Castello Sea Rock KKK Billiard (US market)

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georged

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For all practical purposes this pipe is an Italian LB, which is why I bought it. :mrgreen:
I wanted to test drive it side-by-side with by LBs to settle once in for all who made better pipes, the Italians or the Brits.
I expect to have an answer to that question after smoking several hundred more pounds of tobacco through them. Until then, I'm afraid I'll just have to keep slaving away, smoking my favorite blend while reading a good book in my comfiest chair.
Poor me.
I also got it for the perfectly cut, quarter carat vvvvs blue-white diamond that Mr. Castello puts in the stems of his US-market-bound pipes. (He thinks he's smuggling them out successfully to finance the secret estate he's building on the central California coast---the taxes in Italy are a bitch---but I caught onto his little game long ago.)
48.7 grams, 6.0" long
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georged

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I'm not sure yet. I should know in another thirty or forty thousand bowls, though.

 

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It's to bad Castello dosen't stamp the shape numbers any more but it's a 15, a very wide ranging shape that I collect. The Old America stamp indicates that it's a pipe with the old Hollco Rohr trademark. They do it to keep the trademark active. 8O

 

georged

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Thanks for the info, Dave. :D
If you (or anyone else here) likes to keep track of date stuff to know when certain stamps began, ended, etc. this #15 was bought new in May of 2005.

 

sasquatch

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Funny that a Sea Rock that big would only be a 3k. I've got a kkkk that's smaller. Times change I guess!

 

oldgeezersmoker

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The size stamps are assigned by Franco Coppo after a dealer makes his selection and the price for the total deal is fixed. Just today, I found a Natural Vergen KKKK and two Old Antiquari KK's at different Italian retailers, the exact same shape. If the shops own measurements are to be believed, and I do believe them, the three pipes differ by no more than a couple of mm's and a few grams. The difference? The Natural Vergen is a drop dead killer that could have been stamped with the Pi designation but was not. The Old Antiquaris are nice, but plain Jane except for smooth polished rims. Keep in mind that Castello grading "should" be about the size in Sea Rocks, Old Antiquaris and Natural Vergens. But that is from a consumerrs point of view. From a dealers point of view, and Mr.Coppo's, grading is about the money. And things were no different in Carlo Scotti's day.
Nice 15, George, regardless of the number of K's.

 

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Gorgeous Castello George! I approve! After you get it broke in properly for me, I'll very happy to take it off your hands!

 

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Great looking pipe. It is tough to find better smokers than Castello. I just wish they made vulcanite stems, I would own a dozen at least instead of my lone one. Congrats on your new pipe.

 

mso489

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Admirably gnarly finish and classic shape. Castello tends to be little heavy, but owners love 'em.

 

thomasw

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Very manly pipe there, George! You own some very beautiful pipes; and you keep them in great condition.

 

tslex

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George, your selfless dedication to science is an inspiration to us all.

 

georged

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George, your selfless dedication to science is an inspiration to us all.
You know what they say: it's a tough job, but somebody's gotta do it... :mrgreen:

 
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