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DanWil84

Lifer
Mar 8, 2021
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12,650
40
The Netherlands (Europe)
Don't get me wrong, but what is there to proof? It's a $45 pipe, which doesnt seem a lot of money for a briar pipe if you take into consideration the process front to back. I think there are ppl who smoke a $45 or less pipe for years and years and don't have those problems, same as ppl spend 3 figures on a pipe and get the same problems or shoddy drilling.
 

condorlover1

Lifer
Dec 22, 2013
8,205
28,408
New York
@Johnny_Pipecleaner: Hey you could bunch it together with a few other burnt out cobs and then claim you found them in a cupboard at some University. Put a label on the bottom of the rack saying 'Property of A. Einstein' and sell the whole group for a gazillion dollars and buy yourself a thirty day set of those really nice pipes like the one you just purchased! Just a thought.........
 

wayneteipen

Can't Leave
May 7, 2012
473
222
I recently turned on to a couple Ropp princes and love them. They are straights though so airway alignment isn't typically an issue. Great little smokers for the price for sure.
 
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mso489

Lifer
Feb 21, 2013
41,210
60,500
I have two Ropps that were inexpensive but smoke very well. I think low priced factory pipes are like that, but it is a lottery the customer usually wins. In general French pipes deliver well above their price point, but I wouldn't blame you for having a low opinion of the brand. That sort of stays with you. I'm assuming you've tried this one and it is a bummer. Sometimes everything is wrong but they smoke great.
 

Winterreise

Lifer
Oct 21, 2020
1,298
20,131
Montréal , Québec
Prices have nothing to do with it IMHO could happened to a pricy briar , it’s wood after all ! One of my 4$ cob is in top condition even after 4-5 years 800 bowls+ and smoke even better than a castello i purchased for $400.
 
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HopHand

Starting to Get Obsessed
May 17, 2021
189
382
37
Montrose Colorado
That's to bad. My oldest ropp is only a week or two but I probably smoke 5-6 bowls a day from it and I'm pretty happy with the half dozen I own so far. Then again I'm a newbie that probably couldn't tell the difference between a 40$ pipe and a 400$ pipe.
 
Mar 1, 2014
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I guess this is what you get for $45. Broken mortise, but it was drilled wayyyy off center and couldn’t pass a pipe cleaner anyhow. Not a bad looking pipe, but now it’s probably just going in the trash. You get what you pay for, as they say.

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To be clear, are you saying the Stummel doesn't pass a pipecleaner? Or are you just saying that while assembled the stem and stummel combined won't pass a cleaner?

Almost no bent pipes will pass a cleaner through stem and stummel at once, but this summer I paid $280 for a Peder Jeppesen pipe that won't even pass a pipecleaner through the stummel alone. Major pain and major disappointment.

As long as you can easily clean the pipe while it's disassembled you're doing well.
 
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Johnny_Pipecleaner

Part of the Furniture Now
Nov 13, 2019
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Mill Valley, CA
To be clear, are you saying the Stummel doesn't pass a pipecleaner? Or are you just saying that while assembled the stem and stummel combined won't pass a cleaner?

While assembled it won't pass a pipe cleaner. I know this is not uncommon in the bent world, but it's annoying. I often get a gurgle midway through a bowl when I smoke bents, and I like to be able to quickly remedy that with a pipe cleaner.
Yes I know I could do the wrist fling trick, or simply buy bent pipes with spigot/military mount so they can be disassembled hot.

This thread shouldn't even exist. As a fellow Dutchman said a few posts above, what am I trying to prove? Sorry for wasting everyone's time. I just wanted to bellyache about my cheap pipe. Go back to your knitting, everyone ;)