There isn't too much information around the internet about Thomas Aaron billiard tables.
One thing that stood out to me is that the slate is typically sold separately. That seems odd, and I am not sure why they are offered for sale in this format.
Have you read the 4 or 5 reviews for Thomas Aaron pool tables on Buzzillions?
Review 1 - Five out of Five Stars
So I visited rec warehouse and a few other places. Good sales people and they knew their product well. I went to sears and they were not knowledgeable at all about this table and the company that manufactures it. Nonetheless, the table looked better than many of the other more expensive ones that I saw out there and was priced considerably lower. I took the chance and bought it. It arrived in huge boxes. I put it together on my own, and had some help from a friend when it came time for the slate.
Overall it took about 4 or 5 hours, but I took my time to get it perfect, especially with the slate. I used putty between the slates instead of the wax that came with the table, but had to use almost none as slates aligned up perfectly. After completing the table, I was very impressed by the action on the table and the bumpers. Overall, a great table so far. I've only had it about month, but so far great. There is nothing that I know of that all the more expensive tables have over this one.
P.s. Sears, how about training your sales people on the specifics of this table. Also, if your going to sell the table and advertise the additional cloth colors, then have them available. Sales person told me they don't sell them. One last note, I called company to buy an extra cloth and Thomas called back the same day that I left the message. Very friendly and advised me to call them if I have any problems with the table.
Review 2 - One out of Five Stars
I have been calling Thomas Aaron for the past MONTH and left DOZENS of messages for ANYBODY to call me back about a new Thomas Aaron pool table that was recently installed and needed SERVICE. NO RESPONSE!
Review 3 - Five out of Five Stars
I highly recommend this table. After purchasing a MDF table at sears and having it warp, sears allowed me to return it and upgrade to this. This table is great and levels nicely. Do NOT buy an MDF table, u will be wasting your money. This table can be put together without hiring someone. You will need two strong adults and the company provides a dvd to show you how.
Overall no complaints so far, I have had it since January. It is a great table for the $ especially if u want slate...
Enjoy if you take the plunge.
Review 4 - Five out of Five Stars
This table was a Christmas gift for the family. We received it in a timely fashion, and the set up was so easy. The table felt was the best part. Everyone that has seen this table thinks we paid big bucks, but we know the truth. LOVE IT!
Let us know what you end up deciding.