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There are many different shapes of pipes and infinite variations. MPC has entrusted MPQ (the working group who is responsible for the Quality Certification) to register and classify at least the shapes which, historically, can be considered "classic". This definition implies the first briar pipe shapes which have given birth to many interpretations. The pipemakers themselves admit that a visit to the Pipe Museum of Gavirate or the Brebbia Collection is enough to realize that, as far as shape is concerned, everything has already been done.
MPQ does not expect to have the last word on the description and representation of the classic shapes, and it does not allow itself to establish their correct interpretation; it is purpose is to be of help to those who wish to use it as reference, comparison - and why not? - to give rise to discussions, modifications and to further improve this classification which has 118 "classic" shapes registered (44 group leaders - including 12 progenitors - and 74 variations).
We have purposefully abandoned the idea to include  measurements and allowances of the shapes.
We believe this necessity belongs only to the important buyers, and distributors. It can only be useful to set  the pipemaker production standards (completely mechanical) that control the quality of replication.
For us a shape must have above all a visual identity and, when possible, kinesthetic. Any contribution (from historical notes to etymological references, from the definitions to personal experience) will be welcome to
mpcbuletin@sottovoce.it .
If beginners will be willing to accept help, they will find for every shape an advice easy to understand:

  PPP specially suitable  
  PP suitable  
  P not very suitable  
  NP  not suitable  
  NNP unquestionably unsuitable  

Group Leaders