|Subject: Re: castello sea rock pipes- estate or new? Tue Sep 07, 2010 9:54 pm|| |
|I've had many of each over 35 years. |
They are both good. The trend is Dunhills were excellent until the middle 1960s, took a dive through the 70's, came back somewhat in the 80's and have been holding steady since. Castellos seem to be getting better all the time with the exception of whatever decade it was that they drilled airways weirdly for their "straw system" gimmick. (Since abandoned)
Castello has more "flyers" in their output and grading, while Dunhill is notably more consistent.
All Cassies have Lucite stems, while all Dunnies use rubber.
It's far easier to find a selection of Dunhills in small(er) sizes, and Castellos in large ones.
Both brands are spendy when new and lose considerable value as estates.
You have to try pretty hard to go wrong with either brand, but you CAN match the quality for less. Such as a Peterson first (fill-free) model for an English shape, and a Cavicchi for an Italian one.
Coming from you LL,
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