From what I understand, a vintage set is about the only way to get real Kaya, shell and slate for less than 1.000 US dollars.
I generally prefer old stuff anyway for the heritage/history and eBay has quite a few vintage sets from Asia that seem cool.
Does anyone have experience buying vintage equipment for regular use? Is it such a big deal to have genuine Kaya, shell and slate vs. cheaper options like Yunzi, glass or melamine stones and Shin Kaya/spruce or bamboo boards?
At this point, I’m still a raw beginner and in no particular hurry to drop mega coin on an expensive set that I don’t deserve. Just exploring future options so that when the time comes I can buy one nice set for life.