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Moretti Pipes

Post  sparrow on Sat Sep 03, 2011 9:04 pm

I'm curious if you guys own or have any experience with Moretti Pipes? Like 'em? Love 'em? Never heard of 'em?

I wasn't familiar with Moretti at all until I ran across one recently that caught my eye. So I started doing some research, reading owner reviews, etc. There's not a lot of info, but everything I found was favorable. All handmade, Calabrian briar, low numbers produced, etc.

After a little consideration, I went ahead and picked up the one I was looking at to give it a try. I got it for a very modest price; less even than an estate that I sold recently that I hope it will replace. It arrived very quickly, and included a lovely briar tamp.

Haven't smoked it yet (I probably will before the weekend is out), but the workmanship seems superior. I'm looking forward to seeing how it does. I'm curious about any experience you guys have with them though. Pics below. I just love the stain on this one.

(The pics are a little deceptive, as it seems small. The pipe is actually about 5 inches long, and the bowl 2 inches tall. Chamber diameter .86 inches, depth 1.5 inches.)












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Re: Moretti Pipes

Post  NoseWarmer on Sat Sep 03, 2011 11:53 pm

Never heard of them, but it's a nice looking pipe... Looks like a NW...

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Re: Moretti Pipes

Post  Sbrouwers on Sun Sep 04, 2011 9:57 am

I also have never heard of them. Have to agree with PhiL it is a good looking pipe.

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Re: Moretti Pipes

Post  sparrow on Sun Sep 04, 2011 10:21 am

NoseWarmer wrote:Never heard of them..
Sbrouwers wrote:I also have never heard of them.

Well, at least I wasn't alone in that, then. Smile

While I was learning about Moretti's, I found that Marco (the maker) has a 10-part series on YT about his process, plus a couple of extra on Rustication and Stem Inlays. Pretty neat to watch in my opinion.

Part 1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RXvwmeoJjE
Part 2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=itJGy3S-C_4
Part 3 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5am9E2WdjQ
Part 4 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=At0gKCFz3gQ
Part 5 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mY0GIMRd2Kw
Part 6 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_uQBa1LUnXM
Part 7 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rCthxE8U7Xw
Part 8 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ira6eI_t72Q
Part 9 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSCuL4Jpm04
Part 10 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-UjjIUBJ5A
Rustication - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OSoa3Acxuyw
Stem Inlay - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHUUI8zRObo

I'll let you guys know how it goes once I get it broken in good, but I'm pleased with it on arrival.

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Re: Moretti Pipes

Post  Max1a on Sun Sep 04, 2011 11:16 am

Also a nice piece about Moretti on Pipedia. Nice pipe BTW!! Italian pipes really appeal to me. I dislike lucite bits, but the workmanship in even low-end Italian "basket pipes" is outstanding.

http://pipedia.org/index.php?title=Moretti

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Re: Moretti Pipes

Post  dudleydipstick on Sun Sep 04, 2011 2:17 pm

Being a blast fan, that's something I'd jump on for a good price.

The only other Moretti I've ever heard of, I'd jump on faster.

Amia Moretti:



The only good picture I could find without a dick pointed at her.

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Re: Moretti Pipes

Post  Pstlpkr on Sun Sep 04, 2011 6:38 pm

Here ya go Matt.



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Re: Moretti Pipes

Post  dudleydipstick on Mon Sep 05, 2011 12:39 am

Pstlpkr wrote:Here ya go Matt.


I think I worded my post wrong...it was the first decent picture I found without getting too distracted from coming back here to post.

The picture you posted doesn't show up in Firefox, it's just blank space. It does show up in the Linux text-based Links browser, though I don't know what the difference would be.

Nice pic, by the way. cyclops


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More on Moretti

Post  houstonron44 on Thu Apr 05, 2012 7:35 am

I have 2 of them and I must say that I rank them as very similar to L. Viprati. In fact, many Moretti pipes look like they were made by Viprati. Yours, however, including the tamper, looks almost exactly like a modern Brebbia pipe. New Brebbia's often ship with a tamper (depends on price) while Moretti pipes do not. Very curious. I will email some pics of my Moretti, Viprati and Brebbia pipes. I'm still having problems posting pics here but I will try.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/houstonron44/7047614771/in/photostream
http://www.flickr.com/photos/houstonron44/6901518322/in/photostream
http://www.flickr.com/photos/houstonron44/7047614725/in/photostream
http://www.flickr.com/photos/houstonron44/7047614667/in/photostream
http://www.flickr.com/photos/houstonron44/6901518286/in/photostream
http://www.flickr.com/photos/houstonron44/6901518240/in/photostream
http://www.flickr.com/photos/houstonron44/7047614631/in/photostream
http://www.flickr.com/photos/houstonron44/6901518206/in/photostream
http://www.flickr.com/photos/houstonron44/7047614595/in/photostream
http://www.flickr.com/photos/houstonron44/6901518160/in/photostream
http://www.flickr.com/photos/houstonron44/7047600565/in/photostream

Hope you can see them. Ron

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Re: Moretti Pipes

Post  Oldmaus on Thu Apr 05, 2012 7:58 am

Beautiful Pipes. They all came through.

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Thanks Jim

Post  houstonron44 on Thu Apr 05, 2012 9:07 am

but the pics quality is not too good. I don't know if it's me or the camera. It's an HP Q3731A for 3.1 Megapixel photos. I think I need 5MP at least.

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Re: Moretti Pipes

Post  sparrow on Thu Apr 05, 2012 9:14 am

houstonron44 wrote:I have 2 of them and I must say that I rank them as very similar to L. Viprati. In fact, many Moretti pipes look like they were made by Viprati. Yours, however, including the tamper, looks almost exactly like a modern Brebbia pipe. New Brebbia's often ship with a tamper (depends on price) while Moretti pipes do not. Very curious.

Thanks for the pics Ron.

I see some similarity of style with the newer Brebbia pictured. But to my eye, the details and rustication look more similar to the Moretti in your pic.

Here's a billiard from Moretti's site (Link) that is incredibly similar to the shorter one I bought. The tamper came with it along with the normal signed 'Thanks' note from Marco.

Perhaps Moretti is doing design work with Brebbia?

I think the pics are of high-enough resolution, they're just out of focus. Many small point and shoot digital cameras don't like to focus on objects that close, unless they have a 'macro' mode. You might try taking the pic from a little farther away, and cropping in on the pipe part of the picture.

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Re: Moretti Pipes

Post  Pstlpkr on Thu Apr 05, 2012 10:34 am

Thanks Matt... I thought they had moved it.

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Re: Moretti Pipes

Post  NoseWarmer on Thu Apr 05, 2012 1:04 pm

Oldmaus wrote:Beautiful Pipes. They all came through.

AA++ on your pipes Ron... Lovely pipes...

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Brebbia pipes look

Post  houstonron44 on Thu Apr 05, 2012 3:07 pm

similar to yours. The Brebbia Rocciata series:
http://www.monjureinternational.com/images/B1384BFULL.jpg
http://www.monjureinternational.com/images/B1384FULL.jpg
http://www.monjureinternational.com/images/B1392FULL.jpg

It's uncanny how close they are in looks to your Moretti. If Chad (wvloony) can post a pic of the Brebbia I sent him, you will be amazed.

I'm not implying that Brebbias are the same quality as your Moretti because they are not even in the same class with Moretti pipes. Moretti might make some higher grade Brebbias but not the other way around. Moretti pipes are as good as Caminettos, Vipratis and even some of the Sea Rock Castellos (the newer ones).
I think Moretti pipes are a real bargain now but I note that the Ebay competition for them is going up and up. Same thing happened 2-3 years ago for mint, used Rolando pipes which are today nearly impossible to get for under $300. Rolando & Ardor pipes will make a pipe smoker out of nearly any cigar or cig smoker.

Thanks for the tip on taking pics. I need to practice and use a stand for the camera. These old hands are a bit shaky.


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