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Behike54

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PostSubject: Thinking about this "starter kit." What say ye?   Sun Dec 25, 2011 4:01 am

Greetings,

This is my first post, so please be gentle, but don't be afraid to steer me away or other places. I WANT FEEDBACK

I am looking at the "Collegiate Starter Kit" from smokingpipes(dot)com. I am new and can't post link, sorry.

Can you choose tobacco and color pipe? Is separates the way to go?

I was non-aromatic tobacco or maybe a natural or non-infused or aromatic. I love complexity and aroma from cigars.


Thanks in advance for your feedback.

J
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PostSubject: Re: Thinking about this "starter kit." What say ye?   Sun Dec 25, 2011 4:16 am

Personally I would shop on ebay for a good quality pipe instead of going the starter kit route. I recently picked up a Peter Jeppeson Neerup "easycut" off ebay for around $50, and it is a very nice quality lightweight piece of aged briar for the money.

There are several estate pipes that can be had for around $20 on ebay. Kaywoodie is a good brand to do a search for.

You will need a $2 pipe tool and a pack of $2 pipe cleaners,

You will always want to keep your first pipe, and it's better to invest in one that you will still enjoy smoking from time to time.

Btw, welcome to the forums! santa
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PostSubject: Re: Thinking about this "starter kit." What say ye?   Sun Dec 25, 2011 4:29 am

If cost is an issue, or you're just experimenting, I would suggest getting a good corncob or one the less expensive Savinellis, like one of their Duca Carlo line. You want a shape you can live with; with the kit, you don't know what you're getting for a pipe. You will need pipe cleaners, a lot of them. For tobacco, you're on your own. The TobaccoReviews website might be useful. Glad to see you're already past the aromatic stage. Good luck.
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Kyle Weiss

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PostSubject: Re: Thinking about this "starter kit." What say ye?   Sun Dec 25, 2011 5:03 am

Both good suggestions from the Brothers.

Cobs are awesome, they're new, forgiving, and cheap. A great route to go.

Estates are nice, but can be tricky to buy if you don't know what you're doing, there's a lot of great stuff and a lot of crap, then there's dealing with possibly unscrupulous sellers, lack of pictures... etc.

This is an example of a cheap but likely an excellent pipe. I've had two La Strada pipes, they're Italian, well-made and usually fly under the radar of the snobs...they don't come up very often, but are worth it...

http://www.ebay.com/itm/260920408219?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

Tobaccoreviews.com is a great site, but take the reviews with a grain of salt. It's just as risky to take the opinion of another as it is just forging ahead yourself. At least you can get some footing, though.

Got a local tobacco store nearby? One that isn't a "head shop?" Laughing That's a great way to peruse pipes, talk shop, try tobaccos, etc.

Another option is to get sample packs from better-known Internet pipe tobacco retailers. Pipeworks & Wilke, Boswell's, pipesandcigars.com and 4noggins.com are all great retailers that have sample pack options.

It's a wide open world, this pipe thing, but you ain't gonna conquer it in a day. Cool We'll help ya out if we can.
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PostSubject: Re: Thinking about this "starter kit." What say ye?   Sun Dec 25, 2011 10:00 am

I have a better idea...

Just PM me your address and I'll send you a 'starter kit'.. hows that sound?
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PostSubject: Re: Thinking about this "starter kit." What say ye?   Sun Dec 25, 2011 2:15 pm

You are the man puros . Look out for the man starting out.
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Kyle Weiss

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PostSubject: Re: Thinking about this "starter kit." What say ye?   Sun Dec 25, 2011 3:04 pm

Nice! Santa's a bald trucker this year! cheers
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PostSubject: Re: Thinking about this "starter kit." What say ye?   Sun Dec 25, 2011 3:51 pm

Good stuff, PB! You da man! king
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PostSubject: Re: Thinking about this "starter kit." What say ye?   Sun Dec 25, 2011 7:32 pm

Well done, PB - that's generous of you.
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PostSubject: Re: Thinking about this "starter kit." What say ye?   Sun Dec 25, 2011 8:32 pm

What they all said. Great offer PB!

Very Happy


Cheers,

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PostSubject: Re: Thinking about this "starter kit." What say ye?   Mon Dec 26, 2011 12:19 am

Gentlemen,


I cannot say enough about the warm welcome and what is no doubt sage advice.

Puros, I cannot thank you enough. Timing is a weird thing. I was really disappointed by someone yesterday, and to make matters worse, it was a family member. Your generosity in deed and spirit is humbling and welcomed. I am eager but know very little. I am an "all in or nothing" kind of guy. Been smoking cigars for a while as most can tell from my nic. I can tell that my tastes will run the non-aromatic route. I smoke mostly CCs and am all about the richness, balance, and complexity of good tobacco. I might be open to a non-infused or natural aromatic if there is such a thing, I don't know. I had one flavored cigar, ONCE. YEESH! affraid

Anyway, one night I just didn't feel like a cigar and all the sometimes pipe guys were smoking from their pipes and a gentleman who has become a quick friend wasn't feeling well and not smoking and he insisted I smoke his pipe. He could tell I was chomping at the bit and felt like I was missing out on something. I couldn't tell you what kind of pipe it was aside from what I have come to understand is a billiard style pipe with a slightly bent stem. He filled it with the house "english oriental" and WoW! I mean, wow. The aroma was just incredible and after I stopped thinking too hard about doing it right or how I looked, my enjoyment had just soared by the end of the night, so here I am. I don't wear a life preserver and I like the deep-end of the pool, so don't be surprised if you see me asking questions.

It's interesting that my time smoking cigars has helped in not over-puffing and my pipe NEVER got even close to hot that night and it was just great.

Ok, just trying to fill you guys in on me and how I got here.

Thanks a bunch!

Jack

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PostSubject: Re: Thinking about this "starter kit." What say ye?   Mon Dec 26, 2011 1:22 am

Brothers of Briar is safe harbor bro. Welcome. English blends are fantastic. Frog Morton might be up your alley.

I have a confession to make: I like grape cigars


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PostSubject: Re: Thinking about this "starter kit." What say ye?   Mon Dec 26, 2011 1:25 am

Ok, note to self, scroll down the page and you will find more places to read and post about, including a more appropriate place for this original post!
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PostSubject: Re: Thinking about this "starter kit." What say ye?   Mon Dec 26, 2011 9:21 am

Welcome to the Brotherhood. I smoke an occasional cigar myself - mostly Maduros, as I like the rich and earthy flavors. Nothing wrong with going for English Blends, I do that myself on occasion. Though I personally prefer aromatics, there are times that nothing but a good English blend will suffice. Frog Morton, as suggested above, would be right up your alley, as well as Nightcap or maybe even Early Morning Pipe (both by Dunhill).

You couldn't have come to a better group than this. Feel free to ask all the questions you want to, it is not a problem here. Plus - you WILL NOT get the common/rude 'Use the SEARCH before you ask' reply here. This is a great group that is always more than willing to help a Brother out.
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PostSubject: Re: Thinking about this "starter kit." What say ye?   Mon Dec 26, 2011 9:25 am

jlong wrote:
I have a confession to make: I like grape cigars

Don't feel bad, I have a pack of Backwoods Mild-N-Natural in the humidor right now...
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PostSubject: Re: Thinking about this "starter kit." What say ye?   Mon Dec 26, 2011 3:26 pm

Though admittedly, searching through posts and "falling down the rabbit hole" can yield excellent posts about tobacco and types of pipes. There's pictures, reviews and discussions that a little poking around can uncover probably 90% of what you ask. Is it required you do this? Well, of course not.

I find, in Google, typing in the search box:

site:www.brothersofbriar.com

...and then search parameters such as this:

site:www.brothersofbriar.com tobacco virginia (or whatever you want to search for)

...works much better than even the in-house search functions! (If you click on those links, it won't work...just type in the blue stuff... Laughing )


Besides all of that, conduct is king, and if you ask over and over and over the same questions --well, that's just rude and irritating, of course. Imagine being at a party and having some guy asking, "What is that?" "Is that beer good?" "Is THAT beer good?" "Is that h'orderve good?" Takes all kinds. Cool Sometimes you just gotta ignore them and move on. Hangin' 'em at noon is just too much effort, and ultimately, kills the poor fellow.

This place manages itself in ways other forums can't and/or don't. It is working, as you can see!

Except now Puros has to give everyone a "starter package" or we'll all whine. Razz Razz Razz
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PostSubject: Re: Thinking about this "starter kit." What say ye?   Mon Dec 26, 2011 8:43 pm

Kyle Weiss wrote:


Except now Puros has to give everyone a "starter package" or we'll all whine. Razz Razz Razz


Wait, there's WHINING when it comes to cigars?! Shocked
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PostSubject: Re: Thinking about this "starter kit." What say ye?   Mon Dec 26, 2011 11:07 pm

If someone asked me the same question over and over again and I gave him the same answer over and over again, are we both being rude?
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PostSubject: Re: Thinking about this "starter kit." What say ye?   Mon Dec 26, 2011 11:17 pm

jlong wrote:
If someone asked me the same question over and over again and I gave him the same answer over and over again, are we both being rude?

Only if you're not being sarcastic. Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Thinking about this "starter kit." What say ye?   Mon Dec 26, 2011 11:55 pm

Quote :
Only if you're not being sarcastic

OK
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PostSubject: Re: Thinking about this "starter kit." What say ye?   Mon Dec 26, 2011 11:56 pm

No Kyle.. I'm not obliged to give anyone anything..

BUT For the right price I can send you a 'WTF, this is awesome beyond awesome" Starter kit..
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PostSubject: Re: Thinking about this "starter kit." What say ye?   Tue Dec 27, 2011 12:21 am

puros_bran wrote:
BUT For the right price I can send you a 'WTF, this is awesome beyond awesome" Starter kit..

"...Captain, there's a Ferengi ship hailing us..." Twisted Evil
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PostSubject: Re: Thinking about this "starter kit." What say ye?   Tue Dec 27, 2011 12:44 pm

Yo, it's in the mail...

I noticed in another thread you said you were from Cleveland..
Indians/Browns fan by chance?
(just say yes, I won't hound you and it'll make me feel better about liking you from the get go)
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PostSubject: Re: Thinking about this "starter kit." What say ye?   Tue Dec 27, 2011 12:49 pm

Dutch wrote:

You will always want to keep your first pipe, and it's better to invest in one that you will still enjoy smoking from time to time.

Btw, welcome to the forums! santa


Ain't that the truth. My first pipe was a cheap basket pipe which looked nice and pretty to a brand new smoker, but was really just at lacquered piece of junk that, looking back, was a bit like smoking out of plastic. Besides that, the tenon and mortise no longer fit snugly, and it always feels like it wants to fall apart. I don't smoke it anymore, but it still has a place on my pipe rack because...well, because. If I could go back, I'd have scraped together another twenty or thirty bucks for that first pipe.
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PostSubject: Re: Thinking about this "starter kit." What say ye?   Tue Dec 27, 2011 3:12 pm

puros_bran wrote:
Yo, it's in the mail...

YOU da'man!!!!!!!! I am excited as HELL and I appreciate the tips about tobacco and things to be mindful of. I am in the dark, bro!

puros_bran wrote:
I noticed in another thread you said you were from Cleveland..
Indians/Browns fan by chance?
(just say yes, I won't hound you and it'll make me feel better about liking you from the get go)


Indian's Fan?! DUDE! I've lived in Cleveland my whole life until a month ago! I used to go to the Cleveland Stadium when they got 3 thousand fans and sat wherever I wanted!

The mid-nineties the city felt reborn! I mean, I named my first greyhound Omar, after Omar Visquel! I could watch Omar and Robby turn DPs all day!

The stories and the way it galvanized the city was a miracle!

I still watch the Tribe and am no fair-weathered fan. Very Happy

You remember Albert Belle tomahawking that high fastball that resulted in a grand-slam to keep us in it against the Braves? OMFG!

The defense, the offense. I mean, we were stacked. I often wonder of that boating accident never happened if we would have had the pitching to go head-to-head with Atlanta.

Finally, and I know I'm rambling, I met Orel Hershieser before a play-off game at a coffee shop and insisted he and his family go ahead of me. He would have nothing of it and bought my coffee too! THE BULLDOG!


Yeah, I know a bit about the Tribe. bounce
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