Snooker & Pool Table Recovers

Geoff Large, expert table fitter with 37 years of experience. All aspects of snooker, pool and 9 ball table recovers, repairs and maintenance. My services include: Recover of bed cloth and/or cushion cloth Stretching of bed cloth Re-rubbering of cushions Fitting new pocket nets, leathers and rails Refurbishment and re-polishing Levelling of the table Dismantling, moving, setting up, logistics and storage Pool table hire Service contracts West of England 100% pure new wool first grade cloth used, no seconds.

Rilet Aristocrat NOW SOLD £2000

NOW SOLD !

A 1987 Riley installed table, this table was brand new when installed, so has only had one careful home owner, never been used in a club and therefore is as mint as you will find one.  The last one that came along in this condition sold straight away.

PLEASE NOTE THIS TABLE HAS STANDARD CUSHIONS AND NOT STEEL BLOCK TYPE.
IT HAS HARD WOOD CUSHIONS WHICH ARE VERY GOOD FOR BOUNCE AND ALMOST AS GOOD AS STEEL BLOCK REBOUND

The table is not as dark as this photo, look at the next photo for a true colour and wood grain.

The table has all the accessories required to play the game and to maintain the cloth in perfect condition.  The iron will be sold with the table if the seller receives the asking price which will be negotiated with the seller.  GCL BILLIARDS is only passing information on about the table, we would however like to be involved with the dismantling and setting up of the table as our reward for pairing the seller and the buyer together.

GCL Billiards has not inspected the table at first hand, but know of the family that the table is coming from and one of the brothers is a well known figure in snooker circles in the Nottingham area and beyond.

If the buyer chooses, a time served billiards fitter could be sent out to check over the table to be double sure it is 100%.  Things like cushion bounce, slate trueness and condition of polish etc can all be scrutinised by a profesional eye (allthough the photos confirm the condition).  There will be a cost to this service though to cover travel and time.

I do know that when the table was purchased new it cost over £4500.  The seller is looking for £2000 or offers in that region.  This does not include the dismantle and set up or any transportation costs, as previously stated they are willing to listen to sensible offers.

I am linking the blog for this advert to www.thesnookerforum.com in the tables section as this will help widen the search for a buyer for the table.

GCL Billiards do not charge a commission for the service of advertising client’s tables, all we ask is that you would consider us for the work of removal, delivery and set up of the table.  We are fully professional and have over 37 years personal experience in the art of billiards fitting.with many personal testimonials.

Please email c.large@btinternet.com for further information regarding this table , quote Aristocrat mint Newark in the heading .

The Table is NOW SOLD , after putting the table up for sale in MAY 2013 , we had no enquiries then all of a sudden within the same week in October 2013  we have two people after it .
Now it shows that these adverts do get noticed , and we still have a client who requires one in the same condition .

Geoff Large
Billiards Fitter

NOW SOLD !

Snooker table for Sale? Snooker table wanted? Free selling and buying service!

As a Billiards/Snooker firm we get a few phone calls from people wishing to sell a full sized snooker table.  We also get clients requiring a snooker table.  Over the years the market has changed in table sales, due to many clubs closing and large snooker club companies shedding clubs that do not pay.  The market is now flooded with full size tables and this reflects on the price that one can expect for a table.

At GCL BILLIARDS we do not buy full sized tables for resale, but we do run a service whereby if a person requires to sell on a table and a client is looking for a table we will put the two together to work out a sale between them.  This generates business for GCL BILLIARDS in the transport and any work required such as rerubber and recover etc.

Only this last week I had a phone call from a customer in MANSFIELD who wanted to sell on his table after many years of ownership.  I explained that we do not buy tables of that size but would look for a person to buy it from him.  I had just the person for him, a client in LINCOLN who had contacted me about 4 weeks previously.  I had been looking at tables on ebay for him, to try and find a good one amongst the many bad ones that you can buy.  I put the two people together and they have worked out a deal whereby the seller gets his room back for other uses and the buyer gets a good table for the right price.

We got the work of transporting and a re-rubber plus recover nets and leathers plus supply a few spares etc.  Everyone is happy at this result and nobody paid a commision for selling or buying.

We do charge an inspection fee though if that is required for peace of mind.  Such things as slate trueness and build quality, pocket openings, condition of rubber and polish, cloth condition and any problems I may see with the table.  The inspection fee covers travelling expenses and time and is calculated on the distance that I have to travel.  This is money well spent as a qualified billiards fitter’s eye over a purchase such as this will save money if you can avoid the bad buys from the good ones.

We do not charge a commission for putting clients together, it is a free service.  All that we ask is that the seller or buyer puts work our way in return for the free service.

******Please note********
I only pass on information about the seller whith his or her permission and normally only pass on emails or a telephone number for the first introduction, not the address.  Any table condition cannot be guaranteed unless inspected at first hand by a GCL BIILIARDS qualified billiards fitter.

An introduction is not a recommendation of the table but to find out if that table is suitable for the buyer’s needs.  I do of course study the table photos and if I think the table is not suitable to pass onto a future buyer, I will inform the seller of this.

Double Eight Pool Tables, for Recovering, Sales and Rental in NOTTINGHAM LINCOLN DERBY & LEICESTER


As promised the new section for the Pool Table side of the business, this business is all down to my wife Carol and it is her venture and is run completely separate of GCL BILLIARDS.

I will be providing the recovering, installation and maintenance servicing side of the business so you can be assured that the maintenance of the Pool tables will be done by a fully qualified time served billiards fitter.  There are not a lot of Pool table rental and sales firms who have that experience on board.

Most rental firms are also involved with gaming machines.  Here at Double Eight Pool we DO NOT hire gaming machines, kiddy rides, crane grab or small portable sweet machines.  We are 100% cue sports people offering you the best service for sales and rental of Pool tables second to none.

100% skilled in what we do?
For some firms, cuesports tables are part of their business.  At GCL BIILIARDS & DOUBLE EIGHT POOL it is the only part of our business.

Rental service contracts are available with a recover every 6 months not just yearly.  This is because as professional cue sports people we understand that pool teams play in winter and summer leagues and the table needs to be looking it’s best for the pool teams all year round.  We also service the entire table, cleaning the inside including ball rails and tray, spraying the coin mech with WD40, cleaning the outside cabinet and levelling.

Sam K steel 9ft american pool in foreground , Winner Supreme’s at the rear

I was looking for a name to call the Pool table business and always think of Pool as an american game, something like double deuce as in the nightclub in the film Roadhouse, then the 8 ball entered my thinking so we just called it Double Eight Pool Tables.

This also got me thinking “why do so many betting companies use the number 8 in their domain name?”.  It was explained to me that the Chinese favour the lucky number 8 and it is a highly sought after number in Chinese culture.  I am not saying that the Chinese are a betting mad nation, but there may be some truth in it ?

The new web site for Double Eight Pool is now live at www.88pooltables.com, so if you are looking for a new pool table either on rental or to buy or have a table in need of a recover or new cushions, then get in touch with Geoff or Carol at double 8 pool.  The telephone numbers are the same as GCL Billiards.  We will be dealing in mainly NEW Winner and Prince supreme tables, but we will have a selction of second hand tables of various makes for sale.  Also from time to time we will have some second hand American pool tables for sale.

Another Satisfied Customer and a 64 Break + Baulk line marking info

Today I have recovered a very nice light oak Riley Aristocrat.  This table is used by many of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire’s top players.  The table can only be described as mint condition and is a joy to work on.

STEVE B’s mint Riley Aristocrat in OAK , a very nice table to work on.

After I recoverd the table in 6811 TOURNAMENT cloth by STRACHAN, I received the following text on my phone from the happy owner:

WELL HAPPY. HAD A 64 BREAK IN MY 2ND FRAME!
4TH HIGHEST BREAK EVER

This table will only get better the more it is played on.  It was rerubbered last year with Northern rubber and the new cloth will after a while speed up.  When a new cloth is fitted to a table it is at it’s slowest as the nap is at full length and the cushions are restricted by tight cloth being just applied to the cushions.  When the cushion cloth slackens off, the rubber will be free to rebound the ball at a faster pace.  This will take around 2 to 3 weeks of play.

The old cloth had a baulk line marked out in white tippex.  Although this looks good as the TV tables have this, it is only for the camera’s to pick up on TV.  By using a soft lead black pencil, the baulk line will fade.  In 6 months to a year the cloth can be restretched and the old black lead pencil line can be removed with acetone, without the fear of having two white lines, as the tippex is very hard to get off a cloth once it has been put on.

I always recommend the black pencil baulk line over the white tippex pen, but it is down to the customer what they require and I will put on whatever they want.

******Read Steve B’s reply click on reply link below*****.

Recommendation of my work

I was very pleased to get the following recommendation from Alan Newbold at the Ivanhoe club.  You can be sure that my workmanship on all cuesports tables will be carried out with the same level of craftsmanship and attention to detail as applied to the Ivanhoe club whether that be just one pool table or five full size snooker tables as in this case.

As I have mentioned in a previous Blog post, a large percentage of work coming into GCL BILLIARDS  are the result of recommendations and building up a good reputation with a client base.

I have read other firm’s blogs and referrals and I always wonder why they show recommendations and not put who they are from, opting to say secretery from a working mens club or the owner of a snooker hall rather than mention who and where it is from.
I prefer to show who is recommending me then you will know it is not made up, but is a genuine recommendation or refferal of my work.

IVANHOE SOCIAL CLUB
WILFRED PLACE
ASHBY – DE – LA – ZOUCH
LEICESTERSHIRE
LE65 2GW

Secretary: A.NEWBOLD.

 To whom it may concern

 GEOFF LARGE.

During July 2012, Geoff Large re-covered the five snooker tables at the Ivanhoe Social Club.  Our tables have new cloths every two years and Geoff has done the work on the last three occasions.
I have watched Geoff at work on the tables and I have always been impressed by his skill and attention to detail.  Geoff has a wide knowledge of snooker table technicalities and offers a fund of advice.
Our teams play in local snooker leagues and our tables are considered the best in the area. I would unreservedly recommend Geoff for any work involving snooker/pool tables and the like.
His work is always of the highest standard.  He is thorough, painstaking and always proves genuinely professional in everything he does.

First of 5 tables recovered at the Ivanoe club, two members try it out.

Northampton on Monday , local work for the rest of week and then to Grantham on Friday.

Although I am based close to junction 25 of the M1, I  am always willing to travel to a much wider area , I understand that there is not enough work to maintain a fitters wages when he limits himself to just going to work in a local area . you have to widen youre work area to make it pay .This is nothing new to me as I am used to working nationwide if staying away from home for large jobs, I have also worked abroad From the Canaries / Portugal / Spain / France / Switzerland / and also the channel islands, many times over the 37 years I have served as a Billiards fitter.

Idealy my wider area is Northampton to Leeds . East coast to Stoke , being based on the junction 25 of the M1 , I am idealy situated to go North, South, East, or West, very quickly , the A50 runs from junction 24 to the West towards stoke , the A52 runs from junction 25 to the East towards the East coast , the M1 runs North and South .

So do not be afraid to ask if I cover youre area , I will always strive to keep costs low and make youre estimate  as cost effective as any local cue sports table Fitter, even if you have a small job , I could look for future work in youre area that I have coming up and could arrange to fit it in on the same day.

Shocking pool table recover, but it has now been sorted

 


Yesterday I was called out to re-level a Pool table that is based very local to me here in Long Eaton about 1 mile away, the table was a Supreme Prince with the round legs , when I got there I could not believe the state of the last recover , the bed cloth was almost off the slate , they had used inferior spray on glue and it had not stuck , I explained to the owner that in my opinion , the charge for leveling would be better put towards a full recover as the cloth was also inferior low grade.

They gave me the go ahead to recover the table , when I removed the cushions and cloth I was even more shocked to find that they had rerubbered the old cushions in old snooker rubber that had been removed from a full size table , not realy shocked at that because it can be done for a lower cost option than brand new cushions,but more so that the rubber was not in one piece , they had used two bits of rubber and the joint could be seen through the cloth, also the rubber was falling off the wood, and they had recovered over three sets of staple, this fitter was not hanging around he was in and out within a hour maybe less?, I always take every staple out of the cushions and tape the rubber just as I would a full size snooker table . this makes for better easier recover on the next visit. and I always do a job with the intention that I will be the one coming back to do it again, it is never a bodge it and scarper job like the last fitter.

I had with me another set of Supreme cushions with the modern blue Rubber on although they where a used set but not very old, they where 100% better than the set that I took off , I then proceeded to take the cloth off the slate , I moved the slate over to one side and the state of the inside of the table was a mess, they had spray glued the slate in situ , and the overspray had gone all over the ball pocket runs and inside the table , also the inside was full of muck and old bits of recover cloth from previous recovers.

I vacumed the table out , washed all the ball rails down , washed the alloy ball tray and inspected the coin mech, I then recovered the slate making sure that it was done with good contact adiesive which was not the sprayed on type, the cloth will now stay on,I then noticed that the legs where also loose, so retightened the nuts back up to stop the table wobble,I then turned my attention to the slate dip.

Pool tables are not made in the same way as a Snooker table , they have a 7 foot lenth span and the body of the table tends to dip in the middle this will also make the slate dip in the middle, some people pack the slate with beer mats, this is not a good idea because you are then leaving parts of the slate unsupported and the risk of slate breakage is always there, I use thin strips of cloth staple placed on the main long middle supports I build them up gradual to form a pyramid , this way the slate is supported along its total lenth and the dip is rectified making level of the table much better.

It is a bit of trial and error getting the dish out of the slate , the slate may have to come out two or three times before you can get it level, but once done it is much better to play on, the customer’s asked me to recover the table in the same cloth and in the same way as the local snooker clubs pool tables which are also in this pubs league,of which I also maintain with regular recovers for summer and winter league, this snooker club is regarded as having the best pool table in the league by most players, I would also now put this table as one of the best to play on in the league provided that they brush and iron it every day like the snooker club , that realy is the secret of a good table , the  brushing and ironing. if you leave a cloth without maintenance it will form balls of fluff and ridges in the cloth , the brushing will remove dirt and the iron will keep the cloth flat and fast to play on,

Now thats not the end of the story when I had finnished, the landlady told me who had done the last recover, I was shocked to find out I knew the Guy , I know they can produce better workmanship than this ! she aslo informed me that they had paid for brand new cushions on the reciept, not bodged two piece old snooker rubber, needless to say she is pursuing the matter.

Repeat Bookings for Recovers

Today I had a repeat booking from a client.  They were delighted with the standard of work and quality of materials used and also the way I went about doing the recovers,  taking my time and refilling the slate joints, checking and adjusting table level, replacing the odd net here and there etc.

The client has a multi tabled club in the midlands and in July I recovered two snooker tables and he has just rebooked me to recover another 2 snooker tables in September, with the possibility of doing 2 recovers of snooker tables every 2 months . I got this repeat work not only for the standard of workmanship but also for the price structure I have put in place for multi tabled clubs.

Another repeat booking also coming in for August for a customer in a private house.  Add to this two pool table rental agreements of 2 years for two separate clubs.  These pool table rentals will of course be backed up by a good service schedule of having the slate out, vacum inside cabinet, wash down internal ball rails and wood work including ball tray, clean outside cabinet and ball window, remark or recover (which ever is in the contract), check coin mech + springs and lubricate mech, last of all recheck level of table.  This makes for a trouble free table. A yearly or 6 monthly recover option is also available.

Geoff