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Thanks everyone for posting good info about buying chess sets. I just recd. my chess set from chessbazaar and they did a pretty neat job of packing and dispatching the set. Ordered the items on Monday morning and the set was with me on Wednesday evening. The quality of the board and the pieces is very good. The cardboard box in which the board came was torn and crushed but thankfully my board was safe. The pieces were individually wrapped with due care and I had to spend quite a lot of time unwrapping the pieces. I was reluctant to buy from India but after reading good reviews here I made up my mind to take the plunge.
truly sobering and helpul about hos and tcs. Good to hear good review about chessbazaar. I was wondering about them; they have amazing deals on ebay, and I wondered if the quality of the pieces matched the pictures, or whether they would be pooly finished.
I read Frank Camaratta is retired now & probebly sold HOS to some other party. Under Frank's watch if there was a problem he would fix it. They are only turning repeat customers away with thier current antics IMO
Someone might want to call this thread to the attention of HOS. With over 6,000,000 members on chess.com, this kind of damning (but apparently well-deserved) post could put a serious dent in their reputation and business.
After all, there have to be thousands of potential HOS customers who have read this post, or will read it, and will decide immediately to run, not walk, in the other direction.
guaranteed they (he) already aware of it
I haven't quite started walking away but I'm starting to turn around. Several years ago I bought a 4.4" king set from HOS that arrived in fine shape. Now I'm looking for a 3.75" king set and HOS was going to be my preferred supplier. I'm finding they have a very limited selection in that size. Coupled with the reviews in this thread I've decided I'm going to look much harder in other directions.
The Wingfield Staunton set at The Chess Store is at the top of my short list. Does anybody have experience with it?http://www.thechessstore.com/product/WSR375/Wingfield-Chess-Set-Rosewood-Boxwood-375-King.html
Looks OK to me! I have a Rosewood set coming from Chess Cafe. You might want to look at them. Click Shop.. chess sets.... And click little arrow on the right...choose wood sets...your in for a surprise!
Thanks, I'll check them out.
Their prices are really low!
G_P, I don't know about the Wingfield, looks nice though. I did buy a Wellington set from TCS, some time back, and a board, it was beautiful, I also got 2 mag plastic sets.
Only issue with them is one of the white rook's magnets, is weak, it still clings, but I couldn't tilt the set beyond a 45 degree angle without it sliding. I never contacted them about it.
I like a lot of their sets. The Alexander, Cyrus, and Patton all look good to me, and if I do order any of those, I will inform them about the weak magnetic rook. (I could fix it myself, but its not a big deal really).
I think Chess Cafe is closing them out....Just guessing!
Im only aware of House of Staunton, The Chess Store and House of Chess (those being the most common from who I have asked).
The Chess Piece has a wide selection of men and boards. I know nothing about their quality and service but I have drooled over a number of their sets.http://www.thechesspiece.com/
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