I have never seen a shape 71. If there is a number 71 stamped on the pipe, it is most likely inside a castle and denotes the year it was released using 1947 as a base, so a 71 would be 2018. An “official” shape chart is HERE
There are other charts out there, most are actually better.
So following my last post I searched a lot for the perfect first Castello pipe as someone who doesn't really like neoclassical shapes. And I did find this cute little sea rock pot with an army mount and was saving some money so I could purchase it.
And then my local B&M got hold of an estate Castello that they were willing to part with for an insanely unreasonable price. Criminally cheap. I mean basket pipe level of affordable. And they knew what they had but wanted me to have it, good people. The only problem was... It was one of those neoclassical italian-style pieces I so despised.
So I bought it:
It's... Very different from what I usually go for. I did not like it at all at first. But it's growing on me. Everytime I look at it, the pipe gets prettier and its lines begin to make sense. Is this the effect Castello pipes have on you? Am I a convert?
Haven't got the time to smoke it yet as I sent it for cleaning, but I already miss it in my hands.
@laniromee Castello has had a similar effect on my. I kept reading about how great the 55 is, but thought it was an ugly beast with its Jay Leno chin. Eventually saw one at a reasonable price that had a bit less of a chin, and went for it. The more I looked at it, the more I held it, the more I liked it. Then I smoked it and fell in love with it. It tends to be the pipe I grab most often these days.