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Zeno Marx

Zeno Marx

Registration date : 2010-06-26

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PostSubject: Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous Pipe Smoker   Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous Pipe Smoker EmptyWed Oct 09, 2019 12:32 pm

First, I want to be clear that this is not mean to be negative, judgemental, or disparaging. I'm genuinely curious about where these pipes go, the rooms and displays where they then exist, and the lifestyles of those who buy them.

On the most recent Briar Blues update, a Poul (Danish) instantly sold for $2500. There are also a couple Ivarssons still for sale around that price range. As we know, that isn't even close to the high end of that spectrum. I've been around pipes for a while. It's nothing new to see a multi-thousand dollar Danish pipe. Or some rare Dunhill selling for thousands. Heck, JT Cooke pipes at $800 sell within minutes of email updates.

It got me thinking about the people and financial situations that enable such buying. Well, I don't really care about the financial situations so much, but I'd be the first to watch an episode of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous dedicated to pipe smokers/collectors. A lot of these pipes never get smoked. I don't care about that at all either, but it does add another element to the situation. Buy and then display? Buy and leave in a jewelry or watch drawer in a cabinet? Buy and smoke no differently than the guy who smokes a 1LB of 1Q a week, who just burnt out his only pipe, and nonchalantly grabbed a new one from the bucket at his local tobacco shop as he grabbed another pound of tobacco?

I guess it is the voyeur in me. I don't envy this kind of thing, but I'm admittedly curious about it all. What happens to those $3K pipes, and who are the people who buy them? What's the rest of their life like?

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daveinlax

daveinlax

Location : Wisconsin
Registration date : 2007-12-28

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PostSubject: Re: Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous Pipe Smoker   Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous Pipe Smoker EmptyWed Oct 09, 2019 12:53 pm

Zeno Marx wrote:
 A lot of these pipes never get smoked.  I don't care about that at all either, but it does add another element to the situation.  Buy and then display?  Buy and leave in a jewelry or watch drawer in a cabinet?  
2500.00 is couch change to a lot of guys in this hobby.
I've bought a few pipes from a collection that has been sitting in boxes for decades. The owner was a very wealthy compulsive pipe buyer who had/has hundreds of high and medium high grade pipes but smokes a small rotation. Shocked
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lestrout



Location : Chester County, PA
Registration date : 2008-04-19

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PostSubject: Re: Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous Pipe Smoker   Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous Pipe Smoker EmptyThu Oct 10, 2019 9:31 am

Yo Zeno - there is that 1% crowd...?

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GeoffC

GeoffC

Age : 52
Location : North Carolina
Registration date : 2011-10-23

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PostSubject: Re: Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous Pipe Smoker   Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous Pipe Smoker EmptyThu Oct 10, 2019 11:01 am

My buddy owns a Lars and a Nana and smokes them. He told me the price of the the Lars and all I will say it it was a lot more than $2500. He has many high end pipes and he smokes them which I know many pipe makers appreciate.

As a guy that went back and forth between cigars and pipes for long time, I think my most expensive pipe was probably about $100. Now that I am pretty much a full time piper I have gravitated to higher end pipes. Now disposable income dictates what I buy but I will buy the best that I can afford which is now in the $200-300 range and maybe if tempted there are some $800 pipes I wouldn't mind grabbing.
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D.L.Ruth

D.L.Ruth

Age : 38
Location : NC
Registration date : 2018-10-03

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PostSubject: Re: Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous Pipe Smoker   Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous Pipe Smoker EmptyThu Oct 10, 2019 11:25 am

My most expensive pipe I paid about 120 for (it was on sale lol), and that is pretty high end for me. Im currently saving up for a one of Peterson Christmas pipes, yes I need to actually save up money for a100 dollar pipe lol.
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Zeno Marx

Zeno Marx

Registration date : 2010-06-26

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PostSubject: Re: Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous Pipe Smoker   Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous Pipe Smoker EmptyThu Oct 10, 2019 1:03 pm

D.L.Ruth and GeoffC, both of your situations are within the norm. I'm talking fringe here. The 1%? The 3%? I don't know. Pipe smoking has always attracted people with big wallets. I've known plenty of Dunhill collectors who would occasionally splurge on a +$1K pipe, and by occasionally, I mean it wasn't an anomaly. It's not even those guys who have me curious.
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GeoffC

GeoffC

Age : 52
Location : North Carolina
Registration date : 2011-10-23

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PostSubject: Re: Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous Pipe Smoker   Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous Pipe Smoker EmptyThu Oct 10, 2019 1:37 pm

Well my buddy has several famous makers pipes. He is friends with a lot of them, and if I was a pipe maker I would be good friends with him for good reason. He also has an extensive cellar of well aged goodies. Many I have posted here as he shares with us pipers. It is simple. It is his hobby that he enjoys and is apart of his life. Others collection fancy cars, old weapons, coins, etc. For him, pipes is viewed the same way. If you can afford it, you buy what you enjoy. Pretty simple really.

I know another piper that is same way as well. It is his hobby, it is very much apart of his life and he does well in his career so he can afford the best money can offer.

I have handled some of my buddies pipes and they are exceptional pieces. Very high quality briar and light as a feather. Having him as a friend has taught me a lot about quality of pipes and tobacco, especially aged. He is also the first to admit you don't need to speed $1000 on a good smoker either. He has help point to very affordable quality pipes by the such as Allen Brothers, PS Studio, Grig and others. He helped the shop acquire Cristiano pipes that are silver banded and sell as an entry level pipe for $50. Which I of course picked up and is a great smoker.
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Zeno Marx

Zeno Marx

Registration date : 2010-06-26

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PostSubject: Re: Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous Pipe Smoker   Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous Pipe Smoker EmptyThu Oct 10, 2019 2:39 pm

You get to see them in their environment. That's pretty much what I'm after here. Where do they go to rest after they've been purchased? It's one thing to see a Lamborghini on the road, but it's quite another [to me] to see it sitting in the owner's garage, or wherever, however that might be set up. That place...that setup...is just as interesting to me as the pipe, the purchasing, and maybe even the purchaser.

I mean...a garage is a garage...unless there's something unique in it or about it. There's a reason Jay Leno had a show just about his garage. The cars came in and came out, but another character in the situation was the garage itself. And hey, I could be imagining something that doesn't even exist with these big Danish collectors. Maybe they lean them in the same Decatur pipe rack as everyone else. One of the Dunhill collectors I knew had more money than he could ever spend, but he lived like someone who made $50K/year. He was completely non-descript. He had a nice watch. He had a couple of nice cars. That's it. He was milk otherwise.

I'm not really wondering about money here, but more about eccentricities that could possibly be influenced by the money.
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GeoffC

GeoffC

Age : 52
Location : North Carolina
Registration date : 2011-10-23

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PostSubject: Re: Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous Pipe Smoker   Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous Pipe Smoker EmptyThu Oct 10, 2019 5:07 pm

I wouldn't say my buddy is living an extravagant lifestyle. I have no idea how well off he is but he doesn't going around looking like something off Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. But with pipes and tobacco is "his" thing and loves it. He seems know everyone in the pipe community, here and abroad, and always goes to the Chicago Pipe Show. Otherwise he is down by me consulting and lives in a regular old apartment and his permanent home is in NYC. If you met him in a smoke shop you would have a great conversation about pipes, pipe makers and tobacco. Otherwise, he is just an average Joe working for a living.
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