Thanks, I won't discount modern pots completely.
I've read that multiple times before, and it's just logical that modern pots could be better than vintage or antiques, because production methods are improving gradually.I've found some that outperforms LQER pots in terms of brew performance by many folds.
However, I am not always wrong. With the export teapot and the dragon teapot, for example, I was right. I doubt that there is a CCCI seal on this pot (I have seen many of these pots), but I'll let you know. In addition, CCCI pots are often slip casted. This pot does look a bit weird (especially the lid), but it does not look slip casted to me, but it's hard to tell from a bad photo. I'll post a quick update once I have the pot in my hands. It's likely that you are right with it being a bad pot, but I cannot know that for sure based on a bad photo. So I'll just wait for now.
That's a great answer, thank you so much and sorry, I did not notice the different handle decorations before. I have to be more careful about that. But I am not sure what you mean with the lid. Could you please explain that? The decorations on the handle really look more refined on the ZAG pot, but I still think it was a great purchase. After all it's still a confirmed 70's F1 pot with a not so bad craftsmanship for less than $100. I am currently using my Hongni pots, but if this pot makes good tea and gets a patina in a reasonable amount of time that's all I am asking for.
you might get bac-tea disguised as black tea..
I always clean my pots with the left over water. It's not boiling hot but sufficient in my view. There are many methods for boosting the patina development. For example, many people here boil their pots in tea (really bad Idea, I tried this myself!), or they put the teapot in a bowl of hot tea and let it sit over night. I once used a brush, but I am now too lazy for it. I'll just get the patina by use.