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    I own 6 sets and one board from Official Staunton.

    I began with the Rosewood Collectors and the Antiqued 1851.  Then I added the Fischer '72 and the Piatagorsky Cup sets.  Last week I ordered the Havana 1966 and the 1850 along with the Mahogany framed chessboard, which should be delivered next week.  I'm very much looking to seeing and playing with these new sets!

    In general I prefer playing with the size and heft of large club size pieces with a king height of 4.4"-4.5", so I tend to get the larger sets, but I have a few with 4" or 3.75" kings.

    I also have a few sets from House of Staunton and Chess Bazaar.  Official Staunton is my favorite among these, and the sets I have from them are the best ones I have.  They are also more expensive than the sets I have from the other retailers, which are more lower to mid-price sets.  

    I've just bought a new house and am in the process of moving, so photos will have to wait.  I'll see what I can post when I get moved and settled. 

    Official Staunton gets a big thumbs up from me!      

  • #25
    TXpatzer wrote:

    I own 6 sets and one board from Official Staunton.

    I began with the Rosewood Collectors and the Antiqued 1851.  Then I added the Fischer '72 and the Piatagorsky Cup sets.  Last week I ordered the Havana 1966 and the 1850 along with the Mahogany framed chessboard, which should be delivered next week.  I'm very much looking to seeing and playing with these new sets!

    In general I prefer playing with the size and heft of large club size pieces with a king height of 4.4"-4.5", so I tend to get the larger sets, but I have a few with 4" or 3.75" kings.

    I also have a few sets from House of Staunton and Chess Bazaar.  Official Staunton is my favorite among these, and the sets I have from them are the best ones I have.  They are also more expensive than the sets I have from the other retailers, which are more lower to mid-price sets.  

    I've just bought a new house and am in the process of moving, so photos will have to wait.  I'll see what I can post when I get moved and settled. 

    Official Staunton gets a big thumbs up from me!      

    Thanks TXPatzer, You have a wonderful collection of Official Staunton Sets.  You should join our Official Staunton Chess Set Collectors Group to keep abreast of the latest developments and offerings from OS. Congrats on all you OS sets and on your new house. Looking forward to your OS set pics. Happy Collecting!

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    I am not sure you read that correctly. I think they got a run of 10 sets in that were not up to OS standards and he was offering them at a discount to the members of that club.

    At least that is how I read it.

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    Rsava, I hope that is the case.  If I find out from Carl that what I am getting is indeed up to snuff, I'll apologize profusely and try to delete my post above.

    But the post that I read said nothing about changing manufacturers or fixing the problem or that future sets would be corrected.  It only stated that OS had received the set from the manufacturer, and what they had was substandard.  I understand that he was offering 10 sets at a discount, but since that post is discussing the 1850 set as a whole,  I assumed that the entire run was bad and that I would be receiving one of those.

    If the post is referring to 10 substandard sets out of the entire batch, then the post should be edited to make that clear.  I don't read it that way at all.  

  • #29

    I am sure I am reading the same post as you are. I read it as I stated above, which is a perfectly logical way to look at it.

    Not very nice to make accusations without having proof. 

    You should remove your post until you find out for sure. 

    Also not sure about you, you have been a member here for 1 day and you are already slandering a vendor who has a very good reputation for quality. 

     

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    TXPatzer,

    I have many OS sets in my collection including the 185O Cooke set you just bought.  I got my 1850 Cooke set a few weeks ago and find the quality and workmanship including the exquistie hand carved Knights to be on par with all the other OS premium quality sets in my collection. Carl has provided a great service to chess set collectors like myself and I assure you he who would not "dupe" anyone. 

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    Carl and I have already emailed each other several times.  I'm sure we will get this straightened out.  I will delete my post that has caused the problem.  

    The entire problem is due to the wording of the post on the OS Collectors Club page.  I obviously read it a certain way, as evidenced by my strong post above, and to me, what I read and what I perceived is the same.  I have suggested to Carl to put himself in the mind of his customers and to try to make things more clear.  I certainly wouldn't have put myself, Carl, and the board, in this situation had I not firmly believed what I read. 

    I didn't intend to slander, only pointing out what Carl said about the 1850 set in the Collectors Club does not fit with what is on the OS website.  If the wording on the Chess.com website had more precise none of this would've happened.   

    My recent joining has nothing to do with my integrity. All of you had to join at one time.  I've been avidly reading this board for more than three years before joining, and all of you are the reasons why I've bought 6 OS sets in addition to an equal number of HOS sets and a few Chess Bazaar sets.  I've enjoyed reading all your posts and seeing the many fine sets, modern and antique, you've posted photos of.   

    I certainly didn't join merely to attack Carl, and I have been complimentary regarding the quality of this products.  I've been buying from and emailing Carl well before joining Chess.com.           

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    Mike,

    Good to hear re the 1850 set.  Before I bought it I carefully compared the 1849, 1850, 1851, Leuchars, and a few others.  

    I wanted a large size set, but something that wasn't as close to the 1851 I already had.  The 1850 had different details (more slender, more upright crowns, different bishops, refined knights) than some of the others and I like the overall look of the set, so I went with it.  

    One reason I also picked up the Havana 1966, besides it just looking so "right", is that I already had the Fischer '72, which was reportedly based on the Havana design.  While I prefer larger sets, and am not all that enamored with the visual design of the Fischer '72 pieces, the set handles and plays beautifully.  I'm hoping that the Havana set will offer the same superb handling with a bit larger pieces that look much better.  I'm pretty confident that I'm going to really like this one!  I'm hoping it's a nice fit with the maple, palisander, mahogany board that's coming with it.       

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    TXpatzer wrote:

    Mike,

    Good to hear re the 1850 set.  Before I bought it I carefully compared the 1849, 1850, 1851, Leuchars, and a few others.  

    I wanted a large size set, but something that wasn't as close to the 1851 I already had.  The 1850 had different details (more slender, more upright crowns, different bishops, refined knights) than some of the others and I like the overall look of the set, so I went with it.  

    One reason I also picked up the Havana 1966, besides it just looking so "right", is that I already had the Fischer '72, which was reportedly based on the Havana design.  While I prefer larger sets, and am not all that enamored with the visual design of the Fischer '72 pieces, the set handles and plays beautifully.  I'm hoping that the Havana set will offer the same superb handling with a bit larger pieces that look much better.  I'm pretty confident that I'm going to really like this one!  I'm hoping it's a nice fit with the maple, palisander, mahogany board that's coming with it.       

    You'll love both sets, here's a link to my Youtube video on the 1966 Havana Olympiad set:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOGFQbz3Hhc&feature=youtu.be

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    I won't continue it here, but you were wrong on several counts. 

    If you'd like to continue in PMs I will explain why. 

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    Carl has emailed me to clarify that the 1850 set I will receive is not one of the ones with quality issues and that I would be very happy with it.  I should receive it today or tomorrow.  If I can spare a few minutes from setting up the new house, I'll try to post a few pics and comments.   

    Rsava, let's put this to rest and hear no more of it.  If I have similar questions in the future I'll enquire about them privately rather than publicly.  At least you guys will remember me now!

    I sincerely apologize to Carl and everyone on the board for my faux pas.  I promise you that nothing was done maliciously, only trying to right a perceived wrong.  Sorry for getting off on the wrong foot.

       

     

     

  • #36

     Good to hear. Pics when the set comes in are always welcome, as is the custom for a new set!

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