Good Cue! 08/01/2013Elite ELSNK04 Snooker CueThis is a quality cue for the price! A lot of production cues have a sticky varnish on them to make them appear shinier. Not so with this one - it's just smooth sanded ash which is much better to shoot with. The tip came pre-shaped (dime radius) scuffed and ready to chalk. One thing that's worth noting is that while the butt is pictured with a black finish mine came with more of a brown finish which doesn't bother me all that much. This is where the mass production quality level shows through however. It certainly doesn't appear to be handmade. If you're on a budget and want to purchase a snooker cue this one fits the bill! It's a huge step up from playing with house cues.I would recommend this product to a friend.