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Serpov

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Age : 38
Location : Florida
Registration date : 2009-07-04

PostSubject: The Obligitory Introduction   Sat Jul 04, 2009 10:38 pm

Hello everyone. I hopefully won't take up too much time with this introduction. I'm not exactly really good at introducing myself, so please bear with me.

As you can see my username is Serpov. I will also respond to Alexander though, but I prefer Serpov--which is actually a psedo-surname I use on many forums.

Although the name would suggest that I am Russian or Slavic, I am neither. I am in fact an American who doesn't have any Slavic linage, who lives in Florida.

I am 30 years old, and have been smoking a pipe since I was 16 years old. I originally smoked cigarettes but due to cost I felt that it would be wise to try a pipe. My first corn cob and pouch of Prince Albert changed everything. From that point on I was strictly a pipe man.

Over the past 14 years I've tried many types of pipes and types of tobacco. Personally I favor burley blends (Carter Hall, Prince Albert and the like) and good English Blends (I personally like bends with good latikia flavor, although perique is a good addition too), along with some Virginia blends--I'm particularly fond of MacBaren's Dark Twist. I generally do not like aromatic tobaccos (I will try them and in fact have several pipes dedicated to sampling them) but I do like some Cavendishs. I have found most aromatics smoke hot, are too wet and are generally not pleasing to me, despite the fact that others around me may think them to smell good. (But I don't smoke for other people's enjoyment, I smoke for mine.)

As far as pipes go, and this may actually shock some people. I prefer the humble corn cob to all else. I do have briars of course and a couple meerschaums but I still like the corn cob. In my opinion it is one of the best all around smokes and after they are broke in (some people say they don't need to be broken in--I disagree--a good bit of char, although not cake, on the inside of the bowel actually improves flavor in my opinion--and can be accomplished in about 5-7 smokes) they will service you for years if you clean them and take good care of them. I still have my very first corncob pipe and would smoke it--unfortunately I broke the bit inside the stem several years ago while cleaning it. But after serving me for a good 10 years I figure I got my money's worth out of it.

I do have briars, just not as many as corn cobs, some 90% of my collection are corn cobs and I have at least one of Missouri Meerschaum's current line except the freehand. Personally I prefer the Patriot and the General. Of my pipes I have a couple Canadian styles along with some billiards and a bulldog style. Most of them are basket finds. I know that a lot of people view them as second rate pipes--but I've found more diamonds in the rough than just roughs. When buying those one really has to inspect the merchandise. Remove the bit and look through it, the shank, where the air hole is in the bowl ect. And I also have a couple block meerschaums--but I don't smoke them as often as the briars or the corncobs.

Anyway that is probably enough about me, since I can't really think of much else to talk about.
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kilted1
Great Scot!
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Age : 56
Location : North Georgia, USA
Registration date : 2009-01-11

PostSubject: Re: The Obligitory Introduction   Sat Jul 04, 2009 11:19 pm

Welcome to BoB cheers
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puros_bran
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Location : Brandenburg, Ky
Registration date : 2007-12-10

PostSubject: Re: The Obligitory Introduction   Sat Jul 04, 2009 11:27 pm

Go away, your not welcome here!!!!!!








Just kidding, Welcome.




Basket hunting is very enjoyable to me... and nothing is cooler than whipping out a 'junk' pipe and realizing you have a keeper......... cheers cheers cheers
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kilted1
Great Scot!
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Age : 56
Location : North Georgia, USA
Registration date : 2009-01-11

PostSubject: Re: The Obligitory Introduction   Sat Jul 04, 2009 11:51 pm

I disagree, you simply MUST acquire a super-duper-whipty-whooper with Platinum band and Diamond appointments costing in the $1000's (and preferably one with auto light, auto ember normalizing and dottle ejection ports ) to really enjoy tobacco Shocked Laughing
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dbreazeale

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Age : 50
Location : Upstate NY
Registration date : 2009-02-16

PostSubject: Re: The Obligitory Introduction   Sun Jul 05, 2009 12:03 am

Hello and Welcome!
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Justpipes
The Duke
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Age : 58
Location : Randolph County, NC If you don't know, you wouldn't understand.
Registration date : 2007-12-17

PostSubject: Re: The Obligitory Introduction   Sun Jul 05, 2009 12:09 am

Welcome aboard Serpov!
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Hermit

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Age : 64
Location : Ascension Parish
Registration date : 2008-04-22

PostSubject: Re: The Obligitory Introduction   Sun Jul 05, 2009 12:33 am

This oughtta be fun; welcome comrade. Rolling Eyes
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Tennessee Dave

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Age : 67
Location : Dayton, Tennessee
Registration date : 2008-02-12

PostSubject: Re: The Obligitory Introduction   Sun Jul 05, 2009 8:17 am

Welcome to Bob Serpov. Enjoy yourself here. Very Happy
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Doc Manhattan

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Age : 39
Location : Land of Steady Habits
Registration date : 2008-05-26

PostSubject: Re: The Obligitory Introduction   Sun Jul 05, 2009 10:24 am

Welcome aboard, Serpov!
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Mr. Classic

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Location : St. Louis
Registration date : 2009-06-28

PostSubject: Re: The Obligitory Introduction   Sun Jul 05, 2009 10:40 am

Welcome indeed. You have a wealth of experience with blends.

It will be good to hear your opinions.

Mr. C
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LtMac

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Age : 57
Location : Jackson, Tennessee
Registration date : 2008-06-10

PostSubject: Re: The Obligitory Introduction   Sun Jul 05, 2009 11:22 am

Hello and welcome to BoB!

LtMac
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Ol'Dawg

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Age : 71
Location : Northeast Georgia
Registration date : 2008-01-03

PostSubject: Re: The Obligitory Introduction   Sun Jul 05, 2009 1:30 pm

A big howdy and welcome!

Jim
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jhuggett
BoB's Pioneer & Founding Father
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Age : 45
Location : Olympia, WA
Registration date : 2007-12-09

PostSubject: Re: The Obligitory Introduction   Sun Jul 05, 2009 2:26 pm

Welcome!

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PostSubject: Re: The Obligitory Introduction   Mon Jul 06, 2009 8:37 am

Hello there Alexander and welcome to the nut house. geek
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Centurian 803
Long Arm O' The Law
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Age : 67
Location : Oak Ridge, TN
Registration date : 2008-09-10

PostSubject: Re: The Obligitory Introduction   Mon Jul 06, 2009 3:03 pm

kilted1 wrote:
I disagree, you simply MUST acquire a super-duper-whipty-whooper with Platinum band and Diamond appointments costing in the $1000's (and preferably one with auto light, auto ember normalizing and dottle ejection ports ) to really enjoy tobacco Shocked Laughing

Welcome to Bob, Serpov.

Hey Kilted1, where can I get one of those. None of my pipes have dottle ejection ports. Sounds loverly. scratch
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marcarl406

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Age : 62
Location : Rosario/Argentina
Registration date : 2009-07-05

PostSubject: Re: The Obligitory Introduction   Mon Jul 06, 2009 11:40 pm

Welcome!
I enjoy corn pipes are handmade in my hands, fabricated many, but Briar pipes and fruit trees are also very good
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Serpov

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Age : 38
Location : Florida
Registration date : 2009-07-04

PostSubject: Re: The Obligitory Introduction   Tue Jul 07, 2009 5:28 pm

Ah well its good to be here. I found this forum looking for something about Russian pipes in a discussion on an other forum. So I may know some of you from else where, and some of you all are new to me.

That said yes I do gravitate toward cheaper pipes. I find more diamonds in the rough than roughs because I throughly inspect them when I'm buying at a B&M.

Other than that I'm mostly a cob man. They are cheap, have good characteristics and whatnot. I do have one expensive super-duper pipe that I smoke. It was gifted to me and I later found the person gifting it spent over 400 USD on it. Needless to say I was upset, they could have given me the money I could have bought a couple dozen cobs with that--or made a car payment or something. And apart from sentimental value I can't tell much of a difference between it and my usual 70 dollar briars.

Anyway I'll be around.
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jlong

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Age : 59
Location : Northeast Wisconsin
Registration date : 2009-07-07

PostSubject: Re: The Obligitory Introduction   Fri Jul 10, 2009 11:17 am

Welcome from an even newer member. Cobs are great. Have a few MM's here too. Prince Albert is great tobacco. Always have a pouch on hand. Roll cigs with it to now and then too. Another favorite drug store blend is Mixture 79 which many find repulsive. I love it as it is pleasantly strong and has a lot of sweet twang to it.

Florida is a beautiful state. I envy you guys around Feb when it is 20 below zero here. Who is that in your avitar? Or is that you?
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Hermit

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Age : 64
Location : Ascension Parish
Registration date : 2008-04-22

PostSubject: Re: The Obligitory Introduction   Fri Jul 10, 2009 12:34 pm

jlong wrote:
Who is that in your avitar? Or is that you?

That's his hero. Rolling Eyes
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Slow Puffs
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Age : 68
Location : Alberta. Canada
Registration date : 2007-12-10

PostSubject: Re: The Obligitory Introduction   Sat Jul 11, 2009 9:46 am

A warm welcome.

Very Happy
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alfredo_buscatti

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Age : 62
Location : Piedmont, North Carolina
Registration date : 2007-12-17

PostSubject: Re: The Obligitory Introduction   Mon Jul 13, 2009 3:55 am

Welcome!
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