The Pipes Magazine Radio Show – Episode 230

Kevin Godbee
Thank you for joining us for The Pipes Magazine Radio Show—the only radio talk show for pipe smokers and collectors. We broadcast weekly, every Tuesday at 8 pm eastern USA time and are available on nearly all podcast sites and apps. Listen on your computer, tablet, phone and even in the car! Our Featured Interview tonight is with Marsha Keller from Kramer’s Pipe & Tobacco in Beverly Hills. Marsha is the daughter of Al Kramer. Her father founded the shop in 1949. They have a storied history of serving celebrity pipe smokers and have pipe tobacco blends that were personally created for Cary Grant and Danny Kaye. In the Pipe Parts segment Brian will discuss the flavorings used on aromatics. Sit back, relax with your pipe, and enjoy The Pipes Magazine Radio Show!

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6 Responses

  • Good show. Marsha was a delight if not particularly insightful. Her husband, Jim Keller, really looks the part of a cigar store owner. She sure liked to talk and seemed a genuinely sweet person.

  • Good show. Marsha was a lot easier to take than the ‘roadie’ compulsively laughing at himself….and I’m always happy when there’s no Molto Dolce commercial. For future interviews: Find an entrepreneur who has recently opened a pipe-centric shop.

  • Great interview and perfect timing with the arrival of my Cary Grant blend from SP. Even though english blends aren’t usually my preference this is tasty stuff!
    Enjoying the variety in interviews lately. More B&M interviews would surely be appreciated, especially if they are pipe focused shops which are rare and could use some publicity.

  • That was an absolutely lovely conversation with Marsha. Her reminiscences, of her parents, the shop and the celeb customers, were so fascinating.
    I met my wife, back in the mid 1960s, when we both worked in a grocery store, down the block from where her father’s store had been, in Chicago, under the Bryn Mawr “L” station.
    I enjoyed the Danny Kaye tune, but it would have been fun to play one of those where he sings a long string of words at breakneck speed.
    As a former school teacher, I heartily endorse your “rant.” It drives me nuts when people don’t proofread what they post.

  • Brian,
    Excellent show with Marsha Keller, I asked for more like this and you delivered. Thanks. I was in LA a couple of years ago and made it to the Tinder Box in Santa Monica but never made it to Kramer’s. Wish I had.
    I also never got a chance to comment on your show with Rick Newcombe. Another great show. Probably one of the most enthusiastic and knowledgeable pipes smokers out there that isn’t in the business. I’m currently listening to Still Searching for Pipe Dreams which I highly recommend to anyone who has not read/listened to it yet. I purchased his first book at the Richmond Pipe Show many years ago and my wife read the book to me during our road trip. She gained a better understanding of the pipe and I hardly realized I was driving. It was one of my favorite “pipe smoking related memories.”
    Lastly, you asked to hear what we were doing for IPSD. The Sherlock Holmes Pipe Club (of Boston) will be visiting the Old Firehouse Smoke Shop in Fall River, MA. It’s a great shop with an old time feel, a nice seating area, a decent selection of pipes, tobaccos, cigars and accessories and lots of great people to talk to. If anyone from our area is listening, come on by, we’ll be there after lunch.
    Take care,

  • I have been long interested in Kramer’s blends especially Kaye’s blend, as he is a favorite actor of mine. Love the fact I can get it more easily now.
    Loved the charming interview with Marsha Keller.