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Why Is Moretti Overlooked?

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  1. hoosierpipeguy

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    I've purchased 9 Morreti pipes now on eBay direct from the pipe maker. I have to say I'm shocked but pleased at the prices I've been able to buy those at. I've broken in 5 of them pretty good and they smoke as good as any radice I have owned or presently own. Every one effortlessly passes a pipe cleaner and all extremely well. They tend to be light for their size. They most remind me of Le Nuvole which I consider high praise. Marco is extremely responsive, ships immediately after the auction, they have always arrived with 2 days.

    Is there some history I'm unaware of? I'm just vey puzzled by what I've seen.

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    I have one. For me it is all timing. I just never seem to see an auction going at a great price when I am ready to pull the trigger. I have one, but I could just as easily have 20 if events had transpired a bit differently. They are that good.

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    I have a set of three Rhodesians (Olivewood, Briar and Morta, same pipe/different materials) and you are right, they smoke as well as any of the Italian brands. They are still a good buy but have gone up in price over the last couple of years. The nice thing about Morreti pipes is that he will make you any pipe you would like for about the same amount as his current EBay price and the turnaround time is several weeks at worst. Good smokers, wonderful workmanship and priced to be a great value.

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    It must be something with the name "Moretti". Moretti beer is absolutely fabulous, IMO far superior to Peroni in every way. And yet, when Americans think of Italian beer, it is almost always Peroni.

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    Why do you think that they are overlooked? Is it because it is not discussed on here much? I think that some Italian pipe-makers just don't get much attention on the forums. But, here is a Moretti for $2000 - Moretti

    But, keep in mind that there are tons and tons and tons of Italian pipe makers, so we can't give them all attention on the forums. Stefani, Armolini, Croci, Don Carlos, Jacano, Grigoriv, Baldi, Anatra, Ascorti, Bacigalupi, Brebbia, Rinaldo, I could go on and on and on... Apparently you can't swing a dead cat in Italy without hitting a pipemaker. I think that it's law there that every one who smokes a pipe must have their own personal one on one pipemaker.

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    Ive seen these on there and would probably have one except for a grabow collecting frenzy I've been on recently. However, I never understood why the US seller that has so many of these listed is charging so much more than the Italy based seller. It made me wary of the actual origin as it seems the US seller has many to sell, at high prices, but offers little description for each. Meanwhile, the Italy based seller has a detailed description, offers them at low prices and starts auctions at a penny.

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    You're correct about all the Italian pipe makers. When I said overlooked, I didn't mean here, I meant the market. Yes, I see he has a $2,000 pipe listed but the vast majority of his auctions go for $90 to $115.

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    It made me wary of the actual origin as it seems the US seller has many to sell, at high prices, but offers little description for each. Meanwhile, the Italy based seller has a detailed description, offers them at low prices and starts auctions at a penny.

    I don't go to the grocer with my wife. She embarrasses the crap out of me with coupons and arguing over the price of every little thing. Me, when I see something I want, I get it. If I pay a little more than what I would have gotten if I had of spent hours researching and hours squabbling like a girl over 5%, then the price is worth not having to shop like a little old woman. Sometimes, I don't even look at prices.

    But, I bet the differences in prices are the cost to the middleman that gets the pipes here, distributors.

    Yeh, pipe sellers that don't supply sizes and weights are lazy Stronzo.

    But, probably the key reason for the lack of attention to certain Italian makers is due to lack of distribution and representation. A good middle man beats a big drum. But, if you can buy directly from Italy and get the pipes for cheaper, then if I were the middle man, I would avoid the freakin' hell out of that brand. Only a complete moron would represent a pipe maker that allows his pipes to be sold directly to the customers. If you have to compete with the maker, then you are playing a losing game.

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    I like moretti pipes. I have 3, and I even visited him in his shop a few years ago. Grain is good and shapes are nice. Mine all smoke well. Only thing keeping me from buying more is I find the bits to be thicker than I prefer. That being said I'm sure I'll get another one at some point to see if there is any change.

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    There have been a few Moretti discussions from time to time. I have one of Marco's freehand magnums that's a great smoker.

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    I have a dublin Moretti. Not a bad pipe at all.

    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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    I've seen too many Morettis that are too influenced by the Italian aesthetic that large is better and clunky allowed. Castello follows both of these standards with more restraint, yet both also make many pipes that are saved from both. Morettis are often inexpensive, and as I mistake this for being cheap, I don't take the brand as seriously as I should.

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    The thomasw, love that dublin shape. Is it heavy, or would it make a good clencher? After hearing "clunky" I just wonder if I get one, is it going to be like clenching a crowbar.

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    A pic from a few years back. Moretti magnums take jaws of steel.

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    Ha ha, Duane, I bet you could take a bite out of a car tire.

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    Nothing like Goodyear doughnuts.

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    Bradley makes it look easy; Duane, you look challenged.

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    Yeah, that's, what happens when you try to clench an 8 ounce pipe without dentures in.

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    So you were gumming it? That gets you extra credit!

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    Yep. It had just arrived from Italy, and I was too excited to wait.

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    There are brands of pipe I really enjoy that don't seem to get any follow-up after I mention them in Forums. I take it that people don't know of them, don't own them, or don't like them. Mostly I let it ride. One carver is just difficult to shop or buy, so it's kind of fun to own a true outlier. I think you've brought Moretti to our attention effectively. I bet you've even sold one, or several, with this post.

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    I have purchased 9 of his pipes now but none of the magnums. His regular sized pipes tend to be light, typically 1.4 to 1.75 ounces. He makes a number of those magnum "nose warmers", definitely not my cup of tea. Here's a pic of the 3 most recent purchases:

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    Love the shape and contrast on the bottom pipe, Hoos.

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    Bradley makes it look easy; Duane, you look challenged.

    Everyone aboard the Black Frigate is challenged....

    I like his take on the Dublin shape. I'll probably pay more attention now.

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    Thanks Cosmic.

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    The medium size lighter weight look more appealing to me, like something I'd smoke more often.

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    I just purchased a Moretti Morta Freehand on ebay. Immediately after I paid for it Marco Biagini sent an email telling me when the pipe will arrive(about 3 days via FedEx).

    If his pipes are as great as his customer service I have much to look forward to. The bid started at .99 and I got it for $82.00. With over 29 other bidders to compete against, I'm not so sure Moretti Pipes are overlooked.

    CDM Jr.

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    Don’t worry, his pipes are as good as his service. I think they’re either overlooked or it’s just that most of the ebay crowd won’t pay fair pricing. His pipes are as good as other brands that cost double. I know when I was selling refurbs on eBay I decided the ebay buyers all wanted a deal to the point it wasn’t worth it. Whenever I’ve wanted anything on eBay I’ve made a fair price bid and won 95% of the time.

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    the pipe will arrive(about 3 days via FedEx).

    Please (please) message me when you get the pipe and let me know if you had any trouble with FedEx and U.S. customs. Recently there have been major issues with FedEx importing tobacco products from Italy. I posted my own horror story recently. I hope all goes well for you and if it does I'd like to know. I group of us are tracking the FedEx issue from EU/Ital closely.

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    I was hoping Moretti would be just a tad more overlooked so I could nab a nice one a bit cheaper

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    I was hoping Moretti would be just a tad more overlooked so I could nab a nice one a bit cheaper

    Afraid not, many of us have had happy dealings with Marco.

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    Just received the Moretti Morta Freehand Smooth. The quality of this pipe is second to none. Goes great with my G.L Pease Navigator. Highly recommend.

    CDM Jr.

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    I just landed one of these beauty's!

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    Its super lite and a hell of a smoker.

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    Well, took the plunge and nabbed a nice Magnum Chimney. Payday was on the 15th
    I blame Embers for making me want one so bad.

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    Thank you all and especially Hoosier for the original post. I saw this thread and checked out Moretti pipes I have wanted a Morta pipe for a while. Price is really good. Super stoked to be able to communicate with artist and pick out the pipe I wanted. What a nice guy Marco is. My tall billiard almost stack will be shipping tomorrow. Can’t wait. First artisan hand made and morta with a little personal touch from its maker. Pipes and pipe community is cool!

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    And here it is. I am so happy with it. Marco was a pleasure to do business with. My first inspection everything lines up beautifully. Finish is great. Most sriking is I typically only like pipes that are at least 6" long. I don't know why, it's just the way I see them. This one is 5.5" and was a bit worried. But, the carver knows his craft. The proportions are very pleasing and I don't have any complaints on the length (Yes, you can act like a 7th grader and say, "that's what she said" I know I would;-)

    What to smoke for it's maiden voyage? Black Frigate? White Knight, Balkan Sasieni, Froggie, And So To Bed, or never tried Margate?

    Posted 1 month ago #
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    Me too - like I needed another pipe, yet this thread pulled me in and there was a package for me a few days later. Maiden voyage - Director's Cut

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    Can one of you guys confirm Moretti’s eBay Id as: bima1960. PM if this is not allowed please. It seems buying direct is definitely preferable.
    I have been looking for a great pipe for my 50th in a few weeks and like the designs.
    I was narrowed down to another something special from Stanwell, Castello, Savinelli or maybe a commission piece.
    At Moretti prices I may get several!
    I have commissioned a pipe cabinet that holds 35. I currently have 27. I’m too OCD to have empty spots for very long!
    Currently have about $500 to “invest”
    Thank you for the introduction!

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    @alsatmem, I commissioned a pipe from Marco and it was truly a highlight of my pipe collecting. HIs email is available through his website and he can be found directly through Facebook if you're on there

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    Here's a shot of mine...thing is so big I may have to use 2 hands!

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    He is bima on eBay. One of the best values available.

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    We have worked with Marco on some projects and haven't been disappointed in any aspect of our dealings.

    Russ

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    Now that Russ O. has spoken, I must acquire a couple. Snow Drift and Pirate Cove will be first! Or maybe Nations Capital... Too many fine choices from P&C

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    Email Marco through his Site is probably easiest. Communication was great. Shipped immediately arrived in two days. First bowl was with Frog regular. Then Balkan Sasieni. Really liking the morta. It’s true about it’s quick cooling dry smoking properties. I will for sure seek a few more when able.

    Good luck and enjoy.

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    I really like the stains on some of the morta pipes. Beautiful.

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    Mark is right on about Moretti pipes. Excellent quality, great value, and Marco is a pleasure to work with. I have several including a magnum. My morta is among my absolute favorite pipes.

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