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We will post a sampling of your
communications as we receive them. Every single one of
the thousands we receive is important to us. Obviously, because of space limitations we
cannot place them all here but I assure you that we respond to each and every one. The
following are ones we have selected as they concern issues that many of our readers are
Hello, my name is Joe Clemson and I wish to thank you for your publication. It is long overdue and a most welcome addition to any RYO library. My wife Sharon and I have been involved with this industry for 10 years now, especially with the folks at CTC. We have been dealers of their products for quite a few years now and are seeing an upswing is business. We are in the process of redesigning and reposting our web site. Hope to have it completed and on line is a month. I am quite interested in advertising with you and if the need arises, writing for you as well.
Thank you again for a enlightening publication. Nice to see folks that care and are knowledgeable.
Doug Swinhart writes:
Recently you wrote an article on the Supermatic II. All that you stated seemed quite accurate. The only thing I wish you would have included was the address and or phone number for the company. I can't seem to locate them. I have a Supermatic II and have enjoyed using it for quite some time. But I'm now in need of a couple small parts for repair.
Any help greatly appreciated.
RYO Magazine responds:
Thanks for visiting Douglas. The best way to contact CTC for parts and repair instructions is through their toll free number which is 888-321-8823
I have a question about Gizeh Roll Boxes. Where are they
made and how
Kind reagrds and thanks in advance.
I am a long time smoker. I started at an early age and quit
when I was in my early 30's. I resumed smoking (it was a conscious choice) about 9 months
ago. I returned to my favorite cigarette, Marlboro 100's but found the price increase in
the last 12yrs ridiculous. I fell back on old skills, when I was economically challenged,
and took up the Bugler banner and rolled them for awhile.
I found your online magazine and loved it. I have some ideas for you. I know that doesnt mean much but here they are. Have you thought about starting a tip section on making your own such as using the tubes or machines, also have you thought about linking to some online stores that sell the products you are reviewing. It was just a thought.
Would like to thank you for providing the link to Ziggymart for Turkish Special tobacco. At present I'm alternating the Turkish with the Dutch Blend from D&R Tobacco. Both have a great taste and am once more really enjoying a smoke. Plus a pouch of Gauloises every so often. Up to my ass in tobacco and tubes!! I spent many years in Europe and Asia and am somewhat spoiled when it comes to a good cigarette. Don't care for pipes. What I really, really want is the blend used to make the Balkan Sobranie.
I still have some of the 10 count tins, just to torture
myself since they disappeared from the market. I have found some 50g pouches listed on
some German sites, but is there anywhere you know of to get the Sobranie blend in bulk,
even from Europe? I'm more than willing to endure the shipping
Dear RYO folks,
I can't believe it's taken me so long to stumble upon ryo
magazine. (i am now hitting myself over the head with a presta deluxe.) great articles,
well produced, and nicely concieved overall. i've been an ryo-myo enthusiast for over 20
years, still remember the zig zags in the red pack, good ole' "piss yellows" as
we called them...blah blah. the reviews of injectors/tubes were especially helpful. my
first exposure to these curious smoking implements was in canada, aeons ago, watching a
pensioner in a greyhound station knocking out dozens of smokes on a well used supermatic.
it looked to me at the time, like some sort of odd office equipment. it still does.
granted the new model looks like something from the executive suite. (or part of the door
assembly from a luxury car) that experience, and seeing all the kits available, led me to
purchase an injector. the dreaded afore- mentioned presta. surprisingly, it's now a decade
old, and still works magnificently. just used it a few seconds ago to fill an el rey tube
with stokers' #2. obviously, i'm still planningon getting my hands on a supermatic oran
exel, but my trusty old pressta simply refuses to die. love the ryo site, and look forward
to visiting often. keep up the good work!
Hello RYO Magazine,
Perhaps you could help me out. I was searching for
information on the history of roll-your-own cigarette machines and came across your
impressive website. Could you tell me who invented the machine and in what year? Any
historical info. would be much appreciated.
Responding to Margot,
As early as the late 14th Century the Chinese were using bamboo rolling mats to roll vaious substances incluiding tobacco. The actual machines (hand held rollers) to roll with are circa 1940 and the injector types came along soon after that. Few were seen in the US until the 1960's We will do a historical piece in an upcoming issue of RYO Magazine after some much needed additional research.
I used to smoke a beautiful rolling tobacco called Balkan
Sobrini Turkish yenige. It had a bright gold color and smelled like heaven with a sweet
taste. Unfortunately, it is no longer produced. Did you ever try it? Do you know of
anything like this and where I can get it?
I used to smoke the "three castles" brand of tobacco in the light green tin, and i was wondering if you knew where i could possibly but some more online. it is not carried in stores where i live anymore. thanks,
Hello, as the ONLY person I know that rolls his own cigarettes I must say that I was quite pleased to find your wonderful site on the net. Yery informative and the reviews are great fun to read! I used to roll,(I only hand roll spliffs, one end big one end small) Drum way back in the late seventies to early eighties, went on to the convenience of the killer packs of KOOLS, and my mainstay is now Bugler, which I know you don't like but it's really quite satisfying when you get used to it. After spending a few hours at your site I went down to the local Mom n' Pop store and found a 40g. package of Samson and WOW how nice this is! Better than the old Douwe (spelling) Egberts Drum in my opinion. Anyway the reason I wrote in the first place is to tell you that if you go to...
See you on the flipside,
Just started stuffin my own. Used to smoke Camel filters all the time. Tried a bunch of off the shelf pouches, not real pleased. I did try two tins of a tobacco called " Charles Fairmorn", One was light virginia, which really caught my fancy, and the other was a dark fired blend, which was good, but I found it to be a little heavy or strong. Both were a pleasant change from the Camels. If you have tried Charles Fairmorn Bright Virginia, could you recomend another with similar characteristics. I own a "Supermatic" and can make them just as good as RJ. Really enjoy your articles and reviews,
I am interested in finding out if you know what companies
supply a hand cranking machine and what is the efficiency of such a product perhaps you
have reviewed one in the past I could reference. Thanks in advance for any help you can
I've been handrolling for about 3 months now and absolutely love it. I've found a favorite, Gauloises Halfzware Shag because of it's body, smoothness, and ease of rolling. I do have a bit of a problem. Everytime I buy a pouch it's extremely dry. Would a small cigar humidor work to moisturize it, or do you have any tips?
I just wanted to take a second and say thanks for putting
together such a great magazine. I had never even *heard* of RYO injection, and after
reading pretty much every article of all your back issues, I decided to give it a whirl. I
bought a Supermatic II, some McClintock (Green), and some tubes from ryotobacco.com, and
was extremely excited when they arrived today.
This may be a stupid question and maybe an insult to a RYO
smokers. I am interested in making my own cigarettes but have no idea if I would like
them. I smoke Marlboro Lights can you tell me or send me in the right direction where I
can find out which tobacco taste like a Marlboro or something close to it. That way I
won't be starting out in something that will put me againest RYO.
I just read your article on the 100 mm filter tubes. My
roommate and I both smoke 120 mm. I would like to be able to buy the 120 size and also a
cigarette machine to go with it so I can make my own cigarettes. I am just giving you this
information in case there are any manufacturers out there that would like to know there
may be a market for the above.
Hi, how to order by the mail in your site.
Hello Doug,and Everyone at "RYO" Mag.
I have recently become a roll-your-own enthusiast and I
compliment you on your wonderful on-line magazine. I have two questions: 1) What, if
anything, is going on in Congress to tax bulk tobacco, tubes, etc., and 2) Is there a
tobacco that you could suggest that is similar in flavor to Camel (Filter Kings).
Email us with any comments on this and/or any other issues that relate to your freedom of choice.
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