Helmstetter Cues

Written by Tadashi Moody
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Richard Helmstetter is a well-known name in the billiard and cue making industry. In the late 1960s Helmstetter created Adam Custom Cues, and quickly established himself as one of the top cue makers in the business. In the early 1980s, after the death of the famous and revered cue maker George Balabushka, Helmstetter legally acquired the rights from the family to continue making cues bearing the Balabushka name and quality. Today Balabushka cues, while obviously not made by Balabushka himself, are replicas of the former cue maker's famous designs.

Helmstetter: Already a Well Known Name

Also in the 80s, Helmstetter came out with a line of cues bearing his own name, and the same quality standards that went into Adam Custom Cues. Today, these cues enjoy a solid place in the market, due largely to their craftsmanship, durable construction, and solid play characteristics. They are priced in the mid-range of the pool cue spectrum, ranging from about $150 to $400, and are a good value at those prices.

Helmstetter cues come fitted with a 5/16" by 14 pin, which provides a precise alignment each time the cue is assembled. Each comes with one shaft that has a 13 inch pro taper and leather tip. This shaft, pin and tip combination creates a sound, compact hit that many players prefer.

In terms of design, Helmstetter cues are known for their precise inlay work and traditional yet elegant designs. The forearm sections are made from such materials as birdseye maple and cocobolo, with inlays of ebony and mother of pearl. If you're playing with one of these cues, you will be sure to turn heads, not only for its sharp looks but for your sharp play.


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