I've played pool for about a year, and I decided it's time to buy a decent cue. Not much choice or useful advice at the local dealer and local pool hall though, so I thought someone here might help. My price range is about $200-350. Brands I am considering are Longoni, Buffalo and Predator. Is is better to buy an entry level cue from one of these expensive brands, or is it better to opt for a relatively expensive cue from a cheaper brand? Also, what's the difference in having steel or wooden joints?