The Pipes Magazine Radio Show – Episode 34
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- The Pipes Magazine Radio Show – Episode 34
- Kevin Godbee
- May 9, 2013
- 1 min read
Thank you for joining us for The Pipes Magazine Radio Show—the only radio talk show for pipe smokers and collectors. We want to thank you for listening and being one of our loyal 15,000 weekly fans. Your host is Brian Levine and in tonight’s “Pipe Parts” segment, the topic is in two parts. Brian will discuss the size of the bowl and how it affects the tobacco smoking experience, as well as the length of the shank in relation to the length of the stem on the pipe. Our featured guest is Ryota Shimizu. Ryota handles customer service for SmokingPipes.com’s Japanese customers in their native language. The interview was pre-recorded during the Chicago pipe show last week. Speaking of the Chicago pipe show, Brian will give his report on what happened there.
Tonight’s show is sponsored by SmokingPipes.com, Missouri Meerschaum, 4noggins.com, and MeerschaumStore.com, Please give them some consideration when making your next pipe or tobacco purchase.
We hope you enjoy our 45-minute show produced just for you—the pipe smoker and collector. The following link will launch a pop-up player. Alternatively, you can download the show in iTunes after the initial broadcast is complete here.
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Brian & Kevin in the smoking tent after their radio show presentation at the Chicago Pipe Show
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Nice seeing you and Kevin in Chicago.
“The more wood, the better” – Georges Herment, “The Pipe” I think bowl wall thickness is more important than the volume.
Smokingpipes.com had a great display in Chicago. Interesting, all forms of tobacco are taxed the same, by weight.
Pretty boy, eh? Glad he doesn’t sign your paycheck.
Glad you liked the old Butera Tobacco.
I enjoyed the musical selection.
My rant would be “Why can’t Phesant Run ever get your reservation correct? Seems like they can’t with mine – 2 years in a row.”
Keep up the good programming.
I just spent 30 minutes keying in a long post about the radio show and Chicago and this goofy thing said I couldn’t enter it because I wasn’t logged in and then proceeded to lose the post.
Great show Brian, thanks. Interesting take on the bowl size and I totally agree. When I smoked English blends I smoked group 6 and ODA sized pipes, now that I smoke Virginia, Virginia/Perique and Virginia/Burley flakes exclusively I now smoke mostly group 4 and 5 sized pipes. The smaller bowl definitely helps to concentrate the flavors of those blends and makes for a great smoke. The interview was interesting, I will definitely make sure if I ever go to Japan, to bring my own tobacco. It is cool to hear they still allow smoking pretty much everywhere.