City deLuxe Colossus .... new to me

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rcstan

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Fished "the big one" off the 'bay in a lot of estates. Not much cleaning needed, just a scrub of the stem with Magic Eraser and some baking soda, finished off with Denicotea Mouthpiece Polish and a bit of coconut butter and olive oil.
Previous owner or the 'bay seller had done a decent cleanup on the inside. There was no need to trim any cake but it took a few cotton balls and some shank scrubbing to get rid of some OTC aromatic ghosts. It seems to like Englishes and Balkans best, gets a bit wet with others. Haven't yet tried flakes out of it as I have none open.
This is a MASSIVE pipe in my book. I gather from pipephil.eu that it's a GBD second, but as always more info is welcome. The markings are nice and clear. It has an inlaid silver star on the stem. Here's some pics





 

rcstan

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Thank you! I forgot to mention it is an octagon paneled pipe, looks like a big wooden semi truck lug nut with a stem. I love it! The chamber, of course, is round. Wife says I could probably use it as a weapon, weighs over two ounces

 

modernchicago

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that pipe would definitely go in my treasure chest. City DeLuxe are one of my favorites - everything about them is good classic design. The logo is inlaid brass rockstar - how cool is that?

 

photoman13

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That is a good size for watching a movie! I love my big Savinelli and smoke it often.

 

rcstan

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keith929 Go and Grow usually has a 3 on the room note, going up to a 5 if we forget a timely change, but my daughter usually lets us know pretty quick if there's a need, she's pretty clean.
papipeguy this is my first paneled. I wasn't really looking for a new pipe when this came along. I needed a pipe rack and it just happened to come with 7 pipes. Six went to the 'bay ( I wouldn't really pawn them off on you guys on BriarBid 8O ) and this one is definitely staying.
rothnh I have no idea what the quality standards were when this was made, still trying to figure out the age. It has a hand cut stem, even marked as such. If one sits there and obsesses about the pipe with a pair of calipers, the square shank is about a quarter of a millimeter shorter on the horizontal line than it is on the vertical line, and the draft hole is a smidge off centre :puffy:
photoman13 Unless I go to a drive-in, no movie and pipe. It'll make a good book smoker next summer. For right now since the temps have been creeping towards the single Fahrenheit digits it only sees action on the night walk.

 

rigmedic1

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Very nice pipe! My only problem with such big pipes is that clenching against the weight of a big bowl will tear up the stem. I hope you don't suffer the same issues with your pipe.

 

rcstan

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rigmedic1 99% of the time I hold my pipes, and never clench the straight ones. It just feels strange to me to hold any pipe between my teeth with no hand support, except when I'm lighting/relighting. Even the cobs ....

 

fnord

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I like that City Deluxe, Romeo. I want one to flesh out my hodgepodge collection of GBDs and their seconds.

 

rcstan

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Jim, if I get tired of smoking this Colossus of a pipe any time soon I'll give a heads-up. For now, it's a rather comforting implement :mrgreen:
Still working on re-building some cake and finally chased away all neutral and otherwise funky smells, really makes me wonder what blends did the previous owner put through it? OTC aromatics?
Last night I took it out for a stroll in the cold, filled halfway with SPC Plum Pudding. Bowl note is finally yummi.

 
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