Anyone have "The Honour of Staunton" set from chessbazar.com?

mdero83

Hi All,

After a along chess hiatus of about 20 years I'm getting back int the game I once loved and obsessed over.  I'm looking at buying a mid range set of Staunton chess pieces and am torn between the two sets listed below

https://www.chessbazaar.com/the-honour-of-staunton-hos-series-weighted-chess-set-in-rose-box-wood-4-0-king.html

or

https://www.houseofstaunton.com/the-players-series-chess-pieces-3-75-king.html

The Chess Bazaar price after discount (flash sale) is $135.00 CDN including free shipping and the price on the HoS set (after discount - Indian Rosewood) is $201.36 +$49.80 shipped!  My question is will I see a notable difference in quality between the two sets?  I like the more glossed look of the HoS set but I'm not sure how much the picture quality and setup comes into play here.  

Anyone have any opinions on Chess Bazaar quality VS HoS?  The sets are originally priced at $269.32 (Chess Bazaar) and $236.90 (HoS) respectively but the HoS set with shipping will cost me almost double.

Would also love to hear any other recommendations on similar looking dark rosewood sets.

Haverumwilltravel

HoS is a middle man for Indian sets and their prices reflect that. They used to be the go to for fine imported sets. There are independent Indian chess set manufactures now and you can get good quality sets from them on eBay. I bought a really nice set a year ago from the Royal Chess Mall and the set is excellent. You also get a guarantee. RCM prices went up because he was starting out but they are still a good buy.  I am in no way affiliated with them by the way just a satisfied customer.

maik1988

I own the HoS set and can vouch that it's great quality. You won't be disappointed if you go with that one. Chess bazaar I've never really liked. I don't like their designs, and the finish of the pieces often leaves much to be desired (as evident if you look on this forum for longer than a minute or so).

utpic

CB quality is very good with such sets. Why don't you get the Ebony version - virtually same price - and then you will have a tangibly superior product than the HOS one! I bought the CB Jaques Pattern Staunton set, with 3,4" king in ebony and boxwood - quality of pieces per say was excellent (just had an issue with the padding, because the pads on that particular set are thin leatherette pads, not the normal felt pads - but that is not the case with the set you are looking at, which will have regular green felt pads. 

 

 

mdero83

Thanks for the responses.  I ended up finding a video of what the set from chessbazaar looks like:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0SPNdV4dMk&t=167s

maik1988, you were correct about the finish.  From the video you can clearly see that the tops of the rooks look pretty terrible.  I think I'll stick to HoS for now, perhaps chessbazaar for boxwood and ebony but I don't know if I'd trust them with rosewood or other fine woods.

Gamegrunt

A little Liquid Gold on a Q-Tip will spruce up those rook turrets.

mdero83
Gamegrunt wrote:

A little Liquid Gold on a Q-Tip will spruce up those rook turrets.

 

Hi Gamergrunt,

 

I'm not discounting you but why wouldn't the manufacturers just clean them up before sending them out?  From the video posted above it looks like a combination of the inside of the turrets not being stained and a bunch of white residue, maybe oxidization?  I don't know, I'm not sure.

Gamegrunt

I totally understand where you're coming from and I made the comment based on my experience with my wooden sets from House of Staunton (a Zagreb '59 and a Dubrovnik). 

brother7
Gamegrunt wrote:

A little Liquid Gold on a Q-Tip will spruce up those rook turrets.

I'm not familiar with Liquid Gold. Is this what you're referring to?

 

Gamegrunt

 

Yes.

https://www.scottsliquidgold.com/

mdero83

I got an answer from chess bazaar with respect to some of the finishing issues, especially with the rooks.  See below

 

"

Dear Marco,
 
Thanks for your interest in our products.
 
Marco, we use wheel buff to polish the chess pieces and it is very difficult to polish the inner part of rooks battlements.
 
However, we assure you that we will hand-picked the chess pieces so that you can receive the perfect flawless chess set.
 
Thanks for understanding in the matter."
 

 

 

 

MGT88

Have you checked out https://www.regencychess.ca/? They are a UK based company with a location in Richmond Hill (just outside Toronto); they have a range of staunton sets and other products. I'm not sure who manufactures their sets, and I have only ordered a few little things from them, but they seem like a solid enough operation. There aren't too many "chess stores" in the GTA.

Drawgood

I bought about 3 sets from chess bazaar about 2 years ago. One was their copy of the Zagreb design for hundred something and another was just regular wooden tournament pieces for $40 something at the time. Another was a small set that fits a 10 by 10 inch board. Each of them is very nicely finished and the detail on the pieces is excellent. Zagreb has particularly good carving and finish but that makes sense if its over a $100 and is one of their most popular. The $40-50 set also had rook tops not covered ideally, but to me it looked excellent. They also ship very quickly in my experience. They ship directly from India. I got it in US 3 days after they told me they shipped it.

forked_again

Curious which set the OP ended up buying?

Haverumwilltravel
forked_again wrote:

Curious which set the OP ended up buying?

I would like to know also. I am not a big fan of reproduction sets but I could not pass up a CB ebony set for $110.00. 

mdero83

I ended up coughing up more money due to concerns about quality control.  I bought from Staunton Castle and am very happy with both sets.

 

forked_again
mdero83 wrote:

I ended up coughing up more money due to concerns about quality control.  I bought from Staunton Castle and am very happy with both sets.

 

So you bought 2 sets, neither of which were part of this discussion?  Which sets were they?  I almost bought a set from Staunton Castle this week.  They seem to have good  stuff.  I was looking at their antiques Jaques reproductions which look to be very well done.