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  1. user2453

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    Muly savinelli Trevi 320 arrived from Amazon today. I took a test draw and am hearing a high pitched whistle! I took that to mean the pipe was improperly drilled and immediately packed it back up and started the return process.

    I then came to realize the pipe takes a balsa filter and wondered, is that why the pipe is whistling? I don't know if I should have a bowl, if it whistles I am sure the pipe is not up to standard and I want to be able to return it if its not. What should I do?
     


  2. jgWatson

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    I say return it, there's no reason to pay top dollar for a whistler.

    But, if it's not worth the hastle to you, chances are you can stop the whistle.
     
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  3. PipeSimmo

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    The filter was in there when you heard the whistle? Take it out and try again.
    If you hear the whistle without a filter in it, I would say it's improperly drilled. Send it back.
    But that's just me.
     
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  4. user2453

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    I don't know, the pipe is drilled twice, once in the bottom of the bowl, and once in the mortise.
     
  5. user2453

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    Well I guess that settles it. It whistles badly with or without a filter. Bummer
     
  6. jgWatson

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    Shame! I have a beautiful Stanwell that whistled when I bought it (used). In my attempt to redrill, I snapped the tennon. :(
     
  7. Buckshot

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    For whatever it's worth, I have a pipe that is very poorly drilled but it's a great smoker. It doesn't whistle though. I'm sure you like that 320 a lot except for the whistle. I think I would fill it up and give it a smoke to see what happens. The tobacco in the chamber might stop the whistling and it might smoke great. If it doesn't I'm sure you could find a member here that would fix it up for you.

    My 320 is a wonderful smoker. I just took a dry test draw on it and there's a hissing but no whistle. I suppose you could exchange it but if it were me, I would try smoking it. Just my humble opinion.
     
  8. MikeInMaine

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    I just tried a dry draw on mine too. Pretty loud almost but not quite a whistle hiss. Maybe the nature of the shape?
    See if you can visually identify any obvious drilling errors, if not I would just smoke it. It won't whistle when it's full of tobacco.
    Mine is a fantastic smoker by the way. I have the Venere 320.
     
  9. Sasquatch

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    Is it the stem or the bowl - test 'em seperately. I wouldn't get super worried about this. It's easy to draw a huge amount of air through an empty pipe and say "Oh gawd it whistles!" but if you were actually smoking, you probably wouldn't be drawing that hard either....
     
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  10. Coda

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    If anything, the whistle is a good thing...when smoking, once you hear the whistle, you'll know that its time to stop...like a tobacco-level alarm...
     
  11. user2453

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    Ok, I will give it a smoke tonight. I do know someone that would probably fix it up for me if it is a problem.
     
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  12. user2453

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    Well, once again, sound advice. I started breaking in the pipe tonight with mini bowls of Storm Front, and the smoke was one of the best. I'm glad I sought the opinion of the forum before deciding.

    Thanks everyone.
     
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  13. Pipe Matt

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    I have a couple of pipes where the stem (not the bowl) whistles. Can it be sorted or is it just something you have to put up with and smoke accordingly - e.g. drawing more gently?
     
  14. Sasquatch

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    Yeah there's usually a fix. First and easiest is to take a counter-sink drill bit and cut a funnel shape on the end of the tenon if it doesn't have that already. If that doesn't it, a little work with a needle file inside the slot should.

    A whistle is just an indication that air is sort of spinning around somewhere, and if you can get the pathway smoothed out, it will go away.
     
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  15. Pipe Matt

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    Many thanks. :)
     
  16. CACooper

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    Here's a fix that works most of the time.
    I always thought the whistling was being created at the tenon end, but through experience I discovered it's usually at the bit end. Sharp corners create a "flute" like condition and cause the noise. Sas got it right. Needle files to smooth out the airflow. Your Savinelli already has an large tenon opening to accomodate the balsa filter, so countersinking there isn't necessary. Smooth out the bit end.
    Give it a try and best of luck!
    CACooper
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  17. Old Ted

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    Is it just 'whistlin Dixie'? :ohyh:
     
  18. SouthBound

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    Ted's on to something. If it's whistling "Dixie", then keep it. If it's whistling "The Battle Hymn of the Republic", return it immediately.
     
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  19. CACooper

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    Just tryin' to help the guy out and yooz guyz are crackin' jokes. Geee whiz! ;)
     
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    :xd:
     
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