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tiger275 - 15 Dec 2016
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Hello all...New to the forum although I have been lurking for a while.

I am considering a table for my family for Christmas and have a pretty good idea that we will be getting a used Dynamo. Budget is not really the constraint...I just want a decent table for family entertainment that will last a few years as my kids grow into their teens and beyond. That being said, I have learned from this forum that I can get quite a lot for the 500-1000 range. Space is not a constraint either.

I have found three different tables that created some confusion for me...
#1 is a definite "brown top" style. In good condition with only a few knicks in the surface that have been patched. It seems flat and the puck floats well. Asking $600
#2 seems almost identical to the brown top but weirdly has a black top and lighter body. It has one divet that has been patched - asking $900
#3 appears to be a "blue top" but threw me off because it has red goals, white body with blue stripe - asking $500

So my question is how do I narrow it down? Are they all effectively the same and I should just get the one in the best condition? Is one likely better then the rest?

All three are 2 hours drive away so it is not likely that I can see all in person before making a decision.

The second possible scenario is to spend $1300-1700 and get a Pro-Style. I have found an pretty good 8' for around 1300 and an almost new 7' for 1700.

I wish I could get the pictures to load but I am making some kind of rookie mistake.

 
tiger275 - 15 Dec 2016
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tiger275 - 15 Dec 2016
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tiger275 - 15 Dec 2016
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tiger275 - 15 Dec 2016
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Prostyle 8 foot table

 
tiger275 - 15 Dec 2016
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Prostyle 7' - almost new. Very nice table but not sanctioned size

 
TheAirHockeyGuy - 16 Dec 2016
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tiger275 said:
Hello all...New to the forum although I have been lurking for a while.

I am considering a table for my family for Christmas and have a pretty good idea that we will be getting a used Dynamo. Budget is not really the constraint...I just want a decent table for family entertainment that will last a few years as my kids grow into their teens and beyond. That being said, I have learned from this forum that I can get quite a lot for the 500-1000 range. Space is not a constraint either.

I have found three different tables that created some confusion for me...
#1 is a definite "brown top" style. In good condition with only a few knicks in the surface that have been patched. It seems flat and the puck floats well. Asking $600
#2 seems almost identical to the brown top but weirdly has a black top and lighter body. It has one divet that has been patched - asking $900
#3 appears to be a "blue top" but threw me off because it has red goals, white body with blue stripe - asking $500

So my question is how do I narrow it down? Are they all effectively the same and I should just get the one in the best condition? Is one likely better then the rest?

All three are 2 hours drive away so it is not likely that I can see all in person before making a decision.

The second possible scenario is to spend $1300-1700 and get a Pro-Style. I have found an pretty good 8' for around 1300 and an almost new 7' for 1700.

I wish I could get the pictures to load but I am making some kind of rookie mistake.



Personally, the condition of the playfield is most important to me. If #3 has no imperfections on the surface, I would choose that one. You will want to turn it on and run a puck over the whole table to make sure there are no dead spots or warps in the table. To my knowledge, brown tops are just heavier because they were constructed differently. I bought my used 8ft prostyle for $500 as well so I think that's a pretty good deal. People selling them used are typically pretty motivated to sell so you could always offer a little less just to see. If money really is no issue then the newer 8 ft prostyle is probably the best table in general. The overhead scoring unit also adds to the price of that table.

Chris Lee
Co-Founder, CEO
Air Hockey Players Association (AHPA)
 
tiger275 - 16 Dec 2016
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TheAirHockeyGuy said:


Personally, the condition of the playfield is most important to me. If #3 has no imperfections on the surface, I would choose that one. You will want to turn it on and run a puck over the whole table to make sure there are no dead spots or warps in the table. To my knowledge, brown tops are just heavier because they were constructed differently. I bought my used 8ft prostyle for $500 as well so I think that's a pretty good deal. People selling them used are typically pretty motivated to sell so you could always offer a little less just to see. If money really is no issue then the newer 8 ft prostyle is probably the best table in general. The overhead scoring unit also adds to the price of that table.


Thanks for the feedback. Are you aware of what models the first three are? Do they have common names? Does the fact that #3 has red goals mean anything to you (I have only seen black in other pictures)?


 
tableman - 17 Dec 2016
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The first two are original brown-tops. Just called Dynamo Air Hockey at the time. One of them may have a replacement black top on it, that's OK. The table with red and blue goals is the Dynamo Deluxe, also a good table from back when I was there and they built them heavy and solid. All good tables IF as Chris says, the playfield is in good shape with no warps.

If you get that table with the junky red mallets get rid of them and get good mallets. And USAA-sanctioned pucks like the yellow Lexan or green Dynamo Lexan. You can get the good mallets and pucks at recrooms.com.
 
tiger275 - 19 Dec 2016
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Thanks for the response Tableman. I see you continue to be a wealth of knowledge.

The 8' prostyle with the overhead scoring seems like the best option at around $1500. It has a really good table surface except for the damage shown below. It does not seem to effect the puck in any way. Do you think it is a big deal?

If I don't get this table, I suspect I will just go for one of the brown tops since they are a lot cheaper and seem to be in ok condition.

Thanks for the advice on the mallets and pucks. I think that is an absolute necessity.

 
tableman - 19 Dec 2016
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That ding can be repaired with epoxy, shouldn't affect play. There are instructions on various websites, including goldstandardairhockey.com.

The Pro Style at $1500 is a lot more money than the others. Yes, it's less than the current Pro-Style (or my Tournament Pro) at $3400 new, but that includes shipping. Just a couple years ago the Pro-Styles were $2700 new. The older Dynamo tables are heavier and have more solid goal ends. Those older ones are probably a better value but ideally you would actually look at each table in person, check for warps, airflow, condition of goal ends, etc.
 

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