Hi Ray, thanks for your reply.
My pool table is only a 7-foot table. Not a big one by any means.
6 ft and 7 ft is considered standard for a "pub size" pool table over here in Australia. Anything above that is basically considered snooker size. I believe over there in the US, 8 foot tables are considered "professional" size.
I chose the 2 inch balls according to a chart I was looking at on Wikipedia because it said 1 7/8 inch and 2 inch balls are ideal for that size pool table. 8 foot pool tables and upwards all seem to recommend 2 1/4".
I'm no expert on these things but I'm very relieved that the small cue ball is a normal aspect for us over here. As stated previously Aramith have come out with countless sets over the years and being the tournament standard they would cater for the American and English game. After all English tables do play different from American tables. English tables tend to have the tighter pockets which is what my table has.
As far as the 7-ball and 15-ball being slightly different shades—it could be that they're aiming for an American-style set because I have seen (in modern 9 ball tournaments) that there is a brown ball in American sets. To be honest I don't even really notice the difference in color anymore. I have also half thought of getting a 2 inch measle ball for this set so I can have the same size cue ball. I'm looking into that now as a matter of fact. LOL.
As far as table hopping is concerned, I don't play with a very aggressive attack so table hopping isn't much of an issue for me. Even when I break. I find power-breaking with a lot of force results in a terrible break but more subtlety with my drive gives me a far better break. Taking my time and not slamming the balls as hard as I can like an idiot has improved my accuracy dramatically. So yeah, table hopping is extremely rare for me.