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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/
I'm sorry you had trouble with the House of Staunton. My experience with them over the past 4 years been very good overall and I would give them the benefit of the doubt. Their products are good to very good for the price and I am a fan. Overall, I like their product categores in this order as compared to the market:1) Chess boxes/Chess bags (With the exception of the coffer which the chess store has, there is no competetion to the boxes they offer)2)Chess boards (Luxury "signature contemporary" ones only) This is great stuff for those who can afford it.3 Plastic Chess pieces. The collector series is one of the best in the market, and comparable to the Zukert series from "The chess Store" 4) Wooden chess pieces. Good, but not all of them great for the price. I like "The Chess Store" better for overall value in pieces ( sometimes pricewise, and sometimes quality and price combined).
A few posts back I said I was worried about reports of poor HOS quality control and would start looking elsewhere for a chess set. Before I made a decision what to buy though, an ebonized 4" Marshall set showed up on the HOS Outlet page. The Marshall is probably my favorite design and I couldn't resist making an offer. The blemish was a small crack in the base of one queen and was clearly described and pictured. I figured I could live with that since I wanted a working set that was going to take some abuse and not a set for display or genteel playing. The amount of the offer isn't important. What's important is that, except for the clearly defined blemish, the set arrived in flawless condition. I've been banging it around for a few weeks now and like it more every time I use it. Now I need to get a properly sized board for it. I have boards with 2.25" and 2.5" squares but I think 2.375" squares would be perfect. Then I need ...
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@Gomer_Pyle I saw the same set online and it looked incredible in the pictures. It's nice to know that their descriptions and pics of blemishes are correct (without any hidden issues)
HOS quality control must be improving. I bought the Grandmaster as well about three months back. My preference was ebonized as opposed to rosewood. The set arrived without any problems, no nicks and any of the problems mentioned. In fact I have been satisfied with just about everything I have bought from HOS and the few things I have had problems with they corrected quickly.
and what if someone want to order their set, but live in europe... shipping price is overkill, but 'reykjavik 72' series are quiet uniqke set.. .probabaly would be one of a kind in croatia.. i plan to order that set despite high shipping price (it's almost same as set) but this post was huge turn off.. But as i see it's old almost year and a half.. So what can i expect rite now from them ? Are those sets are same on picture or it's a big scam ? Thnx
I had a good experience with House of Staunton. I purchased the Championship Series of chess men in 2011, and I've been very pleased with them since.
My set is an ebay set, and I've heard these sets are imperfect or retired models in some form, but I can't find any particular fault with my set. Perhaps one of the Queens is not as darkly colored as it could be on one side, but this is a very far reach.
The set is made from golden rosewood (sheesham) and boxwood. It's very nicely weighted. Triple weighted as they call it. The felts are all still in great condition after probably close to 200 games. All the like pieces are same as identical.
It's just a really, really great set. Maybe I was lucky. It is one of the earlier ones, #245 going by the box it came in, and there have been thousands since.
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