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$400 to Spend on a Pipe

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  1. zonomo

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    I recently sold my iPhone 4S to a friend so I now have $400 of free money (ie: not in the budget, not accounted for, etc). I'd like to get a pipe. My nicest pipe so far is probably my $160ish Boswell. What do you recommend? I know its not a TON of money but I am hoping to be able to pick up something nice. Ive been wanting a nice block Meerschaum but I havent found one that I absolutely love. What would you get if you had $400 and assuming you had all the 'Bacca you need right now?

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    Scott Thile blasted Egg
    http://sethilepipes.com/component/k2/item/182-freehand-.html#221-blasted-egg-w/celluloid-ivory-$385

    Quad City Pipes Dark Brown Lovat with ivory
    http://www.quadcitypipes.com/available%20pipes1.html

    Nate King "Epli"
    http://www.natekingpipes.com/2013/01/67-13-epli/

    Wayne Teipen Duke/Don
    http://teipenpipes.com/store/#!/~/product/category=1871448&id=15947627

    Rad Davis Black Blast
    http://raddavispipes.com/store.cfm?R=0.471649858501

    Let us know what you decided on!

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    enough MM cobs to last me a lifetime and then some.

    Kent

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    A Dunhill maybe?

    As long as I got a pipe full of baccy and a nose full of snuff, I'm a happy camper
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    Get 2 200$ pipes, The old cajun

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    Try Neat Pipes Estates, you might be able to get 3 damn good pipes for your stash The old cajun. PS the web site is Neat Pipes, click on estates

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    Great place for pipes. click on the index page.

    http://www.alpascia.com/groupIndex.asp

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    +1 for Nate King, I have one and love it.

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    I'm with Bradley.

    Nothing wrong with an awesome artisan pipe and with $400, you can certainly find a great one! Yet if you choose a fine estate pipe, IMO, you get more for your money.

    Of course, if it were me, this 1967 Dunhill would be hard to resist: http://www.jamesislandpiper.com/store.php?seller=JamesIslandPiper&navt1=110812&sort=price&pd=4900307

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    Brad's advice is the most sensible. But if it is truly "mad money", then a Castello -- probably a Sea Rock grade. $364.00

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    Ive been wanting a nice block Meerschaum but I havent found one that I absolutely love.

    If you want to spend up to $400 on a meer, I'd definitely recommend a Baki:

    http://bestmeerschaums.homestead.com/bakipipes.html

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    AT 400 dollars, the world is your oyster in terms of getting a really, really good pipe. Now, it won't buy the most expensive of artisan pipes (S.Bang, Tokutomi, that kind of thing), but you can shop for a LOT of pipe, and there's two ways to do it. Wait, hunt, find exactly what you want from Dunhill, Castello, ... whatever. Or, you poke around, ask around, and get a pipe maker to make exactly what you want. To do this successfully, you want to chat with a few makers, see what they like building, get their "vibe", and if you like that, get the guy to build you a pipe.

    Whatever you do, make sure you do your homework. There's some good deals and maybe some not so good deals in this market, but just which applies to you might depend on your preference. For example, a Savinelli Autograph is a pipe that a lot of people will bypass in terms of shaping, but they smoke ridiculously good, so it's all kinda relative to what you like or find important.

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    An artisan pipe, an estate Dunhill maybe. I'd be happy with anything from that price range. Some good pointers in this thread. If I was you I'd be looking at the black Rad Davis and the brown lovat with ivory that big van linked.

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    +1 Bradly & Sasquatch

    Try taking a look at Marty's site http://www.pulversbriar.com/index.html

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    If you're looking for a nice block meerschaum, I'd check this guy out: http://stores.ebay.ca/meerschaummarket/I-BAGLAN-PIPES-/_i.html?_fsub=1321301011
    I got a very intricate eagle claw from this guy and it has been an incredible smoker. Really, I'd drop another $200 on his carving in a second without even thinking about it.
    If you don't see something you like and you have a good idea of what you might like, talk to Yavuz from Storient. He offered to get me a custom made pipe from Baglan at a price in your budget. His service is good and the carver is top notch, so I think you won't be disappointed if you provide some sketches and dimensions. I say go for the custom pipe in that price range, you'll be very glad you did and I'll bet it stands out more in your collection than any Dunhill does. Just my personal bias, but I haven't touched one of my premium briars since getting this baby!

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    Although certainly exquisite, personally, I'm not into paying for the carver's art which, in buying such a figurine meerschaum, is at least as much a part of the price as the pipe's materials and construction. That said, though, I certainly would consider a top shelf, more standard shaped meerschuam pipe.

    But everyone here would choose whatever best floats their Cheerios and make their purchase accordingly.

    Do let us know what you choose, Zonomo

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    Find a carver you like and commission a pipe that you want. $400 is more than enough to get a great pipe from someone like Growley Pipes or Andrew Staples

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    zonomo, if you could tell me what size pipe you like and what types of shapes, I could give you suggestions based on your likes.

    Harris
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    Shoot if I had $400 extra dollars I would get me a new Tattoo and then spend the rest on a nice estate pipe!!

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    Me personaly, I would get 3 nice savinelli's

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    Since I have a very big soft spot for Ser Jacopo pipes I myself would probably end up with one of them.My Ser Jacs are my favorite pipes and with $400 I can think of atleast 2 on Al Pascia I would buy right now.I guess I also might look into a Dunhill seeing as I have yet to own a Dunhill.I would look around alot though you could get something crazy with that kind of money.

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    I would stash it away until pipesandcigars.com's sale on Dunhill's, buy a nice Dunhill and get 20 free tins of tobacco.

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    20 free tins?

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    20 free tins?

    Yep, P&C has a monthly promotion coming up -- buy any new Dunnie and receive 20 1.5 oz. H&H tins of you choice, free.

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    Some great suggestions here. When is the next time you will have a free $400 to drop on a pipe ? Get one damn good pipe and dont look back !

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    Wow, that Nate king looks awesome!!

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    Wow I will be watching for that sale.I have been thinking about getting a Dunhill but man they are not cheap.

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    i'd get4 $100 pipes for my variety, but thats's just me.

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    A good smooth Dunhill. It beats a meerschaum. The Bruyere, their original finish, is the best tasting (except the Root, which is rare & over $400).

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    Now that I have seen that Nate King I think I would go for it that is a beauty.

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    I would go for one really nice pipe,myself. A handmade - either new or a really good estate.

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    call Mark Tinsky and get exactly what you want.. and have a chunk of change to tobacco.

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    I like this one http://pipesandcigars.com/ducopibi31.html#.UPxrYifBGSo

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    Castello Sea Rock. Better yet get Castello Sea Rock Estate and spend another $150 on tobacco!

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    Talk to Lonestar. He is making some awesome pipes.

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    A Paolo Becker, you'll have to add 32 bucks for this one

    Or keep your eyes open for an estate Paolo Becker in the 250-300 range, and some baccy ...

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    FWIW $400 is enough baccy for a year even at retail prices ...... so yeah $400 is a bit of change in my book

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    3 savanellis and $100 worth of tobacco

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    zonomo, if you could tell me what size pipe you like and what types of shapes, I could give you suggestions based on your likes.

    +1

    First, congrats! Lots of pipes to choose from in that price range - give us a hint of what you like.

    You could go for a brand new, top-of-the-line pipe. Or get two fine Dunhill estates (if you shop carefully).

    "Be seeing you"


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    You could go for a brand new, top-of-the-line pipe. Or get two fine Dunhill estates (if you shop carefully).

    Or judicious shopping can earn you one extremely nice estate, more than a few pounds of various premium bulk tobacco blends, and enough Ball screw-top canning jars to put it all in.

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    Buy yourself a good Dunhill estate, you won't regret it, and spend the rest on a good quality Meer.

    If at first you don't succeed, have another bowl.
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    zonomo,
    I would suggest BobHayesPipes.com (the late Craig Tarler's son-in-law of Cornell and Diehl). Bob Hayes is my choice and his pipes are excellent smokers. I now own 16 Hayes pipes and love them all. They are truly excellent in every repect and the prices are most reasonable for Artisan pipes. The prices range from $200 to $350. And, he stands behind every pipe he creates. No middle-man! You will love his pipes. My goal is to own 36 Hayes pipes.
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    SAVE IT UNTIL APRIL! Buy a Dunhill pipe from P&C during the month of April and you will get TWENTY (20) 1.5oz tins of Hearth and Home for FREE. There's no such thing as ever having enough tobacco!

    I'm so awesome, I make myself jealous of myself.
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    I like shapes like these: I dont know what they're called.

    http://pipemastrocascia.it/web/index.php/le-mie-pipe/prodotti/43-pipa-in-radica-modello-free-cod-21-2011-ex

    http://pipemastrocascia.it/web/index.php/le-mie-pipe/prodotti/98-pipa-in-radica-modello-free-cod-151-2012-ex

    I may just wait so I can get the 20 tins. Maybe I should save some $$ between now and then so I can get a really nice Dunhill w the baccy.

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    @ Captain: Those bob hayes are really beautiful.

    @Everyone else: I've clicked through a lot of these links and there are some very spectacular pipes. I think I wont rush but try to find something special. I went to P&C but didnt see anything about free tins.

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    Not knowing your pipe smoking history but based on what I have read and gathered; I would be really excited if I was you and explore many different tobaccos instead of buying a high end pipe at your stage of pipe experience. Or the best of both worlds a pipe that suits you for $150 - $225 or so and lots of new tobaccos. Trying new tobaccos is a whole lot of fun!

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    I went to P&C but didnt see anything about free tins

    That's because it's a monthly promotion for April 2013. These guys hyping it up about Dunhill pipe w/free tins have the 2013 P&C Calendar (this calendar has been shipping free with every order). This month, on the P&C home page, the monthly promotion is 10% off Bjarne pipes.

    You'll see it in April on their website homepage. If you're on their mailing list, you'll also get a reminder.

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    Chris Askwith in England makes some beautiful pipes in that range...

    http://www.askwithpipes.com/about.html

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    With missuri meer grab bag being 30 dollars and there being 10 pipes a bag you have enough for 130 pipes! You can buy/hoard until the cobs run low and sell for a profit! Haha in all seriousness though I have always thought that Bobhayespipes.com looked beautiful although I can't attest for quality I have never owned one, I just like looking

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    I'd get a meer carved by Fikri Baki. http://bestmeerschaums.homestead.com/bakipipes.html

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    I'd ask the folks at Falcon to hire an artisan meerchaum carver to create a few unique bowls for a Falcon stem

    "I'm always easy to please since I'm always satisfied with the very best." - Oscar Wilde
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    Wow as you can see with all of the responses this is a bit overwhelming. We all have shapes and styles that we like. So buying a brand for the sake of buying a brand is a mistake. It appears that you like the freehand style of pipe as you indicated above. That being said look at Nording as he make some of the most beautiful freehands most of which are less than $100. Buy one and try it to see if it fits your style. If it does than perhaps get 1 or 2 more to help with the rotation and use what is left to add to the cellar. It took me about sic months to realize that I prefer a large bowl in a straight or 1/4 bend. I went through several pipes to figure this out, so I do not recommend dropping $400 on a single pipe based on recommendations.

    As for the Beckers and Boswells I have both of them and like them both. Boswells are incredible for the price. and I picked up a like new Becker estate billiard with deep bowl for less than $200 do not be in a rush great estate pipes are out there.

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    I would go crazy and buy all the beautiful estate pipes I've seen on eBay. Or I'd buy three of this nice looking Peterson set I saw online. You should have fun and fantasize until you find just the perfect one or more for you. Good for you!

    A smile will always keep them guessing.
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    You've gotten lots of great suggestions. If you don't already have a higher-end pipe in your collection, then I don't think you can go wrong at all in the $300-400 range.

    If you do have a high-grade already, though, you might want to consider stocking up on tobacco -- or splitting your money between a really good pipe and a good supply of tins for the cellar.

    Otherwise, given my own tastes, I'd opt for a smooth-finish Castello or one or two estate Charatans. You also have enough to get a pre-transition Barling or several older Dunhills. But if you've never had a brand-new pipe, that would be my first suggestion. Otherwise, you're in a great position to pick up several estates from some of the great eras.

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    @rmbittner: I think you hit it on the head. I do have some nice pipes but I dont own a super high end one. Now that I have about $400ish to spend on my new hobby, I'd like to buy one. I've been thinking of a Falcon or Kirsten. (Holy Crap, I just learned that Kirsten headquaters is less then a mile from my house in Downtown Seattle!!!!!)

    FWIW - I do have about 20 tobaccos of which about 1/2 I havent even tried yet. So I think I'm good there for now. To me, buying tobacco is like buying groceries but buying a pipe is like buying a TV or iPad.

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    If you really dig this shape, you should send a link to this video to Nate King or Wayne Teipen and ask if they could make something similar for you.

    It's worth a try.

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    Honestly, I'd buy a few Savinelli's or Petersons. I've yet to spend more than $100 on a pipe, don't see any use for spending that much on a pipe. Or, like others have suggested, you could buy a few cobs :-)...

    “The fact is, Squire, the moment a man takes to a pipe, he becomes a philosopher. It’s the poor man’s friend; it calms the mind, soothes the temper, and makes a man patient under difficulties. It has made more good men, good husbands, kind masters, indulgent fathers, than any other blessed thing on this universal earth.”
    -”Sam Slick, The Clockmaker”
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    My reccomendation would be to try and find a pipe you love for $200. Then spend the other half on something nice for your wife (if you have one).

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    Another thought: a Kai Nielsen. I currently own one, a small straight-grain, and it's an absolutely brilliant pipe. Mine was bought as an estate pipe through smokingpipes.com, and it cost $250. (So far, it's the most expensive pipe in my collection.)

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    Honestly, I'd buy a few Savinelli's or Petersons. I've yet to spend more than $100 on a pipe, don't see any use for spending that much on a pipe.

    I used to feel this way until I bought my first Dunhill. I know @nsfisher will back me up on this.

    There really is a big difference between a ultra-high quality pipe and a quality pipe. My Dunhill ODB is the largest pipe in my collection and yet manages to be the lightest weight as well. The draw is impeccable. The fit and finish is flawless. And I can honestly say it is my best smoker, hands down.

    I didn't truly expect there to be such a difference.

    So I encourage zonomo to go for it. Doesn't have to be a Dunhill. I have been very impressed with Rad Davis' work (not having owned one, but I live vicariously through cigrmaster!). And Lonestar's too btw. I recommend that you take your time and enjoy the hunt.

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    If I had to spend it just on pipes I would have a hard time not buying a couple of Boswells, or a Baronet Bruyere in every shape. But my fiance would know about the $400 and because she's awesome would let me spend probably $50 of it and then the rest towards some financial goals of ours.

    I like to smoke pipes
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    I couldn't spend $400.00 on one pipe myself. I'd buy a good pipe for around $100. to $150. range and pay down some bills with the left over cash. I can afford it, just can't see it happening.

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    Here is an example of what $400 can get you

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    Radice Rind $80 ebay
    Radice Rind $60 ebay
    Castello Old Antigua $85 ebay

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    Boswell weathered stone poker $130 Bowsells new
    Savinelli Hercules canadian $20 ebay (this price includes having a new lucite stem made for it as it came in a lot of 6 pipes and a stand that I paid $47 for)

    still $ left for tobacco

    Now the Castello new would have been over $400 by itself

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    Maybe go for a custom made pipe? $400 should get you there

    “ Rest satisfied with doing well, and leave others to talk of you as they please. ”
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    Lots of suggestions here -- it can sure be overwhelming!!

    The best choice in a high end pipe doesn't have to be a Dunhill for you, but it is wise, I think, to find a high end estate pipe -- it's twice the bang for the buck.

    I'd put the $400 in a safe place so I don't end up spending it (there are always "emergencies" that can sneak in and suck that $400 into oblivion), and then take my sweet time doing the research to finding the exact pipe I enjoy the most.

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    Ive looked at several estate Dunhills on ebay and I'm liking what I am seeing. I may pick one of those up or I may save a little more and then buy one at P&C and then grab the tins.

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    zonomo,

    Send that picture to Bob Hayes and he will quote you a price to make it for you! Tell him Captain Bob sent you!!!
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    I used to feel this way until I bought my first Dunhill. I know @nsfisher will back me up on this

    Indeed! I used to scoff at people and their Dunhills, untill I stumbled on one. I want to smoke it all day, everyday. Mine is a 1953, so I have no experience on comparing it to the current makes and models, that is why I suggested an Estate. However, many other Members suggested some awsome pipes as well. The trick to remember mate, is that it is silly pay $400.00 for a new, single pipe, when you can buy several awsome quality pipes as estates.

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    it is silly pay $400.00 for a new, single pipe, when you can buy several awesome quality pipes as estates.

    So true. I have only bought one new pipe (a Savinelli Bing) in the last 5+ years. I buy estates now and I am having a blast doing my homework and enjoying the fruits of my efforts. I buy more tobacco with the 50%+ more money I have left in my pipe budget doing this.

    As for Dunhills, pre-1968 Dunhills, many experts agree, are light years ahead of their new pipes (not to say new Dunhills are not outstanding by any means).

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