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  1. gloucesterman

    Comoy's 283 Grand Slam Restoration

    As always Al, nicely done. Dutch
  2. gloucesterman

    Making a Military-Style Stem from a Molded Blank (video set)

    George, thanks, not only is your workmanship impeccable but your willingness to share the techniques is truly admirable.Dutch
  3. gloucesterman

    Tanganyika African Meerschaum Bulldog...antique store find

    That pipe was made by the Tanganyika Meerschaum Corporation as one of their own labels. They also made pipes for GBD and others until the supply of African Meerschaum ran out. I have always thought African meerschaum smoked better than all the other varieties. That's a nice pipe at a great...
  4. gloucesterman

    The JimInks Problem

    Jim talks about subtilties that often elude me but I always know whether or not to try a blend based on his assessment. His reviews point me in the right direction. We're lucky to have him here and even luckier he is willing to share.
  5. gloucesterman

    "Vintage Smoking Pipe" (1950 GBD 9242)

    Well done indeed!! That's a keeper. Dutch
  6. gloucesterman

    Reattaching a Snapped-Off Shank (video set)

    Thanks George. The insights and instructions are invaluable. And as always the results speak for themselves!!! Dutch
  7. gloucesterman

    No Peterson PotY 2018 in the states?

    Listed om today.
  8. gloucesterman

    Penthouse (GBD) 9438 Restoration

    Excellent detail work, but we would expect nothing less from you!!!
  9. gloucesterman

    Time For Another Restoration Contest

    There is no shortage of talented restorers on this forum. I'd suggest they make own their choice for a starting point and submit the results to the community to render it's verdict.
  10. gloucesterman

    Question about GBD pipes. Calling on experts.

    Your second pipe is a 357 large Prince. This is the standard designation. GBD often took a standard shape and enhanced the surface to produce a special product. I suspect that was the case here. As has been suggested most stummels used by GBD (for all brands) were made in St. Claude The labeling...
  11. gloucesterman

    New Moretti

    I have a Morreti Morta in a Rhodesian. Smokes wonderfully, Enjoy
  12. gloucesterman

    New Member - Peterson Question

    Anthony, You might be right however without actual production numbers we'll never know for certain but I have to disagree that a pipe produced in a single year and single style could exceed production numbers of a line of pipes offered over a number of years. It is probably true for a single...
  13. gloucesterman

    New Member - Peterson Question

    Build quality is about the same on both. The Pipe of the year however is only offered in a specific year so the overall numbers produced are usually significantly lower, making it a rarer pipe in years to come. POYs usually command better resale values for that reason. Limited Edition pipes are...
  14. gloucesterman

    Why Is Moretti Overlooked?

    I have a set of three Rhodesians (Olivewood, Briar and Morta, same pipe/different materials) and you are right, they smoke as well as any of the Italian brands. They are still a good buy but have gone up in price over the last couple of years. The nice thing about Morreti pipes is that he will...
  15. gloucesterman

    Big Changes Coming, Maybe

    Warren, Like you and Sable, my doctor gave me some choices. For me it came down to contemplating "is existence living?". If the extra few years they're promising are spent drooling on yourself they can keep them. Just one man's opinion.
  16. gloucesterman

    GBD 9438 For Lafond's Pipe Shop

    That style bit is usually associated with pipes produced in the 1950/60 range. The shank end of the bit is deeper than others of the type. I have a pair of pipes (9438, Speciale & Sablee)That have that exact same bit. They date to the early 1960s. Codogan made a lot of "Private Label" pipes...
  17. gloucesterman

    A Good Smoker?

    The more open the draw, the more air that will flow over the hot embers in the chamber. As a result, if the smoking cadence isn't reduced the pipe will smoke hotter. If you're a puffer that might not be so good. If, on the other hand, you're a sipper it can work out well. As has been suggested...
  18. gloucesterman

    A Good Smoker?

    I would side with Sable, it's more about the smoker than the pipe but would add that there are certain characteristics of individual pipes (draw, weight, bit style, etc.) that our individual preferences favor. When good technique meets preferred characteristics you get a good smoker.
  19. gloucesterman

    Buff Much? Casualties of EBay

    If you look at the top view there is some significant scratching that strongly suggests more than buffing. I suspect that bit was subjected so some pretty aggressive sanding with a heavy grit while off the shank.
  20. gloucesterman

    My Grabow Christmas Poster Collection is Complete

    I always love a focused set. Well done.