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Asp/tinsky Bent Dublin

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Mister Moo

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Three things I don't much like in a pipe -

1. Overly wide opening at chamber top - can be hard to get lit
2. Half- or more bent - can be irksome to pass a pipecleaner
3. Overly deep bowls - can be hard to smoke to the bottom



I won this 1986 ASP dublin on ebay many years ago and felt like I overpaid at $80 after I got it. It was a bitch to light it complete and even across the top, it took a lot of fiddling to get a pipecleaner through it and usually there was a soggy wad of dottle left and the bottom of the deep, conical bowl. The pipe sat a lot.

Lately I started smoking flake in it and, what can I say - "It was a poor workman who blamed his tools?" A smokers experience says at least as much about pipe quality as does briar quality, geometry and the makers workmanship, I guess. This dublin is a killer. I felt like mentioning it, not as an advertisement for Mark Tinsky, but as a comment on how dramatically things improve as you develop good gauges for tobacco moisture, good rubbing out- and pipefilling techniques and a sense of when to puff, pause, tamp and swab. This pipe, by the way, has knocked my socks off with Pete University Flake, some thing I was about to give up on a month or two back. This lightweight pipe has a gentle ring blast, easy on the hand and eye and, for some reason stays lit longer as a smoke progresses, often, to ash at the bottom... shrug.
 

dubhdarra

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Three things I don't much like in a pipe -

1. Overly wide opening at chamber top - can be hard to get lit
2. Half- or more bent - can be irksome to pass a pipecleaner
3. Overly deep bowls - can be hard to smoke to the bottom



I won this 1986 ASP dublin on ebay many years ago and felt like I overpaid at $80 after I got it. It was a bitch to light it complete and even across the top, it took a lot of fiddling to get a pipecleaner through it and usually there was a soggy wad of dottle left and the bottom of the deep, conical bowl. The pipe sat a lot.

Lately I started smoking flake in it and, what can I say - "It was a poor workman who blamed his tools?" A smokers experience says at least as much about pipe quality as does briar quality, geometry and the makers workmanship, I guess. This dublin is a killer. I felt like mentioning it, not as an advertisement for Mark Tinsky, but as a comment on how dramatically things improve as you develop good gauges for tobacco moisture, good rubbing out- and pipefilling techniques and a sense of when to puff, pause, tamp and swab. This pipe, by the way, has knocked my socks off with Pete University Flake, some thing I was about to give up on a month or two back. This lightweight pipe has a gentle ring blast, easy on the hand and eye and, for some reason stays lit longer as a smoke progresses, often, to ash at the bottom... shrug.
give ya 85 :)
 

Mister Moo

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I thought you don't do "bents"!!
I definitely lean to straight pipes, Rugs, but I do have some bents in the stable. None are full bent except the meerschaum calabash. The rest are half- or less bent. This Tinsky, by the way, takes a pipecleaner with a tiny pre-bend on one end and a 45* anti-clockwise twist when it's halfway down the stem. It also hangs nicely from a light clench.
 

Rugbysh9

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I definitely lean to straight pipes, Rugs, but I do have some bents in the stable. None are full bent except the meerschaum calabash. The rest are half- or less bent. This Tinsky, by the way, takes a pipecleaner with a tiny pre-bend on one end and a 45* anti-clockwise twist when it's halfway down the stem. It also hangs nicely from a light clench.

Moo that was actually ment for Dub. At the NY show this past weekend he told me he really doesn't like bent pipes so I was just screwing with him a little. My tastes are pretty similar to yours though. I seem to be leaning back towards straights and a 1/2 bent is probably as far as I'd go.
 

user0003

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It's like one of my Autographs only it's bent less but the bowl characteristics are the same.Oddly I've also found Pete UF works with this pipe.
 

Mister Moo

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One of my Autographs only it's bent less but the bowl characteristics are the same.Oddly I've also found Pete UF works with this pipe.
It's kinda like another story but I would have written off PUFlake after one tin but not for ATLHARP. So, late in the first tin it finally got interesting then I got another tin from a member here. That tin was open a month before I really got into it and, OK - it was pretty good. The big "however" - it is WAY better out this Tinsky dublin than any of the other three usual pipe suspects I tried. Huge difference.
 

cst

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That is a fine example of my favorite shape. I'm going to have to get one. OH, and University Flake is pretty good stuff after all isn't it? :unsure:
 

piper965

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Three things I don't much like in a pipe -

1. Overly wide opening at chamber top - can be hard to get lit
2. Half- or more bent - can be irksome to pass a pipecleaner
3. Overly deep bowls - can be hard to smoke to the bottom
Funny, that pretty much describes the perfect pipe for me! :lol:
 

Sasquatch

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Funny, that pretty much describes the perfect pipe for me! :scratchchin:

LOL No doubt.

Experience goes a LONG way, and I would say there are very few real dogs on the market in terms of pipes (especially ASPs), but a lot of things come down to preference and smoking style. And of course, when you hit on the tobacco that a pipe seems to handle real well, it's like night and day.
 
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