The Pipes Magazine Radio Show – Episode 68

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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 Thursday 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! On tonight’s show Brian will be interviewing Cem Bahadir of His company has been in business for 50-years, and he has a wealth of knowledge about Meerschaum. In our “Pipe Parts” educational segment we will be comparing pipes and cigars—they are both “experiences”, but they are different experiences. Our pipes are packed, drinks are poured, the sound check is done … pack a pipe, sit back, relax and join us for The Pipes Magazine Radio Show.

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8 Responses

  • Hey Brian,
    I like cigars when cutting the grass. It is a bit difficult for a pipe. Otherwise I do not smoke them often. I remember when Cuesta Rey #95 were 3 for $1.00. I agree that you get a totally difficult flavor with a cigar.
    Meerschaum Pipes – If Briar is King, then Meerschaum is the Queen of pipes. Great smoking pipe, however, like you, I only smoke them occasionally – and inside while sitting.
    John Coltrane – neat music selection.
    I don’t agree on the gift cards. If you know someone is getting an IPAD, then an ITUNES card is appropriate, especially a person of the newer generation. I do agree that a more personalized gift is appropriate to those that are more appropriate.
    Keep up the good work and the best in 2014.

  • Hey Brian,
    Thanks for another great show. Haven’t tried a meerschaum pipe yet but plan to at some point. How about having Russ Ouellette on as a guest? I enjoy the handful of Hearth & Home tobaccos I have tried and would love to hear what he has to say about his blending process and whatever else comes up.
    I smoke both pipes and cigars but I prefer pipes of the two. When working in my woodshop however, it is much easier to smoke a cigar than fuss with my pipes. When relaxing, it is almost always my pipe.
    I agree with you about the giftcards in principal but I gave out a few this year. I come from a family of readers and quite a few of us have Kindles so gift cards are the easiest way to give somebody an e-book. Not as nice as an actual book in my opinion but in some ways, more convenient. As you mentioned though, they were add ons to the main gift, not the gift itself.
    Lastly, I hope that congress does the right thing and leaves our cigars and pipe tobaccos alone but I have absolutely no faith that will be the case. As Marijuana is becoming more accepted and is starting to be sold legally in a few locations in the country, with more to follow I would assume, we pipe smokers are becoming increasingly concerned about being able to enjoy tobacco without the government screwing it all up. What a sad state of affairs.

  • Happy New Year, Brian!
    As always, enjoyed the show. I’ve been smoking Fuente “858”s since they were about $1.00; my favorite cigar. I, too, am partial to the Hemingway series, especially the “Short Story.” But, cigars, like pipe tobacco, so many great choices, so little time.
    Thanks for the informative discussion of meerschaum, with Cem Bahadir. I don’t smoke mine enough, ‘cause, for me, they’re “inside” pipes.
    And, loved the Coltrane. Charlie Rouse, one of Monk’s saxophonists, was also a pipe smoker. Just sayin’.
    You asked, so, my suggestion for a guest is Steven Books. His history in the business is quite fascinating, and he knows a bit about tobacco.
    Later, Dino.

  • Great choice for the Trane. Thanks for the interview too. Now that I’ve spent my son’s inheritance on briars I guess I’ll have to get one of those reverse mortgages to start collecting meerschaum. Of course, smoking differently, I’m sure I’ll need special tobaccos for them. Anybody want to buy a 1972 Les Paul Deluxe :}

  • Hey Brian.
    Great interview found it very informative about the making of the meerschaum pipe have to admit visited my local tobacco store and had a chance to hold a meerschaum. I was almost told the dealer to wrap one up for me but I will wait until I have payed off all my Christmas expenses first. As for cigars have to say I really enjoyed the Zino Mouton Cadet No 1 and Partagas serie D robusto from Havana Cuba.

  • Just started listening to the show and found myself backtracking through all the older episodes. Really cool show to listen to as I smoke! Informative, educational, of course entertaining! As a younger smoker its neat to learn about the many different facets that make up the pipe world; not to mention about our love for premium tobacco! Really enjoy it! Thanks.

  • I generally prefer cigars to pipes. Use to love Havanas until the Cubans decided to destroy their quality during the cigar boom. Smoked a lot of Camacho Corojos until they lost their minds and decided to change the blend and make it milder. Can’t go wrong with a well aged OpusX.
    Pretty good interview. Informative and reveling.
    I hate giving money or gift cards but admit that at times they have their place.

  • Really enjoyed the interview. I have several briar pipes, but have recently been enjoying a meerschaum on a regular basis. In fact, I have purchased 4 more in the past couple months. They are very “smoker-friendly” in that you don’t have to “rest” a meerschaum, you can re-load it and smoke it again and again. There is a lot of good info out there on the internet about meerschaum pipes. One important thing is do not allow a cake buildup, just wipe the bowl out with a paper towel or tissue after use. Do let it cool down before removing the stem. If you tend to be a “puffer” and worry about briar burn-out, then a meerschaum might be the pipe for you. Brian, I love the radio show and just found it about a month ago, still catching up on previous episodes. Nothing but positive comments!! Thanks