I went ahead and took the plunge on two old "zhuni" pots that will run
a bit less than $60 each with combined shipping. I'll report the
results. I've seen references to using denture cleaner and dilute
chlorine bleach for sanitizing and "resetting" old Yixing teapots.
Awhile back, there was discussion in this group of using white vinegar
for the purpose, with at least one contributor reported a residual
vinegar smell. Anyone have experience with more than one of these
> I have bought 9 pots from Anling and found them to be excellent,
> although I couldn't verify their authenticity. He will sell you a
> certificate of authentification if you ask for it. At least three seem
> to be of pure zhuni clay, and a few other a quality clay mix. They
> were all very grimy but treatment with denture cleaner, toothbrush and
> q-tips cured them all. One is my best sheng puer pot, another brews
> delicious da hong pao, and a third is ok, really high-pitched ring with
> handmade indicators but I haven't figured out what tea works best in
> it. It has a flat shape. A fourth, thicker-walled is the one I use
> for high-mountain taiwanese oolongs and it really brings out their
> aroma. I have gifted 2 of the pots, and three are too big for daily
> use so they are sitting around my house.
> What you can't tell from the pictures, but what Anling will answer to
> you if you ask, is how thick the walls are of the pot.
> I had a great experience with him. But get ready to spend time
> > Does anyone have experience buying teapots from the ebay store
> > They have a large selection of yixing listed as pre-1960 at what look
> > like reasonable prices, even allowing for ~$30 shipping. They also
> > seem to have decent feedback and several repeat customers. Everything
> > I read about buying Yixing--old or new--screams caveat emptor, but some
> > of those pots look pretty neat to me.