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PostSubject: Mario Grandi Pipes   Thu Aug 25, 2011 8:53 pm

I was wondering whether anyone owned a Mario Grandi. They're sold new on Ebay. Very impressive and more than reasonably priced. They're a third of what you'd expect to pay. Is it a quality pipe?
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PostSubject: Re: Mario Grandi Pipes   Thu Aug 25, 2011 9:01 pm

Airborne,

FWIW, you may be interested in taking a look at the six MG estate pipes currently listed here:

http://mkelaw-pipes.com/html/italian.html


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PostSubject: Re: Mario Grandi Pipes   Thu Aug 25, 2011 9:26 pm

On a scale of 10 = Highest High Grade and 1 = Putty-filled machine made "Basket" pipe, I would place them as a 3.
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PostSubject: Re: Mario Grandi Pipes   Thu Aug 25, 2011 9:27 pm

ruta2 wrote:
Airborne,

FWIW, you may be interested in taking a look at this:

http://mkelaw-pipes.com/html/italian.html

He's got some great pipes on his site. Thanks much.
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PostSubject: Re: Mario Grandi Pipes   Fri Aug 26, 2011 12:57 am

I'd rate them a little higher. The workmanship isn't perfect on my MG, but they carry some interesting shapes and also have large pipes at reasonable, which I appreciate; if you're looking to get a big bowl, they're good for the price.
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PostSubject: Re: Mario Grandi Pipes   Fri Aug 26, 2011 1:21 pm

Merci beaucoup, gents, for your input! Much appreciated.
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PostSubject: Re: Mario Grandi Pipes   Sat Aug 27, 2011 1:54 pm

I have 6 Mario's. One of them is one of my best smokers. I have no issues with the briar itself in any of them, but there are cosmetic craftsmanship flaws. Sometimes the flaw is in the stem, sometimes the bowl is drilled slightly off center.

I would much rather pay $25 to $50 more and buy a Moretti. I have 6 Moretti's and all of them are flawless in craftsmanship and all have high quality briar.
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PostSubject: Re: Mario Grandi Pipes   Sat Aug 27, 2011 6:27 pm

I agree with my friend Tim Haggerty. I also have an MG beauty. The designs are interesting and the finish is quite good. If you like a large bowl and I do, a Mario is a good reasonably priced choice.
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PostSubject: Re: Mario Grandi Pipes   Tue Aug 30, 2011 7:52 pm

Seen a few videos on YouTube complaining about the quality In craftsmanship, usually minor stuff that is unnoticeable to the "average Joe" pipe buyer. All in all I like them for what they offer for the price.
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PostSubject: Re: Mario Grandi Pipes   Tue Aug 30, 2011 8:26 pm

I don't smoke expensive, grandiose pipes (though, I used to), but off-center drillings, cockeyed stem fittings, and other such hasty manufacturing cannot make up for the price or price/size. Looking down at that mess would drive me nuts. Considering I used to sell $9 bucket pipes that didn't suffer from any such shoddiness, I can't fathom why these pipes are sold like that. Are MGs factory thirds or fourths? Is the MG stamp the final stage before getting turned into sawdust or bandsawed in half?
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PostSubject: Re: Mario Grandi Pipes   Wed Aug 31, 2011 11:44 am

Mario Grandi is a made up line from Aldo Pierluigi. I don't believe these to be factory seconds, rather a low cost line that has minimum crafting time. I have owned about a 1/2 dozen of his pipes, most have been exceptional for the money. He also ships his pipes 2 day express from Italy. Two things; try to stick to simple shapes with stems that flush with the shank. Because of the speed they make these pipes you might end up with a loose fitting stem (I have on one of my pipes that I need to repair). Second, there is someone who buys his pipes and resells them for about 25% higher then they were listed. This seller has a very distinct background of leaves or flowers.
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PostSubject: Re: Mario Grandi Pipes   Thu Sep 08, 2011 2:14 pm

jacko wrote:
This seller has a very distinct background of leaves or flowers.

Yeah...I actually bought my L'Anatra from him. Price was fair on that one, though.

Every one of his freaking auctions does absolutely nothing to bring out the beauty of any of his pipes. Actually, I think he makes excellent pipes look horrible...too close close ups, often doesn't even show the whole pipe in one shot, the horribly distracting backgrounds. Sometimes the stem or part of the bowl will be the exact same color as the background, and thus lost to all detail.

I've almost messaged him about 1000 times to tell him to keep it simple...the pipes will sell themselves. But hey, who am I?





Just someone with a modicum of good taste.... Cool
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PostSubject: Re: Mario Grandi Pipes   Sat Sep 10, 2011 1:09 am

I've recently 'discovered' this line of pipes. My first (I now have 4) was obrtained in a lot via a trade. My perspective is that "for the money" the briar is often stellar, the sizes often pretty amazing, the designs off the chart, and the value is certainly there. Let the price guide you in your expectations of minor flaws, issues with fit (Minor), etc. I too have heard comments about issues there and there...but gee guys, I have one MG with a teensy gap where a cap on the shank isn't perfect, this on a pipe that was one of two for $77 or something. So we're talking about a $35 pipe boys...and it SMOKES GREAT! Will I go over to MG's exclusively? Of course not. But boys, when you complain about the high cost of this-n-that (and let's face it...briars are usually expensive) think of these as a way to get a great smoker with style and size for a very good price.

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PostSubject: Re: Mario Grandi Pipes   Sat Sep 10, 2011 9:10 am

Totally agree with Blackhorse.
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PostSubject: Re: Mario Grandi Pipes   Sat Sep 10, 2011 9:30 am

Okay, I considered all the advice (& thank you for that) and went ahead and bought one. For $77! If it turns out to be a loser - well, my wife and I spend more than that for a night out in Montreal!

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PostSubject: Re: Mario Grandi Pipes   Sat Sep 10, 2011 10:12 am

Wow it's a beautiful pipe, what's wrong with it? I was auctually looking at one very similar to that one on EBay.
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PostSubject: Re: Mario Grandi Pipes   Sat Sep 10, 2011 10:41 am

PipeLeisure wrote:
Wow it's a beautiful pipe, what's wrong with it? I was auctually looking at one very similar to that one on EBay.

Nothing I hope!! I'll let everyone know after I run about a half dozen bowls through it.

Have a great weekend!


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PostSubject: Re: Mario Grandi Pipes   Sat Sep 10, 2011 12:16 pm

Airborne wrote:
Okay, I considered all the advice (& thank you for that) and went ahead and bought one. For $77! If it turns out to be a loser - well, my wife and I spend more than that for a night out in Montreal!

I like the cobalt blue stem contrasted against the briar.

I have been looking at a few MGs. I'm curious about what you think about:

1. the security of the metal collar/ring
2. the draw of the pipe.
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PostSubject: Re: Mario Grandi Pipes   Sat Sep 10, 2011 12:32 pm

forsooth wrote:
Airborne wrote:
Okay, I considered all the advice (& thank you for that) and went ahead and bought one. For $77! If it turns out to be a loser - well, my wife and I spend more than that for a night out in Montreal!

I like the cobalt blue stem contrasted against the briar.

I have been looking at a few MGs. I'm curious about what you think about:

1. the security of the metal collar/ring
2. the draw of the pipe.

I just ordered it on E-bay yesterday so with the inevitable customs delay, Iím guessing Iíll have it in about two weeks. Iíll return to this thread after I smoke it a few times and let you know.

Take care.
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PostSubject: Re: Mario Grandi Pipes   Sat Sep 10, 2011 1:01 pm

You'll probably have it in about 2 days, their shipping is... remarkable.
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PostSubject: Re: Mario Grandi Pipes   Sat Sep 10, 2011 1:05 pm

FWIW I reckon you get exactly what you pay for with MG pipes. The cheap ones are kinda cheap - the stem is I think ABS or something - very plasticy. The more expensive ones are nicer pipes and seem to have better stems. There's nothing "wrong" with any of them that I have seen, but you can't pretend that you are getting Ferndown quality silver banding on a 40 dollar pipe either - they are what they are, and that is a very quickly produced "handmade" pipe. So they are a little eccentric. If you want a perfect one-of-a-kind pipe well executed from top quality materials, well.... Jeez, you just can't get that for under 100 bucks, I'm sorry.
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PostSubject: Re: Mario Grandi Pipes   Sat Sep 10, 2011 1:28 pm

Sasquatch wrote:
FWIW I reckon you get exactly what you pay for with MG pipes. The cheap ones are kinda cheap - the stem is I think ABS or something - very plasticy. The more expensive ones are nicer pipes and seem to have better stems. There's nothing "wrong" with any of them that I have seen, but you can't pretend that you are getting Ferndown quality silver banding on a 40 dollar pipe either - they are what they are, and that is a very quickly produced "handmade" pipe. So they are a little eccentric. If you want a perfect one-of-a-kind pipe well executed from top quality materials, well.... Jeez, you just can't get that for under 100 bucks, I'm sorry.

Youíre right! Iím under no illusions that Iím getting a $300 pipe for $77. Itís a good looking pipe and if it smokes well, Iíll be a happy camper! I donít know whether Iíll buy another one. Just thought Iíd give this a try and see what happens.

Iíve heard great things about Mario Grandiís fast shipping. It may take two days to get from Rome to Montreal, but my experience with Canadian Customs is that it will likely sit there for a week or more. Thatís what usually happens when I order from Cup oí Joeís and smokingpipes. My orders usually take about two weeks.

Have a great weekend!
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PostSubject: Re: Mario Grandi Pipes   Sat Sep 10, 2011 4:21 pm

Oh I know - I'm in Alberta. 3 days, both times. Stuff from smokingpipes is 2 weeks or more. MG has magic shipping.
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PostSubject: Re: Mario Grandi Pipes   Wed Sep 14, 2011 1:14 pm

Sasquatch wrote:
Oh I know - I'm in Alberta. 3 days, both times. Stuff from smokingpipes is 2 weeks or more. MG has magic shipping.

Sasquatch - You were right! Two days from the time they shipped it, four days from ordering it. You're also right about smokingpipes. Usually takes me two weeks or more to get it. Says something about the postal systems of the U.S. & Canada vs. privately owned FedEx!

I haven't opened the package yet. After I smoke the MG for a while, I'll report back on its merits (or lack thereof).



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PostSubject: Re: Mario Grandi Pipes   Thu Sep 15, 2011 11:43 am

Zeno Marx wrote:
I don't smoke expensive, grandiose pipes (though, I used to), but off-center drillings, cockeyed stem fittings, and other such hasty manufacturing cannot make up for the price or price/size. Looking down at that mess would drive me nuts. Considering I used to sell $9 bucket pipes that didn't suffer from any such shoddiness, I can't fathom why these pipes are sold like that. Are MGs factory thirds or fourths? Is the MG stamp the final stage before getting turned into sawdust or bandsawed in half?

Yea, it's one thing to have minor cosmetic flaws quite another to have sloppy drilling and fitting. I have a hard time believing MG is an offender of the latter. Shocked
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