|Rainer Barbi BA #37013RS
|I hate providing the grade for Barbi pipes because they are
no indicator of the grade of the pipe. Barbi was not exactly
whimsical when grading, he was being practical...if he needed
money, he graded the pipe higher. It is up to the pipe buyer to
be able to look at a multi-hundred dollar pipe and determine if
the thing is good or not. If one can't do that, one shouldn't be
buying such an expensive pipe. I subscribe to that theory, but
when it comes to getting money, I'm happy to advertise a high
grade. So much for hypocrisy, huh? This Grp. 5 Apple with a
rounded triangle shank is in exc. cond., with a wide-open draw
and a Barbi hand-cut stem. It's a rounded button, so you will
not hang this pipe from your jaw, but rather hold that great bowl
in your hand. Note also the good cross grain and Bird's Eye.
5.6" long, bowl 1.75" tall. Weight: 1.5 oz., 44 grams. $325.