With all the benefits of the internet and discussion forums, come some drawbacks, which include random opinions offered by so-called "experts" that, while perhaps validly formulated and based, owing to the limitations of space and time, come without the proper context, and perhaps more importantly, any back up either to authenticity, credentials, agendas, etc.
Just as an example, I've been shopping for a used pool table since mid-December. I've visited showrooms, done whatever reaseasch I can on the 'net, and have even gone to check out pool tables for sale at peoples' homes. I even came across the website (mybilliardslinks.com) and saw the list of "Recommended Table Brands". Long story short, you can see my "situation" by viewing the "pooltablesdirect and greenleaf billiards" thread in this same forum. Anyway, this past weekend, I went to see about 10 tables. Among the tables I saw were an AMF Playmaster, Olhausen, Kasson and Brunswick, all "recommended" by that site. Sure enough, I was a bit disappointed in the construction of these tables. Granted, the "import" Greenleaf table I described I could get $1,200, including install and accessories was not assembled so it was not an apples to apples comparison, but looking underneath these various used tables (all in the $600-$950 range, excluduing, of course, transport/assembly) and sometimes new tables (Olhause Classic/Sheraton), I saw setups that left a lot to be desired compared to the solid-looking import table I saw in its dissambled state. The Brunswick's slate, for example, albeit a "Bristol" lower-end table, was sitting on the edge side of about a 3/4" board, with all sorts of bolts and screws underneath attempting to hold the thing together. That was it, slate directly to frame and only a 3/4" wide surface at that. The other tables left a lot to be desired in terms of bounce off the cushions or lack of base on the frame for the slate frame to sit on.
Moreover, it surely looks like the beef that most consumers had with pooltablesdirect and the pool tables sold by them had a LOT more to do with delivery issues than the tables' quality itself. Seems like they were just (very) late or shipped the wrong or incomplete kit of parts. My assumption is that once they got squared away, the tables were more than satisfactory.
Anyway, I will almost definitely take the offer on the Greenleaf his week. Brand new solid wood table, frame pre-constructed at the factory, with 1" slate (don't know where from, though), choice of color cloth. Apparently the table was between $2,500-$3,000 originally, is what I'm told. Who knows, could have been $1,500, but based on what I saw, I doubt it. But I did speak to a referral who purchased one a couplr years ago and is very happy with it. The next best-alternative is a 4-5 year old Olhausen Sheraton in excellent shape that can be installed in my house professionally for a total of $1,175. Includes cover and accessories, but all used, of course. It is between one of these.
By the way, a very reputable billiards store in the Mass/NH area is now selling "imported" tables in their showroom.. Legacy brand tables. They compete with their Olhausen offerings.