I was in the position back in Nov/Dec to acquire this lovely 8 foot table for my living room:
I used to have a 9 foot table, but I had to sell it back in September. Yep, I cried! And I wish I still had it today and never had to sell it!!!
Anyway, this new one has new felt and shimmed up pockets (not super tight but not buckets), but I hadn't played on it but MAYBE 2 times.
Well, last weekend I cleaned the entire house and organized and decided to even clean off the pool table and stop using it as a shelf and storage area, lol.
So, there it sits... all clean. lol.
I don't normally practice at all. Maybe I should have left it as a table.... hehe.