Which Dubrovnik Set do you like betterChessBazaar or House of Staunton?

goodknightmike

Recently both The House of Staunton and ChessBazar came with their versions of the Dubrovnik Olympiad chess set. HOS came with a 3.75" Ebonized and Boxwood set  opposed to the 3.6" Sheeshamwood and Boxwood set by CHessBazaar. Since the dark pieces differ in each set, your assessment will be based on the Boxwood pieces of both companys. In all pictures, the ChessBazaar pieces will be on the LEFT SIDE. HOS pieces will be on RIGHT SIDE. Also, the ChessBazaar Bishop will have a sheeshamwood ball finial and the HOS ball finial will be in black. I will hold off on my own observations and opinions until later in this thread. Thanks for your participation and opinions.

Jack_Burton

It seems like neither of them really get the Rook right.  But I lean towards the HOS.  The Chess Bazaar Bishop seems a bit too chunky. 

goodknightmike
Jack_Burton wrote:

It seems like neither of them really get the Rook right.  But I lean towards the HOS.  The Chess Bazaar Bishop seems a bit too chunky. 

Thanks for your opinion

Spiritbro77

Remarkably the HOS set is a little over 50$ US cheaper. Chess Bazarr's prices have gone through the roof lately. Not the bargain they once were IMO. Of course the dark side is "ebonized" for the HOS set while the CB is Seesham....

goodknightmike
Spiritbro77 wrote:

Remarkably the HOS set is a little over 50$ US cheaper. Chess Bazarr's prices have gone through the roof lately. Not the bargain they once were IMO. Of course the dark side is "ebonized" for the HOS set while the CB is Seesham....

This thread is asking what set you like better, not about their repective prices. But since you brought it up, where did you get your prices? HOS set is $199 (less 10%) plus shipping. ChessBazaar's set  is $119 which includes shipping.

9kick9

For the money + free shipping CB is the winner in my book. Thanks for the great pic comparison Mike.! Will probably order the CB version soon.

goodknightmike
9kick9 wrote:

For the money + free shipping CB is the winner in my book. Thanks for the great pic comparison Mike.! Will probably order the CB version soon.

Your welcome Frank. Are you going to buy the Sheeshamwood or Crimson stained set?  BTW, CB will also be coming out with an Ebonized set

goodknightmike
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baddogno

If you put him on your block list he won't be able to post anymore, but I don't know if that removes his already posted trash.  Worth a try...

goodknightmike
baddogno wrote:

If you put him on your block list he won't be able to post anymore, but I don't know if that removes his already posted trash.  Worth a try...

Yes, I put him on my block list already. But this doesn't remove his previous remarks

strngdrvnthng

Mike, it's a tough call but I think HOS just gets the nod from me. Just going by your pics it seems that HOS Knights are a little more refined. I'm just going on esthetics and not factoring in price at all. Thanks for sharing. I look forward to reading your opinion since you have both sets to hand and can judge how they feel as well as look. Best wishes, John C.

9kick9
goodknightmike wrote:
9kick9 wrote:

For the money + free shipping CB is the winner in my book. Thanks for the great pic comparison Mike.! Will probably order the CB version soon.

Your welcome Frank. Are you going to buy the Sheeshamwood or Crimson stained set?  BTW, CB will also be coming out with an Ebonized set

Don't let the creep bother you Mike. Theres always a few in every Forum. I might wait for the Ebony version as Sheesham is not usually consistant in the brown color. That is, you might get some darker/lighter pieces in the same set.

goodknightmike
strngdrvnthng wrote:

Mike, it's a tough call but I think HOS just gets the nod from me. Just going by your pics it seems that HOS Knights are a little more refined. I'm just going on esthetics and not factoring in price at all. Thanks for sharing. I look forward to reading your opinion since you have both sets to hand and can judge how they feel as well as look. Best wishes, John C.

Hi John, thanks for you input. Since I started this thread, I will defer my opinion for a while. I don't wont to influence anybody's opinion this early in the thread

goodknightmike
9kick9 wrote:
goodknightmike wrote:
9kick9 wrote:

For the money + free shipping CB is the winner in my book. Thanks for the great pic comparison Mike.! Will probably order the CB version soon.

Your welcome Frank. Are you going to buy the Sheeshamwood or Crimson stained set?  BTW, CB will also be coming out with an Ebonized set

Don't let the creep bother you Mike. Theres always a few in every Forum. I might wait for the Ebony version as Sheesham is not usually consistant in the brown color. That is, you might get some darker/lighter pieces in the same set.

Hi Frank, yep, there's always some jerk trying to disrupt things. That's usually true about the sheesham sets, with some variation in color of the brown. Hopefully CB will come out with an Ebony set

cornbeefhashvili

WHat do the black pieces look like? I like bloodwood or whatever it is called - a dark but noticably reddish hue.

FrankHelwig

Each set has some nice design elements that I prefer over the other one, but all in one, I would give the HOS set a slight edge. The HOS pieces are shaped more elegantly (slightly more slender, pronounced base), whereas the CB pieces feel a little more chunky. The rooks and bishops in particular look superior in the HOS set.

What I like in the CB set is the King's top (disproportionally large in the HOS set), the queen's design, and the fact that the knights' heads are slimmer seen from the front (too fat in the HOS set).

Neither set comes close to NOJ sets, IMO. But then again, they are significantly cheaper. Both look like they're fun to play with.

informaticacobach29

If I could take both set of pieces and mix them to build just one set, I would choose:

King, queen and pawn from the CB set; bishop, knight and rook from the HoS set.

If I wouldn´t take the price in account, I´d go for the HoS Dubrovnik.

goodknightmike
FrankHelwig wrote:

Each set has some nice design elements that I prefer over the other one, but all in one, I would give the HOS set a slight edge. The HOS pieces are shaped more elegantly (slightly more slender, pronounced base), whereas the CB pieces feel a little more chunky. The rooks and bishops in particular look superior in the HOS set.

What I like in the CB set is the King's top (disproportionally large in the HOS set), the queen's design, and the fact that the knights' heads are slimmer seen from the front (too fat in the HOS set).

Neither set comes close to NOJ sets, IMO. But then again, they are significantly cheaper. Both look like they're fun to play with.

Hi Frank:
Thanks for your thoughts. No question, these sets are not in the same class as the Noj Ltd Dubrovniks. But the CB and HOS sets are better suited for blitz and rapid chess.  There's no way I would ever play a speed game with my Noj Dubrovniks. They are made of  very soft woods and would not hold up. 

9kick9

For speed games I would only use plastic & vinyl board only. Things get knocked around & banged around & dropped on the floor etc....

goodknightmike
9kick9 wrote:

For speed games I would only use plastic & vinyl board only. Things get knocked around & banged around & dropped on the floor etc....

You might have a point there Frank!!