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Topic: Which table, Malloy's or Dancing Spring's?
Message: Posted by: naturalturn (Oct 6, 2004 03:31PM)
Hi folks,

I'm trying to decide which table is better (pros & cons) as I am thinking about purchasing a professional table for some of the corporate work I do. Any other table suggestions are welcomed. (I already did a search but it didn't help too much)

Here's a link to both:

Malloy's is $275.00 (14.5 x 21.5")
and Dancing Spring's is $195.00 for their 16x24 model.

Thanks very much!

Message: Posted by: KingStardog (Oct 6, 2004 04:42PM)
If your gigs are $400-$500 you should spring for this one. You won't be sorry you can throw an MP3 player on the shelf and have a place to grab and ditch from.

For a corporate guy its worth it.


I'm not connected with them in any way but I have looked at that one several times.
Message: Posted by: naturalturn (Oct 6, 2004 04:59PM)
Thanks King, tho I have a professional sound system already. I have looked at this table on their site but don't need the sound portion of the table. Just an easy to pack, classy-looking table top is all I want.

Message: Posted by: Ron Reid (Oct 6, 2004 10:41PM)
Hi Ray:

They're all beautiful tables, so I think you can't go wrong, whichever one you choose. Personally, I like the Malloy table better. The Dancing Spring table has a bit too much chrome for my taste - but it's still very nice looking.

I also wonder if there would be too much glare (with all the chrome) if you performing someplace with spot lights on you. It may not be a problem at all, but perhaps something to think about.

Message: Posted by: naturalturn (Oct 7, 2004 10:58AM)
Thank you for your thoughtful points, Ron. I appreciate it.

I'll have to weigh out the differences between the two. (i.e. wood they use, edging, table top size, height, durability, way they come apart, etc.) I am leaning towards Malloy's for now and will make up my mind soon.

Message: Posted by: Michael Dustman (Oct 14, 2004 05:40PM)
I have been happy with my Malloy table. Has held up very well over the last 2 years. I break mine down after shows and carry my whole act in a custom ATA case. Don't know much about the Dancing Spring table, but the Malloy one comes apart in less than a minute. 2 stubby screws for the table top and 1 bolt on the bottom of the wheels.
Message: Posted by: naturalturn (Oct 15, 2004 11:06AM)
Thanks Michael. What I like about the Malloy one (just from comparing the pictures on the site) is that due to the way how the aluminum edging wraps right around the table, it seems to have a sort of built-in lip so stuff won't fall as easily off the table vs. the Dancing Spring one.

The Dancing Spring one appears to come apart easier as it has no bolts or set screws. I could be wrong.

Do you require any tools (wrench/screwdriver etc.) to put Malloy's table together?

Message: Posted by: Michael Dustman (Oct 15, 2004 01:40PM)
That is one of the features I like about the Malloy table. The lip it has around the top. I had a custom made stand-up case made by an ATA case company. It is just an inch less than the width of the table, and it fits perfectly on the table top and does not slide back and forth.

I carry a small 2 inch leather bag with zipper that holds (1) stubby screwdriver (1) small box wrench and holds the 2 screws and bolt. In all honesty, they had tighten just as well, but I make sure by tightening them down.

OK....let me begin by saying, "Don't try this at home."

But I wanted to put this up as to the durability of the Malloy table, which I love and find the story somewhat humorous. I was driving home from a show tonight in which I didn't use my table (sat my case on the stage bar stool). Apparently, when my 2 year old son got out of his mom's car earlier, he had pushed my table around the garage.

As I pulled into my driveway and triggered the garage door, to my horror, I looked up and saw the bottom of my table hanging from the garage door. Before I could react, the table reached the top of the door frame and came crashing down to the ground. I saw one wheel go flying off, and it landed on the table top.

Long story short...wheel popped right back on, and honestly..not a scratch on that table. I wouldn't test it to many more times like that, but a solid table nonetheless.

Message: Posted by: naturalturn (Nov 6, 2004 01:46PM)
Gravity... an amazing force! Glad to hear the table's durable... Michael, should I ever get it caught in my garage door. ;)

I finally chose the Malloy table which arrived the other day and am very happy with my purchase not to mention their excellent customer service at Malloy's. I chosed "black" (vs "chrome") partly based on the fact that MOST do purchase the pro-rolling table in black, according to their records. As Ron Reid mentioned, I think the chrome would be a "bit too much chrome" for my taste.

The column which is tapered at the bottom to fit into the hole in the middle of the wheel base, did not have any bolt to hold it together. When rolling the table this would not pose any problems, but should you or a stagehand have to "pick up" the table and say move it from the stage to the floor, the wheel base could fall off. I will most likely add a bolt to the bottom so this won't happen. The two stubby screws, as you mentioned Michael, then holds the table top to the flange on the top of the column.
Each of the 4 black wheels have a thin chrome-colored metal covering which matches the table perfectly.

This is IMHO a very classy professional-looking table from top to bottom.

Message: Posted by: Stevethomas (Nov 6, 2004 03:57PM)
None of you have mentioned anything from Chalet. The Laflin (I think it's the one) table from George is wonderful.

Steve Thomas
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Nov 30, 2004 06:37PM)
The only disadvantage I see of either of these tables is the wheels. This may be one of the reasons you like them, so don't let my opinion on this part sway you. But I don't like side stands (and that is essentiall what these are ) that can roll on you. I prefer a stationary base.

Strange as that may seem, I don't mind a roll-on table. I think the difference is that a roll-on table generally has a bit more bulk to it, and isn't as prone to move around. And you can get roll-on tables that are quite good looking, such as the Encore/McComb table.
Message: Posted by: naturalturn (Dec 13, 2004 05:30PM)
Good points Bill.

Actually, that's why I'm partial to these side stand-type roll-on tables. They're relatively light and sleek without the bulk. Quite often I'll carry all my props in a black filing-type case (which is very lightweight) which I bought from your local luggage store, sit in down on a chair... and away I go.

If I am not sure of the size of the performing area as the Malloy roll-on table requires a fair bit of space, I will also carry in my car a Eureka Table Base along with a small 11" X 15" top.

Wow, I just did a search on the Encore/McComb table and it costs almost $1000 US! Plus it weighs about 20 lbs. Cost aside, it does look like a very versatile table for all types of shows.
Message: Posted by: MrMagic1 (Dec 18, 2004 10:10AM)
I like the sound table. The place to ditch stuff is really handy. I also agree that theres to much chrome, and its to, I don't know, to shiny.
Message: Posted by: Kline (Apr 30, 2005 12:34AM)
"I break mine down after shows and carry my whole act in a custom ATA case."

"I carry a small 2 inch leather bag with zipper that holds (1) stubby screwdriver (1) small box wrench and holds the 2 screws and bolt."

Michael...where do you get your creativity ?