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Meerschaum Pipes

Discussion in 'Pipes' started by WVDAVE, Mar 15, 2012.

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  1. WVDAVE

    WVDAVE Active Member

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    I have a few questions concerning Meerschaum Pipes.
    1.) What's a good brand to start with that won't take a man broke?
    2.) Who's a good retailer to purchase from?
    3.) Which meers color better the smooths, lattices or the craves?

    Thanks,
     
  2. bluetip84

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  3. WVDAVE

    WVDAVE Active Member

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    I did the search function and didn't come up with much. I didn't realize there was a sub forum. So much for thinking I covered all the basics. Thanks for the help. I'll start searching the sub forum.
     
  4. Lestrade

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    2) Can not go wrong with Altinok.
     
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  5. JuJu McMojo

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    1. consensus is IMP and Altinok--both seem start just north of $100 (but worth it).
    2. Altinokmeerschaumpipes or smokingpipes
    3. Doesn't seem to matter much. The quality (porosity) of the block seems to be the most important factor, but there's no sure-fire way to predict how or when a meer will color.
     
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  6. dmkerr

    dmkerr PG- free since '83! Moderator

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    So true! I have a magnum-sized Baki meer that has a nifty marbelized coloration going up the shank, and then what can only be called a "color smear" on the front center of the bowl. This pipe is going to be a weird one!
     
  7. dhintonca

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    Sounds interesting -- pictures?
     
  8. dmkerr

    dmkerr PG- free since '83! Moderator

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    Well, I have the pipe and I have the camera. Now all I need is the ability to take a close-up pic that doesn't look like a yellowish-white blur! Someday....
     
  9. dhintonca

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    If you've a zoom lens, I've found it best to zoom to max and then back away until the image fills the screen and is in focus. It seems that the zoom lens doesn't focus well in close (I've a Canon S3).
     
  10. Old Ted

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    mmmm......those Kodak 'Brownies' were not really meant for macro stuff Dan!.
     
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  11. iSiv

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    I would start with an IMP or a Baki. In my experience IMP are good quality and the excellent photos on smokingpipes.com really show you what you are going to get. Baki pipes are also excellent and if you buy from bestmeerschaums you will also get lots of photos of the exact pipe you will get. You can get into a IMP or Baki for around $120 and up.

    Other retailers may make your pipe to order to it will take longer and you're not sure exactly what you're going to get until it's in your hands. I'm not 100% sure of the accuracy of what I'm going to say next but it's my hunch: patterns, simple lattice and simple carvings on a good meer are to the pipe what sandblasting/rustication are to briar - they are to hide flaws in the material. Cheap meers may also hide flaws behind a fill - just like a briar - and you may not notice this until the fill is shown up as the pipe starts to colour. For this reason, it's good to buy from a reputable source.
     
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