I love Diamond tables, and wish I could afford one for my home table (I have an older Connelly—which is fine). And I have never had the opportunity to play on a Rasson table. HOWEVER . . . I am starting to wonder whether Diamond is the best of the past but Rasson may be the best of the future.
Diamond has, IMO, perfected the traditional wood-based pool table. But just as carbon fiber shafts are an innovation that is taking pool tech beyond its wood traditions (wood dead-heads notwithstanding) it is looking to me that maybe Rasson is doing the same thing with table tech. Their use of an aluminum subframe strikes me as an important innovation. And while Diamond’s shim-based leveling system has been the state of the art for several years now, Rasson’s leveling system strikes me as more modern and sophisticated and more likely to remain reliable longer.
Not sure, but I am starting to think Rasson is the new technology leader in pool tables.View attachment 577052
You are right - Rasson has changed pool table leveling technology. I have a new 9 ft Rasson Victory II and I am in pool player heaven. I have been playing for over 50 years so I have played on every table you can think of and this is the best table I have ever played on. Diamond make great tables and for playability they are almost as good as the Rasson. However, for new technology, quality of materials and quality of construction Rasson is the best. And when it comes to looks the Diamond looks like a cheap entry level table and the Rasson tables look amazing. I have owned 3 Brunswick tables over the years and never thought I would own a table made in China but it is simply the best pro table in the world. I have had some of the top local players play on my table and they have all agreed. Just wanted to give an honest review from someone who owns a Rasson. I have attached some photos of my man cave.
My brother had a friend who did this in Kissimmee FL in 1998. Although it was a bar box, most likely a Valley.You are correct. I'll never move my table ever again...heavy as hell. During a tornado, I'll hide under my diamond for safety.
Ten people were still in the bar on Boggy Creek Road after 1 a.m. when roofing tiles began crashing in the parking lot outside. When the sound stopped, two of the 10 were dead or dying, Osceola County Fire Rescue paramedics said.
"It was just like the movie Twister. It was 'boom' and the glass shattered and it was like a gray mist everywhere," said Ayers Gonzalez, 23, of Buenaventura Lakes. "I dove under the pool table."
That is a good looking table. Looks a lot like a Gold Crown. color and finish look sharp.I haven’t seen the Rasson Challeneger before, looks nice:
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They look a lot better in person. In pictures the sawed off corners look like something you would do If you lacked woodworking technique. I'n person, the quality is more visible.Diamonds are awesome, majestic almost, really look and feel like a tank
fair to say though, they could use some updates, website too
That is a good looking table. Looks a lot like a Gold Crown. color and finish look sharp.
I disagree with your statement, "The Diamonds will reject certain shots when hit at speed - even if hit correctly." I've never had a correctly hit ball, nor seen a correctly hit ball not pocketed on a Diamond. Perhaps you mistake it with Olhausen. It's fine if you prefer Rasson for as the saying goes, you are entitled to your own opinion. The saying goes on to say that you are NOT entitled to your own facts.I disagree about the pocket cut - that is why I like the Rasson better. The Diamonds will reject certain shots when hit at speed - even if hit correctly - while it will go in on the Rasson even though they are tight pockets. I think there is a problem with the angle of the corner pockets on the Diamond.