The Gold Crown design was crap. Crap from the start and only slightly better now. Of course now the rails suffer from infant mortality. Horrible misfeatures that could only have been put in by a non-player. Like, as one example, drop pockets that only hold 3 balls or you risk rejection. And gummy pocket liners that interfere with bridging and leave crap on your cue.
People got attached to GCs because it was what they learned on, but it was never a good table design.
Bob, the GC's that I play on can hold 8 balls, though i like to remove some when playing one pocket. But they can hold 8. I don't know what GC's you're playing on. The equipment in the room I play in is kept top notch and never noticed anything like you are talking about.
I ahve seen 7 or 8 matches for 5K and up by very good players where diamond and GC tables were in the same room. They always play on the GC. I asked Tracy in mem why is Darren Apple and and the man p`laying on the GC when you have 2 new diamonds. He said because that is what they want to play on, and they know what is best, and so do I.