I'm sure many of you at some point found yourself in a similar position: you had been drinking quality tea for a while, you went from tea balls and your everyday teapots to the more serious though relatively inexpensive teaware found on sites like YS, DTH, and others. As your passion for tea blossomed, and you come to sites like this and see such nice and unique teaware you decide you want to acquire some artisan teaware that is maybe more money than you thought possible when you first started.
This is where I am today. I have teaware from vendors such as O-Cha, DTS, and Camellia Sinensis. My yixing is around $50 but seems well made (using it for two years). I have two kyusus from O-Cha that are $30 each. I have a Houhin that was $15. And a few cups, mainly porcelain. I continue to experiment with tea (new types, higher qualities) and technique...but the pull to new, artisan teaware is there.
I'm about 60% Japanese greens, rest split on some different oblongs (wuyi, dancong, TGY).
I like all my teaware, and the resulting tea it produces...but where to begin the next part of the (teaware) journey?