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I just checked and the one for $13.99 is still in stock.
Minus one, 'cause I ordered one and it was delivered today. It is identical to the $9.99 press; same packaging, same dies, same little instruction sheet.
And as Timbo wrote: "Oh, after filling your press up and pressing it, don't forget to tighten it up further every couple of days."
I've found that after three tightenings, mine have reached the limit.
 

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I had reached the point with my first pressing in the noodle press that the tobacco was hard as a rock and there couldn't be any further tightening. I had filled the tube completely. When I decided to remove the contents, I couldn't unscrew the bottom of the press. It's polished stainless and the bottom screwed on attachment kept sliding in my hand. I thought I might have to get a tool similar to an oil filter wrench. Then the lightbulb in my head brightened. I put on disposable latex gloves and there was no problem unscrewing the bottom attachment. I turned the crank and as the tobacco came out of the tube, the crank was easier and easier to turn. The tobacco is extremely compressed, holding tightly together. On a scale, it weighs exactly 7 oz. I double wrapped it in plastic wrap and put it in a zip lock baggie.

Then, of course, I filled the the press with another of my blends, progressively filling and tightening. It's also an English blend with 42% latakia. Unlike most of my blends, this has toasted burley and Kentucky dark fired. The unique thing about this blend (to me) is that I have no recollection of assembling it. I did smoke a bowl; not bad at all. I like it even with the burley, although it does seem to have more nicotine than my other blends.

I'm due to receive 8 oz. of whole leaf perique. I'm thinking about assembling a blend with red Virginia, toasted red Virginia, Turkish, izmir, smyrna, and perique; no latakia and pressing it in the noodle press. I have to think about proportions of each component to the blend. Suggestions appreciated.
 
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I read that line too fast and because of it, had some wishful thinking. I thought it read:
"When it's time to take the tobacco out, take the bottom off the press and keep screwing till the puck drops out."
I missed a word.
Hehehehe
 

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I received the 8 oz. of whole leaf perique, so now I'm thinking about assembling a blend with red Virginia, toasted red Virginia, burley, Turkish, izmir, smyrna, and perique; no latakia and pressing it in the noodle press. I have to think about proportions of each component to the blend. Suggestions appreciated.
This is where I'm at with the blend:
 
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Further notes on the noodle press.
I decided to press some of the English blend with some cherry that I assembled in this thread: The English Blend With Some Cherry Aromatic
As I noted, after making significant additions, the cherry (to me) has pretty much disappeared, thankfully.
I tightened the press for three consecutive days and the tube of tobacco felt as compressed as it was going to get. I let it sit for several days and intended to remove the compacted tube of tobacco today. I thought to see if I could even turn the crank a bit. It turned several and I'll let it rest again.
 

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Placed the order, below, to add to 2 oz. of whole leaf perique


I figure that if I don't like the blend, sans any latakia, I can add 11 oz.of latakia which will bring the total contents to 27 oz. with latakia 40.7% of the blend, which is right in my usual wheelhouse.
 
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I smoked a couple of bowls and it's not for me without 40% latakia, so I ordered 12 oz. of latakia to add to the blend. What can I say, other than I'm hooked on the smokiness and minimal nicotine of the latakia. (but no cherry)
 
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