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Poll: What is your pipe stem/bit of choice?

Discussion in 'Pipes' started by user2725, Sep 6, 2012.

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What is your pipe stem/bit of choice?

  1. Black Ebonite/Vulcanite

    45.1%
  2. Cumberland

    19.6%
  3. Black Acrylic

    23.5%
  4. Colored/swirled Acrylic

    37.3%
  5. Amber

    3.9%
  6. Other

    3.9%
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  1. user2725

    user2725 Active Member

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    Just curious to see what people prefer as a stem/bit for their pipes, my favorites are Cumberland and swirled acrylic.
     


  2. Stonewall

    Stonewall Active Member

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    I've actually only owned/smoked vulcanite and swirled acrylic. Based on that, I do prefer the acrylic for it's durability and feel.
     
  3. Buckshot

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    I voted Black Acrylic. The only other type I've owned is Vulcanite. I like the feel of Vulcanite a little better but I find the low maintenance of Acrylic more attractive.
     
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  4. FlatbushPaul

    FlatbushPaul Cellar is located in an undisclosed bunker

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    I like the feel of vulcanite. A little softer I guess.
     
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  5. dmkerr

    dmkerr PG- free since '83! Moderator

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    I voted for black and swirled acrylic. It depends on the meer pipe. Some look better with one and some with the other. I tolerated vulcanite on companies that used it and I tolerate it today when Baki uses it on some of his pipes, but I prefer the harder acrylic.
     
  6. Spillproof

    Spillproof Mostly Harmless Moderator

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    :popc:
    (I like both, but tend to go for old-school)
     
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  7. N3M0

    N3M0 Active Member

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    swirled acrylic for me!
     
  8. Preacher1611

    Preacher1611 Active Member

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    Most of my pipes are black vulcanite type stems except my meer and my Iwan Reis those are swirled acrylic. I voted that way 'cause I LOVE the stem on my IR!
     
  9. N3M0

    N3M0 Active Member

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    hmm, still a tie between vulcanite and swirled acrylic
     
  10. SouthBound

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    That's me.
     
  11. user2725

    user2725 Active Member

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    I am torn on this one, If I had to choose on feel alone it would be Ebonite but with it's high maintenance and ease of damage factor I also like the low maintenance and durability of Acrylic although I do find them more difficult to clench, I use softy bits on the majority of my pipe not only to make them more clenchable but to protect them from damage, I have mixed emotions on them as I think they detract from the experience, I guess I could go without them and just have the pipe re-stemmed when needed, it just pains me to see damage on a pipe I spent what I call a lot of money on.
     
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  12. smokerpipe

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    Black Vulcanite is my choice. :bing:
     
  13. cobbsmoker

    cobbsmoker Active Member

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    I voted Black, Colored/Swirled Acrylic and Other, other being the ABS plastic stems they use on Dr. Grabow pipes and the stock plastic stems that come on the Missouri Meerschaum corn cob pipes.
     
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  14. Rodfather

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    Comfort is more important to me than stem material. I have had pipes with all of the mentioned stem material. Some were more comfortable regardless of stem material. The maker has all the influence in the comfort of the stem.
     
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  15. Jussto

    Jussto Active Member

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    I like acrylic for its low maintenance, black or colored/swirled depends on the esthetic of the pipe. Vulcanite is comfortable, just a pain to keep up. I can't stand to see oxidation on a stem, and I don't like risking my markings by having to buff regularly.
     
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  16. nesta

    nesta Well-Known Member

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    Savinelli and Stanwell...I have pipes from them with acryllic bits that are so thin and comfortable in the mouth that I like them. In this case, they're great because they require so little maintenance.

    In general I prefer the feel of vulcanite, though.

    But looks are important, and hell, I just LOVE Cumberland!

    So Cumberland it is. All the comfort of vulcanite, but looks sharp as a tack
     
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  17. Monkey

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    I voted other.....I use the rubber softee bits so it really doesn't matter to me.
     
  18. StoneGiant

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    I'm with Jussto!

    The only acrylic I've seen that wasn't hard / uncomfortable was on my Savinelli Oscar Aries Canadian, it's off white with some gray to simulate bone I think, and is a hell of a lot softer than other acrylic bits I've tried, almost has a hard rubber quality to it, but still has that squeaky plastic like feel sound to it from acrylic. Not sure why it's different from every other acrylic stem I've seen? :confused:
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  19. user2725

    user2725 Active Member

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    I saw a video the other day on Castello pipes and they mentioned a special custom formula acrylic used for their bits which is softer and more like Vulcanite.
     
  20. jdto

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    I was convinced I liked vulcanite, but the two black acrylic stems I have are really nice. So overall, I like both.
     
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