At this pace, you'll get to 300 in no timeWell my self restraint took a couple of steps back the last couple of days. Have 3 pipes still to be delivered, two from the gent in Serbia and the Design Berlin from Germany. Then P&C had a churchwarden on sale for $35 so jumped on that as I've never had one. Then scored two more from Brunello yesterday. Guess I will be joining Blackhorse in the poorhouse soon, lol.
You got a great deal on that pipe. Way to go.Oksy, okay. I know I said I would cut back and only buy top end pipes I really wanted but I could not let this one go. Been researching Randy Wileys ever since TnDave showed his RW Gallion. And I know he advised buying new. BUT, cheapest I saw on smoking pipes was $165 for a grade 44 rusticated. Iwan.Reiss had a similar for $200. Priced on ebay going $125 to over $400. So when this one popped up on ebay this afternoon I had to bid and I won it for $75. So tell me if you guys think I did good or got snookered. It's a grade 55 freehand smooth.
I was impressed with how well the two I got smoked. Not that concerned about fills or appearance but so far they both look good and smoke very well.I ordered a couple of the Aldo Velani pipes on sale at Iwan Ries and was very impressed with them. So, I ordered two more of them in shapes that I like. I didn't see very many fills at all in the pipes that I bought. But time will tell on that; fills that you didn't notice sometimes pop out at you after smoking the pipe a few times. It couldn't be any worse that one of my beloved Dr. Grabows that I thought was almost perfect; after smoked a few years, some pink fills appeared. Of course they don't affect how well it smokes.
I got a Peterson Dublin Edition pipe from PipesandCigars.com that was terrible. It was not a typical Peterson shape and the workmanship was terrible. The stem was too long for the size of the shank and it just looked bad. I couldn't find this particular Peterson model anywhere else. They let me exchange it for a Stanwell Royal Guard 88 straight billiard.DL, I would put that on hold. Hate to report this but the one I got was not a good pipe. Looked nice but a lousy smoker. Burned hot, gurgled, had a bad hot spot right at the split line between the smooth and rusticated halves. Called Iwan Reiss and they said send it in and they would look it over. My intent is to tell them I do not want it back. If they won't make it right I won't buy from them again. I am going to offer to take a couple of the aldo velanis off their half price page in exchange. I can get two for less than the price of the Pete.
I guess even a good pipe maker can get a dud once in a while. Bound to happen when you make a couple thousand pipes a year. At least the better retailers will usually make it right because they don't want bad press. After all pipe smokers are a fairly tight knit community.I got a Peterson Dublin Edition pipe from PipesandCigars.com that was terrible. It was not a typical Peterson shape and the workmanship was terrible. The stem was too long for the size of the shank and it just looked bad. I couldn't find this particular Peterson model anywhere else. They let me exchange it for a Stanwell Royal Guard 88 straight billiard.
I guess even a good pipe maker can get a dud once in a while. Bound to happen when you make a couple thousand pipes a year. At least the better retailers will usually make it right because they don't want bad press. After all pipe smokers are a fairly tight knit community.
I have two Aldo Velani's acquired a long time ago!! Have no idea what I paid for them; not much I would guess. They are basically "yard" pipes, smoke very well, and appear to be made well! FTRPLT
The other Petersons I have, 5 now, are all good smokers. The jeckyl & hyde looked nice, quality seemed okay, but it burned hot no matter what tobacco I put in it. Also had a couple of really hit spots on the bowl that I felt could burn out so I wasn't willing to take a chance on it.I've had pretty good performance out of Peterson pipes over the years - only had one burnout and sent it back to Ireland and they replaced it. I was mainly complaining about that particular line - the "Dublin Edition". It's almost like they had a bunch of second- and third- quality bowls that weren't suitable for any of their existing shapes, so they finished them out into pipes any way they could. That's why you don't order them by shape number but by whether you want straight or bent. The only place I was able to locate this line is at PipesandCigars.com.
Wow, never seen a pipe quite like that, sort of a modern scoop design. Will need more pics!My Randy Wiley arrived today. Dang nice looking pipe and not as heavy as I thought it would be. Seller said it was marked grade 98. I thought he wad misreading and was either 88 or 99, but no it says 98. Maybe someone with knowledge of RW's grading can explain this to me. Is there a grade 98? Breaking in with my own blend, urban cowboy, SWR, black cav, and McB Old Dark Fired. Smoking cool and sweet. Jim Beam Red Stag on the side.