I recently purchased a La Rocca pipe which I am having considerable difficulty with. My question doesn't have so much to do with knowledge of the brand, but rather whether it is possible for a pipe to have been as poorly constructed as the one I bought.
I own only two pipes, a Molina I got for about $40 and a La Rocca for $45. Both are bent billiards. I cannot for the life of me figure out why I can't get the La Rocca to stay lit. At first I chalked it up to me simply needing more experience, but I sincerely doubt that's the problem after having smoked 20+ bowls of various tobacco in my Molina with almost always less than 5 relights throughout each bowl. However, smoking (or attempting to) about the same number of bowls in my La Rocca has only proven to be a disaster. I have been unable to keep the pipe lit for more than 30 seconds at a time. The weirdest part is that the pipe doesn't seem to smoke wet, which I have been told is typically the problem with poorly constructed pipes. There is never any pipe gurgle nor do I ever get tongue bite. Although I do not believe that I am necessarily good at smoking pipes, I must be doing something right, since just today I smoked a full bowl of Three Star out of my Molina using only 3 relights.
I have experimented with different types of tobacco, and I have been using the exact same tobaccos, packing method, and smoking method for both my Molina and La Rocca. Is it possible that I just happened to purchase a La Rocca with horrid construction? Considerable research has only told me that La Roccas might be seconds, but I have been unable to verify that.
Thanks for any info