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Savinelli DeLuxe Milano 413 KS Refresh

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  1. donjgiles

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    Here is Savinelli I cleaned up.

    Before


    After


    Don

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  2. saltedplug

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    Very pretty.

    Posted 6 months ago #
  3. donjgiles

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    Thank you.
    This is the first time I have attempted any type of stem repair, I am feeling a bit more confident about it now. Practice, practice.

    Don

    Posted 6 months ago #
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    Looks great!

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    This is the first time I have attempted any type of stem repair, I am feeling a bit more confident about it now. Practice, practice.

    Indeed. Looks great though! I've been doing it for a couple of years now, and have traded sandpaper for a Magic Eraser, Barkeeper's Friend, and toothpaste.

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    The pipe above had a rather nasty bite mark on the button, right side bottom and a chip taken out topside right. It was also squished so badly I could not get a pipe cleaner through the stem. I used a lighter to warm up the vulcanite and encourage it back into shape with a needle file. The tooth marks and the chip were filled with black medium-thick Starbond cyanoacrylate adhesive. Filed, sanded, then run through the progression of micromesh pads. It is not perfect but it is better than when it first showed up.

    Posted 6 months ago #
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    It is not perfect but it is better than when it first showed up.

    Looks incredible. Restorations can be more addictive than PAD.

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    Nice save! Those older Milano Deluxes are great pipes. I'm working on a Milano Deluxe 624 bulldog right now........

    "We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of the dream..."
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    Posted 6 months ago #
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    I think every aspect of pipe smoking is addictive, PAD, TAD, restoring, collecting... I love it!

    The Milano pipes sit right below the Punto Oro pipes in the Savinelli hierarchical ladder. I feel they are the best kept secret in the estate market other than Jarls.

    Posted 6 months ago #
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    Excellent, Don. Love that shape, too.

    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 feel they are the best kept secret in the estate market other than Jarls.

    Absolutely. The image I posted is a De Luxe Milano Siera Sand 9004 my wife got me for Father's Day.

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    Embers, 4 digits are nice and old, good wood! I have been keeping an eye out for a Corallo 904 for you, I love those things. But they are rather rather rare, I have not seen any examples in 9004 or 904.

    jpmcwjr, thank you Sir! ☺

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    beefeater, I am looking forward to seeing your 624 when it is ready!

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    ^^ I'll post up some before/after pics!

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    Very nice Don. Excellent smokers the de luxe Milano line.

    Dave
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    I got a helluva deal on the 624. It even came with one of those old dunghills that embers despises!!..........
    Here's some before pics from the ebay seller.........
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Genuine-Walnut-Decatur-Industries-Pipe-Carousel/264063004001?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649

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    It even came with one of those old dunghills that embers despises!!

    Beef, looks like shape 48, what year? No matter what, not bad for $15!

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    Yep. Good eye! It's a shape 48, 1960 model, really nice stummel, but the stem is a bit rough..........

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    Beefeater, that is awesome!
    I love when the estate pipe gods (or godesses) smile upon us! There are deals to be had, just have to have a better eye or a quick clicker finger. Great grab!

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    Good job Don. Very impressive.

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    Thank you Dave and Scott!

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    Looking good!

    Make aromatics great again.
    Posted 6 months ago #
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    Mad Skillz, Don!

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    I have been keeping an eye out for a Corallo 904 for you

    Thanks! One popped up on eBay back in 2017. Looked suspicious, and when I asked for better pics, a dark spot on the bottom of the bowl looked like the beginning of a burn out. Even rarer is the 914. I let one of those go last year and am still regretting it.

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    I got a helluva deal on the 624.

    It's funny with the De Luxe Milanos. Several of my 904/9004s are from the line in different finishes and none of them were over $30. I don't think the sellers register their value.

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    It even came with one of those old dunghills that embers despises!!..........

    I don't despise them per se, out of the three I've had, the drilling was horrible and has colored my opinion about their alleged quality.

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    Lookin' good!

    Speaking of stem work, there's a guy out there who makes a De-Oxidizer bath that works wonders, no elbow grease required. I'm not sure if I can plug his website, I'd have to check on the rules, but I don't have any sort of affiliation with him or ulterior motive so I'd hope it would be OK. The guy was really great to do business with, and I like to spread the word on small businesses who sell a product that actually works. I found out about his products through the rebornpipes blog, and those guys clean up A LOT of pipes.

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  28. donjgiles

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    I know the guy you are referring to General, I use his before and after restoration balm. If the de-oxifier works as good as the restoration balm, I am sold, that stuff is magic!

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    [Even rarer is the 914. I let one of those go last year and am still regretting it.]

    I can't even find shape 914 on a shape chart.

    I have some rare shapes in Corolla finish, 130 a tall stack, 512 (2 brass dots) and even one big bent square shanked number that takes balsa filters like a dry system pipe. I will dig them out and check the model numbers if you are interested.

    Don

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    I can't even find shape 914 on a shape chart.

    Yep, Giubileo D'Oro 914. Went for $192.50 last year, and appears to be the same shape as the 904 and 9004.

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    Nice, thank you Embers.
    The only thing I have close to that shape is a Milano 920.

    Posted 6 months ago #
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    920s are a classic dublin. Very nice!

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    That 914 has the shape I've seen of some of the Autograph pipes.

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    If the de-oxifier works as good as the restoration balm

    Yes, that's the stuff, and it's simply amazing. Hands down the only "solution" that has ever made any difference for me. Really bad oxidation vanishes overnight. I use all of his restoration stuff and they make life so much better when it comes to stems. The balm is nice on briar as well.

    Posted 6 months ago #
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    Does this solution have any reactions with logos?

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    That's one of the best parts, the de-oxidizer has left the logos of every one of my stems completely un-changed. I would still be careful around them when polishing the pipe, if you use his Fine and Extra Fine Polishes, as they are almost like a liquid super-fine grain sandpaper magic. As far as the de-oxidation bath, I've left stems in there for 24 hours without any lifting of logos.

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    Very nice, thank you!

    Don

    Posted 6 months ago #
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    My pleasure.

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    Amazing Job Don,pipe looks stunning now, I know these stem related restorations do require some nerves.And how did you manage to get rid off the rim charring residues?

    Embers@ Is that BarKeepersFried cleaning abrasive the same stuff we have under the Vim*Trandemark here in EU,white powderlike?

    Paul The Scandinavian'
    Posted 6 months ago #
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    Not sure if it's the same product, but it is a very fine abrasive. After that, I thumb buff with a small amount of toothpaste for a glossy black finish.

    Posted 6 months ago #
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    Paul,
    Good old mouth moisture and a paper napkin! I got the napkin wet, placed it over the rim and held it there while I scrubbed the internals with some pipe cleaners and alcohol. After a minute or so, a sturdy wipe and most of it was gone. I followed up with some gentle work with micro mesh pads.

    Don

    Posted 6 months ago #
  42. chasingembers

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    Yep, saliva and a paper towel are magic on tar and nicotine build up.

    Posted 6 months ago #
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    Beautiful!

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    Nice jobs all around. Nifty how these pipes can be brought back, and you know they're good smokers because of the wear.

    Posted 6 months ago #
  45. paulie66scandinavian

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    Embers and Donjgiles, Thank you for these pieces of information.

    Posted 6 months ago #

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