The Pipes Magazine Radio Show – Episode 120

Kevin Godbee
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3 Responses

  • Hi Brian,
    Glad you had a nice Christmas. I have been working on a couple of new “Emperor Leopaldo” stories over the holidays which should be posted on shorty. We should all support pipedia as best we can. BBB made some very nice pipes. They are well worth looking at on the estate market. Their ‘virgin’ pipe are very nice. Interesting information on the first lovat pipes.
    Tim Thorpe is a new pipe maker to me. I believe I have seen him at some of the shows this year. Anyone that likes McClelland #5100 is a good pipe smoker after my own taste. He sounds like a pipe maker with a bright future.
    The music selection “Waves” was quite good. I believe you said the composer was Earnest Bloch. Please correct me if I am wrong.
    I have recently been smoking some hand made pipes from carvers who are no longer with us or who have ceased making pipes. Specifically these include Clarence Mickles, Steve Weiner, and Sam Learned. I find that many of the newer people to pipes do not know these individuals. You can get some great, no fantastic pipes made by these people at shows at very reasonable prices. Maybe you could have someone on a show that can talk about these and other pipe carvers ‘from the past’.
    Rant – Maybe I am not ‘with it’ but I don’t think that Starbucks is as popular as it once was. If you upset your customer base, you will lose. Look at the new version 2 Keurig systems that will not recognize the original K-cups.
    Good show. Can’t wait until next week.

  • Loved the Pipe Parts piece on BBB. One of our failures as a hobby to document our early history of the products and companies that made it great. Sometimes you don’t realize it’s history until it is.
    The Tim Thorpe was really nice. I love to cook and I enjoyed his reminisces on being a chef. Being a chef is a brutal way to make a living.
    I really liked the music selection. This mob needs all the exposure to culture it can get.
    There are just so many Starbucks outlets that there isn’t anything special about them. And their product is rather mediocre. And if all you want is just a cup of coffee it is way overpriced. Go to Dunkin’ Donuts and you will get a better brew and a better pastry.

  • The pipe parts segment was just a bomb. Really good stuff. Wish our hobby could afford to document its early years and the products and companies of those times.
    I don’t think your discussion of the St. Louis pipe show is quite right. The gentleman that has ran it all these years does not want to be involved in running a non-smoking show but is willing to assist anyone who would like to take over the reins. I think there are people in St. Louis who would like to do that. Now is their chance to rise up and shine. And you can put on a very nice show that doesn’t permit smoking in the exhibit area. Chicago, Kansas City, and Columbus are doing just fine, thank you.
    Tim Thorpe was an enjoyable guest. Really like the cooking discussions. I love to cook myself so could relate a little bit.
    The music selection was really nice. A little culture is good for the soul if you have one.
    Starbucks is just no big deal. They have so many outlets that it is hard to be out of sight of one. And their product is rather mediocre. Go to Dunkin’ Donuts. The coffee is just as good, the pastry is better, and the cost is lower.