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Gold Crown I - 04-04-2020, 02:09 PM

Well...having sold my Brunswick 9' Medalist about 20 years ago and stepping away I came back to the game last year. Love it more than ever. The problem is, running out today to get some fresh air and a country drive, my truck auto-steered itself to the rural Billiard and Cycle shop I'd bought the Medalist from. Family run, small, at least 4 generations of table and motorbike mechanics.

Kinda surprised A.they were still in business and B.open today.

Original owners grandson was working, I casually asked about used tables and about 7 minutes later I signed off on a GCI.

They'd bought 9 from a college up state and had two left.

White is gonna get stripped off, sanded, and stained. IMO, in my house, it will look better. Throw on some blue 860 cloth. Rails all looked great, asked him for the corner ashtray alternatives but stuff is hard to find and they are nice and retro. We'll see on that.

Anyway - since the wife will first know when she see's it set-up after she gets home from work in a few weeks I figured I'd tell ya'll.

I have to stop social distancing driving. It's gets expensive.


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04-04-2020, 03:15 PM

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Well...having sold my Brunswick 9' Medalist about 20 years ago and stepping away I came back to the game last year. Love it more than ever. The problem is, running out today to get some fresh air and a country drive, my truck auto-steered itself to the rural Billiard and Cycle shop I'd bought the Medalist from. Family run, small, at least 4 generations of table and motorbike mechanics.

Kinda surprised A.they were still in business and B.open today.

Original owners grandson was working, I casually asked about used tables and about 7 minutes later I signed off on a GCI.

They'd bought 9 from a college up state and had two left.

White is gonna get stripped off, sanded, and stained. IMO, in my house, it will look better. Throw on some blue 860 cloth. Rails all looked great, asked him for the corner ashtray alternatives but stuff is hard to find and they are nice and retro. We'll see on that.

Anyway - since the wife will first know when she see's it set-up after she gets home from work in a few weeks I figured I'd tell ya'll.

I have to stop social distancing driving. It's gets expensive.
Better buy her something nice.

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04-04-2020, 04:09 PM

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Well...having sold my Brunswick 9' Medalist about 20 years ago and stepping away I came back to the game last year. Love it more than ever. The problem is, running out today to get some fresh air and a country drive, my truck auto-steered itself to the rural Billiard and Cycle shop I'd bought the Medalist from. Family run, small, at least 4 generations of table and motorbike mechanics.

Kinda surprised A.they were still in business and B.open today.

Original owners grandson was working, I casually asked about used tables and about 7 minutes later I signed off on a GCI.

They'd bought 9 from a college up state and had two left.

White is gonna get stripped off, sanded, and stained. IMO, in my house, it will look better. Throw on some blue 860 cloth. Rails all looked great, asked him for the corner ashtray alternatives but stuff is hard to find and they are nice and retro. We'll see on that.

Anyway - since the wife will first know when she see's it set-up after she gets home from work in a few weeks I figured I'd tell ya'll.

I have to stop social distancing driving. It's gets expensive.
I have a set of solid corners i'll trade for the ashtray corners.
  
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04-04-2020, 04:34 PM

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I have a set of solid corners i'll trade for the ashtray corners.
Don't we all

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04-04-2020, 06:34 PM

I’ve been looking for those ashtrays for the last four years good luck
  
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I was thinking about a better ironing board. Current one kinda squeaks when you use it.


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04-05-2020, 10:50 AM

You guys taking about the corner castings or just the ashtrays themselves or both? I could swear I saw one or the other this morning when I was poking around on parts.


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You guys taking about the corner castings or just the ashtrays themselves or both? I could swear I saw one or the other this morning when I was poking around on parts.
The corner castings that had the ash tray built into them.... part of the table, not a separate ash tray.
  
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The corner castings that had the ash tray built into them.... part of the table, not a separate ash tray.
Right but looks to me the ashtrays set in a slightly recessed part of the casting.


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04-05-2020, 01:43 PM

As I remember them there were castings that had the rests integrated and could accept ashtray liners which were separate but I can'tbe sure and an questioning myself since I can't find any images.

Those must have been a mess to clean when they were used as intended.

Maybe I'm thinking of the ones built into some of the bowling seating?

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As I remember them there were castings that accept ashtrays which were separate pieces...and mostly lost to time.

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Thanks...I believe that's the case. I should have taken a few pics, I always forget I have a phone in my pocket. Makes a helluva lot more sense if you're going to have an ashtray, the tables are kind hard to move just to empty one. Who wants to pick someone's butts from an ashtray?

But as I've read up on GCI's today, as many can appreciate, it can get confusing. The name plate looked like cast aluminum and should have been plastic. Seems lots of nuances on GC1's depending on the moment they were made.


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You guys taking about the corner castings or just the ashtrays themselves or both? I could swear I saw one or the other this morning when I was poking around on parts.
my gc1 came with the standard corner castings but years ago I saw a set of corner castings avail with the ashtray inserts and I jumped on them. A buddy of mine who does metal work gave these a quick freshen up before I installed them. I wanted these for nostalgic reasons, some of the early rooms I visited had them.

There was some concern over whether or not these might cause a bridging issue on some shots but I'm happy to report there has been zero problems with that. If any such problem ever did come up, remember the ashtrays can lift right out.

Looking forward to seeing your acquisition when you get it set up.

congrats!

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my gc1 came with the standard corner castings but years ago I saw a set of corner castings avail with the ashtray inserts and I jumped on them. A buddy of mine who does metal work gave these a quick freshen up before I installed them. I wanted these for nostalgic reasons, some of the early rooms I visited had them.

There was some concern over whether or not these might cause a bridging issue on some shots but I'm happy to report there has been zero problems with that. If any such problem ever did come up, remember the ashtrays can lift right out.

Looking forward to seeing your acquisition when you get it set up.

congrats!

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KC: - your table looks great! Thanks for the background and the pics.

Did you send out the name plate or Repro? That looks in really fine shape. I think you're right about having metal work done, I've got to call him today since we have a few weeks before they clean-up the table and deliver. Since I suck at taking things apart and putting back together it would be best to get ahead of it.

I too recall shooting on tables with the corner ashtray but I'll be darned if I can remember where. I know I smoked which is why I remember. It still feels a little off on the corner casting though, I only glanced at the table corner (all disassembled) and my mind's eye remembers a recessed but not hollow housing where the ashtray would sit. It was very shallow. However I have not seen any pics online of an ashtray other than what you have on your table which is the same as what I remember.

Did you send out your ball box trim too?

Thanks...geez these GC1's are finicky with the timeline they were built and the use-what's-on-hand business model!!


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04-06-2020, 05:19 AM

The corner castings are very cool.
In the 60’s an$ 70’s it wasn’t uncommon to see a smoking player lay his cigarette on the rail or drop ashes on the cloth. In bars you would see burn marks on the rails. I don’t miss the smoking days. Despite that, I still love those corner castings.
  
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