These just came back to me today, and I couldn't be more pleased!
I contacted Mark about 3 weeks ago wanting to get this Castello lovat (new shape fetish) opened up. I had heard that the ones from the mid-80's and before could be a bit restricted, but I still took a chance on this little unsmoked beauty. Sure enough, it was like sucking water through a nerf football.
Tinsky said he could open it up for $15. Done!
Then I got to thinking about this Savinelli Giubileo that was a gift from someone here on the boards that has always smoked OK, but the acrylic replacement stem someone put on it always felt clunky and uncomfortable. I asked mark to get me a thin, comfortable vulcanite stem. Done.
Finally, I've had a Dunhill 4111 lovat I traded for years ago that, again, suffered from a chunk acrylic replacement stem, which always felt sacreligious on a Dunhill. I asked mark if he could do a full-on Dunhill hand-cut ebonite brindle replacement stem with the dot.
Now, you could breathe through the Castello, the Savinelli is a joy to smoke, and the Dunhill is the best looking and most comfortable pipe I own. All for a VERY reasonable price
You are worth your accolades and we are lucky to have you as a "Brother".