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Insights: Indulgences

Matt Kramer
From the Print Edition:
Don Johnson, Mar/Apr 02

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Classic Billiards' Hash points out that, "Not only do we disassemble the table, strip and refinish the wood, replace the veneers, the rail tips, the cushions, etc., but we even reproduce the old brass plates. That's a specialty of ours," he adds proudly.

As the customer, you specify exactly what you want: the exact shade of green (or any other color) of the felt; the stain of the wood to match your billiards room; new or revised veneers or carvings. "We can do anything you want," says Blatt. "Hell, we've gotten requests for diamond sights -- not diamond-shaped sights, but sights made out of real diamonds. No problem."

After four to six months -- and $20,000 to $60,000 later -- your refinished (or new) table is ready for installation. "We ship the tables with fine arts movers," says Blatt. "If it's on the East Coast, we'll move it ourselves. But our tables have been shipped all over the world. We send out one of our installers to set up the table and make it exactly level. That takes about four or five hours.

"But then," he adds with obvious satisfaction, "you've got something that will last you for life, like nothing else in your house."


Matt Kramer is a columnist for Wine Spectator, Cigar Aficionado's sister publication.

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