|Butt Cap||White Phenolic with the Vector logo|
|Joint||5/16-18 with a stainless collar and black with silver rings|
|Sleeve||Ebony with silver rings and mother of pearl inlays|
|Wrap||Black with white spec irish linen|
|Shaft||29 inch North American Maple|
|Forearm||Maple with Rosewood points and multiple veneers|
|Tip||13mm medium hard|
|Weights||Available in 19-21 ounce weights|
|MSRP||$209.95 You Save: 28.6%|
First off, I have been playing pool for more than fifty years and I didn't need another cue. This was number 25 added to my collection, and the least expensive by far. I happend across an add for the Vector C20 and was attracted to the design. I love the vintage style cues. It doesn't have the bushka style rings but for less than $140 who cares. I read the reviews and decided to take a chance.
This cue is beautiful! The inlays and veneers are perfect. The points are dead even. The wrap is tight and well done. The finish is flawless, no blemishes or bumps. Much nicer appearance than my HP-1.
The cue I received has a fantastic hit, similar but slightly firmer than a vintage McDermott. I read several complaints about the tip. I have no issue with mine. Once it was properly shaped and chalked it shot great, and again, the cue has a great hit. It feels a little heavier than 19oz but is very well balanced. ( I haven't put it on a scale)
I would have preferred options for the wrap color and shaft diameter, but for the price, with real points and inlays, who can complain. I can have it rewrapped and have the shaft turned down and still be under $220.
I have a very nice looking and playing cue, that Isn't going to be a loss of investment if it walks off at a tournament or bar.
Customer service was outstanding! I had an issue that was remedied promptly with no hassle whatsoever. I will definitely be a returning customer.
The cue looks beautiful and impressive , but i wish the store would sell it with an 11.75 cue shaft.
After playing competitively for many years, just realized overlay meant stickers. I have several sticks but have been playing with a Mcdermott Star recently and love the feel of the stick but didn't like the fact of stickers...Bought a C20 sight unseen to test out. First brought it out and my playing partner was at the pool hall and shot first with it while I was getting balls. Said something was wrong, it didn't feel right. Thought that's what I get for buying one sight unseen. Turned out the weight bolt was loose. Other than the tip, this is a good stick. Not a great stick but a good stick I will play with. Just need to get a better tip and the looks are great. Looks really, really good as I like points. The shaft plays like a maple shaft which is fine for me (may have too much deflection for high level players). Good taper with a good weight balance. Some of the reviews of their other sticks talked about weight being too much on the butt. I did not find that, weight distribution is good. Looks like a much more expensive stick than it is. Overall, I am happy with it
The Vector Caliber C20 in 20 ounce weight.
I used to play frequently, but stopped about 20 years ago.
I was recently asked to join the APA and a couple of teams for 8-ball.
I still have my old Gene Palmer model H, but as it's become a valuable collector item that I don't wish to risk leaving behind in, or having it stolen from, the bars that we must visit for matches, I decided to get an inexpensive cue for league use.
First, and not necessarily important, this is the prettiest cue I have seen in this price range - nice inlays, points, and wrap.
Second, when the tip holds chalk, it plays well (I won my first match for each of the teams 3 to 1 and 3 to 0) - balance is good, it is straight.
But, apparently I misread the description because I thought that it was to be delivered with a soft tip.
The tip on this cue is very hard and, though I have shaped it and scuffed it and I chalk between every shot, the miscues are just unacceptable.
It needs to be scuffed almost as frequently as you need to chalk it.
So, my advice is to order it with a soft or medium soft tip or you will be replacing it soon after receiving it.
I purchased the C20 because it was a nice looking cue made of quality material. Have used it several times and am pleased with it. I would recommend it to anyone looking to buy a good playing cue. The ebony with the mother of pearl inlay sets it of along with the green and orange strips. Nice cue.
Very nice product !
Good starter cue for a player coming back after a long time away from pool. The cue always felt though a little off in straightness when I looked down the shaft. I layed it on the felt and I could see some light coming through between the felt and the cue. Less than the thickness of a playing card. Maybe it is supposed to be that way because of the way the shaft is tapered. This latter situation does not affect the performance of the cue. The handle is great with the wrap and the inlayed pieces. Some pool people at the pool hall thought that the cue was impressive for the workmanship and price.
Great looking cue, has that Balabushka look which I liked. Inlays are nice and clean so the cue has been nicely produced. The one negative about it was the shaft. It feels a lot chunkier than I would have hoped. It also has zero flex to it. Tip is also quite hard. With that being said, for the price, its a very good value. Shipped promptly through Billiards.com and was handled with care. If this is your primary cue, I would suggest an after market shaft or at least a different tip to get going. 5 stars to Billiards.com for customer service, 4 stars on the cue.
Nice Stick Great Quality For The Money. Feels nice Shoots Nice Looks Great!!!!
I have been playing pool for over 50 years and my favorite regular playing cue for the last 30 years is an old Palmer PB-7 and the Vector Caliber C20 is an almost exact replica of the Palmer PB-8 from the pearl inlays and colored forearm veneer and ebony points down to the 5/16x18 piloted SS joint - the Vector shaft fits my old Palmer perfectly. The Palmer's price was over $250.00 in 1980 dollars - That would be well over $1000.00 in today's dollars, yet the C20 costs half what the Palmer cost 30 years ago!
Unbelievable is the word that comes to mind for me! The quality materials, workmanship and fit-and-finish is top-notch - no discrepancies. The balance and solid strike on the cue ball are excellent. The only things you might want to change to suit individual player characteristics are the tip and the shaft diameter if you like a skinny shaft. I personally prefer a shaft diameter around 12.75 mm. After a little shaping of the tip I'm playing as well with my C20 as I do with my old Palmer.
The Vector Caliber C20 is an ABSOLUTELY AMAZING value for the money - IMO, best on the market!
I have always liked the cue making styles of George Balabushka. With that in mind, I began searching for a cue that had those types of looks but not cost too much. When I found the Vector Caliber C20, I fell in love with it immediately. Upon purchasing and receiving the cue, I love it even more! Would definitely recommend this cue to anyone in the market for a great stick under $300!! Thanks Vector.
The Vector Cailber C20 is a great stick and well worth the money. Now I have two stick to share. My other stick is a Jimmy Rempe Meucci.
I've owned and used sticks that range from low-end junk to high-end Joss in my 50+ years of playing. I got a C20 as a "keep in the car" stick that I could use when I wasn't expecting to play but the opportunity would come up. The quality, feel and playability are well above average for this price range. I would recommend the Vector to anyone looking for a good, solid, playable stick that won't break the budget.
Overall the cue is very well worth the money I spent. One shaft wasn't quite super straight, but o.k. The only glowing concern was the tip. The outer edge is extremely hard and difficult getting use to. So, I changed it in favor of a "Le Pro". 13mm. That made all the difference I needed.
I am a well above average shooter and very detail oriented. For a cue that has an MSRP of approximately $200., but was purchased for $126.00, it's a hell-of-a buy. No whistles or bells, just a very nice cue at a great price. Strongly recommend it.
great cue, got compliments; feels great; thanks