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CTYankee - 24 Jul 2013
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Hi,

Looking for a table for our family - my wife loves air hockey (10-year old daughter does, too) and I enjoy it, but we rarely find a table to play on. I've been reading over the last couple days (mostly here) and understand that a high end table is desirable. When we've played in the last couple years, it's been on coin-op arcade tables.

I imagine we'll all go beyond just trying to smack the puck around and will try to learn some basics (stances, offense, defense - saw the nice blog started by stubbs7) but won't get serious about it. Given all that, would we have any regrets getting a 7' table instead of an 8' table ? 7' is appealing for price and because it takes up less space, but I understand 8' is regulation and probably the size of those coin-ops we've used.

Craigslist shows an 8' Dynamo coin-op for $800 that's about 1.5 hours away and requires disassembly & moving. Sounds like a nice enough table, but I'd have to rent a truck and I have no desire to spend the better part of a day retrieving it, nor do I want to impose on any friends needed to lug the thing out of someone's basement. I can watch for a little while to see if something turns up closer, but I'm not near a heavily populated city.

The Gold Standards seem like my best bet. I'd much rather spend $1300-1500 rather than $2500, but don't want to make a $1500 mistake. Then part of me thinks these are already almost overkill for home use and I can't really go wrong.

I suppose I already know the answers and just looking for a pat on the back (or a kick in the pants !)

Thanks for any thoughts on the subject,

Dennis
 
goran - 24 Jul 2013
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Your correct, you already know the answer. I would talk the guy with the dynamo down to maybe $500 and get some friends to help.
 
CTYankee - 24 Jul 2013
Total Posts: 3
goran said:
Your correct, you already know the answer. I would talk the guy with the dynamo down to maybe $500 and get some friends to help.



Thanks Goran. I'll look into the logistics. (They are awfully big !)
 
goran - 24 Jul 2013
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I have moved many, you can use a pick up truck with the tail gate down and strap the table to the truck standing right side up. If you remove the rails, goals, and Playfield, it will be easier move in and out of a basement. All together its about 500 lbs. The top playfield is almost half the weight. 2 guys and a pickup truck will get the job done. Make sure the table is in good condition, especially the playfield ( no warps or dents). 8 foot is prefered, but a 7 foot dynamo at the right price, or the gold standard 7 foot home table are good too.
 
CTYankee - 25 Jul 2013
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Thanks again - I might just wait a while and watch craigslist looking for a better deal and preferably closer to home.
 

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