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


  • 11 months ago · Quote · #101

    goodknightmike

    CB, I agree wirh 12701's  assessment of the HOS Queens.

  • 11 months ago · Quote · #102

    verylate

    "This thread is asking what set you like better, not about their respective prices"

    Glad you said that, because there's no way my wife is letting me buy another chess set just because I think its a work of art.

    I slightly prefer the CB King and Queen. Slightly. Definitely prefer HoS for the Bs, Ns, and Rs. CB Bs and Rs do look a little chunky. HoS Ns are a bit chunky too, but have greater detail to make up for it. pawns, maybe a slight edge to Hos. Again, CB looks like they could put theirs on a diet.

    Come to think of it, I prefer the black finial on the HoS Bishop to the sheeshamwood CB. Better contrast. What do the black pieces look like?

    BTW, I do like Sheeshamwood pieces, even though there are naturally going to be slight variations in colour and shade. That's cool.

  • 11 months ago · Quote · #103

    loubalch

    127001 wrote:

    I just bought a CB Dubrovnik thanks to this thread. I like the knight, rook, and bishop on the HOS set but I just couldn't get over how small that queen is on the HOS set. A queen should look intimidating. The queen on the HOS set is just a tiny bit taller than the bishop.

    Overall, the CB set is more uniform in size. I know the OP said don't factor in price but The fact that the CB set is about $100 cheaper helped a lot in my decision too.

    127001,

    You may prefer the scaling on the CB set, but it's not an accurate representation of the actual scaling of the original.

    I think we all agree that the Noj set is by far the most accurate, and perhaps the only one that could be considered a true reproduction. The CB and HOS sets are designed in the Dubrovnik "style."

    Take a look at the photos. First, the Noj set (the most accurate).

    Next, the HOS set. Where the scaling of the King, Queen and Bishop are very close to that of the Noj set above. If anything, I think the knight is undersized by about 1/4" (plus the rook and pawn are not as full-bodied as they should be).

    And finally, the CB version. The queen is much too tall compared to the Noj. The shape of the Bishop's miter is too bulbous; and I'm not too keen on the design of the unicorn, er, I mean the knight. I like the rook and the pawn though. Also, the Noj and the HOS sets have the more accurate spacing of the collars on the K, Q, and B.

    BTW, I got my HOS Dubrovnik set on eBay for $150 plus shipping, which made the price differential about $50 for the 3.6" version. And even less when compared to the 4" version.

  • 11 months ago · Quote · #104

    127001

    Yeah I like the NOJ too but there's no way I'm spending that much right now. Maybe when my kid Finish college or something. Speaking of my kid, we did an unboxing video of CB Dubrovnik together.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=JBIc5M3kJms

  • 11 months ago · Quote · #105

    9kick9

    Thanks for the great video.! I have the Sheesham just like yours. Rochester folding board here as well. For the money it looks like your set for some games with your daughter. She impressed me when she put the Queen on the correct square.! It looks like she will be beating you before too long.!!

  • 11 months ago · Quote · #106

    kenardi

    127001 wrote:

    Yeah I like the NOJ too but there's no way I'm spending that much right now. Maybe when my kid Finish college or something. Speaking of my kid, we did an unboxing video of CB Dubrovnik together.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=JBIc5M3kJms

    set looks nice, great video.

  • 11 months ago · Quote · #107

    wiscmike

    127001 wrote:

    Yeah I like the NOJ too but there's no way I'm spending that much right now. Maybe when my kid Finish college or something. Speaking of my kid, we did an unboxing video of CB Dubrovnik together.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=JBIc5M3kJms

    Nice set. For the money you can't go wrong.

  • 11 months ago · Quote · #108

    m_liguori

    127001 wrote:

    Yeah I like the NOJ too but there's no way I'm spending that much right now. Maybe when my kid Finish college or something. Speaking of my kid, we did an unboxing video of CB Dubrovnik together.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=JBIc5M3kJms

    That was quite possibly the cutiest thing ever. You melted my GFs heart with that one. Please keep making videos!

  • 11 months ago · Quote · #109

    127001

    Thank you m_liguori

  • 6 months ago · Quote · #110

    Robert_Philley

    Hello everyone! Looks like Chessbazaar introduced their second version of stained crimson Dubrovnik and adjudicating from the photos the set looks spectacular to me. Looks like this set is based on a custom order. Perhaps that custom order originated from one of the forum members here? I indeed prefer ebony wood for the dark pieces. Apart from that CB has improved the design of its knight, I like the new look.

    http://www.chessbazaar.com/new-1950-dubrovnik-bobby-fischer-reproduced-chess-set-version-2-0-in-stained-crimson-box-wood-3-6-king.html/

     

     

     




  • 6 months ago · Quote · #111

    bananamoon

    Robert_Philley wrote:

    Hello everyone! Looks like Chessbazaar introduced their second version of stained crimson Dubrovnik and adjudicating from the photos the set looks spectacular to me. Looks like this set is based on a custom order. Perhaps that custom order originated from one of the forum members here? I indeed prefer ebony wood for the dark pieces. Apart from that CB has improved the design of its knight, I like the new look.

    http://www.chessbazaar.com/new-1950-dubrovnik-bobby-fischer-reproduced-chess-set-version-2-0-in-stained-crimson-box-wood-3-6-king.html/




     

     

     

     

     

     




    Thx 4 sharing.

    Can't wait to order when they (if?) start the production of the sheesham/boxwood 3.6" set.

     

  • 6 months ago · Quote · #112

    Drawgood

    Chessbazaar now has a new Dubrovnik set which has the correct five wall rook. Just make sure you look carefully.
  • 6 months ago · Quote · #113

    wiscmike

    Drawgood wrote:
    Chessbazaar now has a new Dubrovnik set which has the correct five wall rook. Just make sure you look carefully.

    The 5 parapets vs 6 parapets saw the correction after the first run about a year ago. They are also as far as I know sealing the crimson stain this time around. Other than that I have no idea why the India carvers can not get the knight right. 

  • 3 months ago · Quote · #114

    Carolingian369

    There's a  Zagreb-style set by "indoeshop" (perhaps now suppliers to chessbazaar?) that I find very eye-catching but I'm interested in others' opinions:

  • 3 months ago · Quote · #115

    rmanthony

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  • 3 months ago · Quote · #116

    loubalch

    Carolingian369 wrote:

    There's a  Zagreb-style set by "indoeshop" (perhaps now suppliers to chessbazaar?) that I find very eye-catching but I'm interested in others' opinions:

    From your picture above, I find the bases are a bit too narrow, which will reduce their stability. My favorite Zagreb style set is the one from the Chess House (see link below). With the exception of the Zagreb style knight, the remaining pieces in this set are patterned after the Dubrovnik. If the design strikes your fancy, you get the best of both worlds, Zagreb and Dubrovnik in one set! Sort of a "mashup." Their massive bases, and generous weighting, the entire set weighs 62 oz., will provide you with an extremely stabile set -- with no whimpy pawns. [As the bandito says in the classic film, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, "We don't need no stinkin' whimpy-pawns."] In fact, I've made it my mission to rid the chess world of whimpy pawns. "Four pawns to the square?" Sorry FIDE, that's bunkum and balderdash!

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Golden-Rose-Wood-Zagreb-Staunton-Wooden-Chess-Set-Pieces-King-size-4-with-Box-/121348153167?hash=item1c40e9df4f:g:G28AAOxykUZTf3R-

    P.S. The 4.0" set pictured above is available on eBay for $135 with FREE shipping from India.

  • 2 months ago · Quote · #117

    Carolingian369

    I see what you're saying about the bases and I kindof agree, but part of what I really liked about the indoeshop set I posted (also available ~$89 on ebay) was the high contrast between the black and white, especially on the finials for the king, queen and bishop. Of course, maybe that's just the professional stock photo I'm looking at and the real set wouldn't be quite as pretty...

  • 2 months ago · Quote · #118

    wiscmike

    Robert_Philley wrote:

    Hello everyone! Looks like Chessbazaar introduced their second version of stained crimson Dubrovnik and adjudicating from the photos the set looks spectacular to me. Looks like this set is based on a custom order. Perhaps that custom order originated from one of the forum members here? I indeed prefer ebony wood for the dark pieces. Apart from that CB has improved the design of its knight, I like the new look.

    http://www.chessbazaar.com/new-1950-dubrovnik-bobby-fischer-reproduced-chess-set-version-2-0-in-stained-crimson-box-wood-3-6-king.html/

     

     

     

     

     

     




    Wish I could send mine back and get a new crimson one. I hope if you order one the stain doesn't come off in your hands. I hope they sealed it this time.  Never ever heard of any stain coming off in a person's hand on any stained piece of wood unless it was stained improperly and never sealed.  14 months later the crap still comes off.  That is about the only gripe I have and still have with CB. Offering me another set at 30% off doesn't cut it as they offered that for 3 months to anyone. What a bogus offer for me it was.  Yes still sour grapes with CB. 

  • 2 months ago · Quote · #119

    loubalch

    Mike, I've got just the thing for handling that crimson chess set. Smile

  • 2 months ago · Quote · #120

    wiscmike

    ha ha Lou. What burns me is something with that degree of faulty workmanship should be unacceptable and have been replaced for no charge and no charge to ship it back. I surely know that one set left many buyers with a bad taste and they lost a lot of business over it.  Don't need the crimson gloves as I do not play with it.  Mine was a 4" special edition only two made and I would sell it for $125 + shipping. Never used it once. paid $200 or $225 can't remember.  


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