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Do You Want More Or Fewer Pipes

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  1. mso489

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    This is a slightly zany question, but would you like more or fewer pipes than you currently own? In one sense, we all have exactly the number we want, looking forward to getting more or happy with exactly the number we have. But have you accumulated more than interest you? Or do you feel deficient and wish for a few or many more? Even though I rotate all my pipes, I probably have a third to half more than I can regularly enjoy fully, though I do like the feeling of discovering a neglected pipe that I enjoy smoking. On the other hand, it would take me a long time to decide on, say, five to get ride of, sell or donate. The question applies if you have 300 or more pipes, or three, since it is as much about your relationship with your pipes as the quantity. Would you unload some if you could? Or is it the more the merrier?

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  2. cosmicfolklore

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    I don't understand the question. I understand the concept of "more", but "unload"? Content, contentious, contempt, contemptuous, more, more, more.
    I don't continue to collect to "have" more pipes. I continue to keep others from getting more than me. The one with the most at the end wins. This is how life works... according to games, all games ever... except golf.

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    I am currently in exactly this position.I am trying to downsize from approximately 60 to about 25-30.I can then rotate them all within 1 month.
    I find I tend to smoke the same ones and neglect others.Hence the for sale ads here.

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    I have always focused on the tobacco so I would say maybe a few more pipes over the years.I would say I spend a few hundred on tobacco a month. Whenever I see a pipe I like over $200 I think how much tobacco I can buy and go that route. I feel pipes will always be around and will drop in price once the eventual no shipping of tobacco route happens.

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    I have about 40 pipes. I do not need anymore in number for my needs but will swap out some I consider not very good smokers.

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    I am always in the market for another Rad Davis pipe. I am also looking for other artisan pipes that fit my strict criteria. On Sunday I won an auction and it is the first pipe I have bought in well over a year.

    Harris
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    I have 12 pipes currently (2 more are on their way) but I always sell pipes which I don't like, get bored of or has issues. By my experience the ideal amount is around 15 pipes, it is enough for rotation, variety and it is not too many so I can use all of them almost equally. So just to answer, sometimes I want more (most of the time) and sometimes I want less. I'm trying to balance and keep the collection at around 15-20

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    Never put Descartes before the horse.

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    Compared to many, my collection is pretty modest. Still I know that I have WAY more pipes than I need, strictly speaking. So I made the decision, late last year, to stop buying pipes.

    Which is why I recently bought 4 Pre-War Ben Wade Leeds era pipes, 2 Comoys DeLuxe, and A cased set of Barling pots.

    I feel MUCH better now...

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  10. mso489

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    Most of us swear off buying pipes, until we don't. Twenty were all the pipes I'd ever need, but that was years ago.

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    I have 11 pipes in rotation. I have a few more that I don't smoke. Most of them just turned out not to fit my clench. I don't need more pipes, but I'm sure I'll buy some more. I'm really not very interested in them. I just want them to look appealing to me and be good smokers. I'll never end up with a large collection.

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    I'm pretty sure I'm in the minority here.

    I once had over 30 pipes... mainly Petes, Savinellis, Stanwells, Radices and Castellos. A few health issues last year changed my ways a bit and I ended up selling all but the Castellos. With just those 4, I don't seem to be missing much.

    Mind you, this doesn't mean I won't add another Castello here or there and that Pete 103 ebony spigot still speaks to me but, at this stage of my run, I seem to enjoy the simplicity of things a bit more.

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    I have enough pipes. I might have "too many". Any pipe I purchase from here on out will be carefully vetted and stu......look squirrel.

    Okay, I guess I needed one more.

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    I need to get rid of a few more. Too much clutter and my wife won't quit buying them for me.

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    More. More.

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    Not the upland clover bloom...
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    100 artisan pipes was where I wanted to stop. I have 104, so I need to unload 4 pipes.

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    100 artisan pipes was where I wanted to stop. I have 104, so I need to unload 4 pipes.
    Or... you could go for 200. You only have 196 to go

    I definitely have more than I need. But there are still so many others I wish to add to my collection. I'm afraid it will never stop.

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  18. ray47

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    There's always room for one more.

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    I don't need more pipes, I don't want more pipes, I don't mean to keep buying pipes, but they're kinda like stray puppies and I'm just to weak to say no.

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    I want neither. If I run across a pipe, which catches my eye, I might purchase it.

    A man without a shillelagh is a man without an expedient.
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    Is this a trick question?

    Don

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    I have more than enough good smokers, but if something I run across has my name on it, I'll probably snap it up. Culling is difficult for me. I also have a lot of old golf clubs and camera gear.

    I know that you believe you understood what you think I said, but I'm not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.
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    I have enough pipes (I require about 35), but I want and need better pipes. I expect the process of attaining a full rotation that I'm completely satisfied with will continue until my last pipe is pried from my cold, dead hands.

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    except golf.

    Isn’t the point of Golf to walk around with clubs overflowing from the cart and fanned out in a display of total dominance over your space on the course?

    I will definitely agree there is some appeal in having one favorite pipe that becomes part of your persona.
    Maybe that’s a bit of a fictitious idea though and all but the sharpest people would be none the wiser even if you did have a 200 pipe rotation.

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    I have 7 or 8 pipes. I smoke 3 of them on a daily basis. The rest I get used sparingly.

    I could use a couple of more big Savinellis. But I really don’t look forward to a big collection.

    As it was mentioned above, I’m more interested in stockpiling tobacco.

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    I spent the past year downsizing. I am down from, at one point, over 100 pipes, to 8 regular smokers and my Dad's favorite pipe which I smoke about once a year. I think 9 is my perfect number, but will end up with 11 in order to complete a 7 day set of Jones Brandies. Other than that, I am done.

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    I wish I had less pipes honestly. I plan on ditching most of mine.

    "I don't know half of you half as well as I should like, and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve."
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    Meers,I can't help myself. Briars, I have some I need to get rid of, honestly about 90% of them. I just don't smoke briar very often...

    "the weez"...
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  29. paulie66scandinavian

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    Don't we all swear off buying pipes, I did and the result was I ended up with few expensive ones and selling some others of mine with lesser value,and I'm still on the lookout for one specific English estate from a now-defunct company,but my plan for the further is to concentrate more on tobacco acquisitions,

    Paul The Scandinavian'
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  30. cosmicfolklore

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    I don't like to sell pipes. When I feel the need to remove some pipes from my universe, I just grab a hammer and a brick and set about to smashing them into briar rubble. I figure that if I don't like then, no one else should have to be cursed with them like dead albatrosses.

    Ohhhh, and it feels so good to just smash them down, PoW!!! shards of wood and stems flying about in chunks.

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    Smashing pipes might have its venting benefits. Usually I don't hate the pipes I trade off or give away, but I want to trade them for something I'd prefer, or give them to a worthy cause. I sure don't donate any stinkers, but only sacrifice pipes I like but can spare, and it can be pretty satisfying. The number of pipes I own always catches up with me anyway.

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    I always tell myself I don't need more as I find that with how infrequently I smoke I end up just reaching for the same 2-3 pipes each time. That said, there as so many beautiful pipes out there that I find it very hard to resist picking up a new one now and again.

    -Home At Sea
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    That's a bold move, Cosmic. Reminiscent of the Office Space copier smash scene. I'm having that debate right now. I have a bunch of pipes ($10-20) that look good, but I truly hate. Someone else may like them fine. I have a truly beautiful old stanwell silver military mount smooth straight grain pipe. I have done everything I can to that pipe, and I swear it must be lined with unobtanium or adamantium. Two puffs of the driest tobacco I own, and that bitch gurgles like a leaky snorkel. Truly terrible. I have 3 other bulldogs that are so cool, but they taste like the straight pipe on my 2003 dodge diesel. (If you wonder how I know what they tastes like, just stand within 50' of it when I start it cold.

    I want to send all of them to the guy cleaning and sending stuff to troops, but that seems wrong to send pipes I hate. I'm afraid they will curse someone else's pipe smoking future. Someone pawned them off on me. I think they need to end with me.

    On a side note, I have a $10 Jeantet that I never smoked, because I got so fed up with ebay junkers. I fired that one up finally, and holy smokes it is divine! It takes the edge off those C&D Burley flakes and makes them taste like candy. Come to think of it, my only other Jeantet does them same. Better than any other pipes have (and I have some good ones). On average, my quality $10 ebay pipes have ultimately cost me $100 a piece.

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    Too many is never enough.

    Head Black Frigate keelhauler, boss powder monkey, & troublemaker 1st class.
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    I own 20 pipes, but only smoke 4 regularly.

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    Some people's view would definitely be that I have too many pipes. Those same people would probably say I have too much tobacco too and we all know that can't be true. I've tried to fight PAD many times, sometimes more successfully than my ongoing battle with TAD. If one catches my eye at a price I can't say no to though, well I guess I can always find room for just one more.

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    I have a simple system. If there is a pipe that isn't being reached for and smoke, it will join others like it to be sold about twice per year. I've not quite reached the point where all my collection is smoked at least occasionally. Getting close however. I now have well more than I need but perhaps not as many as I want. Can't deny PAD, just trying to be very disciplined about what I decide to purchase. Doesn't matter if I see something I kind of like and it is a great buy on eBay for example. If I don't see myself being excited about adding it to the smoking rotation, I let it go.

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    I swore in the first five years of pipe smoking/collecting that I didn't need more than 50 pipes. Well, that crept up over 100 in the past two years. So, you've probably noticed that in the past year, I've done a major purge, now currently down to 60. In that group, it would be tough to part with any more (the last ten were tough to let go!) But, the proceeds of those sales has gone to fund items on my MGB and several wristwatches, all of which get regular use. So, a win on all accounts, as I still have way more pipes than I can regularly enjoy (and take care of!) I tend to rotate through about 20 pipes, the rest only get very occasional use.

    Having said that, since December, I've added three pipes to my personal collection...

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    @ssjones

    At least the proceeds have gone to a good home,mine has been reinvested in a few more expensive pipes.The Asteriou from you and a couple of S Bang estates

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    Do You Want More Or Fewer Pipes?

    Yes.

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    My higher end pipes tend to become personal treasures, nothing at the fishnbanjo or peck level, but some nice ones. The less expensive pipes, once they have proven out, are valued for smoking and not worth a lot in trade, so they tend to stick around too. Shop carefully, since pipes can be a long-term purchase. Mostly, don't buy more than one at a time, and therefore probably don't buy in lots. Deliberate purchases are good, for the long term.

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    I have a pipe rack that holds 12 pipes. I think that is more than enough for me, I have 8 or so now. There are some that I am actively looking for, and I think once that magic number is reached I might be done.

    Window shopping is much easier on the budget!

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    I always had a hankering for an S. Bang....hmm....

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    I'll share a secret. Not once have I ever sold a pipe from my collection. Nor do I plan to. My answer is always more. And I plan to smoke every single one of them.

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    I usually opt for more tobacco if anything. Pipes will stay around for hundreds of years. Tobacco, not so much.

    Occasionally I pick up a Morgan Bones pipe when he gets some new shapes out, but they are only $40 and I can afford to buy 3-4 at a time. They make up the majority of my collection. I have about 18 of them in total. About 6 Petersons, 4 Moretti Pipes and 2 Savinellis.

    I'm a sucker for stubby/nose warmer pipes so if I find one I really like I'll buy it.

    I probably don't need anymore pipes at the moment though. I'm planning on just adding to my bones collection and preserving the rest in a nice cabinet.

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    probably don't buy in lots

    Unless you're pappymac or somebody.

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    I'm like Crash. And I don't count my pipes anymore. I'm afraid to know how many I have. And then I start to add up the cost. Then I tell myself, just don't go there. It's therapy, I say, ya, it's a good thing...

    But what I have changed is that I am willing to pay more for a better quality pipe, so that has slowed me down a bit.

    Buying tobacco depends on family and friends and their travel plans. Tourist season is heating up

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    I have too few of the pipes I want, and too many of those that I don’t smoke often enough! I only have about 10 pipes, but I distinctly prefer about 5 of them. I think if I had space to display them all separately, I’d be ok with them all. I want my straight Pete’s front and center, and the rest to have their own space on the side. The oddballs (Ropp vintage, Barling, Briarworks, etc.) just feel out of place right now.

    “There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion”.
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    After buying my second Moran’s Bones Pipe I’ve hit the “just right” amount of pipes. I have no desire to add anymore to my collection. If I ever do decide to add more some will have to go out. I’ve never really been a huge pipe person, I love em and I can appreciate a fine pipe but my passion lies mostly in tobacco. When I get $500 to spend I always choose tobacco over a pipe. I figure in the long run pipes will always be readily available but I worry about the availability of quality tobacco... well, I don’t really worry anymore, I’ve been stocking up for close to a decade now and I have more than enough to see me through to the other side.

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    I definitely want fewer! But I just added one to my cart at SP.

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    Fewer as in around 365+1 for the leap year.

    Albert Einstein was once quoted as saying, “I believe that pipe smoking contributes to a somewhat calm and objective judgment in all human affairs.” One of the reasons behind this statement is that pipe smoking is meant to be a slow leisurely activity. It takes patience to smoke a pipe. Unlike cigarettes and cigars, there is a certain amount of technique to smoking a pipe. Where cigars and cigarettes can just be picked up, lit and puffed on, pipes require the development of a technique in order to get the best smoking experience.
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    Fewer is the way to go for me, I will never buy a pipe again and hope to lower the number of pipes I have.

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    I have sometimes thought I should have started out saving up for up-market pipes and bought pipes less often. However, the counterpoint to that is that i have had a good time shopping for moderately or low priced pipes slowly and selectively, and I often take pleasure in some of the pipes I've bought in the roughly $24 to $80 range that smoke about as well as any.

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