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  1. pitchfork

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    Those 34's are fantastic. But I like the 215's even better.

    Loving the Castello eye candy in this thread.

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    Those 34's are fantastic. But I like the 215's even better.

    Thanks! Yeah, I really love smoking the 215's. I've never really cared for the conical chambers of the Dublin shape.

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    I've been looking for a miniature Castello pipe in one of my shapes for years and found one at the St. Louis Pipe Show last weekend. There have been two miniature series this is from the first, the Le Castelline.
    The pipe is 3 1/2"x 1 1/4

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    Wow.

    That's cool. Fully functional, I presume? I have a couple of Pipeworks pipes about the same size. I've smoked them both.

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    That is an amazing photo Dave!

    Al

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    Here are my Sea Rocks

    Michael - Poulsb, WA

    Pipes are not like cars. A Chevy cannot drive like a Mercedes, but the lowly Stanwell can smoke like the lofty Chonowitsch, even though the latter far exceeds the Stanwell in beauty, grain, and craftsmanship. It is the briar and not the brand. There is no place for elitism among pipe smokers. - Fred Hanna
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    A Castello "Castello" KKKK Bulldog...

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    I bought my first Castello at the Chicago Pipe Show this year. It's a Sea Rock dublin engraved "SB", 25P, and "Carlo Sonti"; from what I gather on Castello dating,that makes it probably early 1960's.

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    It's "Carlo Scotti, not Sonti, in an oval.

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    Some serious wood.

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    those are some great pipes I only have one at the moment but it inspires me to start my collection

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    I picked up this heavy cast Castello "artifact" a couple of weeks ago not knowing if it was genuine or somebody's art project but I got confirmation today that another plaque just like it hangs in the Castello shop in Cantu.

    I don't know why the pictures post on their side.

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    Here's my lone Castello, a Shape 54 Collection.

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    My 40th Epoca(bottom)arrived from Italy Saturday. I really enjoy collecting these pipes.

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    My lone Castello, a very cute mini billiard in Sea Rock with a lucite flock military mount. Made in the late 1950's to 1969 ( which is when the K grading began). Currently in restoration (refresh and new stem) with The Pipe Wizard George Dibos. If any of the forum members owned it before please let me know





    Will post post-restoration pictures when George is done with my batch of pipes.

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    wow a smashing thread for influencing castello PAD

    My dream castello -->

    After some time he felt for his pipe. It was not broken, and that was something. Then he felt for his pouch, and there was some tobacco in it, and that was something more. Then he felt for matches and he could not find any at all, and that shattered his hopes completely.

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    That's really cool with that fading coloring. Also pipe monk congratulations on that beautiful piece!

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    I think that all the Castello guys must have been watching the NFL on Sunday when this one ended, an unsmoked Collection Occhio Di Pernice shape 55 and I was shocked to win this one at my bid. It's only 34 grams and very compact, with a nice, slim button. I just smoked a bowl of MM965 in it, wonderful. The seller pictures had what appeared to be some handling dings, which I was fine with at the price it sold for. But that turned out to just be wax, she's mint.


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    Wow, nice buy. Only 34. Imagine that. Still looking for a smaller Castello.

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    Al, wasn't following that auction, but late last year I picked up two very well kept smooth 55's, one Trademark and one Collection, each for less than what current bid is on a very nice Sea Rock 55 that is up now. Just doesn't seem to be a great demand for smooth Castello's, on eBay at least.

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    I figure every serious piper should own at least one Castello or Dunhill..and seeing as most Dunhills don't do it for me, I've found a Castello that I will make mine very soon.

    Looking forward to posting some pics when she arrives.

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    Picked this one up a few months ago

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    I've been looking for a smaller, Shape 65 and Oldgeezersmoker sent me the link to this one. I'm supposed to be selling pipes to fund some work on my MGB, but I couldn't resist this one.
    http://tabaccheriacorti.com/gb/pipes/1893-castello-sea-rock-briar-kk.html
    This wasn't a shop that I check, but $200 for a new Castello was too good to resist.

    35 grams - I can't wait to get this one. A few years ago, I sold a 4k Sea Rock 65, at 60-couple grams, it was just too big for me.

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    Oooooooh, that's lovely.

    Wonder about the peaks of the blast not having stain on them. Since it is unsmoked, I guess it was manufactured that way. I used to think it was just wear from handling.

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    What are the dimensions of that pipe? I am also in the market for smaller castellos, see the post above yours. They seem to be few and far in between.

    edit - I just checked the link it is 132 mm. Mine is about 125.

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    Yep, I covet the smaller ones for sure.
    But, I need to put a filter on my posts for oldgeezersmoker to not be able to view "I'd love to find XXX". He can always find it!

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    Al, that find was pure serendipity. I hadn't looked at that site in forever, but I opened it for no particular reason a night or two before I started the thread on Bollito's single k Petit 15's. I just glanced at that particular pipe. It was in no way on my radar screen. When you said you wanted a 2k 65 that was under 40 g, the light went off. I checked the weight and Bob's your uncle, I sent you the link.

    I think the smaller Castello's are starting to get more attention in the US Before I took a break from pipes in 2001, I accumulated a fair number of # 14's, the baby brother of the 75's. They typically come in 2k, sometimes 3 k that aren't any larger than the 2k. While not exactly falling out of the trees in Italy, several shops found nice ones for me. The former agent for Castello in the United States brought in one or two for me. At that time, like a lot of fans of the 75 or 32 shape, I was more into shank length. The way the 14's worked with my then preferred go to flakes and coins was a revelation. I always knew that flakes did better in smaller bowls, theoretically, but the 14 combined the feel of the 75 bit with the aesthetics of the Castello Lovat shape that I love and still do. I still have one OA 14, and it is light as a feather and is IMO a darn near perfect flake pipe.

    As most old timers will tell you, Coppo is very responsive to the market, and the current US distributor is market sensitive as well. There are limits, of course, they aren't going to take a block of briar that would yield a GGG 75 and cut it down to make a 14. But I feel confident they will find suitable briar. I suspect we will be seeing more smaller Castello's, which given the popularity of flakes, coins, ropes and twists makes a heck of a lot of sense to me. That people will smoke Lakeland's in them is a tragedy that is, I suppose, inevitable. (Bob's Chocolate is permissible.) (Inserting a smiley emoticon is optional)

    BTW, the pipe you posted is rusticated, not sandblasted. There will be stain on the peaks in hand and the overall appearance will be stunning. Castello's stains are a much underappreciated part of what they do that makes the pipes so special, IMO, and if you really look, you can find great examples of what I am talking about in Sea Rocks and in every other grade. They take a lot of time on stains

    After all, Carlo Scotti built the brand on Sea Rocks. He was not the first person to carve the bowl of a pipe, it was the stain that gave them their jewel like appearance and took the market by storm. Onine pictures don't do justice to the pipes in hand. That is true of many aspects of every brand, but it is particularly true of Castello's and their stains. You, the buyer, can find that artistry on their entry level price point pipes, which I think is pretty darn special.

    I will never, ever forget the first time I saw a table that was full of Castellos. It was at the first pipe show I ever attended, in Chattanooga, TN. At that time a shop was lucky to get one or two Castello's a year. The grey market had barely started. A collector from Chicago had a whole table of Castello's for display. Most of them were Sea Rocks. They glistened like diamonds. I was hooked. I have never, ever considered a Sea Rock ordinary since that day.

    Well, this reply is way longer than justified. I was halfway watching Gonzaga punch their ticket to the final four and things got out of hand. For the record, I am not commercially affiliated with Castello or anyone with an interest in their distribution or sale. I am not presently buying or selling any Castello's, though that might change at any moment as I am a hopeless pipe porn addict. I am also a firm believer in the saying "You also smoke with your eyes.". Beauty is worth a premium.

    Al, I hope you love that pipe!

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    @sallow, great looking pipe! Dimensions? Weight? Grade? Tired of it yet?

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    Yep, I really like the rugged rustication of a Sea Rock finish. This one looks particularly chunky. I actually waited a couple of days before pulling the trigger and I was pleased to find it still available. I sold both of my Sea Rocks nearly three years ago, so it was time. (Sold a 4K 65 & a G sized 54)

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    Al, want me to start looking for an ultralight 54? (Evil grin)

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    My shape 54 itch has been scratched!

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    I sense you are playing it close to the vest.

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    @oldgeezersmoker the pipe is 5'' long. There is no number on the pipe. It is very light, I don't know the weight exactly.

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    It is a very graceful pipe, sallow.

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    thank you. I put it on the kitchen scale this morning. It weighs 32 grams.

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    The 65 Sea Rock KK was delivered today, great service from Tabbacharia Corti.
    My scale shows 33 grams.
    This one is exactly what I've been looking for: Great button, perfect size, easily passes a cleaner and has a decent size bowl.
    It has "CZ" stamped on the nomenclature strip (which is also where I like that strip to be, underneath). I assume that is a shop code?
    I'm going to grow old with this little gem - thanks oldgeezersmoker for the tip!

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    Al, I was holding my breath, glad that the pipe meets your demanding standards.

    CZ is their shop code. Glad to hear that their service was good.

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    This little jewel arrived today from Bollito. I have tried to somehow get the Bollito pictures to Photobucket to this post, but nothing works, but the link is still live.
    Castello Old Antiquari kk 95

    Length: 138 mm 5.38 in
    Height: 40 mm 1.56 in
    Ext. Diameter: 34 mm 1.32 in
    Chamber diameter: 19 mm 0.74 in
    Chamber depth: 33 mm 1.28 in
    Weight: 31 gr 1.08 oz

    The shape # is not stamped, as is usual these days, but it is a 95, relatively uncommon.
    Excellent service from Bollito, though DHL tried their best to screw things up. Not Bollito's fault, and DHL has delivered here twice in the last six weeks with no problem.

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    Updated and added the Bollito picture, that's a beauty, love the grain and button!

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    Al, thanks. I figured out how to get the image you posted to Photobucket, what would I do next ?

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    Here's a 55 Fiamatta I scored in a special offering from Briar Blues last year. Gorgeous and a fine smoker.

    Viewing with alarm since 1948.
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    Darwin, very nice!

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    Thanks. I was a bit peeved by the non-removable Briar Blues logo on the shank but since I paid well over a hundred bucks less than I would have otherwise I can't really complain.

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    Mike has a good eye for Castellos,almost as good as mine, I feel sure you got a very nice one.

    Tongue in cheek.

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    Thought I would try to share a picture of the other side of my new OA 95.
    [IMG]http://i1149.photobucket.com/albums/o590/merrimandl/_MG_7144copiacopia_Mf0OMWYJQs9q_large_zpswx08jdj8.jpg">[/img]

    Didn't work. I give up.

    Edit/Al - from Photobucket, just copy the IMG link on the right and paste that directly into the thread reply. It adds the picture formatting that the IMG function this reply box adds, so if you do both, it doubles the formatting, which doesn't work.

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    It looks even better from that side!

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    Al, I thought so, too. I am very pleased with the pipe, and even more so since the button meets your high standards.

    So, I just copy the img link that Photobucket gives and don't fool with any of the grayish tabs at the top of the white box?

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    Recently acquired Castello Trademark Dublin:>

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    @thomasw, very nice Birdseye on that one. Size and weight?

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    Yes, wow, thats only graded a Trademark??

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    If this works I will post the other Photobucket images I spent 20 minutes watching the spinner go around loading. Pipe received today from Lanzola in Parma. http://www.pipeshop-lanzola.it. Very pleased with the pipe and the transaction.

    I got you covered.

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    And it didn't work. Never again.

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    Found this nice KKK Sea Rock rather cheap due to a repair band according to the seller. I've never seen a repair band that narrow before, but when I got the pipe, it was a repair band indeed. I wasn't sure what it was repairing through as I could see no crack. I finally noticed a small crack on the inside edge surface of the shank only. If it wasn't for the band I probably would have never noticed it. I don't think it's silver as there are no marks on it, but at least it looks more like a trim ring from the factory rather than a large repair band.

    This is my only Castello and it is, as expected, a great smoking pipe!

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    Nice, you'll get the Castello bug now Orley!

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    Orley, that is a nice Sea Rock. You must be right since you are looking at the crack and all trim rings from the factory are marked in some way, but at a distance that sure does look like one that could have come from Cantu. Is there a shape #? Looks like a 16 but it could be a 15.

    And thanks to whichever mod bailed me out on the pictures of my latest. And last for a while.

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    Thanks Al, I'm buggy enough already!

    oldgeezersmoker: You're right, it's a shape 16, and the k's are large and not in an oval. I think that means it's a little bit older pipe?

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    Orley, yes, roughly a 1970's piece. I love the shape when it does not have a plastic faux military stick bit, which usually have an F stamped near the shape number. (F = Fancy ) Yours might (or might not) have a P stamped by the shape number (P = plain)

    I really like yours. The trim ring is exactly the right width. More importantly, the finish looks good, many of that vintage have been buffed enough to where the original stain loses luster. Truly a very nice pick up.

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    A single k Sea Rock from Floppypipe.it. I have never seen this type of carving before. The Castello Castle with 70 inside is stamped on the shank, and I cannot remember seeing that on a Sea Rock,either, but oldgeezers memory bank isn't what it used to be and I may have seen it. The pipe weighs 17 grams, and is larger than a Castelline. The shop description claims that it is unique.

    BTW, I do appreciate Jesse and Al's efforts to explain the use of the forum Album. I got the pictures uploaded, but that was as far as I got. The menu that the screen shot says I should have seen is non existent on my tablet regardless of what I do, so I just copied the link location. We shall see what happens.


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    Well, there are two pictures in my album if any of you wizards want to bail me out. Or just look at the shop page, here

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    Done! You are missing one step (you can't post the web address into the IMG function, but rather the URL from the right-click on the photo info).

    That is quite a cool Castello, I wonder why they didn't Pi stamp that one? I've seen ones less worthy with the Pi stamp.

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    Al, right clicking on the photo is a mouse specific concept that does not always translate to my Android tablet. I see what you are talking about, but I can't get there on my tablet. I know tablets aren't real computers, but they are very liberating for this of us with disabilities.

    All I can say about the π stamp being absent is that I am glad. Would have cost me more. And I am thrilled Coppo didn't call it a Castelline, which would have cost even more.

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    My Costello, a Chubby Billiard 10 Brucianaso, 2K. Very nice smoker.

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    f5rd2hy, cool 10. You need to find an 11 to go with it.

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    A lot of gorgeous pipes posted here, but a lot of holes created by Photofuckup.

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    I have never seen this type of carving before. The Castello Castle with 70 inside is stamped on the shank, and I cannot remember seeing that on a Sea Rock,either, but oldgeezers memory bank isn't what it used to be and I may have seen it.

    Castello has put out a few new SR variations in the past few years. I see there is a 93 dated 2016 on eBay sort of like yours.

    I love the shape when it does not have a plastic faux military stick bit, which usually have an F stamped near the shape number. (F = Fancy ) Yours might (or might not) have a P stamped by the shape number (P = plain)

    I really like yours. The trim ring is exactly the right width.

    That ring really does look like a Castello, look closely for a little castle engraved in it. It might be very faint.
    From studying my collection I'm confident in saying that you are correct that the suffix F in the stick bit but I believe the P designates a saddle bit and the taper bits have no suffix.

    That is quite a cool Castello, I wonder why they didn't Pi stamp that one?

    Yes it is! A really nice well proportioned little piece. Inconstant nomenclature nomenclature is common with Castello.

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    And saved Geezer some bucks!

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    Some beautiful Castello pipes posted here recently! Eye candy!

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    Dave, I am not seeing a 93 as you describe. I do see a 93 that pipestud says has a 16 on it, which makes absolutely no sense as the k's are not circled. Pipestud does not show the nomenclature panel.
    Do you see one that has 69 in the castle?

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    I Nodi. Castello 2017 Christmas Pipe. From Bolito.

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