Ropp Vintage Stout Sandblasted

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mtwaller

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Nov 21, 2018
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I picked up one of these little beauties to smoke aro's out of, it just arrived today from Smokingpipes. This is my first sandblasted pipe, and I have to say I'm a bit obsessed. This thing is tiny at just 4.37" long, but it feels perfect in hand and the bowl is big enough to park a car inside. Having said that, I was worried that the bowl would look huge in relation to the rest of the pipe, but visually it's well balanced.
I've looked at previous posts on these, and I know some people have a love/hate relationship with them. Me personally, I love the look and feel of the natural horn stem, and the button doesn't bother me one bit. This is a cracking good little pipe. I believe there are still a couple left on SP for only $70 as of 3/11/19.
For those that aren't familiar with them, the stummels were apparently turned by Comoy's in France around the late 60's to early 70's and then sat forgotten on a shelf until Ropp acquired them and fitted a natural horn stem onto the vintage stummels. All in all, for $70 ($80 for the smooth ones, I believe) these are really cool little pipes.








 

carolinachurchwarden

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May 9, 2018
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That's a spectacular looking little pipe! I love sandblasts. It's by far my favorite finish on a pipe. I love the texture they provide. That is most certainly a nice little pipe I'd buy and the horn only makes it better. I really like that color combination.

 

mso489

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That rings my chimes for straight billiards, as much as I also like a dozen or more other shapes too.

 

railman

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Mar 9, 2019
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I have a smooth stout bulldog as well a blasted stack and Rhodesian from the regular vintage line, absolutely great pipes for the price! I had to just slightly enlarge the airway on the stems but after doing so they are great. Certainly unique.

 

mtwaller

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Nov 21, 2018
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Atlanta, GA
Nice find! Mine is smoking really well through only 2 small bowls so far, I’m sure once it breaks in it will be a fantastic little pipe! For the price it’s well worth it.