Recollection Cues

Collectible Cues, Cases & Quality Players

DENNIS SEARING
FOUR POINT
TULIPWOOD AND MAPLE

Anyone who follows modern cue making at all knows the name of Dennis Searing, from Florida.  His cues are THE most difficult cues to find on the secondary market, and his waiting list is probably decades long by now.  He makes very few sticks, so finding a nice one like this is a rare occurrence.

Because they are in such high demand, they tend to go up in value in exponential increments.  Dennis himself is pretty reasonable in his prices, but as soon as they hit the secondary market, "Katie, Bar the door!"
However, there are good reasons why they're so desireable beyond just demand.  They are thought by many to be one of the best cues made today, and by some to be the absolute ultimate.  Their playability is outstanding, and the work is almost ridiculously meticulous.  It's been said that at one time Dennis couldn't get a point on an inlay sharp enough to suit him, so he shut down his entire shop for six months while he built a machine that could do the job the way he wanted.  In any event, he is the perfectionist's perfectionist, and you'll spend a long time trying to find the slightest flaw in any of his cues.

This cue has a bit of an interesting history as well, in that it was built by Dennis in 1997 specifically for Buddy Hall, the great nine-ball legend.  However, because of "contractual obligations", when it was finished Buddy couldn't play with it, so he sold it to a dealer in Florida.  The fellow I recently bought this cue from was the first real owner of the cue for all these years.

This is not a complicated cue, but it's tasteful and elegant.  It has a tulipwood butt sleeve and points and a very pretty birdseye maple nose.  He adds some pretty rings, a white butt cap and a polished stainless steel joint - just a few simple details to complete picture of sheer class and elegance.

The points are sharp and even with a simple two-veneer pattern of maple and ebony ... simple elegance.


He uses a simple but pretty ring pattern at the joint and on the ring collars of the shaft - a segmented ring made from pieces of maple, ebony and tulipwood against a solid black background.

One of the small details that a cuemaker like Dennis pay attention to is the position of the rings in relation to each other when the cue is screwed together.  When the shaft is snugly in place, all the small veneers in the rings line up evenly.  It takes some extra work, but it's just one of those details that the best cuemakers spend time on.

I have all the original documentation on this stick.  A letter from Dennis stating that this cue was originally made for Buddy Hall according to his exact specifications, and then the name of the dealer he sold it to.  I also have the original receipt from that dealer to the first real owner of the cue, who sold it to me. 

This tulipwood is really pretty - good color with nice distinctive grain.

On this cue he signs and dates the cue under the finish:  D. Searing, 9-8-97.  It's hard to believe this cue is that old.  Except for just a few minor abrasions at the bottom of the butt cap from wear, it looks like it could have been made last week.

The butt sleeve is a nice clean design.  It has this beautiful piece of tulipwood with a Hoppe-style butt ring of clean, white ivory on top of a black phenolic butt cap.




As with all his cues, he engraves his simple "S" logo in the ring in the butt.


The wrap is as perfect as any I've ever seen.  The ends are meticulously tucked with absolutely no unevenness anywhere.  It's a nice black linen with pinkish-red specks that go perfectly with the tulipwood.

Dennis does an interesting thing that I don't recall having noticed on other cues.  He puts a thin black ring (I can't tell if it's ebony or some kind of phenolic) just above and below the wrap.  It's a small detail, but it really frames the wrap, and is a very nice touch.

This cue comes with three shafts - two original Searings that came with the cue, and a Predator 314 low deflection wood shaft.  One of the Searings is unplayed, the other shows almost no play - you really have to study it to see if it was played at all.  The Predator is used, but in good shape, except for a small chip on the ring collar.

It is built with a 5/16X14 steel pin with a piloted compression polished stainless steel joint.  As you would expect, the fit is perfect.  Each shaft starts to snug as the wood pilot enters the steel joint, and gets increasingly tighter as screwed in.

I'm not sure what tips are on this cue, but I'm pretty sure they're both original from Searing, and both are in good shape. 

The only sign of wear on this cue is a couple of very small scrapes at the bottom of the butt cap.  I tried to show them in this photo above (right), but they're so small and insignificant that they barely show up.

This is probably the hardest stick to obtain today, whether new from Dennis, or on the secondary market.  And this particular one is an elegant stick in almost new condition.  It's a rare opportunity.
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