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10 May 2012

Post Chicago Rundown
 Newsletter Introduction for Thursday, May 10, 2012

The Chicago show has come and gone. For some it was an opportunity to buy pipes, for others it was an occasion to sell. For many it was a chance to visit with friends we don’t see but once a year. And for it was all of the above - and then some. Fortunately, this year we were wise enough to bring along John, one of our staff photographers (among other duties), and he managed to capture dozens of beautiful pictures of pipes and people alike, many of which you may have already seen posted on our Facebook page, many more of which you’ll find on our blog in the next few days alongside an overview/synopsis/run down of our experience at the show. We’d like to thank the CPCC for putting together another simply tremendous convention, and even despite having just returned, we’re already wishing we were back there all over again. Well, okay, I think we could use a few days off first honestly, but by the end of the month I’m sure we’d be ready to throw down. Nevertheless, we’re certainly looking forward to next year’s festivities.

In the meantime it’s been business as usual at the SPC headquarters. In spite of losing a sizable portion of our total staff to Chicago last week, the gang that remained behind managed to continue to put together a couple stellar updates in our absence. And for those of you who missed seeing an estate offering this last Monday, we’ve made up the difference with a “heftier than usual” spread this afternoon.

Furthermore, we’d like to mention that we’re running a special on Lampe Berger right now; for every purchase of a new lampe we’re throwing in a free bottle of scented oil so you can get started with this beloved product that much easier, or simply add to your existing selection at home for nary a penny. Furthermore, you’ll also find new pipes from such carvers as Ardor, Ser Jacopo, Brebbia, Savinelli, Peterson, Neerup, fresh meerschaums from IMP, and beautiful new works from Tsuge, Japanese carver Smio Satou, and Austrian maker Peter Matzhold.

Ted Swearingen: Vice President, General Manager

Posted by ted at 4:30 PM | Link | 2 comments

Re: Post Chicago Rundown
Do y'all have any firm status as to how soon Mac Baren HH Old Dark Fired will be officially on the shelves?

Is Stonehaven only made in fairly small batches on an annual basis? I seriously thought this blend was NLA like Edgeworth & was delighted to see some trickle in recently, is it all random chance or is there a pattern? Researching thru old threads & such, it seems a long-time trait that the 8oz. are easily compromised with pinholes, usually from that plastic tray...I don't understand why Esoterica will not package it in a 2oz. tin, which would both maintain superior integrity & satisfy more demand to be met, so everyone can at least grab a tin. Any insight?

Sidenote #2:
Both Astley's #44 and Germain's Brown Flake have been out of stock...any update on their future appearance?

Thank you.

Posted by mr.lowercase on May 10, 2012 at 6:35 PM

Re: Post Chicago Rundown
Mac Baren's HH Old Dark Fired should be in stock in the next couple of weeks. There's no official launch date, so to speak.

As far as Stonehaven and Brown Flake, both are made by Germain, a fairly small operation (compared to Orlik or Mac Baren). They produce a handful of blends that are simply hard to come by. We don't get any real advance notice as to when they'll be in stock. Usually our distributor writes "hey, a small batch of ___ will be to you in a couple days."

Posted by ted on May 14, 2012 at 11:48 AM

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