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=== My Own Sense of the Custom-Bilt Pipe ===
 
=== My Own Sense of the Custom-Bilt Pipe ===
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[[File:Custombilt Yale.jpg|thumb|Geaorge Yale Letter and Custombilt Add in catolog, courtesy Doug Valitchka]][[File:Custom-Bilt.jpg|thumb|Courtesy Doug Valitchka]][[I do not think that with the release of this book the Custom-Bilt will become a super collectible pipe. (And I do not think that this was in anyway the point of the book.) The various production values of this pipe are different than those collectable pipes made today. With the Custom-Bilt, it seems to me you are looking for the rare pieces (carvings or smooths) or early pipes that have an older stamp. Here you can get a good-smoking, high-quality piece of Algerian briar for a reasonable price. You can use this book to identify those earlier or rare pieces.
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[[File:Custombilt Yale.jpg|thumb|Geaorge Yale Letter and Custombilt Add in catolog, courtesy Doug Valitchka]][[File:Custom-Bilt.jpg|thumb|Courtesy Doug Valitchka]]I do not think that with the release of this book the Custom-Bilt will become a super collectible pipe. (And I do not think that this was in anyway the point of the book.) The various production values of this pipe are different than those collectable pipes made today. With the Custom-Bilt, it seems to me you are looking for the rare pieces (carvings or smooths) or early pipes that have an older stamp. Here you can get a good-smoking, high-quality piece of Algerian briar for a reasonable price. You can use this book to identify those earlier or rare pieces.
    
Unfortunately, for me, I know I can stop looking for a Magnum-sized early Custom-Bilt. All the pipes were made from the same sized blocks, which were not of Magnum size.
 
Unfortunately, for me, I know I can stop looking for a Magnum-sized early Custom-Bilt. All the pipes were made from the same sized blocks, which were not of Magnum size.
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'''THE CUSTOM-BILT PIPE STORY, by William E. Unger, Jr., Ph.D'''  
 
'''THE CUSTOM-BILT PIPE STORY, by William E. Unger, Jr., Ph.D'''  
 
Available from the author [http://naspc.org/books.htm (order from)]. 263 pages, plastic spiral bound, 87 illustrations: pipe photographs and reproductions of rare ads and catalogs. Chapter One: The Companies; Chapter Two: The People; Chapter Three: The Pipes; A carefully researched history of these increasingly collectible pipes, from their beginning, with Tracy Mincer in 1929, to their last manufacture in 1998. A guide to the names and distinguishing features of the many different variations. Reviews by [http://naspc.org/Archives/esserman.htm Richard Esserman], and [http://naspc.org/Archives/soderman.htm Tony Soderman].
 
Available from the author [http://naspc.org/books.htm (order from)]. 263 pages, plastic spiral bound, 87 illustrations: pipe photographs and reproductions of rare ads and catalogs. Chapter One: The Companies; Chapter Two: The People; Chapter Three: The Pipes; A carefully researched history of these increasingly collectible pipes, from their beginning, with Tracy Mincer in 1929, to their last manufacture in 1998. A guide to the names and distinguishing features of the many different variations. Reviews by [http://naspc.org/Archives/esserman.htm Richard Esserman], and [http://naspc.org/Archives/soderman.htm Tony Soderman].
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== Gallery of pipes ==
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The following examples and details will eventually be sorted into early and later version of Custom-Bilt pipes as this articles is refined.
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<center><gallery widths=200 caption="Examples and details, courteys Doug Valitchka">
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File:Custombilt 10Pot01.jpg
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File:Custombilt 10 Pot08.jpg
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File:Custombilt 14 01.jpg
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File:Custombilt 14 07.jpg
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File:Custombilt 14 08.jpg
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File:Custombilt 18 01.jpg
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File:Custombilt 18 07.jpg
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File:Custombilt 18 08.jpg
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File:Custombilt 18 Bulldog03.jpg
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File:Custombilt 18 Bulldog08.jpg
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File:Custombilt 19 01.jpg
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File:Custombilt 19 07.jpg
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File:Custombilt 19 09.jpg
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File:Custombilt 348 Standard01.jpg
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File:Custombilt 348 Standard07.jpg
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File:Custombilt 348 Standard08.jpg
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File:Custombilt 395Std01.jpg
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File:Custombilt 395Std07.jpg
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File:Custombilt 395Std09.jpg
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File:Custombilt 396 Standard01.jpg
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File:Custombilt 396 Standard11.jpg
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File:CustomBilt Apple Square01.jpg
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File:CustomBilt Apple Square08.jpg
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File:CustomBilt Apple Square09.jpg
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File:Custombilt Lumber Star01.jpg
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File:Custombilt Lumber Star07.jpg
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File:Custombilt Lumber Star09.jpg
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File:CustomBilt Moon01.jpg
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File:CustomBilt Moon07.jpg
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File:CustomBilt Moon08.jpg
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File:Custombilt Original pot01.jpg
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File:Custombilt Original pot07.jpg
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File:CustomBilt pot Square09.jpg
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File:CustomBilt Square01.jpg
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File:CustomBilt Star01.jpg
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File:CustomBilt Star07.jpg
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File:CustomBilt Star08.jpg
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File:CustomBilt Triangle01.jpg
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File:CustomBilt Triangle07.jpg
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File:CustomBilt Triangle09.jpg
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File:CustombiltAngledBase01.jpg
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File:CustombiltAngledBase06.jpg
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File:CustombiltBent01.jpg
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File:Custombilt-E72 Orig01.jpg
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File:Custombilt-E72 Orig07.jpg
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File:Custombilt-E72 Orig08.jpg
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</gallery></center>
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[[Category: Pipe makers by nationality]]
 
[[Category: Pipe makers by nationality]]
 
[[Category: United States]]
 
[[Category: United States]]

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