History of Adam Cues

David Forman grew up with a love for pool. The smoky pool rooms, the green felt, the sound of the balls knocking together, something about it all captivated him. As he grew up, he spent less and less of his time watching other people play, and more and more time actually playing. He'd play nine-ball, eight-ball, straight pool, whatever was being played. So getting a pool room and helping other people play the game that he loved seemed the natural next step.


But David, in the process of running his pool room, noticed a serious lack in the quality standards of pool cues. Not just his standard house cues, but even the supposedly high quality cues that the regulars used. There was warping, the shafts weren't straight, the tips barely lasted a month, and a myriad of other problems all seemed to be regular occurrences. That was when he made the life-changing decision to start making his own cues. He set up a little factory in Japan that manufactured relatively inexpensive cues. But even in those early days, David was obsessed with quality. When a new shipment of cues came in, David would travel around the country to cities known to have large pool playing populations and try to sell his cues to local dealers.


The first thing he did when he got to a new city was to find a phonebook, flip to the 'B' section, and promptly tear out the entries for all the billiards dealers. As he visited these dealers, his obvious love for billiards of all kinds and his earnestness in talking about the game and the poor quality of modern cues helped him sell the number of cues he did. Then, in 1968, David met Richard Helmstetter, already a master cuemaker. There was immediate chemistry between the two and less than a year after their first meeting David's enthusiasm and knowledge of cue making convinced Richard to move all the way to Japan and run David's factory for him.


Forty years later, the Adam Cue Company makes more cues than they did in 1969 and the technology has changed, but David Forman and Richard Helmstetter's love for cuemaking and dedication to quality has not. The Adam Cue Company is the maker of Adam, Balabushka, and Helmstetter cues, and all are subjected to the same stringent quality control procedures. In addition to making a wide range of performance cues for the most beginning amateur to the most seasoned pro, Adam makes a few different lines of limited edition collector cues. The Balabushka line is named after legendary cuemaker George Balabushka, sometimes referred to as the Stradivarius of cuemaking. David Forman mourned the passing of Mr. Balabushka in 1975 and the Balabushka line is his way of memorializing the passing of a great figure.


Adam Cues is known for their industry leading warranty. Springing out of his lifelong dedication to quality, David Forman created a warranty that guarantees that every single cue made by Adam will adhere to the strictest quality standards in the industry. And if a customer receives a cue that is not up to those standards, then Adam will replace it with a cue that does, free of charge.