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PostSubject: My AeroBilliard   Wed May 15, 2013 9:46 pm

Just received it today, and upon examination I could tell it was well-made. I smoked it and it performed very well. Sipping is effortless with only the slightest draw. More flavor, as promised, or at least I think so.

It's remarkable that when you slow down you can always slow down more. I'm probably ~20-30% slower than I used to be. I've gotten used to to sipping, so I don't have to think about it that much. My mouth likes sipping a lot more! But taste has taken a big hit. I can still taste with sips but the amount of flavor is akin to the percentage, above, as compared to before. I thought that was due to a certain volume of smoke giving me the flavor to which I was accustomed, but even when I puff it up at intervals, though I taste more, I don't get the same flavor. Perhaps the taste receptors fire in the way that I was accustomed only after being hit by a certain quantity of smoke from repeated deep draws. I would be grateful if anyone who could respond to this issue.

The pipe came with a large, quality piece of buffing cloth along with what looks to be a tamper but is really a holding device to which the cleaning rag can attach to swab out the inverted chamber. The pipe looks to be drilled appreciably larger. On the whole it looks like a lot of thought went into the design of the draft.

I'm very happy with it and if it continues to smoke so well I might just add a dozen or so to my rack. Now that I've laid in the tobacco I can buy pipes:).
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PostSubject: Re: My AeroBilliard   Wed May 15, 2013 10:36 pm

I am very intrigued by the pipes, but I'm not into nose warmers and decided to pass. But I will give it a try if they ever decide to make standard sized pipes.

Thinking about the shank's chamber, I think it holds the approximate volume of one puff. That means that the smoke actually rests in the chamber in between puffs, allowing it to cool and dry a bit. At least in theory. Of course that, after the debacle of the other gimmicky endeavors from Radice (oil curing and twin bore), I approach these things with some skepticism. Nonetheless, I'm interested in your experience and opinion, Alfredo.
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PostSubject: Re: My AeroBilliard   Wed May 15, 2013 10:44 pm

Pix pix

Must feed pipe porn!!
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PostSubject: Re: My AeroBilliard   Thu May 16, 2013 4:29 am

Yes, post up a few pics alfredo! Also, I'm just curious what type blend you decided to smoke in your AeroBilliard? I went with Rattray's Hal O' the Wynd in mine, and I am pleased with the results.
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PostSubject: Re: My AeroBilliard   Thu May 16, 2013 4:51 am

bentbulldog wrote:
Pix pix

Must feed pipe porn!!


MMM....pipe porn

Must have pipe porn
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PostSubject: Re: My AeroBilliard   Thu May 16, 2013 5:30 am

I, of course, smoked Dark Flake:).

On reflection I'm wondering if I need to retrain my palate to expect less flavor. It now expects more; why can't it be satisfied with less?
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PostSubject: Re: My AeroBilliard   Thu May 16, 2013 8:00 am

Alfredo, maybe you should try a completely different blend for a couple days, maybe a mild burley or something new to you with a lower flavor level than what you usually smoke. This works for me when the taste of my usual blends seems off.
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PostSubject: Re: My AeroBilliard   Thu May 16, 2013 10:01 am

Alfredo, pics please! Laughing
The aerobilliards can provide a slow smoke and dont require so much relights so you can enjoy a smoke and take some nice pictures of her at same time. Twisted Evil
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PostSubject: Cumberland Smoke and Other AeroBilliard Notes   Thu May 16, 2013 8:20 pm

The pipe clenches effortlessly.
With the bit in the teeth it reminds me of lovats with a 3/4" stem. The end of the stem butts against the lips, which is fine by me.
The inside of the condensation chamber is lined with some black thing, maybe plastic but the far wall is unfinished wood.
Size is a large group 4.
Apparently the stem is vulcanite or ebonite. The softness feels wonderful in the teeth, and as the pipe invites clenching, that's a good thing.
Most importantly this is the coolest smoking pipe I have. Significant heat reduction.

Cleanup - The pipe comes with detailed instructions. 4 steps. Standard cleaner. Wipe off the inside of the stem, which is very chamfered and accumulates the most pipe gunk. Fit a napkin into the slot of the cleaning tool and clean all the way down to the outside of the bowl. Corkscrew the napkin all the way down. Not difficult or time-consuming. Given what I've heard of Peterson's with vile liquid in the collection chamber, I thought the AeroBilliard would be the same. No, just wipe the walls.

My second smoke was 3 month old Cumberland. I haven't smoked fresh in 10 years. When I tried it fresh at that time I liked it a great deal, and liking it, and trying some in the interval, I cellared about 7 pounds. Then I got into HOs and more or less forgot about it, even when it had 5 years. The upshot was that last spring when I was selling all my pipe stuff I had 7 pounds with 7 years of my most prized tobacco. Very funny, I know;).

Other than liking it enough to designate it my premier tobacco, I remember that the KY dominated the blend. This is a mahogany KY (color) from a bale that C&D and Pease bought that already had 20 years. But even so its taste was piquant and astringent. It was an acquired taste which is absent from this tin. I guess that's the age on that bale. I find I like this fresh version as the KY behaves. I would say that the perique provides an intense spiciness except for my take that it's over the top and even 40% in Cool Hand Fluke lack this; maybe the KY?

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No takers on on my request for getting taste from sipping?


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PostSubject: Re: My AeroBilliard   Thu May 16, 2013 9:05 pm

Sounds like you hate the pipe. Friend that I am, I'll take it off yer hands fer fifty bucks Smile

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PostSubject: Re: My AeroBilliard   Thu May 16, 2013 9:07 pm

Where's the effin' pictures? Neutral
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PostSubject: Re: My AeroBilliard   Thu May 16, 2013 9:18 pm

The FNN pictures may take some time. I have a shitty cell phone, and it probably takes shitty pictures. Nonetheless, being picture-poor and being taken to task, I did investigate the menus and got about half way toward what I think would lead me to success. That took about an hour. I've never taken a cell picture as I only recently got a cell; it was a gift. That should tell you something about my techno-heft. When I still had several steps to go and I'd spent that hour in vain, I said F-it.

Now if one of you techno-picture-overweenies want to give me a blow by blow, I might attempt to join you in the techno-picture-overweenie world to which you so obviously belong:).

PD, I was excited to see that the black finish on the ABill. was only 193 Euro. Add shipping, billed at 12 Euro, I thought I'd get out of the purchase for around $225.00. No!!!!!! $275.00. So your kind offer falls a little short. And yes, I adore the pipe! Worth every Euro. I mean it, if the pipe keeps performing so sweetly, I mean to get another 10 and skip the $50.00 ebay bargains that I intended to buy.
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PostSubject: Re: My AeroBilliard   Thu May 16, 2013 9:21 pm

Just post the effing picture. Laughing cheers Taping it to the screen doesn't count.
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PostSubject: Re: My AeroBilliard   Thu May 16, 2013 10:27 pm

Kyle Weiss wrote:
Just post the effing picture. Laughing cheers Taping it to the screen doesn't count.

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PostSubject: Re: My AeroBilliard   Fri May 17, 2013 2:25 am

I am not a fan of system pipes, in general, have thought they always create a mess where there would otherwise be none. I saw these, and upon reading several comments, thought I might like one. Your comments about muting flavors has me rethinking that though. Still on the fence on these.
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PostSubject: Re: My AeroBilliard   Fri May 17, 2013 2:32 am

Kyle Weiss wrote:
Just post the effing picture. Laughing cheers Taping it to the screen doesn't count.

If you spend all your money on pipes and tobacco, and can't afford a decent camera.....

You might be a pipe collector! Laughing Laughing Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: My AeroBilliard   Fri May 17, 2013 6:24 am

Smoker99 wrote:
I am not a fan of system pipes, in general, have thought they always create a mess where there would otherwise be none. I saw these, and upon reading several comments, thought I might like one. Your comments about muting flavors has me rethinking that though. Still on the fence on these.

I may be wrong but I think he was talking about the difference in taste he gets from smoking slower in general. He has mentioned this before. Alfredo apparently used to be a fast smoker. Now he sips....
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PostSubject: Re: My AeroBilliard   Fri May 17, 2013 6:35 am

Thank you, Slide.

You guys want pictures? Click on the link:).

http://www.neatpipes.com//categoria/Radice%20Chubby%20AeroBilliard/&id=249

I count 45.

Oh, and bite me.
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PostSubject: Re: My AeroBilliard   Fri May 17, 2013 6:58 am

Kyle it isn't nice to make fun of the technology challenged. He's getting much better. He can operate his electric razor 9 out of 10 time now. The TV channel changing chimp has been a godsend too.
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PostSubject: Re: My AeroBilliard   Fri May 17, 2013 8:29 am

Did I mention that the pipe clenches effortlessly? A must when you walk on all fours. . .
I say:

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PostSubject: Re: My AeroBilliard   Fri May 17, 2013 10:14 am

Forgot:

Getting two or three tobacco crumbs inside the inversion chamber.
The synthetic coating inside the shank perhaps guards the briar, perhaps lessens the weight. I'd like to know how much weight it saves, and if not much, would prefer bare wood. Just me.
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PostSubject: Re: My AeroBilliard   Fri May 17, 2013 10:51 am

Alfredo,

The coating is interesting. I don't know about the weight thought. It seems intended to isolate the "gunk" from the wood. The reverse Calabash concept seems new. I imagine it will evolve.

The closest thing I have are some cheap plateau pipes I got years ago from Iwan Ries. It isn't a real reverse Calabash based on the current design. But, it has a gap area between tenon and mortice of maybe 1.5" x 3/8" overall. It too collects gunk. Running a twist of paper towel return some black, nasty scum. But it hasn't tainted the taste or change the noticed weight. Frankly, things to me taste about the same as any other pipe. Its probably better as a filter alternative as it does collect materials before our intake. That seems beneficial. Based on what I've seen with the pipe mentioned, it seems something that could be done with a lot of pipes in a demi-version by drilling out a simple gap.
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PostSubject: Re: My AeroBilliard   Fri May 17, 2013 11:45 am

I wonder if the AB design will spawn a revolution in pipes? Definitely cooler, perhaps more flavorful-why wouldn't it? The most visible tradeoff is the design of the shank. I can't think of any other. Is the AB design patented?
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PostSubject: Re: My AeroBilliard   Fri May 17, 2013 12:38 pm

Isn't the AB approach just one solution? There are a number of varied designs. The AB seems the first/only/few approach with a straight pipe that I have seen.

I think Reverse Calabash name is a drawback or confusing. Maybe something like mixing chamber would work or something similar.

These are all empirical approaches that may or may not be a best solution. Seems it would benefit from a more scientific approach. Maybe there is an aeronautical engineer that is also a pipe smoker that will take a look.

At the far end of all this, one of us could take an existing pipe with a fairly thick stem and create a longer, narrow chamber going much closer to the drought hole. Would that work? I have no idea. But, it would make an interesting experiment by someone with the capacity to drill out a straight chamber at tenon size.
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PostSubject: Re: My AeroBilliard   Sat May 18, 2013 9:09 pm

How about calling it the Second Chamber. Just saying.
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