tingjunkie wrote:wyarldley's response was very well thought out, diplomatic, and helpful. I'm not in a diplomatic mood myself, so I'll just ask... Why do you want a "top quality" Yixing pot if you haven't put in the time and effort to understand and appreciate one in the first place?
Wyarldley's answer is indeed very helpful and informative. It is exactly the answer I needed. Thank you Wyardley.
Now, to answer tingjunkie's question. I do not want to spend the rest of my life collecting teapots. I am not interested in collecting, I am interested in drinking.
I want to focus on tea, not on teapots. Yet, I bought an assortment of teapots I found esthetically pleasing, because esthetics add to the drinking experience. And even though I am not a collector, I am sort of a "completist". In MMO's I always finish all the quests and explore every nook and cranny. This is my psychology.
Most of my pots are not Yixing. They are not even from China. But I need some Yixing too, to have what I consider a complete collection so that the inner workings of my brain are at peace.
I already have some Yixing pots. They are "tuition" pots in the sense that I purposedly avoided expensive ones supposedly made from rare clays. They are not "tuition" pots in the sense that I did not get screwed, I got exactly what I was told I was buying. And they brew decent tea.
I have one of each type of clay, except old zhu ni. That is the clay type required to complete collection. Hence my question.
As an aside, I do not see what is wrong with relying on experts and trusted vendors to buy something. I do not have the time to become an expert on everything I would like to buy.