Reminds me of my clarinet lessons in high school. I studied with the then-assistant principal of the TSO and he chain-smoked through every lesson, cigarette between his fingers while he played. Then there were the Royal Regiment military band rehearsals. They had custom music stands with a spot for an ashtray and another for your beer.The way I was taught to solder by some old techs was at a grungy desk, with no ventilation, a soldering iron in one hand, and A cigarette in the other. I guess that isn't appropriate anymore.
Its also much more nimble then any DD table I've heard. It makes the others sound ponderous.
I can't say its better then the Rega, but it might just be good enough that it doesn't need to be. Just the usability goes a long way.