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  1. jasper

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    Hi, I've been reading through the forums for a couple weeks now, just now registered. I was wondering if anyone has bought anything from AND Pipes. Their prices seem a little too good to be true.

    I'd expect a pipe this inexpensive to be pressed meerschaum or some imitation, but they say on the website:

    WHAT ARE YOUR PIPES MADE OF?
    All of our pipes are made of high quality block meerschaum. We do not sell pressed meerschaum.

    Their website is http://www.meerschaum.com/

    Thanks for reading, any information is much appreciated.

    Posted 8 years ago #
  2. puffintuff

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    From my limited experience with meerschaum, I would say It's low quality block.
    I purchased a similar pipe from another online dealer and within a month, the
    threads that hold the stem to the shank fell apart.
    I didn't purchase from AND because I didn't see a phone # where they could be contacted.
    Save your money and look elsewhere.

    Posted 8 years ago #
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    I agree that the prices look too good to be true.

    If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.

    The site is kind of cheesy too after you get past the splash page.

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    Posted 8 years ago #
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    Not having personal experience with this Seller, I can only report
    the findings of others. The results are mixed. One group says that
    the Pipes are low quality, while the other group says that they are
    a value for the $$. My suggestion would be to establish dialogue with
    the Seller. Are the photos static or are they accurate representations
    of the Pipe that you would purchase? Are the Pipes carved from Block
    or pressed Meerschaum? Does the Seller stand behind his product for
    defects in workmanship and quality of materials?

    Posted 8 years ago #
  5. jasper

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    I've sent the site an email with some questions about the pipes. Hopefully I get a response within the week.

    Posted 8 years ago #
  6. jasper

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    Well, I got a pretty prompt reply:

    Thank you for your interest in our pipes.
    All pipes are made from high quality Eskisehir block meerschaum.
    Every pipe comes with a custom made case.
    Pipes and cases are made in Turkey
    I ship the next business day after the payment by USPS Priority Mail.
    usually takes 2-3 business days for delivery.
    Every pipe in the web page is in stock. Note that we have only one of each
    pipe (except the calabash and the cigarette holders). So when a pipe is
    ordered it is removed from the web page.

    Best Regards,

    Alex Dumond
    AND Meerschaum Pipes
    P.O.Box 972903
    Ypsilanti, MI 48197
    Fax: 734-528-9177
    http://www.meerschaum.com
    sales@meerschaum.com

    ----- Original Message -----
    From: "Jasper *****"
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    Sent: Saturday, January 22, 2011 1:25 PM
    Subject: Couple questions about your pipes

    The website looks good, and the prices look great, but I have a few
    questions.

    Are all the pipes made from high quality Eskisehir block meerschaum?

    Also, do all your pipes come with cases?

    Where are the pipes carved/made?

    How long does it typically take for a package to arrive? I live in Texas.

    Is the catalog up to date?

    I hope to hear back from you soon.

    I also just searched Alex Dumonds name, trying to find more information, and I found a forum post about these pipes.

    http://pipesmokersforum.com/forum/index.php?/topic/4952-my-cheap-new-meer/

    They seem to be decent quality, and the engraving looks to be pretty well done as well. Based on that forum post, and the speedy reply to my email, I think I'll give this company a shot.

    Posted 8 years ago #
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    Let us know how it goes.

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    Yes, please let us know how it turns out!!

    Mason jars and bale top jars, mason jars and bale top jars.... that is all!

    "There’s truth in the statement that pipe tobacco will never be any less expensive than it is today, so think of your cellar as a cost averaged investment" - G.L. Pease
    Posted 8 years ago #
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    It sounds good to me as well. Keep us advised on how things
    develop for you.

    Posted 8 years ago #
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    I have purchased several pipes from them and have no complaints at all. The pipes were exactly as advertised, the shipping was very prompt, and I had no ugly surprises at all.

    In my opinion they are an honorable company.

    No, I don't work for them LOL.

    Mason

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    Posted 8 years ago #
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    Well this is certainly an old post, but seeing as I am the creator, I'll give it a bump.

    I finally got around to ordering one of these pipes. It will be here this week. I'll make sure to write a short review and post some pictures as well. I'm pretty excited.

    Posted 7 years ago #
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    good luck. The two I got recently are just so-so at best.

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    Im eagerly awaiting your review. Ive been wanting a meer for some time, but dont have the cash. I ve got a meer lined, and it smokes like a dream

    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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    Posted 7 years ago #
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    Looking forward to your review.

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    Yeah, I'm also thinking about buying my first meerschaum from this company; also, waiting for the review

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    Ordered a large lattice bent Dublin from them recently....got the pipe in about 4 days and for $65 shipped it is a pretty good sized pipe and seems to be a good value.

    Smoked it twice so far and I can say that it smokes good but there are 2 issues of note at this point:

    a.) The stem has a narrow hole that the smoke comes out of which is fine except it feels REALLY concentrated and has caused some tongue bite...but if I'm careful I can control it and I haven't tried many tobys so I may find one that isn't even a problem...more to come on that.

    b.) I MAY have a bought one that is TOO BIG! The bowl size is deep and at the top, it's wide enough that it's almost hard to get the light going properly. But again, I may find a different tobacco that works better in this pipe, I'll keep trying.

    It IS well made and is very pleasing to the eye, I'm hoping the coloring process is as interesting as I've made it out to be in my mind.

    Will post some shots of it soon but wanted to add some stuff to this thread as I, too, was intrigued by this company and their meers!

    Take care all!

    Posted 7 years ago #
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    I have two AND meers and they have a different color to them than my Servi orIMP. Rather grey than amber.

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    A note of caution (on any Meerschaum in my opinion, not just these). See if you can find out what sort of tenon they are using. Before I knew much, I bought a pair of eagle claw pipes from a Turkish shop on base in Iraq. They had wide plastic tenons apparently designed for 9mm filters. The threads in the shanks ultimately stripped out on both of them, despite being careful. I can't find tenons like those anywhere and whats left of threads are about half an inch down in the shank.

    In retrospect I fairly sure both those pipes were pretty low quality block and carved by apprentices. One smoked fine, but the other was a disaster and on inspection the shank was actually carved at about a 5 degree angle to the bowl.

    I have no experience with this company, but I'd be leary. Based on the quality of the carving I can see on their site,which is about on par with those two claw pipes, my guess is their pipes are going to be hit or miss.

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    Some photos of the AND meerschaum...well made and, so far, a good deal!




    Last smoke in it was Magnum Opus and it seemed to really enjoy that blend! Maybe Lat is this things calling?!?

    Posted 7 years ago #
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    Giving this thread a bump, im curious to hear if anyone else has anything to say about it

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    I bought a medium art with a frog desing. I am very happy with the service and end product I received.
    I will post pictures later, as I am at work.

    Jordan

    Posted 7 years ago #
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    I am very happy with the service and end product I received.

    Any complaints or disappointments?

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    jchaplick, i was very happy with the whole process, as soon as I paid, they took the picture of my pipe off the site, and it came here (to Canada) in I think it was 5 business days.

    This is my first meer, and I am glad I bought it. I really enjoyed the first smoke, and I am looking forward to seeing how long it will take me to see the colour come through.
    Again, I will try to get pictures up soon.

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    Thanks, very good to know

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    I was looking at those guys, too. I'm glad to see some positive experiences.

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    bcer
    This article may be of some material use to you... It contains some most excellent information about coloring your meer.

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    Thanks Lawrence for the link.
    I did read that, and found it very interesting.
    I only smoke my pipe every now and then, so my meer will take a long time to change.
    I have about 6 briars, 1 clay and 1 meer, and I think the meer will be getting my full time attention for now.

    Thanks everyone for all the great information.

    Posted 7 years ago #
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    Hi,

    If you wish you'd like to help from Eskisehir. If you have problems with Eskisehir Meerschaum Tell us again, the solution will do our best to help.

    Greetings from Eskisehir

    Meerschaum Store

    http://www.barooc.com

    Posted 7 years ago #
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    A good meerschaum is worth shelling out a few bucks for. There are a couple of good maker/sellers on eBay that will do a good job for you. Some will even make a pipe to your specifications or drawing. As a Retired Marine, you can see where my interests lie, but I do like my meers!







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    I ordered 2 of these pipes a few weeks ago. Have to say they smoke very well and arrived very quickly. Regarding coloring, not sure yet. The finger test indicates they are block meerschaum but in the one I've smoked some curious gray lines are appearing between stem and bowl. i've emailed them but no resopnse yet,

    Posted 6 years ago #
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    +1w/TopD, spend a little extra, go over to SP.com, get a Storient or
    IMP, I have both and they are top-smokers, zero issues

    Posted 6 years ago #
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    I' am looking for a 60-70 usd meerschaum pipe.
    so and is 70 usd ?

    I too have 6 IMPs (from smokingpipes.com) , 3 Storient meerschaum pipes (from smokingpipes.com) ,4 baki and 3 SMS meerschaum pipes and 5 estate meerschaum from ebay.

    this time need to buy a more economic brand new meerschaum..I bought lots of pipes and gifts for christmas this year.It will be a gift too

    how is the quality of and ?
    I need an answer from a person who bought an AND meerschaum pipe.

    thanks

    Posted 6 years ago #
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    I did get a positive reply from Alex at AND who apologised for being away from internet and basically said he wasn't sure about the lines either but if they were cracks they would get a lot worse very quickly so get back to him if that was the case.
    Soon after I gave the pipe another clean - I use a pipe tool to scrape out the tar from the bowl - lo and behold I realised the trailing point of another part of the tool was making crazy paving marks on the pipe !
    So Mystery solved.
    POLIGERARD I'd say AND meers are a good value and good way to start - though I'll be going for a more expensive carved piece next.

    Posted 6 years ago #
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    I think it's best to keep the Meerschaum bowl's interior very clean. Cake is not good for a Meer.

    I carefully scrape off the ashes and anything clinging to the bowl with a dull pipe knife, then use a slightly damp clean paper towel (very slightly damp - meerschaum is water soluble) and clean it out, wipe it with the other (dry) side of the paper towel, then let the pipe dry thoroughly. The shank can be touchy - pipe cleaner after every smoke seem to work well enough.

    Posted 6 years ago #
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    I'm a firm believer of "You get what you pay for", and sometimes "You DON'T get what you have paid for". But personally, I do believe Good Stuff don't come cheap. There's always a reason behind the price of a any Goods.

    Posted 6 years ago #

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