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  • Started 2 years ago by tschiraldi
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  1. tschiraldi

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    So, there are 2 pipes from the same maker. One from a retailer, one on the "Bay". Both pipes are (truly) new. The retailer's pipe is a lower grade than the one on the "Bay". You love the shape of the lower grade pipe, but you're just okay with the shape of the higher grade. Both can be had for the same money (maybe even less for the high grade). The lower grade is priced a smidge below retail, the higher grade for half of retail. Which one do you buy, and why?

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  2. tozert

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    I would go for the lower grade...you like the shape, it's the one calling to you. You can bet the same attention to detail will be found on both pipes. Often the higher grade is due to external factors, like the beauty of the wood. Or possibly the stem is hand made from rod and not a modified factory blank. Higher grade doesn't mean a better smoking pipe, so go for the one that is calling to you!

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  3. chasingembers

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    Higher grade doesn't mean a better smoking pipe, so go for the one that is calling to you!

    Bingo

    Damnation seize my soul if I give you quarters, or take any from you.
    -Edward Teach
    Posted 2 years ago #
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    Agreed and go with the lower grade, you already like the shape better.

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  5. judcole

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    Yup, that's the way to go -the one that calls out to you.

    Thought in the early morning, solace in time of woes,
    Peace in the hush of the twilight, balm ere my eyelids close
    Rudyard Kipling
    Posted 2 years ago #
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    Buy both of them?

    Carter Hall...when you care enough to burn the best.
    Posted 2 years ago #
  7. oldmansmoking

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    Expensive does not mean a good smoke, go for the one you are comfortable to buy. Just look at the smoke a corncob can give, a cheaper pipe you will never get.

    A pipe is the fountain of contemplation, the source of pleasure, the companion of the wise ☪️
    OLDMANSMOKING
    Posted 2 years ago #
  8. mso489

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    I'm not terribly concerned about how artisans or manufacturers grade their pipes. Somewhat as with automobiles, you can go high-end with all the bells and whistles and end up with a lot of warranty work, or you can buy the lower end work horse model and have it last forever and run like a dream. Things can work the opposite of that, but my point is, the grade assignment isn't a final judgement; you get to make that. I'm more skeptical of the higher grade and begin to look for features that justify it -- better grain? Larger briar? Expensive materials? Why am I asked to spend substantially more? I have economy pipes from brands like Nording, Stanwell, and Savenelli, and they all smoke as well as higher end versions of those same brands. So in the case proposed in the original post, go for the one you like best and ignore the grade.

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  9. dmcmtk

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    Buy the shape you like the most, the "lower grade". That's the pipe you WANT!

    Dave
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    Posted 2 years ago #
  10. tschiraldi

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    Okay, I pulled the trigger on a new Castello Trademark 35 oval shank Bent Billiard. The other was a Collection Hawkbill. I love the 35 and 235 in all its variations! Thanks for keeping me straight on this one. Now the long wait as it travels to me from the Motherland!
    Tim

    Posted 2 years ago #

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