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Aaron

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PostSubject: Castello   Fri Nov 12, 2010 12:04 am

Um yeah, Castello is looking good. I think I will be needing one soonish.
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PostSubject: Re: Castello   Fri Nov 12, 2010 12:11 am

Grey Fox is having a good sale right now and they just implemented a three month payment system if you want to space out the payments.

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PostSubject: Re: Castello   Fri Nov 12, 2010 12:17 am

Shocked

So much good.
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PostSubject: Re: Castello   Fri Nov 12, 2010 7:25 pm

Can't go wrong with a Castello Aaron. Go for it!!
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PostSubject: Re: Castello   Fri Nov 12, 2010 7:35 pm

ragtopbob wrote:
Can't go wrong with a Castello Aaron. Go for it!!

I will... I hope... Need more bones... Ain't got no bones....
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PostSubject: Re: Castello   Fri Nov 12, 2010 10:53 pm

Check Marty Pulvers' site before you go crazy.

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PostSubject: Re: Castello   Sat Nov 13, 2010 8:17 pm

I'm digging some Sea Rock action.
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PostSubject: Re: Castello   Mon Nov 15, 2010 8:41 pm

Castello makes some nice looking pipes, but for the money I'd rather own a Rinaldo or Ser Jacopo.

But if you can get a great deal on one, go for it, definetely.

Just my few cents.

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PostSubject: Re: Castello   Tue Nov 16, 2010 2:06 am

There was a time that I thought Renaldo was the answer also, so I bought a few. What I found was that they lacked consistancy i.e., some were really really good and some were so so. (I still have the really really good ones.) I can't comment on Ser J. I've never owned one. However, I do have a few Castello Sea Rocks and every one of them does rock!
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PostSubject: Re: Castello   Mon Dec 27, 2010 12:18 am

Where's a good place online to shop for Castellos other than eBay? Two of their shapes have caught my eye, and I think I'd like to start watching for a new pipe.
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PostSubject: Re: Castello   Mon Dec 27, 2010 12:47 am

Zeno Marx wrote:
Where's a good place online to shop for Castellos other than eBay? Two of their shapes have caught my eye, and I think I'd like to start watching for a new pipe.

Check out smokingpipes.com they carry a large selection of Castello pipes, and they offer outstanding customer service. (No affiliation, just a satisfied customer.) Keep us posted on your Castello odyssey; I want one too, some day!
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PostSubject: Re: Castello   Mon Dec 27, 2010 4:44 am

Castello consistently produces way above average smokers. I only have four of them, but you can't tell one from the other in smoking quality. They are pretty much the benchmark by which I judge all pipes in smoking quality. They start with high quality briar, and I think they say they age it all at least ten years, and I think that has to be the reason for their consistent high quality.
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PostSubject: Re: Castello   Mon Dec 27, 2010 11:25 am

I'm really enjoying mine. I got it from gray fox online. Marty Pulver's site has a few that I've seen. Smoking pipes as said before. There's more out there I'm sure.
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PostSubject: Re: Castello   Mon Dec 27, 2010 11:28 am

Pease himself is an avid collector of Castellos.

http://glpease.com/BriarAndLeaf/?p=44
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PostSubject: Re: Castello   Mon Dec 27, 2010 6:18 pm

I'll second the vote for checking out Marty Pulvers' site
www.Sherlocks-Haven.com
He's usually got a great selection of unsmoked Castellos.



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PostSubject: Re: Castello   Tue Dec 28, 2010 1:02 am

Park Lane Tobacconist also has a good selection of Castellos. I don't visit the site because my credit card leaps out of my wallet....
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PostSubject: Re: Castello   Fri Aug 21, 2015 5:44 pm

I'm in the mood to look at and admire Castellos. If anyone knows of a shop/online store with a nice selection, a collector with a nice photo gallery on their personal webpage, a thread on another board with some photos, or anywhere else with some Castello eye candy, I'd appreciate knowing about it. It all started with some cursory research on a couple shapes, and now I have the bug to see even more. Let me know, please!
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PostSubject: Re: Castello   Fri Aug 21, 2015 7:16 pm

Here's what SP.com has in used Costelo's

http://www.smokingpipes.com/pipes/estate/italy/index.cfm?tag=Castello

And here's what they have in new ones:

http://www.smokingpipes.com/pipes/new/castello/index.cfm

ENJOY !! Twisted Evil Twisted Evil
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PostSubject: Re: Castello   Fri Aug 21, 2015 7:18 pm

monbla beat me to it by mere seconds.....

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PostSubject: Re: Castello   Tue Apr 17, 2018 2:11 pm

In the past year or so, I've seen some really sharp Castellos in deep reddish/orange color + smooth bowl, or smooth panels on the bowl, and dark-colored sea rock shanks. Multi color. Multi texture. Is there a name for that? Does it fall under the Pi stamp?

Along the same lines, some of the fuming they do is exemplary. Industry standard if you ask me. I don't normally think much one way or another, but they definitely have an eye for coloration.
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PostSubject: Re: Castello   Tue Apr 17, 2018 9:48 pm

Floppypipe in Italy is one of the premier Euro dealers for Castello. They get some pieces not typically found via US retailers (and seemingly, the pick of the Castello crop). If you like smaller Castellos, they can be hard to find but this place has them. I had an excellent experience with them last year, a Sea Rock 65 rec'd within 60 hours from placing my order. Their prices are hard to beat.
https://en.floppypipe.it/96-castello
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PostSubject: Re: Castello   Wed Apr 18, 2018 12:01 am

Very very easy to order pipes out of Italy - tax free so the prices are less than you see advertised, by a lot.

http://www.pipeshop-lanzola.it/en/109-pipa-pipe-castello

https://tabaccheriacorti.com/gb/29-castello
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PostSubject: Re: Castello   Wed Apr 18, 2018 1:22 pm

Thanks for those links and the idea, riff raff and Sasquatch. If anyone knows of other Italian or European sellers, please post their links as well. Loving that Dune carving idea.

This is going to be the obvious to many --maybe to all-- but, Castello walks that incredibly fine and precarious position between quality and novelty, artistry and folly. It's one thing to be skilled craftsmen, but to also be idea people who so consistently do not fall on the side of folly is quite impressive. Few attempt it because of how unlikely succeeding at it is. I've always respected Charatan for this very reason (the audacity to attempt it), though they were far less successful at it than Castello. I feel most Charatans in the more artistic realm are hideous, and mind you, I hold Charatan in the highest regard, amongst the very top greatest makers. I don't feel Castello rests on name alone. For instance, that Le Dune carving is rather bold, but in my eyes, they reek of highest quality just as much as the 55 appears. No boundaries, yet tight in the pocket.

Are they overpriced? That's for another discussion.

Speaking of the 55, they sell out of every 55 they make. If they were business driven, why wouldn't they crank out 55s all day long? Waltzing with supply/demand for certain, but my goodness. In the pipe world, that's as close to having a cash cow as you probably get. Quite the luxury for a maker.
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PostSubject: Re: Castello   Wed Apr 18, 2018 8:15 pm

They probably just get sick of making 55s.


Castellos are, in some senses, over priced. Seeing a smooth apple with great grain, you think, okay, 500 bucks? Nope, 1100 EUROES! Holy heck.

But at... 350 USD... you can get a Sea Rock or an Old Antiquari, and they are great smokers, period. I've converted almost all my "store bought" pipes to Castellos over time, traded everything else off.

They use good wood, they build pipes carefully. Bingo. That's all!

Yeah, folly is a good word, and some of the pipes are.... kinda ugly, really! But usually charming too, and some of us are just like that in real life!

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PostSubject: Castello   Wed Apr 18, 2018 11:06 pm

I would check out Pipestud too.
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