Tonino Jacono Queen E (straight Dublin)

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georged

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I remember buying this pipe quite well. 25 years ago this past September, and I'd spent a Saturday going from shop to shop in the Cincinnati metro area playing "king of the hill" with their display case offerings. I figured when I'd finished with the last store I'd return to whichever one had had the winner.
Except I never had to go back. This pipe was in the last one. She said, "I'm no king---I'm the QUEEN, baby---and that punk answers to me!"
So naturally, I answered, "Yes Ma'am!" and reached for my wallet. :lol:
We've had a fine relationship ever since.
Tonino Jacono was an up-and-coming brand in the 90's, but you don't hear much about it anymore. The Queen E was pretty high in their grading scheme. Chess pieces, as I recall, with the "E" added to specimens that split the difference to the next-highest grade.
I like the no-compromise cylinder and cone design. Simple, but difficult to pull off because while there's an infinite number of curves, there's only one straight line. Subjectivity doesn't enter into it.
44.8 grams, 5.8" long
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sasquatch

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Funny - if I saw the pipe without stamps, I would have guessed an Imperatori-era Il Ceppo. Wonder if Tonino and Giorgio ever got together? Good Pesaro-type pipes are great in all ways, in my experience.

 

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mso489

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Strange but true, some of the best pipe makers don't stay in business. I think of Bari, the Danish outfit, and Luciano, the Italian company. That Tonino-Jacono is handsome, looks like it would smoke great.

 
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