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Re:enhanced citrine pieces
« on: February 3, 2009, 09:49AM »
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hi Baron, I have found that the 1/16 by 3/8ths type N disc magnet sold by K&J Magnetics is a perfect match for the Citrine reed switches. when inset in the piece base and felt covered it provides about identical pull as originals. I tested all kinds before settleing on this particular disc. bought in quantities of at least 50 they are very cheap. 35 cents or so. good to hear from you and tell Janet HI.    regards, Tony
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Re:enhanced citrine pieces
« Reply #1 on: February 3, 2009, 08:54AM »
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Hi - this is Baron.  The seperate pieces are shown above. The pieces (without having to get the Citrine too) can be bought here: CITRINE CHESS PIECES. Any set of pieces can be re-engineered to work with the Citrine, but great care had to be exercised so as to get the right level of magnetization. Too great a strength of magnet meant that we wrecked a Citrine in testing by causing reed switch failure in the circuitry. We also found that reed switch 'fatigue' was more serious - it kept working for a while but then failed. We used the same unit to test that the pieces didn't influence adjacent squares and as a result we had to reduce the size (diameter) of magnet. Once having all this perfected, we took an already popular set of lux pieces and designated it for the Citrine. We could do the same with any set - but obviously the size of squares on the Citrine are a limitation.
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Re:enhanced citrine pieces
« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2009, 07:45AM »
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I just had to reply to this topic. I purchased a 3" ebony stallion set from Baron and reworked it to use on a Citrine when they came out. I told Janet about it and sent pics to her how I did it. I was then asked for detailed work instructions on the modification and how much I would charge them to do it for their Citrine's. I didn't want to make a job out of it so I just provided all the insrtuctions and what type of magnets to use. I wonder who does it for them now? A nice inexpensive set that looks well on the Citrine is the 3" classic ebonized & boxwood from house of staunton, which you can bur for about $40 from Cajun chess. I wonder why Baron doesn't also offer the modifyed Stallion in the ebony version also.  regards, Tony
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enhanced citrine pieces
« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2009, 06:50PM »
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I just received( from Chess Baron) the enhanced chess pieces for the Novag citrine.  They are excellent and make a huge difference in the look and feel of the game.  Highly recommended.
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