While Gabriele certainly puts a lot into the aesthetics of his pipes' shaping of form and line, he isn't one that's much for sacrificing hand-feel to the altar of visual design. Take this bent Egg for example: the proportions are stout and compressed, the bowl extra-broad in the cheeks, the shank stout and sporting no small amount of flare. And yet, in hand, it's perfectly at ease. The bowl's contours are natural, the transition and shank keep where they belong: out of the way of your thumb. Whether cradled or gripped, this shape, for all its art, is no more a challenge to enjoy than a traditional, voluptuous bent Brandy.
- Eric N. Squires