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Maker of pool cues from 1994 to present, currently in Winter Garden, Florida.
Mike Sigel started playing pool at the age of thirteen, when his parents bought a pool table for the family home. He fell in love with the game, and went on to become one of the greatest all-around pool players. As a professional player, Mike endorsed several cues, and worked for several cuemakers, either helping to make cues or advising how to make their cues play better. Mike made cues for about three years in the late 1970s and early 1980s with Joss cues in Baltimore.
In addition to many television appearances, Mike appeared as himself in the movie "Baltimore Bullet" and performed many of the trick shots for the opening sequences in that film. Mike was the technical advisor, choreographer and instructor of the movie "The Color of Money" starring Paul Newman (who won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in the movie) and co-starring Tom Cruise. Mike coached both Newman and Cruise to look like they were professional pool players.
After playing professionally for over twenty years, and winning 101 professional titles during the past 13 years, including six U.S Open and five World Championships, Mike decided to retire. He then chose to channel his love of the game towards crafting cues of his own design. He spent a year and a half purchasing the necessary equipment and experimenting with design and construction techniques.
By the summer of 1995, Mike was making cues. He feels that his background as a world class player helps him to understand a cue´s playability better than other makers. Sigel cues are a little lighter and slimmer than most cues, as this is his preference. Mike hand-signs every cue he makes on the butt caps, so they are easy to identify. He currently specializes in intricate cues, using only exotic hardwoods, stones and ivories, inlaid using the latest CNC technology. Mike is always experimenting with new exotic materials. He refuses to use any imitation materials or plastics. Mike is always creating new designs, and usually makes less than 10 of each.
Mike feels that the hit is the most important aspect of a cue, so he hand selects every tip, and he hits with every cue before they leave the shop. Shafts are cut and dipped in stabilizer every couple of months at least six or seven times. If they warp, Mike throws them out. All cues are weighed before completion, and then Mike uses stainless steel or titanium joint screws to help attain the final weight and balance. Cues with any flaws end up in the trash can, as Mike will only sell cues that he believes are perfect.
Mike has also introduced a line of production cues that bear his name. They feature the "Mike Sigel" signature on the forearm, and an "S" logo on the butt caps. Ten different series of cue models are available.
Custom-made Sigel cues are guaranteed indefinitely against construction defects that are not the result of warpage or abuse. If you have a Sigel cue that needs further identification or repair, or would like to talk to Mike about ordering a new Sigel cue, contact Sigel´s Cues, listed in the Trademark Index.

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