This goban set came to Baduk Club from a consignment shop in Osaka, Japan. The seller says it is was originally purchased at the Inoue Gobanten in Osaka.
The board is 17cm thick, and stands 29cm tall on legs. It has an even yellow color typical of Shinkaya (Alaskan Spruce). It is a quarter-sawn board, a Tenchi-masa cut. This cutting style creates straight lines on most of the surfaces, so the board is easy on the eyes and only some cross-grain heartwood appears on the sides. This is one of the highest-rated cuts for go boards.
The board is in great condition, with good edges and corners. It would still be good to clean and wax the board, unless your climate is as humid as Japan's. Visit my Care Instructions to learn more. The legs are a darker color and are probably Katsura - they are in very good shape as well. A sticker on the underside indicates it was finished in 1993.
The bowls are Karin (quince). They look XL size.
The stones are a full set of slate and shell, about size 30-34 (8mm-9mm) based on how much they fill the bowls. The white pieces have regular lines in the photos so they are probably moon-grade Mexican clamshell.
This is a Vintage item.
FedEx International Priority shipping from Japan (to nearly anywhere) is already included. This service reduces the actual transit time to only 5 business days, and also allows more room for padding in order to avoid shipping damage. Please allow a week for Customs preparations, then a FedEx tracking number will be provided that you can use to sign up for notifications.
Because of the quality of this set, Surface shipping is not recommended, but it is possible (in 2 parcels with Japan Post) if you wish to reduce the cost by about $120. Contact us with the chat widget to make such arrangements.