I think that buying a Diamond table is the best bet instead of trying to make another table like a Diamond (which inevitably can never be like a Diamond.. Im sure they can get super close, but ya know what I mean.. Im being complicated.. haha.)
Either way, I want a table in my house so bad.. but I won't buy anything but a Diamond. So I have to save my money to get it. My mind is dead set on it, and my stubborn mind prevails all the time.
I believe there is just more research and overkill that goes into the Diamond. All the leveling points, phenolic impregnated wood, the pockets play more consistently and as tight as a triple shimmed GC's without shims. The ball return is fast and rubber padded.. The pockets sit flush to the table or maybe even slightly below. 1" slates. I think the rails are a bit more lively, maybe because the way they are cut or because they are built to the table in way that allows them to be stiffer.
IMO, if you have 5k to drop on a table, get a used Diamond ProAM. If you have 2500-3000 get a GC4, 1800-2000, GC3. If you have 1000.00, no matter what table brand you have, make sure you find a good mechanic...
I paid 1600.00 for my K-Steel and I have no complaints yet. Well, hmmm, the bottom of the frame is a little dusty. Although I need to spend more time on it to know its strengths and weaknesses.
Diamonds play nice, but so do GC's that are properly set up.........
Cuebuddy, you're diamond rocks - love the black diamonds on the rails and the black skirts!
I generally don't like the GC's especially the GC 1. But I will say that I do like the kitch of your table. Those nice blue skirts would match my purple basement and would also compliment the two tables here:
For what it's worth, I paid $3,100 for my used 9' diamond pro w/ the dymondwood rails. I thought then and still think now that it was a decent deal on the 'bay.