I own an 8 ft American Heritage "Independence" model. I inch slate with a 1 inch backer. Pockets are leather (thick and good quality....pockets and accessories made in china) I have to agree the accessory package is pretty low quality,
even though the balls play pretty good. The cloth that came with mine is Championship Titan. Pretty darn good cloth as far as anyone would be concerned. I have noticed that the rails are a little soft. The wood they used, I believe, is Poplar.
It is not as hard as Oak or Ash, therefore will allow a dent if you jump a ball off the table. The cushions are K-66 profile
but not sure what company made them offhand. They are very true over and over again and the diamonds are as
perfect as can be expected. I have around 3000 games on it since I bought it new (probably a low estimate because I have played, on average, 30 to 50 games a week for two years now). I measured the slates with a caliper and all three pieces were within one thousandth on an inch(.001).
I don't understand why these tables are getting bad press unless it is truly the installation that is causing the problems.
I put mine together myself but did my homework before I did it. The most important piece of advice I used when setting
it up was this......When you get the frame set up and perfectly level, lay the backer and the slate on it and let it set
there for 1 week. This will allow for any settling that may happen. Then make the final adjustments with shims before
locking down the slates and bees waxing them. By doing this, the table is still perfectly level even after two years of
pretty hard use. The first seem I bees waxed is making a line on the cloth but I do not notice any effect on the balls,
even when they cross it at a 45 degree angle at a slow speed. The other seem is absolutely perfect.
I'm not convinced of the comments regarding that they are made in China or Taiwan. The factory is located near Cleveland OH. As of 2004, which was the date of manufacture tagged on the frame and the boxes the parts came in,
they all say made in USA (except for the pockets and the accessories which say made in China).
I bought this table from a seller on EBay as a closeout model that was located at a retailer that went out of business.
When I picked up the table and got it home, I found out the corner and side pocket assemblies were missing. Working with
the seller, I contacted American Heritage on the number listed below. They tracked down the missing pieces by using their
tracking system. I cannot be more grateful, or more appreciative of the customer service at American Heritage!
Since it was a closeout from a private seller, they really didn't have the responsibility to help me or the seller out. The seller
had another table just like the one I bought from him that incidentally had the same missing parts. They tracked them all down to the distributer that was near the retailer that went out of business.
American Heritage Billiards
630 Mondial Parkway
Streetsboro, Ohio 44241