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Refurb: GBD 9438 Fantasy

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  1. ssjones

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    I found this GBD 9438 on Ebay last week. It looked a little rough, but it was cheap and I thought I'd clean it up and resell it. The seller had some very good pictures (my "before" shots below), so I knew exactly what I was buying. It cleaned up pretty nicely and compliments my other 9438 and 9676 variant on a Rhodesian.

    The stem took some effort to remove the tooth waves from the top of the stem and one tooth prick below. It's still a very tight fit for the tenon and mortise but I guess that is better than too loose.

    The bowl was soaked in Everclear and salt, and absorbed quite a bit of tobacco stain. I suspect there may still be some ghosts to banish. I buffed it lightly with Tripoli, White Diamond and than some Carnuba. The dark finish is growing on me.

    After finishing it, I decided it will remain and join my other GBD Rhodesians. I'm on the road the next two days, but it's packed in my pouch with some MM965 for ghost-banishing duty.

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    My GBD Rhodesians, a 9676 Seventy-Six Colossus, 9438 Tapestry and the new 9438 Fantasy.

    Al

    Posted 6 years ago #
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    Great job, I remember seeing that particular GBD on eBay!!!

    Posted 6 years ago #
  3. jvandy77

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    Nice work! Love Rhodesians.

    -Jim

    Posted 6 years ago #
  4. batdemon

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    That cleaned up very nice!

    Posted 6 years ago #
  5. barkar

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    Great job Al!
    That is an interesting pattern and colour on it.
    I like it very much its a bit different then what you usually see.

    Keep your stick on the ice!....Barry....
    Posted 6 years ago #
  6. waznyf

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    You did a great job!
    Now come visit me and restore some I've purchased on eBay!

    "The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the iniquities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who, in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother's keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know I am The Lord when I lay my vengeance upon you."
    Posted 6 years ago #
  7. ssjones

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    Packed the pipe for a work trip to PA and smoked two bowls of King Eider in it today. It smokes very well, no gurgle, not picky about how it is packed and a great draw. With a little cake build-up, it should only get better. My windcap fits nicely in the beveled top as well. This one is a keeper.

    Posted 6 years ago #
  8. papipeguy

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    Very nice job.

    Blowin' smoke since 1970.
    Posted 6 years ago #
  9. stogie37

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    What a great chunk of briar! That pipe just looks like it would feel good in the hand. Nice job.

    Posted 6 years ago #
  10. ejames

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    Nice work Al! Pipe ain't bad either!

    Posted 6 years ago #

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