Supremes are not popular with league players because they are unfamiliar and MDF can never replace traditional hardwoods. The early Supremes were truly dreadful with MDF replacing the slate.
The more modern ones are better.
The problem with buying a traditional table is that they are all sixty or more years old. You would be taking a major risk buying a sixty year old table that would almost certainly need recovering and re-rubbering at best and have hidden structural damage at worst. A design flaw in Sams and Jelkes means that very many of their slates are cracked. There are virtually no professional restorers left that I would let within a mile of any of the tables I am responsible for, most don't have a clue what is required in my opinion and do the work on a budget.
Without experienced league players around you to advise your risk is increased.
Thus you pays your money and takes your chance. You have taken the safer option of buying a new table with the support that goes behind it and, I am sure, will give you years of enjoyment.
I bought the table from Liberty games and it is being delivered by two guys who are going to set it all up and get it level..I'm not worried about depreciation, (I guess I'm depreciating faster than the table will :D
I don't suppose it will get a lot of wear and tear and hopefully won't be subject to the same rigours as a table in a public bar does. If I could have found a real hardwood table that I had confidence in then I would certainly have gone that route - I guess I just wasn't willing to take the risk of buying a lemon.
Anyway thanks for your input guys and I feel a little more confident that the table I have chosen should be adequate for what I need.
Hope you have many hours of enjoyment out of it. Part of the excitement of course is kitting your 'haven' out......mini-bar or small fridge to hold beers ? And of course one of those circular cue-racks to hold cues of all shapes and sizes - including shorter ones for smaller members of the family. ;)
Thanks for the comments - I decided to go ahead with the purchase and have to say I'm more than satisfied with the table.
I paid for a two man delivery and installation and they did an excellent job in setting up and levelling the table. The only "problem" I had was after they had left and I realised the game had been set for just 5 minutes! - Fortunately it was just a matter of changing a few DIP switches to set this for 17 minutes.
I have a few photos on Photobucket for anyone that may be interested
Great photos! What was that you called it - a 'man shed'??
I'm sure that the table will bring you a lot of pleasure. Part of the problem with the older Supremes was that they had a coin slot that used to take the skin off your hand every time you took a ball out of the tray! The coin slot is in a better place on the newer ones. Supreme tables, especially those with a slate bed, can be set up to play perfectly respectably.
Whereabouts in the country are you? We can see if we can set you up with a friendly - and we would expect to bring our own drinks!
AEBBA Mixed Pairs winner - 2015 with Jim Greensted.
Best score 9550 Mid Sussex Div1 Masters 15/5/11 - working towards proving Bobhall wrong!