Some people prefer an acrylic stem's lower maintenance, others, vulcanite's softer feel when clenched in the jaw. Rossi provides either, depending on the series, all while maintaining modest prices throughout. In the case of the Messina line, it's jet-black vulcanite, handsomely accented by a simple brass band, and paired up to an extra-dark walnut finish. Here that's all put towards presenting a simple straight Billiard, sporting the sort of extra-large bowl we'd expect from a briar of the Italian neoclassical style.
- Eric N. Squires