Throughout the 1970s, '80s and '90s, 75 percent of all professional and semi-professional pool players used a Meucci original cue. These cues were innovative for their time and featured Bob Meucci’s now world-famous handiwork. In 2005, the International Cuemakers Association recognized this handiwork and inducted Bob Meucci into its Hall of Fame.
All Meucci original cues bear the logo “Meucci Originals.” Look for this distinctive script logo on the bottom of the cue's shaft. There has been some confusion as to the meaning of this logo. It does not refer to a one-of-a-kind or limited-edition custom cue. The name Meucci Originals actually refers to any cue made by Bob Meucci’s pool cue company, Meucci Originals, Inc., prior to the early 1990s when they changed their logo to just plain “Meucci.” The company’s name, however, remained the same.
Meucci original cues use real wood for their shaft, Irish linen for their wrap and, usually, Tweenten fiber for their tip. The material used to make their ferrule, the cap placed around the shaft, has gone through several transformations over the years, ranging from ABS plastic to a polycarbonate. The exact material used to make their ferrule depends on the year in which the pool cue was manufactured.
Meucci Originals, Inc. prides itself on having a “unique ferrule joint shaft.” The company claims this hydraulic or straight-through technology allows the player greater accuracy with less effort. The LeProfessional tip used on most Meucci cues was developed in 1969 by Bob Meucci himself, during his employment as a consultant for National Tournament cue.
The official Meucci cues website recommends storing all of their cues in an environment with a temperature around 72 degrees and 50 percent relative humidity. This type of atmosphere prevents the wooden shaft of the cue from swelling. Once a cue shaft swells, it will never return to its original shape. This warping of the shaft changes the angle and accuracy of the cue, making it less effective.
In the early 1980s, famed pool player Ralph "Minnesota Fats" Wanderone commissioned Bob Meucci to make him a one-of-a-kind custom cue. Meucci adorned this cue with rubies, opals and silver filigree, but made a crucial spelling error. He engraved “Minnasota Fats” instead of “Minnesota Fats.” Rather than making Meucci redo the entire cue, Wanderone accepted the cue as is and used it during exhibition matches for approximately a year and a half.
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