P-lip or Fishtail?

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Re: P-lip or Fishtail?

Post by Joshoowah » Wed May 23, 2018 11:09 pm

I've got one P-lip, and it's an old one so it's a little different than the modern ones. It's easy to clean and I can tell no difference, really, between it and my other pipes. I doubt I'll get another either way.
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Re: P-lip or Fishtail?

Post by Bloodhound » Thu May 24, 2018 7:55 am

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I've got one P-lip, and it's an old one so it's a little different than the modern ones. It's easy to clean and I can tell no difference, really, between it and my other pipes. I doubt I'll get another either way.
I bought a Peterson on line with bad pics (have scored some great stuff that way), it came in with a P-Lip....I tried it for a while but didn't care for how it fit my teeth in a clinch so I sold it. Most likely won't buy another.
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Re: P-lip or Fishtail?

Post by UncleBob » Thu May 24, 2018 2:09 pm

Right now, as of this time and date, there are a few P-lip Peterson Systems for sale under $100:

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Re: P-lip or Fishtail?

Post by Fainn » Thu May 24, 2018 3:18 pm

Works pretty good if you have dentures. Otherwise, I don't think it makes that much of a difference.
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Re: P-lip or Fishtail?

Post by arank87 » Thu May 24, 2018 8:01 pm

I decided I’m going to hold off. I have a bad case of PAD and need to learn to be content. I have three pipes that I think are really cool and I’m going to spend a few months getting to know them.
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Re: P-lip or Fishtail?

Post by Cleon » Fri May 25, 2018 10:04 am

I have never had a P-lip because I think they look phallic, so I can't tell you anything about the merits or demerits of how they function. I just don't want to put one in my mouth based on how they look. That's my personal take on them.
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Re: P-lip or Fishtail?

Post by arank87 » Fri May 25, 2018 10:18 am

Cleon wrote:
Fri May 25, 2018 10:04 am
I have never had a P-lip because I think they look phallic, so I can't tell you anything about the merits or demerits of how they function. I just don't want to put one in my mouth based on how they look. That's my personal take on them.
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Re: P-lip or Fishtail?

Post by Cleon » Fri May 25, 2018 11:32 am

arank87 wrote:
Fri May 25, 2018 10:18 am
Cleon wrote:
Fri May 25, 2018 10:04 am
I have never had a P-lip because I think they look phallic, so I can't tell you anything about the merits or demerits of how they function. I just don't want to put one in my mouth based on how they look. That's my personal take on them.
Well that just happened.
Just calling it like I see it. :wink:

I'll admit that the look of a pipe is really important to me. If I don't like the way a pipe looks, regardless of how it functions, I most likely would never smoke it.
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Re: P-lip or Fishtail?

Post by Jocose » Sat May 26, 2018 4:06 pm

The P-lip is crap, unless you like the roof of your mouth and upper gums scorched.
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Re: P-lip or Fishtail?

Post by DepartedLight » Sat May 26, 2018 7:45 pm

Jocose wrote:
Sat May 26, 2018 4:06 pm
The P-lip is crap, unless you like the roof of your mouth and upper gums scorched.
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Re: P-lip or Fishtail?

Post by driftedshank » Sun May 27, 2018 12:59 pm

A P-lip can work nicely as long as the draw is open. I've experienced P-lips that were tight, perhaps by design, which contributed to some awful smokes. Combine a tight P-lip with a draft hole that's drilled high ( not unusual for Petersons) and you have a prescription for disaster.

Opening up a P-lip is not easy, I would think. Much easier to do with a fishtail stem.

Fred S - I miss Rusty too. He certainly knew beans from borscht when it came to pipes, tobaccos and much more. He had several Pete systems including a huge bent house pipe. All had P-lips if I'm not mistaken. Would have liked Rusty to weigh in on this.

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Re: P-lip or Fishtail?

Post by DAN » Sun May 27, 2018 10:44 pm

I have p-lip pipes I adore and some that I merely find neutral, no better nor worse than a fishtail. With some, like my XL90 and my 80s, i find that little extra bend makes it a little more difficult to run a pipe cleaner through them.

In the end, you just have to try one. If I'm not mistaken, if it turns out you just hate p-lips, with a system pipe, you can get a replacement stem at a reasonable price, so to my mind, your only real risk is the price of a stem.

I like my Petersons. My 306 smokes as well as anything else I own, including the Upshall and the Tilsheads, despite a more restricted draw. I have no idea why this should be so, but it is.
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Re: P-lip or Fishtail?

Post by John-Boy » Sun Jun 03, 2018 1:03 pm

Cleon wrote:
Fri May 25, 2018 11:32 am
arank87 wrote:
Fri May 25, 2018 10:18 am
Cleon wrote:
Fri May 25, 2018 10:04 am
I have never had a P-lip because I think they look phallic, so I can't tell you anything about the merits or demerits of how they function. I just don't want to put one in my mouth based on how they look. That's my personal take on them.
Well that just happened.
Just calling it like I see it. :wink:

I'll admit that the look of a pipe is really important to me. If I don't like the way a pipe looks, regardless of how it functions, I most likely would never smoke it.
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