Almost perfect almost. 08/01/2014Elite Leatherette 2 Butt 2 Shaft Hard CaseLet me start off by saying how happy I am that I found this case. I like it so much I just purchased the same model in the 2x4 version. It fits all of your needs and then some. This was my second case once I purchased a jump-break cue and the multiple pockets were a welcomed feature to carry the numerous accessories that I had accumulated. The case is extremely well designed in its protection of the cues; to the degree that I determined joint protectors to be a waste of money. To address potential buyers' concerns: After about two years of use I noticed multiple areas of moderate to severe wear. The worst of which was the handle located on the side (which I used the majority of the time) began to rip and detach from the case's body. The hard plastic tubing that holds the butt/shaft also began to ride up and buckle the cloth material on the inside of the case. This was remedied by completely removing the tubing and reinserting it into the body. Also the foam bottoms at the base were punched out from repeatedly dropping the cues in. This resulted in my cue shaft sitting too deep into the tubing and made retrieving the shaft difficult. Another easy repair by removing the tubing and turning it upside down. The foam pads will fall out and you just have to glue or wedge them back in place. Both repairs take approximately 30 seconds and very little effort. The only real problem I can urge potential buyers to consider is the potentially shoddy stitching on the side handle. If you intend to use this case for 1-2 years and upgrade as I did then it's perfect. If this is to be a more long term product ensure that you take care so as to avoid damage that would be particularly difficult to repair.I would recommend this product to a friend.
Highly recommended cue 24/10/2013Lucasi Hybrid LHC97 Pool CueThe LHC97 was my first serious cue; a present from my wife on Christmas in 2009. To this day I use it in every game and it performs exactly the same as it did the very first time. I started with the stock 12.75mm size and 18oz weight but after a year I advanced in my playing ability and decided to turn the shaft down to 10mm and replace the stock tip with a Kamui medium. Already performing consistently well I noticed an immediate improvement from my adjustments. The precision accuracy and cue ball control delivered by this set-up are just phenomenal. Everything about Lucasi's Hybrid cue allows it to function more instinctively as an extension of your arm than a foreign object held in your hands. For the price I couldn't find a better value. The only complaint I could remotely think of is that after thousands of hours of playing time the G5 grip began to deteriorate from sweat and friction. I'd estimate my playing time at approximately 25 hours each week for the entire life of the cue and the wear is just now barely noticeable. It in no way affects the performance and is merely an issue of appearance. Competing against players using McDermott Lambrose and Predator the Lucasi LHC97 led me to victory for less than half the price. A very affordable and reliable item for any skill level.I would recommend this product to a friend.