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Great-thanks for the detailed comparisons.
Eyechess: I have an old ChessMate set I bet you don't have! I bought this Boxed TravelMate years ago. It was available for only a little while as I guess it wasn't popular. The magnets on the beautiful wood pieces are quite strong. The cover fits under the lower part when in use. I use it all the time walking around the house, in bed, watching TV,etc. It is very well made and the side capture/storage compartment is a nice feature. You might want to ask David if he has any left lying around. I think I paid $90.
The Ultima is the best as a pocket set to fit in a lot of pockets.
That’s the only one I’m talking about, I don’t know about the rest. But the fact that when I tell him about the corrosion he sends me another one which behaved exactly like its predecessor, we are talking about negligence.
The material is part of the detail, a very important detail of the whole thing. The problem is that he uses cheap imitation leather because of his beliefs as a vegan. But if you cannot make a durable wallet, then don’t. Don’t pretend it’s a good material , this imitation leather, when it really isn’t : come up with something else, but until then don’t charge $109 for a degradable product, which shouldn’t even even be for sale.
The Ultima is not the Wallet.
Oh, no, it was a wallet alright. Perhaps Ultra Ultima. The most expensive wallet he was selling—I don’t know now, I didn’t check anything since then and I’m nott planning to.
So imagine taking out from your coat a wallet full of corrosion—how ugly that is, like you found it in the trash can...The board is nice, but before you get to the board it is a wallet, and you can use it as a wallet, to store your credit cards and stuff. With that kind of corrosion, that’s out of the question, it looks like a homeless person’s wallet!
Ridiculous! A slim iPad can store thousands of books along with your opening repertoire and annotations: so much for using those dated sets for analysis!! What a marketing sham.
troy: I like playing with 3D sets. Can't do that on an iPad.
Sure, me too. But to use them as analysis devices on the go, they’re grotesque because that analysis, in order to be efficient, must be stored somewhere, and also an iPad allows for a much more efficient way to train and review certain lines, entire games, ( like using Chessbase or simply from its memory), past annotations, review books pertinent to those lines—all in one device. As opposed to setting up the pieces, not being able to store the findings in your final repertoire place, not being able to carry with you your whole chess library and so on.
3D is good for playing with somebody else only, although I don’t like small sets to play with, but the biggest they come. But to go to work and in your office analyze something, an iPad wins hands down.
I certainly understand how you like your iPad. I am writing this on mine.
You need to realize that people have different tastes and likes. Plus there is no ultimate right or wrong in this.
Gary Kasparov has a Master Class program where he tells you in his first video that it is important to use a real, 3D set.
I understand your frustration with the product that was bad. As I suggested you might want to contact David to see if he can make it right for you. Good luck.
Wow, that is nice. Yes, I do not own that one.
It is important to use a 3D set, but that’s an advice for novices, who don’t need to write down thousands of annotations of various opening moves which must be memorized.
It is only when you have time, space and not travel much that you can use both—analyze moving the pieces, then store them in your device. It does waste a lot of time, though.
But as a single device, light, portable and extra-potent, an iPad is most useful.
Old School here, love my 3D chess sets of all sizes especially travel sets , love to collect them, have one from David, chessmate.com, he makes top quality items. Love printed books vs, ebooks and even love my old DN books from 1800's to about 1980 when most converted to what we have now. Like the fact I can play or record in two different languages a lot like one can speak two languages
Different stroke for different folks and I respect the people who like Ipads and ebooks for playing and analyzing.
Also I am sure the owner of chessmate.com will replace a defective item even after some time has passed. he is very fair and takes pride in his work. If he sees he material was defective I would think he would make good.
He did, but the defective product was replaced by another defective product! With the same defect!
i don’t think he’s the owner of his website: he was complaining of the lack of space for pictures on his phone, precisesly when the pictures of the defective product started showing up on his phone!
Again, I am only talking about his most expensive wallet to date.
Wow if that is the case I am sure he would take care of it. I know David to be well above board dealing with problems. He goes out of his way to help people. I would try again if I were you.
I don’t think the problem can be fixed: it’s the material that looks good in the beginning, and then suddenly starts showing up small white spots at first, then bigger and bigger ones. After a couple of months it looks like it’s been used for years.
The second one I haven’t used at all and did last longer: but for lasting 4 months with no use at all, before showing up the same white spots, in the same places—tend to paint a trend here.
Did you buy the Kasparov Masterclass program? I was thinking of getting it but from the previews it looked like it was geared more towards the beginner/novice level. Would appreciate your comments if you did indeed purchase it. Thanks.
Just a note that the Drueke magnetic set that almost everyone sells is no more. Carrom Co. stopped making them. I liked the set, some didn't but I know it held its value. The price of these sets over the next 5 years will go up in my opinion. It was well made and lasted a life time, that is why you see so many for sale. I even have one made in the old walnut cabinet. So there is no trace now on the Carrom sight that reflects Drueke. Makes me wonder why they wanted to buy them out in the first place? They discontinued one great product after another.
Is this the set you're talking about:
Yes it is. I checked with them today and they confirmed. Cost was getting to high to keep making these sets in the USA. They did not want to go to China because of the initial set up and numbers they would have had to order were too large so they decided to do away with it. Last of a legend, except pf course for the new Drueke board being made by the Grandson.