I registered on this forum yesterday, having been a longtime lurker (several years).
My "tea journey" (a somewhat cheezy term for describing my discovery that there is more than Lipton and Twinnings in the world of tea) started some six or seven years ago. However, I live in Norway, a coffe drinker's Mecca, but hardly a place to buy quality tea or teaware. I did buy a Yixing-pot quite early on, from Palais des Thés (they have a store in Oslo), and over the years a few more were bought. I expect these to be real, but certainly not of great quality. In any case, they did the job for me.
Then I lived for a year in Hong Kong (studying, 2012-13), I was able to buy some good puer (and actually taste it before buying) and what I thought was a decent yixing-pot (from a reputable (if somewhat commercial) vendor) which unfortunately turned out to have a terrible pour (small, single hole, which I definitely should have checked before leaving the store).
Long story short: Now I am back in Norway. I want a good pot, and by good I mean one that is real, pours well, and not too big. I usually drink alone, so I want to keep it at 140 ml or below (my smallest pot is 140 ml, the others all 150 or 160).
I will have to make my order online (and thus will not be able to hold it and test it for myself). I am willing to spend more than I have done on my other pots, but would like to keep the bill below 200$. The pot will be used for raw puers.
From Yunnan Sourcing I'm interested in this: http://www.yunnansourcing.us/store/product.php?id_product=303. I was also interested in another one, but it seems to have disappeared from the site since yesterday (in fact the one I linked to is the last one in stock, so it will probably be sold quite soon). I sent a mail to YS asking for the pour time (with water) yesterday, waiting for a reply.
I've looked at Hou De's selection, but everything within my price range is sold out (and what remains are rather large pots).
From Jing Tea Shop I like these two: 1) http://www.jingteashop.com/pd-jing-tea-shop-yixing-teapot-lhh.cfm; 2) http://www.jingteashop.com/pd-jing-tea-shop-yixing-teapot-byh.cfm. Unfortunately both are at 150ml. In any case I much appreciate the information Jing Tea Shop provides about the pots (and suggested tea pairing), wish more vendors would follow that line.
Tea Masters has a pot (http://teamasters.blogspot.tw/2013/03/2-yixing-xianpiao-teapots.html) that might fit the bill, only I'm a bit worried that I will have the same pour problem as with the one I bought in HK (small, single hole) if I use it with puer.
Essence of tea has some beautiful pots for sale, but all of them are above £400 (which, as a student, I can't cover right now).
Any other suggestions for where to look? Or perhaps I should just forget about getting anything decent within my price range, wait until I've finished my studies and found a job, and pray that there's still good pots on the market?