Buckhorn Pool Tables?

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  1. jdoggg12

    jdoggg12 Platinum Member

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    Does anyone know anything about this brand of pool tables? My mom just bought a new home and the previous owner has a buckhorn pool table that he'll leave in the house for $1500. The table is in the great room, which is big enough that I told her that if she opted not to keep the table the room would look almost cavernous. On the other hand, it's a high-end home and she'd like to keep it stocked with high end furniture/amenities... how are Buckhorn tables generally viewed? Reliable? Quality? Etc...

    Thanks for any input!
     
  2. lxskllr

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    I think that's something you'd have to review in person. If it looks good, plays good, is made of quality materials, and you want a pool table, take it, otherwise don't.
     
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    jdoggg12 Platinum Member

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    I'm not a pool player, nor is she - but it's something i'd like to get into as would she. So thats all I really know at the time being. I have a few friends that play but still couldn't tell me anything about what constitutes a quality table.... thats why i'm querying the couple of forums i frequent.
     
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    I don't know much about them either, but you should be able to tell quality work if you look at it. Slate bed, solid wood, no large joint gaps. I'd guess a table that's bolted together isn't as good as one that primarily uses wood. Look up the model online. In my very brief search, I saw a Buckhorn on Craigslist for $1,200. It had leather pockets, and they said it was $2,500 originally. That sounds cheap to me, so that would infer a lesser quality table.
     
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    Just a quick browse of the Buckhorn site suggests that it's not as "nice" a table as a Brunswick, Diamond or Olhausen (which are generally considered the top three brands). That's not to say that a lesser table can't play well, but it's probably not going to look as good as a standalone piece of furniture as a Brunswick. But I'm a pool player, so I'd definitely hold on to it until I could save up for a Brunswick Gold Crown, which makes my opinion somewhat biased. If you aren't a player, I'd suggest passing on this and finding one that looks better as a piece of furniture; no sense having something ugly in there that you'll rarely use.
     
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    Looking over their site, it looks like the quality should be reasonable. If you find the table aesthetically pleasing, it would probably be worth keeping. That said, I'm not crazy about a lot of their designs. There's a few I wouldn't mind having, but they're in the minority.
     
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    Thanks for the responses thus far - after looking at a photo of the room i found the table. It's the Buckhorn Classic Series Gazelle - same color wood as their website but with black cloth instead of purple.

    Does that change of any what either of you have said thus far?

    Thanks again guys!
     
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    It doesn't change what I have to say about quality, but I'm not crazy about the appearance of that one. It's too blocky, and linear for my tastes. I'd like one with more curves, and more of a Victorian appearance. That's just my opinion though. If you like the way it looks, and it'll go with your furniture, and decor, it should be a fine table for you.

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    This one's a bit closer to my preference, but I'm not sure it's exactly what I'd want. That's something I'd have to buy in person, where I could touch it, and get a real good idea of the woodwork.

    http://www.buckhornbilliards.com/buckhorn_leo.html

    Edit2:
    Btw, it's the Monte Feltro I like, It looks like the link takes you to the general page.
     
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    I agree with lxskllr; I don't really like the overall look of that one, and anything other than green or tournament blue cloth just doesn't look good on a pool table. The playability of the table should be fine, but I'd take a serious look at how well the table fits with the decor; it doesn't behoove you to end up with a table that looks out of place in your home, because the things can be difficult to sell and move (being so massive).
     
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    how big?
    3.5 x 7? 4 x 8? 4.5 x 9?

    is it level? rent a long level at walmart...

    ugg.. no return rails?

    lowball the seller for $500.

    it'll cost him at least that much to have it taken apart and shipped to his new place. (assuming it's HEAVY and has 3 slates)
     
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    That's a lot of money for something that will hardly get any use at all.