Musico: Sandblasted Bent Billiard with Silver (Foundation) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-008-0863

Musicò is something of an outlier in the realm of Italian pipe making, as, rather than fashion large, boldly neoclassical pieces with a flair for the dramatic, the workshop is instead known for classic shapes in more reserved dimensions. At just under five inches long, this bent Billiard certainly fits that standard, and its shaping leaves nothing to be desired in its similarities to the timeless works of the Anglo-French marques of old. A plump bowl dominates the profile, and the trim, curling shank leads to a silver military mount and demurely curved stem. The dark sandblast dressing the stummel keeps the aesthetic stately, especially given the silver mount, and reveals some handsome grain.

In 1990, two notable sons of the pipe world joined together and opened up a shop together. Those two were Paolo Becker and Massimo Musicò, the sons of Fritz Becker and Giorgio Musicò, respectively, and two highly respected individuals within Italy's pipe sphere. Starting in 1995, the pair began making pipes together, with Paolo turning the stummels and Massimo crafting silver spigots and bands to pair with the pipes. The duo enjoyed great success during their partnership, but in 2002, Paolo decided to go back to making artisan pipes full-time under the Becker name. Massimo Continued making Musicò pipes, however, and added the Foundation name to subsequent releases, additionally including the rest of his family in the production of the pipes.

-John McElheny

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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 4.91 in./124.71 mm.
  • Weight: 1.10 oz./31.18 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.62 in./41.15 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.31 in./33.27 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.76 in./19.30 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.27 in./32.26 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Billiard
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Italy
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