Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Wait a little longer for that review

Whoops! Quality control problem.

My mini-goban from Yellow Mountain Imports arrived today (rather fast shipment) but it has a diagonal warp. Two opposite corners point upwards so it rocks no matter which side I play on. With the 13x13 side facing up, the board will spin on a smooth surface. I tried fixing it with felt pads and later with silicone pads but the warping is too pronounced.

I sent YMI an email to see what they can do. They have a good reputation of doing right by their customers.

The finish on the mini-goban is a few shades lighter than that of the full-sized table goban that I acquired from them back in December. Its color is more towards the yellow spectrum rather than cinammon. It's not an issue for me although I was hoping that the two might perfectly color-coordinate.


At 8:56 PM, April 12, 2006, Anonymous Iceman said...

Welcome to the world of thin boards! : ) Samarkand says this about their 1/2" board: "There is some slight bowing after a while, possibly due to our extremely dry winter, but a heavy book placed on it overnight flattened it right out again." My own 20 or so classroom 13x13/9x9 boards have various degrees of warpage. I've 'solved' the problem by using *different sized* silicone pads on each board to compensate for the bizarre variations. This balancing act is a pain, but the end result is that 13x13 games are steady and kids don't mind (or haven't noticed yet).

Regarding YMI, I inquired about damaged boards for education and they made us a deal. We now have 3 table boards and a beautiful floor board with two very tolerably dented corners in our classroom. To see table boards, see today's edition of our local paper:

Spring Break is a day away. I'll catch up with you then ChiyoDad (tournament et al.). Thanks for your great work!

At 10:25 PM, April 12, 2006, Blogger ChiyoDad said...

Hello Iceman!

Yes, thinner boards are more prone to warping. The only exceptions seems to be MDF and bamboo boards.

I hadn't seen Samarkand's new shin-kaya board. Its thickness is actually 7mm which is 3mm thinner than the mini-goban I received from YMI.

It's great to hear that YMI was able to give your school a special deal on seconds. The boards look just great in that photo and I look forward to the details of the tournament.

At 10:58 PM, April 12, 2006, Anonymous Kurzhaar said...

I have the 1 1/2 inch thick Hiba board from Samarkand. It's beautiful and well worth the $45. It's much nicer playing on a thicker board. My 19x19 is a folding spruce board I got from Ishi Press and is about 3/4 of and inch thick--I can't wait to replace it it someday soon.

At 11:24 PM, April 12, 2006, Blogger ChiyoDad said...

Hello kurzhaar!

It sounds like you may have gotten your board a while back. On Samarkand's website, their current combo board is only 1-inch thick.

Thick boards certainly have their advantages and a much more solid tone when the stone is placed. I hope you find a great 19x19 board in whatever price range you prefer! It seems that US distributors have been introducing a lot of new products and we now have more choices.

At 8:37 PM, April 13, 2006, Anonymous kurzhaar said...

i can't measure. i got the samarkand board in november or december. it is 1" (and my 19x19 is a 1/2"). when i get my tax refund, it'll be hiroki goishi i'll be checking on first.

BTW i just got the deluxe magnetic go board from samarkand about a month ago. it's very nice--full set of stones that have a nice shape to them and a nice carry case. samarkand is selling for $70 (i think) -- i saw the same set on yutopian for $130. great for travelling or halling to go club.....


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