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  • Started 5 years ago by smokeybear
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  1. ssjones

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    That's a great story litup!

    Al

    Posted 9 months ago #
  2. npod

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    A NIGHT AT THE OPERA!

    My Castello Opera 44 saga continues. When last we met, I claimed that my long quest to complete a 7 day set of 44's was over after the Chicago show. Well, that was incorrect (kind of). One of the pipes was not a saddle stem and I had 2 Perla Nera's. In order to be a complete set, all 7 must match, and I had given up hope for the ultimate prize, a sea rock natural vergin. I jumped the gun. I felt satiated, but the white wale was still out there, like a unicorn. And then, bingo! There she was online, just sitting there as an estate pipe. Shining like the bright sun after a long rain. I grabbed it without hesitation. The pipe found the man!

    Here she is, the ugliest most beautiful pipe in my collection. The Natural Virgin Opera 44. Weighing in at 32 grams!

    The gang is all together now. And the next unicorn awaits ... The Occhio di Pernice.

    Neal
    Posted 8 months ago #
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    By the way, does anyone know what the "L" stamp means? I have researched this with no conclusion. Generally the letter stamps denote a specific store where the pipe was sold, but I haven't been able to locate any that matches to "L".

    Posted 8 months ago #
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    The Fat Lady has sung Npod, great collection!

    Posted 8 months ago #
  5. cigrmaster

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    npod, gorgeous collection. The L stands for Lucciano. The story goes that Lucciano was the greatest of all the Castello carvers. Pipes that have the L are the most sought after Castello's in the world. You are one very lucky guy.

    Or it could be I am full of shit and have no idea what I am talking about. Want to buy a bridge?

    Harris
    Posted 8 months ago #
  6. npod

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    Harris, that is true nugget of information. Thanks for the information. There’s not much on the internet in this regard, so I’ll consider secret ninja wisdom.

    Posted 8 months ago #
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    npod your collection is amazing. I had an Occhio opera that I sold years ago but wish I could lead you to it. Someone on smokersforums in the Castello subforum got it when that place was still... alive.

    Posted 8 months ago #
  8. npod

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    By the way, does anyone know what the "L" stamp means?

    I met with Marco this weekend in Rome at Novelli. He confirmed that he had no idea what L stands for. He was stumped. And he is the master. And then he said something that blew me away, he said (paraphrase), ‘Castello does that sometimes.’ And he shrugged his shoulders. That was the kind of knowledge you get only from the horse’s mouth. The Castello lore goes deep in the collecting world.

    Posted 7 months ago #
  9. npod

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    Siren Song (noun)
    Definition: an alluring utterance or appeal, especially one that is seductive or deceptive.
    Greek mythology, a bewitching song which lured mariners to their doom.

    Example: Castello Aristocratica with Old Antiquari sandblast finish.

    Posted 7 months ago #
  10. donjgiles

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    Wow, that is gorgeous.

    Posted 7 months ago #
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    That blast is transcendent Npod, quite the score.

    "So it goes." - K.V.
    Posted 7 months ago #
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    BINGO!!!

    Thanks to @lasabbia for clarifying that the "L" stamp is for Lanzola, which is a pipe shop in Parma, Italy https://www.pipeshop-lanzola.it/en/. He has a similar pipe with the "L" stamp he purchased there. And then I found this from @Sasquatch http://pipesmagazine.com/forums/topic/castillo-65-a.

    Mystery solved.

    But I still like the idea of buying a bridge from @Harris.

    Posted 6 months ago #
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    It's fun and satisfying when you can solve a Castello mystery!

    Posted 6 months ago #
  14. ak200p

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    Just got this one after a severe PAD attack!

    Posted 1 week ago #

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