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From: ??????????????????????? (Elias Mazur)
Subject: Pipe auto-biography.


First I would like to welcome you all again to the pipes mailgroup. I
fell particularly happy for the creation of the mailgroup, considering
the quantity of flames I got by trying to start the rec.pipes
newsgroup. I am sure that in a near future we will have enough traffic
to justify a newsgroup, moderated, of course. I would also like to
thank Steve Masticol for bringing my idea of a pipes newsgroup into

Well, I am an EE graduate student from Brazil (great excuse for
grammar errors :-) ), in Syracuse University, and I've been in the US
for two and half years. I started smoking pipe about 9 years ago. My
collection is small (13), but is steadily growing. My collection is
divided half bent and half straight stem, mostly because it was
difficult to buy good pipes back in my hometown in Brazil, so I could
not be very picky. My first pipe was a BBB straight stem billiard
style, that my father bought in 1960 and smoked only a couple of
times, in a unsuccesful attempt to quit cigarette smoking. I don't
know if it is for sentimental reasons or for the quality, but it's
still my favorite pipe. Nowdays, I buy most of my pipes bent stems,
like Steve, for aesthetic reasons. I have GBD's, Petersen, Savinelli,
Barling (very good). I also have a nice calabash, Sherlock Holmes
style, with a meerschaum bowl. It is a cool smoke, and the bowl is
turning into a beautiful deep yellow color.

Yesterday I just bought a beatiful bent stem pipe from a italian pipe
maker, Aldo Vilani. I bought in a pipe shop in Utica, Pipes Unlimited,
that I learned about from the The Pipe Smoker's Ephemeris. It is a
very nice pipe shop, and the owner, a pipe smoker/collector/expert, Mr
Bob Smith, is a very nice person, very polite, and is always there to
have a chat about pipes. He is the kind of tabaconnist that one wishes
to deal with. He explains about the pipes, the makers, the history of
the maker, new trends, and does NOT try to 'sell' you any pipe. He
lets you choose the one that better suits you. When he saw that I kind
of fell for one pipe, he gave me a great deal on it. I recommend it to
anyone living Upstate New York, or coming this way. If someone is
interested in the address, let me know.

With tobacco blends my story is also related to the fact that few
good tobaccos could be purchased in my hometown. I used to smoke
Amphora's as well, when I could find it. Sometimes my father would
travel to the US or Europe, and would bring me some good tobacco. Now
I only smoke English blends. I can't say that I have a favorite, but
mixtures of Virginia with Latakia specially attracts me. I like some
Dunhill blends, as well as the Balkan Sobraine. I'm glad Steve enjoyed
my suggestion of Balkan Sobraine. I just bought the 759 Balkan today.
I once mix the Half-and-Half with pure Latakia, and the result was
excellent. I really enjoy this home made mixture. I will try new
mixtures soon.

Well, after writing all this about my pipes and blends, there is only
one way to go: drink a nice tea and smoke my new pipe.

              "Give a man a pipe he can smoke,
              Give a man a book he can read,
              And his home is bright with a calm delight,
              Though the room be poor indeed."

                                 Alfred Dunhill ( The Pipe Book )

Have you all a good and relaxing smoke.

Elias Mazur (???????????????????????)

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