
McDermott cues are supposed to have a relatively conservative 6-8" of pro
taper (diameter is uniform for that distance from the ferrule) and mine
begins to taper at about 4 inches. So it's not suprising that the shaft
has very little, if any, deflection.

 
 
 

McDermott vs Viking Cues

Post by rya.. » Tue, 22 Aug 1995 04:00:00

:       I have just received the catalogs from both Viking Cues and McDermott
: cues.  I would like to know if there is a REAL difference between the
: two as far as quality.  Both companies have some very nice looking
: cues. What I want is one that hits and plays well.
:       Any opinions either way would be appreciated.

:                               Thanks -

:      

: Howler

: "Hhhhooooowwwwwllllllllll !!"
: Clan Wolf will prevail!

I just started playing with a McDermott and it plays very nicely... I
can't offer an opinion on Viking, but I think I will stick with McDermott
for now...

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McDermott vs Viking Cues

Post by Erick Brenema » Sat, 26 Aug 1995 04:00:00

I have been playing with a McDermott for about 5 years now, the same cue
I bought used from a guy in a pool hall.  I am looking for a new cue,
and will probably buy another McDermott, but I have tried Viking.  It is
a nice cue and hit well, but I had a preference for the McDermott shaft.

The best advice I can give is the advice I got, go try them all.  Most
places that sell cues have tables and many are willing to let you shoot
a game or two with the cues to test them out.  Or just ask players in a
pool hall.  Many are willing to let you try their cue.

Erick

 
 
 

McDermott vs Viking Cues

Post by William T. Rank » Mon, 28 Aug 1995 04:00:00



Quote:
>The best advice I can give is the advice I got, go try them all.  Most
>places that sell cues have tables and many are willing to let you shoot
>a game or two with the cues to test them out.

Funny, my (limited) experience in this area is that many pool-hall owners
will *not* let you take a new cue from a case and shoot it.  One of the
reasons that I was given (among several) was that they don't want you to
chalk the tip (rendering the cue no longer "new") if you aren't going to
buy it.

Maybe this is just local custom/prejudgice.  What's collective opinion on
the practice of "test shooting" cues?

Quote:
> Or just ask players in a
> pool hall.  Many are willing to let you try their cue.

Now this is the preferred method from what I've seen.  I got lucky myself
and managed to try out several different sizes and weights of McDermotts
from some of the local players before I ordered my first cue (due in a
couple weeks :-)++

Quote:
>Erick

-bill r

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McDermott vs Viking Cues

Post by Bob Jewe » Mon, 28 Aug 1995 04:00:00


: Funny, my (limited) experience in this area is that many pool-hall owners
: will *not* let you take a new cue from a case and shoot it.

Just ask them, "If I'm not satisfied with this cue after playing with it,
will you give me a full refund?"  In my experience, there is sufficient
variation even within brands that there is a good chance you will be very
unhappy with a cue that you are forced to buy without testing.

The excuse of a little chalk rendering the cue no longer new is weak.
They could always say, "We ask each customer to try several cues and
select the one that feels best to them."

Bob Jewett

 
 
 

McDermott vs Viking Cues

Post by JIM BU » Tue, 29 Aug 1995 04:00:00

Quote:
>Funny, my (limited) experience in this area is that many pool-hall
owners
>will *not* let you take a new cue from a case and shoot it.  One of the
>reasons that I was given (among several) was that they don't want you to
>chalk the tip (rendering the cue no longer "new") if you aren't going to
>buy it.

>Maybe this is just local custom/prejudgice.  What's collective opinion
on
>the practice of "test shooting" cues?

>> Or just ask players in a
>> pool hall.  Many are willing to let you try their cue.

Most dealers will let you try a cue out for a few shots.  Some will let
you hit a few balls, but won't let you use chalk.  Personally, I'd never
buy a cue that I couldn't hit a few shots with (using english).  This is
the most important part of the hit in my opinion.  I solve this problem
for the dealer by chalking every cue that I send them.  I hit a few balls
with each stick before I wrap it up.  This way I know it's good and the
dealer shouldn't have a problem letting a potential customer give it a
good tryout.

It does backfire sometimes.  I have one dealer that lets the cues get
tried out so much that they sometimes need refinishing before they get
sold.

---JIM BUSS---

--JIM BUSS--

 
 
 

McDermott vs Viking Cues

Post by Max Gilber » Wed, 30 Aug 1995 04:00:00

I see this practice of not allowing a cue to be chalked until it is
sold a lot in poolrooms where the owners don't know anyting about
pool.  Strange but true, that such folks try to make a living in the
cue sport industry.