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  • #341

    Shelby - I understand and agree with your perspective on pure white sets.  While there is certainly nothing "wrong" with a white set, it is true that everyone makes them - there is nothing particularly compelling or unique about the color.  So differentiating your product via color may be a viable marketing strategy.

    On the other hand, from the posts on this forum, it is clear that the strong yellow color (of the "white" pieces) of the "new" Ultimate Chess  Set - as evidenced by the photos you have posted on this forum - is not very appealing to a significant percentage potential customers.   So I suggest it might be wise to rethink the color issue in the future.

    That is, perhaps you could consider taking a middle approach (i.e., not too white and not too yellow) to produce a set with what is generally referred to as a "natural" color.  Or at least mitigate the intensity of the yellow of the new set.  I think a natural color would be satisfactory to the largest majority of potential customers.  See my post # 250 for what I mean by natural color, i.e....

    https://www.pantone.com/color-finder/P-7-1-C

  • #342

    Personally, I don't like white sets.  I'd rather them be even more yellow than the ivory white.  Too many boards have very light colored squares and the white pieces don't stand out from them well enough for me.  Just as bad as a board with pure black squares and black pieces.  I don't know why anyone would want to use that.

  • #343

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  • #344

    ShelbyLohrman wrote:

    to keep everyone happy,  here is a old set next to a new set.  Please remember the old set has had tons of use,  so they are a little faded.  Some of the pieces were sent off to the manufacturer to get the molds done

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    Looks like the factory did an amazing job with the pieces but wasn't even close with the color. That is as yellow as it gets. Very unfortunate.
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    That being said I appreciate all of the hard work Shelby put into this and obviously understand his desire to get this to market as soon as possible. Who knows how long it would've taken to go back and forth on color with the manufacturer.

  • #347

     Shelby,

    It's not noted on your website, but what are the diameters of the king and the pawn? My vintage Ultimate set measures Kd=1.57" and Pd=1.13", which best fits a 2" board where the king occupies 78.5% the width of the square. On a standard 2.25" tournament board the king occupies only 69.5% of the square, which is off-spec for both USCF and FIDE regulations.

    My whole point is this, whatever the diameter of the king is, make sure you match it with the appropriately sized board. A good suit not only has to look good, it has to fit well too.

  • #348
    ShelbyLohrman wrote:
    Bill_Petrovski wrote:

    I guess the set will be still be good travel/knockaround blitz set regardless.  Just unfortunate the color came out such a loud yellow, won't be able to leave it out in the living room (well I could but would be subsequently murdered by my gf).  Looking forward to next year when your manufacturer gets the color right.

     

    Thanks for all of the hard work and perseverance on this.

     

    Bill,

    You must not have been keeping up with the forum.  The color WILL NOT be the yellow from the first picture.  It will be as close to the original color as possible.  It will be cream.  I doubt anyone will be able to tell the difference other than the difference in size and weight.  If you liked the old color...you will like the color on this set.

     

    thanks

    Shelby Lohrman

     

    Oops.  

  • #349
    PhillipTheTank wrote:

    Personally, I don't like white sets.  I'd rather them be even more yellow than the ivory white.  Too many boards have very light colored squares and the white pieces don't stand out from them well enough for me.  Just as bad as a board with pure black squares and black pieces.  I don't know why anyone would want to use that.

    Couldn't agree more. I like the butter color myself. Precisely why I like playing with green squares if it involves jet black pieces.

  • #350

    I'm looking forward to receiving my new and better Ultimate Pieces... 

    What made me first stop and take notice of the set?  Those stout pawns!  Other pawns are just wimps in comparison.  :-)

    I like pieces designed with wider bases, they typically result in a lower center of gravity and are less likely to topple over when swiftly moved and dropped awkwardly off kilter, reliably taking foot on the intended square and wobbling to a fixed stance with a mighty clap of thunder (BAM!).   hmm... or is it Emerald Lagasse kicking it up a notch I'm thinking of... never mind, I'm on a roll here.  Speaking of roll, now I'm hungry, someone pass the butter... oh forget it. :-)

     

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