drueke

Brioma33
As far as the newer pieces Bill Drueke is making & selling, I would think your best bet is to ask Bill to show pictures of the actual pieces before you buy. I have never heard of somebody selling 3 different grades of quality. Sounds like something that I might personally avoid.
Gamegrunt

I would definitely pick one of these up when it is offered in natural/red.

KnightsForkCafe

The queen pictured on the left is the original. While the right queen pictured is from the clone set. I actually like them both. Drueke has better lines but the clone is do able and gives nostalgia without the worry of breakage when playing.

SeniorPatzer

If the bottoms of the more affordable Drueke sets are weighted and stable for speed chess, I'd buy one.

RussBell

When posting pictures of plastic pieces, especially for comparison purposes, it would be helpful to make the vertical seams of the pieces visible in the photos if possible....

zagryan

Bill Drueke sent me his shopify website that has more products and configured to ship outside of US. Click on Chess Pieces to see the products. 

 

https://drueke-games-chess-products.myshopify.com/

sound67

Hmm, based on those pictures many other plastic sets I've seen actually look considerably better than these, including some I bought at Wholesale Chess. 

zagryan

@sound67 - I know you have eagle eyes. Have you handled original Drueke Player's Choice plastic pieces? How do you like them compared to plastic pieces from Wholesale Chess?

sound67

The only vintage Drueke set I've ever seen in person was a No.22 ("Octagonal") set, and the quality was very poor. Drueke sets were never sold in large quantities in Europe, I believe. But when I see how good e.g. the "Premier Chess" pieces I obtained from WSC are (classic Staunton, weighting) for just €18 then (now a bit pricier), That doesn't make the new Drueke sets seem very enticing.

 

RussBell

The photos of the Drueke pieces on the website are very poor, grainy, especially when you click on them (when they are magnified).  Like they were taken with a cheap cell phone.  Looking at the Knights, they look suspect as well.  Doesn't inspire much confidence in the production quality of the set.

https://drueke-games-chess-products.myshopify.com/collections/chess-pieces-1/products/no-35h-chess-set

Gamegrunt

I think this is a work in progress.

gargraves

Yes, i got the set, I don't recommend it, bubbles, various flaws. The newest run of HOS wooden replica of Drueke is great, very pleased with that.

KnightsForkCafe

I think that 3D printing might be the best way for someone at home who has a 3D printer and the know how to do it. 

bborkowski

I don't make the pieces but I can beat him on the price for the board.  Check out https://www.etsy.com/shop/ColoradoWoodWorker and use coupon code DRUEKE10 for 10% off.  I mean it is hard to beat the original but I am going to try.

RussBell

I can vouch for ColoradoWoodWorker's solid wood chess boards.  I own one, and love it!  And his (Brad Borkowski) prices are very reasonable.  See his post immediately above this one.