Brunswick Gold Crown VI (Tournament Edition)

Timkrieger

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As a Brunswick fan and a GC fan generally, this info on the GC VI is very disappointing! I have never been a fan of the massive design change to the GC VI, probably one of the most visually offensive tables I've ever seen. For any fan of the classic Gold Crown lines, this table is an affront. But, I realize taste is very subjective and thought at least they wouldn't let the quality drop on the flagship. I had a GC IV, rock solid and no issues. I love the GC V design, I think it's probably the best looking GC besides the first generation. To me, for what it's worth, I think money is much better spent on a vintage Brunswick 1920's-50's. Have the table restored and end up with a much better American made product. I have a 10' Centennial and had Mark Gregory recalibrate and refinish the rails w/ 4.5" pockets. All in I was probably still at a lower price point than I'd be for one of these new Gold Crowns.
 

trentfromtoledo

8onthebreaktoledo
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As a Brunswick fan and a GC fan generally, this info on the GC VI is very disappointing! I have never been a fan of the massive design change to the GC VI, probably one of the most visually offensive tables I've ever seen. For any fan of the classic Gold Crown lines, this table is an affront. But, I realize taste is very subjective and thought at least they wouldn't let the quality drop on the flagship. I had a GC IV, rock solid and no issues. I love the GC V design, I think it's probably the best looking GC besides the first generation. To me, for what it's worth, I think money is much better spent on a vintage Brunswick 1920's-50's. Have the table restored and end up with a much better American made product. I have a 10' Centennial and had Mark Gregory recalibrate and refinish the rails w/ 4.5" pockets. All in I was probably still at a lower price point than I'd be for one of these new Gold Crowns.
The Gold Crown 6 is one of the best tables made today. I did not like the look, but, it grew on me.... Dealing with Brunswick as a Commercial Brunswick dealer has been AWESOME!

TFT
 

Timkrieger

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Looks are subjective for sure. Brunswick put the Gold Crown VI up for a design competition among design students and this is how the design was developed and selected. In my opinion, Brunswick would have been better served following the Porsche 911 model of design change--small changes, but the overall design is still recognizable through each successive generation. That's what they did on all previous models since 1961. The angle of the legs of the table remind me of those cheap tables sold in the '70's and '80's with folding legs by Sears or Montgomery Wards, almost like a folding table. Also, the pocket shields look terrible in my opinion. I believe they are primarily made in China. I wish Brunswick would bring manufacturing back to the U.S. One of the greatest American companies in history and it's sad to see them today not really making billiard products and not making them in the U.S. At $10k per table, I think they could afford to make them in the U.S.
 

trentfromtoledo

8onthebreaktoledo
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Looks are subjective for sure. Brunswick put the Gold Crown VI up for a design competition among design students and this is how the design was developed and selected. In my opinion, Brunswick would have been better served following the Porsche 911 model of design change--small changes, but the overall design is still recognizable through each successive generation. That's what they did on all previous models since 1961. The angle of the legs of the table remind me of those cheap tables sold in the '70's and '80's with folding legs by Sears or Montgomery Wards, almost like a folding table. Also, the pocket shields look terrible in my opinion. I believe they are primarily made in China. I wish Brunswick would bring manufacturing back to the U.S. One of the greatest American companies in history and it's sad to see them today not really making billiard products and not making them in the U.S. At $10k per table, I think they could afford to make them in the U.S.
they have a few parts made in china, primarily made in Indonesia and Brazil. Yes there are other cheap manufacturers in the world other than poor ole communist china... India and China are close to actual war over manufacturing. Brunswick has influenced ALL other manufacturers. Making money is the name of the game, not nationalism..... Global economy is not ever leaving.

TFT
 

Nyquil

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they have a few parts made in china, primarily made in Indonesia and Brazil. Yes there are other cheap manufacturers in the world other than poor ole communist china... India and China are close to actual war over manufacturing. Brunswick has influenced ALL other manufacturers. Making money is the name of the game, not nationalism..... Global economy is not ever leaving.

TFT
Well I bought a diamond pro am instead for this reason. I was looking at the brunswicks once I found out they were made I went the other direction. I know it's difficult to find items not made there but luckily with Diamond around I could support manufacturing jobs in the USA.
 

GoldCrown

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Brunswick would have been better served following the Porsche 911 model of design change--small changes, but the overall design is still recognizable through each successive generation.
Agree....Should have retained the 4 or 5 and used different woods, different finishes.
 

measureman

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I read the whole thread and glad you got your table fixed.
My question is why did you let the table installers leave before they fixed the issue?
 

trentfromtoledo

8onthebreaktoledo
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Well I bought a diamond pro am instead for this reason. I was looking at the brunswicks once I found out they were made I went the other direction. I know it's difficult to find items not made there but luckily with Diamond around I could support manufacturing jobs in the USA.
Notice my profile pic, nothing wrong with selling both, that provides PLENTY of opportunity for my USA FAMILY!!! with out Brunswick there would be no Diamond :) Brunswick invented commercial pool :)

TFT
 

Timkrieger

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I love Brunswick, I just wish they retained some USA manufacturing. I think the 6 is visually a bad table and was disappointed to hear that it potentially had quality issues in addition to the cosmetic issues, but very good to hear that Brunswick Corporate took care of the problem. Something very cool that Brunswick did was to re-introduce the Centennial! Having an original Centennial, I am curious as to reviews of the new version of the Centennial.
 

Nyquil

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I love Brunswick, I just wish they retained some USA manufacturing. I think the 6 is visually a bad table and was disappointed to hear that it potentially had quality issues in addition to the cosmetic issues, but very good to hear that Brunswick Corporate took care of the problem. Something very cool that Brunswick did was to re-introduce the Centennial! Having an original Centennial, I am curious as to reviews of the new version of the Centennial.
Ya I would be interested to hear some owner feedback. When I was shopping for tables I was surprised how much they were. Over 13k msrp. That's a lot for a table. The new gold crown were well over 10k if I recall. We have one main pool dealer where I live and when I talked to them the company said we stopped dealing in brunswicks way too many qc issues.
 

trentfromtoledo

8onthebreaktoledo
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Ya I would be interested to hear some owner feedback. When I was shopping for tables I was surprised how much they were. Over 13k msrp. That's a lot for a table. The new gold crown were well over 10k if I recall. We have one main pool dealer where I live and when I talked to them the company said we stopped dealing in brunswicks way too many qc issues.
I mainly sell the GC6 and have no issues with it. I love working on them! They play great and yeah, if you get stuck paying retail, it can be pretty expensive. Is it really though? For something you get to use as long as a GC6 lasts, seems like a solid investment. I sell Diamonds to those who want them and it all works out :)

TFT
 

garczar

AzB Silver Member
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Looks are subjective for sure. Brunswick put the Gold Crown VI up for a design competition among design students and this is how the design was developed and selected. In my opinion, Brunswick would have been better served following the Porsche 911 model of design change--small changes, but the overall design is still recognizable through each successive generation. That's what they did on all previous models since 1961. The angle of the legs of the table remind me of those cheap tables sold in the '70's and '80's with folding legs by Sears or Montgomery Wards, almost like a folding table. Also, the pocket shields look terrible in my opinion. I believe they are primarily made in China. I wish Brunswick would bring manufacturing back to the U.S. One of the greatest American companies in history and it's sad to see them today not really making billiard products and not making them in the U.S. At $10k per table, I think they could afford to make them in the U.S.
They haven't actually 'built' tables here since '76-'77. They are an 'assembler' of tables made up of outsourced components. Don't see this ever changing.
 

Timkrieger

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I had a Gold Crown IV, ball return with the matching light, that table played perfect! Never had a problem. I sold that one unfortunately when the economy turned bad back in 2008. I have wanted a V for about 10 years now, I think that might be the best looking Gold Crown since the white and blue Gold Crown I. Was pretty surprised with the looks of the VI, hopefully the issues highlighted here were mechanic issues and not issues with the quality of the table itself.
 

trentfromtoledo

8onthebreaktoledo
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I had a Gold Crown IV, ball return with the matching light, that table played perfect! Never had a problem. I sold that one unfortunately when the economy turned bad back in 2008. I have wanted a V for about 10 years now, I think that might be the best looking Gold Crown since the white and blue Gold Crown I. Was pretty surprised with the looks of the VI, hopefully the issues highlighted here were mechanic issues and not issues with the quality of the table itself.
looking at one up close , makes the difference. I thought I did not like the bevel they put on the legs, they also made them much fatter. I love it. There will be a new version of course! :)

TFT
 
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