"A complete pipe that costs, at retail, less than I pay for a block of briar, is only gonna be so "nice", if you judge it on some objective criteria - briar quality, stem quality, shaping quality and fit and finish. Is it possible that it's a great comfy pipe and a super smoker? Hell yes."
"The biggest fault with Baraccini pipes, and pipes that cheap in general, is the low quality plastic of the stems. Seriously, its like clenching granite. Other than that it'd be a fine first pipe."
"I have one that I paid $28.00 for 3 years ago.Mine smoked hot and gurggled.I had to open the draw to make it a decent smoker,and it still gets warmer than any other pipe that I own.Now I use it for a yard/work pipe.Maybe it was just bad luck and I got a bad one,but I got what I paid for on that one,and not a bit more."
"You can get some damn nice house pipes for about the same price. Iwan Ries, L.J. Peretti, Christie's, Edward's, others..."