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One of my fav YouTube pipe guys and Softy Bit Alternative

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bentbulldog

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I've been watching the videos posting by this fine gentleman
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hqSpXWJLWD8

I like this Guy!! Especially how he can smoke and talk at the same time. I get blown ash if I tried that. But I'm sure there are a few here that can do that. Love his accent and approach to pipe smoking.

He turned me into a different topic: Softy Bits

What I wanted to ask was about using Vinyl as a Softy Bit alternative.
- Softy bits are expensive and not as durable and also have that rubber taste, but they're easy to take off.
-The vinyl tubing also seen here
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpEgSUbuAxI
Seems like a nice alternative but does it impart a taste? And how easy is it to put on or take off if needed?
 

Richard Burley

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Works fine, no taste. Soften in hot water first, slick up the bit with saliva and it should push on fairly easily. I believe NW Pipesmoker, above, did a video on it quite a while ago.
 

bentbulldog

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I just gave this a try and it worked for some but not all. I used a 3/8 ID 1/2 OD clear. I had to struggle with a few but 10 of my pipes now have a softy for this clencher!
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Tom is one of the classic youtube guys. Great, great channel.
 

Old Nate

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Thanks for introducing me to this YouTube channel, BB. That guy is the real deal. There are lots of YouTube pipe videos, but many are not what I would call helpful.
 
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