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pflan

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Jan 3, 2013
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Okay, so I'm 21 and I was smoking a cheap pipe I picked up from my cigar shop a couple of years ago, until I got a new girlfriend and she didn't really like the idea, so of course I threw it straight into the trash can.. I know, I know, you can dog on me for doing that. But, now a couple of years later, we have been through a lot and have come to love one another and plan to get married in the near future. Now, she says she doesn't mind me getting another pipe, so I went to the cigar shop and picked up a Medico straight pipe 100% briar wood with a small bowl and some tobacco. I then did some research (too late, huh?) and realized that my Medico pipe really isn't a very quality pipe and could be hampering the enjoyment of my smokes.
So, I have been searching through here and had decided to pick up a nice Boswell pipe, but at $80-$180.. I really won't be able to afford one of those for a good while. I'm going to pick up a couple of corn cobs to start a rotation with, but can you guys suggest some pipes that are just as good as the Boswells for a little less? Maybe in the $40-$75 range?
Also looking for some good aromatics, as I am not really impressed with the blends from the cigar shop (some blends he has in a jar, one called M-1 and the other called HS-3). Any suggestions? Boswell tobacco a good way to go there?
I have also never tried an English blend and really want to try one or two to see if I would be interested, so any suggestions there would be awesome, too.
Thanks ahead of time fellas!

 

judcole

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Sep 14, 2011
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First, welcome to the forum.
For that price range, I would check out our advertisers who sell estate pipes and see what you can find. You could easily come up with a nice pipe in that range.
A lot of guys like the Frog Morton series and recommend them as first English blends. I personally don't care for 'em, but you might. My personal faves on "all-day" English blends are Peterson's Old Dublin or Sam Gawith's Squadron Leader.

 

flmason

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Oct 8, 2012
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Boswell pipes are good but they sell out quickly when new ones are added to their website.
Savinelli is a good pipe and is priced less than $100 for some of their different lines.
You might want to consider joining the NASPC:
www.naspc.org
Some of the site sponsors offer discounts to members on pipes.
I hope this information is helpful to you.
Doug

 

gwynclan

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Jan 18, 2012
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+1 on sav's and estates. Boswell tobaccos are top notch. Wish Internet was big when I started. Hopefully you have less learning curve.

Welcome and Cheers

Gwynclan

 

pflan

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Wow, thanks for the quick responses guys!
I will look into some Savinelli and Petersons.. not sure about the estate pipes. I wouldn't really know what to look for to know if it's in good smoking condition and would definitely not know how to do any repairs.
Any more suggestions for pipes/tobacco are welcome!

 

pflan

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Thanks flint! I'll check those out!
So a member messaged me and told me to check out some estate pipes on this website: www.jamesislandpiper.com
Are any of you familiar with this guy? Good/bad experiences?
Should I swing for a nice estate pipe or a new one from there? If Estate, are there any name brands on the site I should steer clear from?
This is a new Savinelli he has listed for only around $50:
http://www.jamesislandpiper.com/store.php?seller=JamesIslandPiper&navt1=110811&navt2=110865&navt3=112626&pd=4929041
Is this a decent pipe?
Thanks!

 

pflan

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OR would this Peterson be a better buy?
http://www.jamesislandpiper.com/store.php?seller=JamesIslandPiper&navt1=110811&navt2=110864&sort=price&pd=4890373

 

lestrout

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Jan 28, 2010
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Welcome to our predeliction. Both of those JIP pipes look very good indeed. I've gotten pipes from DonS there and he is a pleasure to deal with.
hp

les

 

pflan

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Jan 3, 2013
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Thanks lestrout!
So I can't really go wrong with either huh? Thanks a lot! Good to have some justification for my order, and it helps so much to have people that are knowledgeable about the subject. I have learned the pipe smoking is really more of a lifestyle than a hobby. It seems that it takes years to really learn your own way to do things and to know what you like. I love the idea of this being an ever-changing, lifelong experience. Thanks for the help, guys!
Keep any & all suggestions coming!
Philip

 

pflan

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Jan 3, 2013
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Hi rothnh,
Thanks for the links! I like the shape of the pipes AND the price, but for some reason that "natural" look just isn't doing it for me.
I just came across this one:
http://store.pipesandcigars.com/bjviclpopiap1.html#.UOpBMOR9KuI
What do you think?

 

pflan

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Jan 3, 2013
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Although.. the looks of the Nording is kind of growing on me. It also says that the finish will age and darken.. So that could be a possibility.

 

cajundad

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Nov 1, 2012
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Great pipe suggestions , as for Aromatic tobacco , Boswells , 1q , and trout stream are great IMO ! Boswells magnum is a good light English , and northwoods is also great ! Welcome to the forum !

 

tjameson

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Jun 16, 2012
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I'd also recommend the Tsuge pipes on smokingpipes.com. I'm really enjoying mine and it was $60.

 

pflan

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Jan 3, 2013
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Hmmmm, I am liking the look of those Tsuge pipes. My decision is getting harder and harder. Financially, I am only in a position to purchase one pipe between $40-75 and then a couple of cheap corn cobs to get a rotation going.
Also, I think I will make an order of about 5-6 blends from Boswell's pretty soon.
Keep the pipe recommendations coming, fellas! Having a tough time deciding between the Savinelli I listed above, the natural Nording that roth recommended, and one of the Tsuge pipes as of right now.

 

brdavidson

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Dec 30, 2012
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I have two Brigham's, and they're a great quality pipe made in Canada that are very reasonably priced. I have this particular one and paid a lot more for it up here in Canada! http://pipesandcigars.com/brvopi1ruap.html

 

pflan

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Jan 3, 2013
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Hmmm.. so really, any of these pipes will smoke much better than my cheap little Medico?

 

pflan

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Jan 3, 2013
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Hmmmm.. maybe something like this would work.. I'd have plenty for a rotation, plus some to keep in storage!
http://corncobpipe.com/index.php/specials/10-pipe-grab-bag-of-smokable-seconds.html
But yeah, I'm still deciding between a Nording, a Sav, a Bjarne, and a Tsuge for a nice briar.