The Pipes Magazine Radio Show – Episode 29

Kevin Godbee
Thank you for joining us for The Pipes Magazine Radio Show starring Brian Levine. This is the only online radio talk / entertainment show in the world that is targeted to pipe smokers and collectors. We want to thank you for listening and being one of our loyal 15,000 listeners. Tonight Brian will talk about various brands of Italian pipes. You’ll hear about some of the history of the brands, and how they came about, along with the usual tips on finding pipes that offer good value. It won’t be an exhaustive list as there are too many, but we’ll try to fit in some of the others in future shows. Our featured guest is Craig Cobine. Craig is the Director of The Chicagoland Int’l Pipe & Tobacciana Show, which is coming up on  May 4 & 5, 2013. It’s the largest pipe show in the world with pre-show and post-show events in addition to the dates noted, so listen closely for some exciting and interesting discussion.

Tonight’s show is sponsored by, Missouri Meerschaum, and, Please give them some consideration when making your next pipe or tobacco purchase.

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We’d like to thank and congratulate Robert Dressler of Barksdale, TX for making the winning bid on last week’s auction of the Brigham pipe for the JDRF fund raiser. His winning bid of $101 is much appreciated.

Below is a beautiful Savinelli pipe you can bid on while at the same time helping us raise funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Brian’s daughter Samantha has juvenile diabetes and she is participating in a walk team to raise donations.



Savinelli Fuoco Pipe
Giuseppe Arcimboldo was an Italian artisan who might be best comparable to Hieronymus Bosch, if he can be compared to anyone at all; that is to say, though their subjects were quite different (Giuseppe specialized in portraiture), Arcimboldo also created works equal parts complex, bizarre, and beautifully rendered, in a style so surreal one would hardly expect it from an artisan who lived so many centuries ago. Indeed, even though he is considered a Mannerist thematically, the stylization of his works stands out as completely unique amongst the other artists even of the very same school. And it is in his honor that Savinelli introduces the new Fuoco series, each briar presented in a box bearing his famous “Fuoco”, or “Fire” which was created for the Hapsburgs as part of a his famous four-portrait “Four Elements” series.

Fitting to Giuseppe Arcimboldo’s style of frequently setting his subjects against dark, shadowed backgrounds, the briars of this line are offered in three dark palettes; a deep, rich, auburn-tinged, almost smoldering walnut smooth finish, an extremely dark and smoky black-over-tan smooth finish, and charming black-and-walnut rustication. All three styles come accented with bright aluminum mounts.


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4 Responses

  • Italian Pipes – Quite an interesting story. Of course, I am partial to Castello. The Savinelli Autograph is an underappreciated value in estate pipes. Ascorti pipes do not seem to carry much value in the estate market, but are decent pipes. You did not mention the Larenzetti pipes. The older ones (graded in Ks, 12K, 14K, etc like diamonds) were quite good.
    Craig Cobine, great catch for an interview. Director of the Chicago Pipe show…what a job! I also remember when we could smoke anywhere, in college classes – had professors who smoked in class, at work…anywhere. Craig and the Chicago Club do a wonderful job in presenting an excellent show. The program for the May show seems very interesting.
    The CVS health insurance program seems very discriminatory to me. It should be illegal. Slippery slope indeed!
    Another good one, Brian.

  • Brian: Thank you for the opportunity to talk about my favorite thing, the Chicago Pipe Show. Everyone at the Show is going to enjoy the Friday night presentation by you and Kevin on the Pipes Magazine Radio Show.
    An update on the Show: We are sold out on the Show Exhibitor tables, but we are taking names for a waiting list in the event of any exhibitor cancellations. We still have a few tickets available for the $65 cigar dinner on Saturday night.
    See you all in May at the Show!

  • Nice interview with Craig Cobine. I was shocked to hear that he is not paid for his work with the Chicago Show. I know how hard we work to put on the show in KC and to imagine someone putting on the much much larger Chicago show and not being compensated for it is amazing.
    The reason CVS wants to penalize fat employees is obvious. They do not care about the health of their employees, but they do care about their health care costs. They undoubtedly found a health care insurer that gave them a reduced rate for leaner employees. Selling junk food is unrelated to that. They make money selling that to their customers. And if it makes the customer susceptible to illness, so what?? They then get to sell medicine to them.

  • Excellent show Brian, thanks. I have two of the older Caminetto’s from that era and both are wonderful smokers. They can be had for very reasonable prices. In general the larger name Italian pipes represent one of the best values on the estate market. I have extensive experience with most of the bigger names and have always found them to be very good smoking pipes, if only they would use vulcanite.
    The interview was very informative and hopefully next year I will be able to attend the show in Chicago.