Coming-up: A table goban review
This information will be useful for many of you in the United States who are shopping for your own table Go board in the mid-price range of about $150.
Yes. I have bought a table goban, thus ending my search for now.
No. It isn't from Kuroki Goishi Ten; but a set from them shall remain on my long-term to-buy list.
I successfully bid on a Go set from Yellow Mountain Imports. Below are its content specifications (corrected for known errors):
- One 2-3/8" thick kaya wood (from Yunnan Province, China) board measuring 18-1/4"L x 17-1/4"W x 2-3/8"H
- 180 white and 181 black genuine Yunzi stones (link in Chinese), 9mm thick and about 21mm wide
- Two jujube wood gosu
- Travel vinyl carrying case for the stones and gosu
The three images below are from the vendor's stock photography. This set comes from China.
The successful bid was $127.62. After adding shipping from Southern California to the San Francisco Bay Area and 8.25% state sales tax (inapplicable to everyone who lives outside of California), the total cost came to $152.38. The bid was carefully planned but I did not think I would win as these sets normally go for $138 to $203. I was unexpectedly fortunate.
I had done a bit of research on this product before placing my bid. Over the next week, I will be blogging about that research which may help you with your own bidding efforts.
You can find these sets by entering these words in an eBay title search: kaya go board
When the set arrives, I will blog a product and purchase experience review and provide photographs. That will help you with your decision to bid or not. Let's hope all turns out well in the shipping process.
I was very much hoping to acquire a lovely set of real slate-and-shell stones from Mr. Kuroki but, alas, most of my discretionary income must go to ChiyoChan's college fund. There's a big difference between $153 and my preferred Kuroki set which would have cost $700. Still, I think this turn of events is good not just for me but also for many of you. A $150 Go set is probably closer to most of your (overstretched) budgets.
This should be interesting.