John Barton - JB Custom Case #113 Enlargements
The "Crossroads" Case
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The "Crossroads" Case
history and culture meet.
The inspiration for this case was taken from the art of the Dunhuang Grottoes in China.
An excerpt from the documentary page on Dunhuang is below :
" Dunhuang is located in the southwest of Gansu. The ancient Silk Road passed here after Gansu Corridor. Dunhuang was the last stop on the Silk Road before the West Asia, also the last stop for an east-bound journey before the Central Plain. The significance of Dunhuang lies in its grottoes, mural caves refusing to go under yellow sands. These grottoes are museums of ancient arts and the intersection of Western and Oriental civilizations. These caves document cultural exchanges, a witness of the significant Silk Road. Among all, Mogao Grottoes are representative. These caves were cut on a cliff 25 kilometers southeast to Dunhuang, on a mount called Mingsha. Beginning from AD 366, during the ensuing 1000 years, more stone caves were seen, eventually formed a 1680-meter long south-north complex, with 735 caves from different dynasties."
This interior is the nuts, to use a pool term for those who don't know. That means it's the best. Why? Well it protects from impact, some temperature change, abrasion, and accidental removal. The parts are kept separate and secure. There are those that say "protection isn't everything". I personally wonder what they would say if their $2000 cue accidentally fell out of their beautiful, but not overly protective, case and got damaged? Of course everyone thinks it will never happen but life has a funny way of making things happen that never should. So when I build cases I try to plan for most eventualities and keeping the cue snug and secure until willfully removed is one of the things I can do. I could tell you a lot of stories about how folks had unusual things happen to their cases, cases I built, and the cues came out unscathed.
Some other case makers really don't care too much about it. I guess I could be compared to the cue maker who is always trying to improve the "hit" of the cues as opposed to one who doesn't care too much about the hit and focuses on the look of the cue.
With that in mind you can be sure that no matter what surface decoration goes on a JB Case it's sitting on top of the best protection in tube-style cue cases that exists today.
I know most of you all are into the looks first - hey we are all into our image. I understand that looks are very important. I just want you to know that you don't need to worry about what's under the hood. It's taken care of.