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Baraccini Pipes - Opinions?

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  1. lordnoble

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    Was just looking at the Baraccini Pipes and wondered if they were a halfway decent smoke... I'm not expecting to be blown away, but if they're decent pipes, I might be inclined to give them a go. Any opinions?

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    I think they are not bad for what I call "rotation pipes" - something to have on hand to give my better briars a rest. I also use them when smoking outside.

    I have two: a prince that seems well enough engineered, if not particularly pretty, and a bent brandy with a nice swirly stem that will occasionally pass a cleaner with a little patience and finesse. The grains are nothing special, bordering on poor.

    For the price, I like my Grabows better. Just don't like the nasty Grabow break-in (bowl coating).

    I probably wouldn't buy another one.

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    Duly noted. Thanks for your thoughts. May pick one up the next time I'm out in Albany. This way I can get a good look at it BEFORE I buy...

    -Jason

    Posted 1 year ago #
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    Some opinions:

    "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..."

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    I won one in the monthly Contest. It does seem to get a little too hot as mentioned above and gets hard to hold. Draw is fine on the one I got, stem fits ok, but the strange part is that I seem to have to re-light it too many times.....anyone know why this is?

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    Interesting about the smoking hot comments. I personally have not experienced that, and I tend to be a hot smoker. Interestingly I have a Peterson that costs thrice as much and smokes as hot as a furnace.

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    Peterson pipes, like any pipes that are dipped in paint, shellac or varnish, being sealed as they are, should be expected to smoke hotter than pipes that are simply stained or have a natural finish.

    Posted 1 year ago #
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    Came here looking for comparisons to one my wife just gave me tonight, a half bent smooth brandy. Too late to help the OP, of course, but for anyone else searching for a note, as I was, I thought I wouldn't start a separate thread. Just add on here.

    Grain is nothing spectacular, but I wouldn't be ashamed to smoke it in front of knowledgeable folks. Just wouldn't be something to brag on. Two very tiny, tiny little fills. Have to search hard for them or don't notice: hidden in the grain. Pictures ... later. I might post a salute to my wife for gifting me with this, as she also picked out some tobaccos she'd like me to try.

    Smoking a flake in it now. No need for a break in, as the bowl was already prepped.

    Was a gurgle for a second after getting it going but it settled out as I slowed down. Never need to run a pipe cleaner while smoking in spite of that initial gurgle.

    Relighting? Non-issue in this shape, at least in this one and this flake. Relight once only after having set it down for a while and picking it back up. Ember was almost out.

    No heat issue. Bowl just barely warm, especially after slowing down. Very nice.

    Draw is tighter than many of my others, but not restricted enough that I'd want to open it.

    Does not take filters.

    Stem perfectly extends from shank. No ridge at all. Smooth, and flares comfortably after the bend to accommodate the fishtail bit. I like it as a clencher. Hangs really, really nice. I wouldn't change a thing there.

    Retail I see it offered online as $39.99 and I think it's a good value at that price. I surely wouldn't mind if I happened to get another as a gift, but I think in buying for myself, I'd probably look for estate pipes under $100 rather than specifically go to this brand. Pleasant, but other brands I look for are pleasant, too, and there's not enough incentive for me to pursue this brand instead of those. But I'm definitely going to keep smoking thing one, and if I had to have one (while traveling or something), and one was available, I wouldn't have any reservations for $40, and especially none if I could pick it up for even less. In fact, at less than $30, I wouldn't be able to restrain myself. I'd grab it.

    Maybe... would classify it a working man's briar?

    Lordnoble, you reading? If so... did you get one? And how has it been for you?

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    Posted 2 months ago #

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