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First Ashton (FINALLY!), Estate Score

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  1. layinpipe

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    I finally scored an Ashton, after patiently looking around for a good deal and one i liked for the past 6 months or so. I have always been very impressed with the late legend Bill Taylor's (even though this is a Jimmy Craig carved pipe) oil curing process and how he described it sounded like it would make one hell of a burner. I have also researched and heard from countless others how great of pipes they are, as is reflected on Ebay under the completed listings. They don't often go unnoticed on auction and usually fetch somewhere in the ballpark of what they are worth. I threw a bid out on this one though from a lesser know seller who is not really all that established in the Ebay pipe watchers realm. That is precisely where i look to find good deals, where others aren't looking. Anyways, my bid ended up being the highest and i won it. A few days later i finally had a gorgeous XXX Pebble Grain Ashton with a hell of a nice blast. It is very light weight for its size (about 6"x 1 7/8", 3/4 chamber diameter x 1 5/8" depth) due to the oil curing process and has a white and very light tannish yellow swirl acrylic stem, which i love and think contrasts with the finish/stain perfectly. I brought it over to Jeremy's (sailorjeremy on here) place last night to smoke a couple bowls and he cleaned it up very nicely with his buffer and tripoli/carnuba application. Looks brand new. I lit up some Stonehaven and it smoked like a champ, just as i had hoped. I will definitely be adding more Ashton's to the collection in the future.

    Some pics after Jeremy made 'er shine (thanks buddy!):









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    Nice score. That is a purtty pipe you got there!

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    Gorgeous score!!!!

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    Sweet!

    Love it.

    You gotta great deal fersure.

    I have the same philosophy as you have with lesser known sellers and have scored some great bargains,
    but I've also scored big with Pipestud, got one of my fave Ashtons from him, a lovely lovat.

    I'm becoming a serious Ashton collector,
    everything else at the moment is taking a back seat.

    I'm up to 5.

    There is a massive throng of Ashton collectors and every pipe usually generates between 35-65 watchers, so the field is highly competitive - the earlier Ashtons have been grabbing super big bucks as of late.

    I like both old and new equally.

    They are damn good pipes,
    and the blasting on an Ashton cannot be beat for such a reasonable price!

    One of my fave threads to look at,
    Kashmir has some really incredible old Ashtons!
    http://pipesmagazine.com/forums/topic/show-off-your-ashton-pipes

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    Corey, Docwatson steered me to Ashton's, as you know I love big pipes, when Coopersark had this one it was love at first sight, smokes as good as it looks, older Ashton. Made in the 80s.

    The Old Cajun
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    layinpipe:

    As you can see, Mr. Taylor learned his lessons well during his tenure with Dunhill. It is indeed a shame that he left us too soon in 2009. You might smoke a bowl in his memory.

    May this pipe become a treasured companion, and provide you solace through the years!

    Love Me, Love My Pipe
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    Thanks guys, i'm really stoked on it, i've been wanting an Ashton for a good long while now! MLC, I agree with you on pretty much your entire post, lol. Yeah, i know what this pipe would/could/should have gone for had it been sold under one of the heavy hitter sellers or as an estate on Smoking Pipes or another online retailer. I got a HELL of a deal for what i paid though and that is why it took me so long to acquire one; i don't like paying retail!

    This is a perfect example of how you can score on ebay and how there are definitely still deals to be had if you are just PATIENT. I got outbid on at least 10-15 if not more Ashton's over the last few months before i bagged this one, and it was worth the wait. I just try and keep Sablebrush's words echoing in my head whenever i get trigger happy about getting in a bidding war with someone because i get temporarily infatuated with a pipe. Those words, and anyone who needs ebay advice in the future heed them well, are "There will always be another pipe and another auction to bid on". It has certainly served me well and i have never yet been burned or overpaid for a pipe. Worst i've done is paid around retail, but still a little under.

    The Ashton's have been going through the roof on ebay though, especially the Bill Taylor era's (for obvious reasons). What provides me endless entertainment is when people will go to war and pay OVER what the pipe is actually worth, and even better, when they pay over for a newer Jimmy Craig era Ashton that they could find cheaper at a reputable online e-tailer as an estate. There's a sucker born every minute, i guess. My next Ashton i'll be on the lookout for will be a Taylor era brindle or old church, either x, xx, or xxx, doesn't matter to me. I will not overpay for one though, so it could take me quite a while, lol.

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    Nice score. Love the unique stem.

    I think everyone should have one Ashton or 12!

    Here is my Bill Taylor Era Ashton Squat Bulldog.

    Jason
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    Hunter, i most definitely will, sir!

    Bradley, WOW that is a gorgeous man-sized poker buddy! Is it a magnum? The blast is insane and it is an 80's Taylor made Ashton to boot! Only thing that would make it better would be (IMHO) a brindle stem. Pokers and Billiards, my two favorite shapes.

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    vorhees, i remember when you scored this and posted a thread with pics about it. It was beautiful then and it is beautiful now, brother! And i agree, everyone owes it to themselves to own at least 1 Ashton in their lifetime, well worth it!

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    Corey yes it is a Magnum and Voories that is one beautiful pipe as all that are on this thread, got a Taylor Large Canadian also, yes everyone should have an Ashton.

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    Vorhees,
    I love your Ashton!
    That unique stem sets it off perfectly,
    beautiful.

    And rare.

    But,
    the 212 stamping indicates that it's a Jimmy Craig era pipe,
    made in 2012.
    http://mkelaw-pipes.com/html/pipee3427.html

    Not trying to be a dick here,
    just pointing it out so you know.

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    Gnarly!

    Great looking pipe. I love my Ashton Pebble Grain, too.

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    But,
    the 212 stamping indicates that it's a Jimmy Craig era pipe,
    made in 2012.

    I understood that the 21 in 212 was "2001". I appreciate the clarification, my bad. I guess 2001 would be 21.

    No harm, no foul.

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    Since everyone is sharing,
    here's my few...

    2014 Old Church XXX
    1998 Pebble Grain X
    1991 Brindle X

    the 2 lovats are both 2013 XX Pebble Grains...








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    This is a perfect example of how you can score on ebay and how there are definitely still deals to be had if you are just PATIENT. I got outbid on at least 10-15 if not more Ashton's over the last few months before i bagged this one, and it was worth the wait. I just try and keep Sablebrush's words echoing in my head whenever i get trigger happy about getting in a bidding war with someone because i get temporarily infatuated with a pipe. Those words, and anyone who needs ebay advice in the future heed them well, are "There will always be another pipe and another auction to bid on". It has certainly served me well and i have never yet been burned or overpaid for a pipe. Worst i've done is paid around retail, but still a little under.

    Very wise words, no doubt.

    Like you, I'm keen to get a deal, and it pays dividends to know the going rate and to keep abreast of all the currents trends.

    And I can tell you're also very astute as far as knowing what the averages are as far as retail shop prices go, across a broad spectrum, and that too, pays dividends.

    I'm amazed in some cases of the auctions you speak of recent Ashtons that go above market value - but I can also understand the desire if it's a particularly great blast, or an odd rare shape.

    One of the more extreme examples of overpaying I can think of as of late,
    is this one:
    2014 Ashton XXX Claret Prince Pipe with Rare 1930's Bakelite * Brand New!

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    Claricfacition, my poker is an ELX not a Magumn, and I paid 282$ for it and was very satisfied with the price. It is a handful.

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    Hahaha, yeah i was watching that one when it was going on. The main reason those particular Ashton's are going through the roof is because they have the 1930's Bakelite stem on them. Robert (coopersark) got a hold of a bunch of old bakelite rods that date back to the 1930's. He got in touch with Jimmy Craig and got him to make a bunch of Ashton's using the old bakelite rods for stems. If the pipe is worth that inflated crazy high price to someone though, i understand, but i would never spend that kind of money. To each their own and whatever floats your boat.

    Bradley, $282 is not bad at all, i would have paid that if i was in the market for a large pipe like that. It looks to be in great shape too. ELX is still a big boy, as you can see from the pic of Robert holding it. Right up your alley though, i'd say.

    BTW, beautiful beautiful pipes MLC. I love every one of them, especially the brindle as i'm a sucker for cumberland/brindle stems and the old church for that craggy deep gorgeous blast.

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    Nice score. Love the stem also.

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    The main reason those particular Ashton's are going through the roof is because they have the 1930's Bakelite stem on them. Robert (coopersark) got a hold of a bunch of old bakelite rods that date back to the 1930's. He got in touch with Jimmy Craig and got him to make a bunch of Ashton's using the old bakelite rods for stems.

    Yep.
    I think there's a bit of a division with the Ashton collectors on the white stems,
    I happen to like them though and would love to score one.

    I am, however, a bit afraid of bakelite just because it's a notoriously brittle material,
    but over time the patina does indeed get pretty scrumptious looking,
    a honey mustard look,
    like on this Dunhill:
    Dunhill Shell Briar, Made in England, Estate Pipe

    Ashton seems to have quite a few one-off surprises out there,
    like this silverlipped bit,
    ASHTON XX OLD CHURCH TANBLAST VERY DEEP RING GRAIN SITTER BILLIARD PIPE

    ...which calls to mind this Dunhill,
    http://pipesmagazine.com/forums/topic/dunhill-pipe-with-factory-sterling-silver-bit-option

    A very unique treatment, and not very often seen.

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    layinpipe, that is a really exceptional Ashton. Enjoy!

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    Welcome to the club but you won't be stopping with just that one.

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    Congratulations. I like that white stem!

    Those Bakelite stems caught my attention, but the Craig colored stems are a far more reasonably priced alternative and as MLC pointed out, will probably be more durable over time.

    Since we're showing Ashtons, here is my small group. The XX size has become my favorite. These are all Taylor pipes.

    Sovereign XX 2009 (last year of Taylor production, most likely made by Jimmy Craig)

    Old Church XX 1998

    Pebble Grain XX 1998 (my first Ashton)

    Pebble Grain XXX 1999

    Pebble Grain XXX 1998

    Al

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    My Taylor Era Canadian.

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    Had to make a double-take on that one Bradley,
    yowza.

    What a blast.
    What a blast.

    Those sunburst curtains always crank my motor!
    vroom vroom

    Looks like a superfine pipe!

    Looks like a massive bowl too,
    izzit a big boy?

    Thanks for sharing!

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    I just had to show you the front of that Big Boy.

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    HOLY SHIT.

    I had to log back on and comment on seeing that picture!

    At first I though it was a Cooke!

    OMG

    That Ashton has an epic blast of the highest order!

    I

    AM

    JAWDROPT.

    Is that the Ashton?!?!?

    Yowza.

    I'm like a deer transfixed by headlights lookin' at that thing!

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    Yes it's the same pipe, like you it looks like a Cooke , it's amazing the blast and for under 300$,

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    My God,
    it's damn near perfect!

    What a great example of what an Ashton pipe can be!

    You win.

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    Some beautiful pipes pictured here. I love the shank on your new acquisition there layinpipes the way it has that slightly raised ring like a worm . Pity you cannot see the swirling in the stem, I can only imagine and figure would be a much sweeter contrast than plain white. I'm Trying again to add a Wathen to my collection, will to a bit higher this time and maybe finally add one to my collection.

    Being in Australia I can't bid on PipeStud's pipes, he said if I had an address in America that would forward the package onto me it would be better as this is the way a lot of his international buyers operate, I think he called it a Postal House or something like that. Anyone know what that is or know a way I can get around this.

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    Someday ...

    "the weez"...
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    Since we're all sharing, this is my one Ashton, an XX. The perfect size for strong flakes.


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    Congrats. I have a besooke on order. Will probably be feb before Jimmy Craige starts on it.

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    Tarheel,
    the idea of a bespoke Ashton is very appealing to me,
    I did not realize that he accepted commissions.

    How does one go about this process,
    and do you have current contact info?

    Thanks.

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    Lots of beauties. Here is mine. It was a gift from Fred aka Sparrowhawk. I would buy another in a heart beat. This is a flake smoking machine.

    I know what I need, smoke, I can't recall the last time I tasted it....Gandalf in the mines of Moria.

    "we shall have to share pipes, as good friends must at a pinch'....'I keep a treasure or two near my skin, as precious as rings to me. Here's one: my old wooden pipe. And here's another an unused one...He held up a small pipe with a wide flattened bowl, and handed it to Gimli. 'Does that settle the score between us', said Merry. 'Most noble hobbit, it leaves me deep in your debt."
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    Since this has become a sort of catch-all,
    might as well as this here.

    Most of you have probably seen it,
    but I find myself going back to it again and again.

    http://www.rdfield.com/Ashton/the_ashton_collection.htm

    You learn stuff like,
    "The year 1995 was a telling one in terms of nomenclature. Midway through that year the Ashton stamp (in script) was lost along with some of the finish stamps. Because of this many of the pipes had Ashton stamped in block letters instead of script, and in addition there was no finish (Oldchurch, Pebblegrain, etc.) stamped on many of the pipes. 1995 was also the year over half of the pipes produced had no date stamp."

    or,

    "The ASHTON PebbleShell pipe undergoes unique processing for which William Ashton-Taylor received a British patent- the first British pipe maker in ages to do so. Many times a block of briar proves too dense to sandblast well. Bill has two choices here- to send the more shallow sandblasts to Europe where they are generally more highly prized than the craggy blasts so beloved by American pipe smokers, or to put in extra effort in making this dense block into a light and craggy looking pipe. Bill experimented for years before coming up with just the right process, which involves steam, rustication, oil, and sandblasting. Each PebbleShell pipe has the patent number stamped on the bottom of the shank."

    And see stuff like this:

    SXX may be one of the rarest stamps ever, and if I had oppo to buy one I'd go the distance for it.

    :

    I also like to go looking there when I'm in the throes of deciding if I should get a certain Ashton, I like to weigh it against those in the gallery, and it's helped convince me to let "lesser examples" go and not get carried away with emotion. To wait for one that I think is better, there's plenty of 'em out there, and patience like Layinpipe had during the search usually does pay off in the end.

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    Beautiful. I love the white stem.

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    I didn't know about the SXX stamp!
    I do run across some pipes with no date stamps - can they be certainly a '95? Seems like a pretty good bet.
    How does one lose stamps??? (perhaps those Pint lunches?)

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    Mr Taylor was not the most organized gentleman out there. He lost the piece of paper with the brindle stain recipe for 5 years, so there were no Ashton Brindle pipes for that long. Here is the Ashton story if you have never read it.
    Ashton Story

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    Corey,

    That looks way better than the pic I was looking at on my little iPhone screen. Congrats bro, that is a stunner

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    Wow, this thread really blew up in the past few days! I seriously like how it became a mini show-off-your-ashton's-here as well as a plethora of ashton knowledge thread. Thank you all for providing all the pics and very useful knowledge regarding the Ashton brand of pipes, i definitely learned a thing or two while sporting more than a couple Ashton boners, lol.

    I have read the above posted Ashton story by R.D. Field and have many times drooled over all the beauties that are included within.

    As a side note, i lost out by 1 bid on another gorgeous Ashton from the same seller last night. I used esnipe to boot, but the sniper was out-sniped by some asshole out there (unless said asshole was a member on here, then congrats i am happy for you). Someone still got a deal at a little over $150 ($150 was my high bid). Oh well, as i said before, there will ALWAYS be another!

    Check out the blast on this bad boy!

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Ashton-Estate-Pipe-/191446080435?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2047675.l2557&nma=true&si=X4%252B5z37rJ2F90VskOpoHIkeAjBg%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc

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    Here is one I was watching, but went a little more than I was willing right now.

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    I had my eye on this one,
    1986 Bill Taylor Era Ashton Pebble Grain Liverpool
    it was in near mint condition and the blast was slightly above average (probably much better in the flesh than in the pix as is often the case), but looking through the RDF gallery helped me restrain myself, I do much prefer the gnarliest examples and 1986 has many of those to offer - and I have my eye on another and couldn't justify the other coin because I'm seriously crazy about the other pipe and my coin will be better spent there.

    At the same time I seriously wanted this very old 1934 Parker and probably would have went-a-bidding if the stem was in a little better shape...
    LARGE GOOD PARKER/ DUNHILL SUPER BRIAR BARK SHELL SHAPE 95

    tarheel,
    to my eye it looks almost as if the bakelite already has a chip in it??????


    although I love that lovely warm brown bakelite, over time it tends to crack or chip like flint?
    Antique radio forums have crack repair knowledge though...

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    I guess it is good it went for more than I wanted to spend right now

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    I had my eye on this one,
    1986 Bill Taylor Era Ashton Pebble Grain Liverpool...

    It was me, misterlowercase. I ended up spending about 40 bucks more than I wanted to on it, but it is a nice Bill Taylor for less then a new Ashton. I need to get some stem oil to use on that one and my Ashton Canadian. Anyone have experience using Obsidian stem oil on Ashton stems?

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    It was me, misterlowercase. I ended up spending about 40 bucks more than I wanted to on it, but it is a nice Bill Taylor for less then a new Ashton. I need to get some stem oil to use on that one and my Ashton Canadian. Anyone have experience using Obsidian stem oil on Ashton stems?

    Nice score Hiplains!
    Glad I didn't bid up the price, I was gonna wait until last minute to bid but decided in the end not to. I'm embarrassed to admit the amount of time I spent contemplating that pipe LOL I think it's a very nice one!

    Micromesh pads will zap that stem back to black such shiny,
    then use Obsidian to keep it that way.

    ------sidetrack,
    anyone who thinks that white stems are "unEnglish" is mistaken,
    Dunhill used ivory quite often...
    ENGLISH ESTATE PIPE: DUNHILL [BLACK BRIAR] 320 w/ WHITE MOUTHPIECE 1966

    I didn't know about the SXX stamp!

    Me either!

    Pipestud sold one with similar marking Nov. 15,
    also had the HT stamp,
    it went for $460.99



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    Well, minutes ago the auction ended for the pipe I wanted.
    The price was a little high, but the shape is fairly hard to come by, although I do think Bill Taylor made quite a few LC/120 pipes, they don't seem to show up often, and there are shaping variants (just like Dunhill) - this one appears to be modeled on the very early LC and looks to me like a near perfect "swan neck", and it's my favored XX size too.

    1994

    I wish there was more than just one picture.

    It appears to be have been smoked a good bit, but well taken care of.

    This is an instance where the shape beat out blast quality in my book.

    Would like to hear frank opinions as to price,
    did I overpay?

    Will post more when it arrives, which will probably be a while since it's coming from Italy,
    ~sigh~

    ASHTON PREBLE GRAIN XX MADE IN ENGLAND 14 SPLENDIDA PIPA FUMATA SMOKED PIPE

    :

    A very cool LC comparison tool over at Pipephil:
    http://www.pipephil.eu/logos/en/infos/dunhillLC-comp.html
    ...I think Bill comes the closest to the original there.

    I do hope this thing lives up to my expectations.

    I only have 1 fullbent billiard in my rack,
    so I'm excited about adding another.

    A total classic shape!

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    I missed that one completely. I'd say you were right in the ballpark for a shape that rare from Ashton and that year. The LC is one of the most graceful of pipe shapes and that Ashton is a beauty. Did the auction only include this one picture? If so, you are a risk taker, keep us posted!

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    MLC, i know it has been said and said again, but i much appreciate your insight and research that you so kindly bequeath upon us regarding both pipes and tobacco. This thread is certainly no exception and i have learned a thing or two from the info presented already. Just a quick thank you from layinpipe, carry on with the pics of all those beautiful Ashton's!!!

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    Al, I see above Bill succeeded in replicating Dunhill's thin and elegant shank. Here is my 1926 for comparison.

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    Jason,
    thank you so much for posting that pic!
    Love that pipe, you lucky duck, what a rare bird and great example it is.

    Al,
    yep, only one picture, a big risk on my part for sure, I'm on pins 'n needles.
    I paid immediately and shortly after, the seller, Vittorio, wrote me to say he was posting it out tomorrow and will give me a tracking number - and that inspires some confidence,
    but I can't wait to have it in hand and inspect it!

    I gambled because he seemed to have good feedback, and the other pipes he had listed looked quite nice, so I can only wait and see.

    I fell in love with that thing.

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    Well, that picture looks great, and the seller has some a big, 100% feedback rating, so I bet its not much of a risk.

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