isaac wrote:yes, i think that is a wise decision.
US$700 can get you a good pair of clay teapots especially when you are more concerned about the clay than the potter.
Since you are based in Malaysia, may i suggest that you drop by to Singapore and look at Wang San Yang (3 shops: in Vivocity, Orchard Ion and Chinatown - Hong Lim Complex) or Wang San Le (at Chinatown Point) or Yue Hwa Department Store (in Chinatown). There are also others like Tea Chapter, Nam Yuen, etc which I have not visited.
The owners of Wang San Yang had recently returned with a collection of teapots from yixing. I bought 4 teapots from them and find them honest and reliable, qualities i value as extremely important.
I would love to meet a fellow tea enthusiast and although i do not know much, i am willing to share what i know.
Thanks for the reference. I am planning to go Singapore for Christmas holiday, maybe will have a look there but would be kind of difficult to purchase since Mrs is going along too