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Volker Bier uses to listen to loud (really loud!) Rock or Heavy Metal music when working on his pipes. Hence his grading uses the names of his most favorite bands:
- JP — Judas Priest - rusticated and partially rusticated pipes.
- IR — Iron Maiden - smooth pipes; grain not just super and also may have small spots.
- RA — Rammstein - smooth pipes with beautiful grain; few minor spots.
- MA — Manowar - smooth pipes with beautiful grain; no spots.
More recently introduced and not representing a grade but a certain line of pipes were
- IE — In Extremo - pipes with bamboo shanks.
- BR — Brings - Mooreiche / Morta pipes.
The grading has no meaning at all for the quality of craftsmanship. In his own words: a JP is just as well (or poorly) made as a MA.
Volker Bier Am Bungert 5 53797 Lohmar Germany Phone: +49 (0)2246 169528 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: Pfeifen-Bier