Well, I bought the pipe. At first, I didn't find the smoke especially great, but having smoked it for a month, I'm really beginning to enjoy it. One prob: the tenon is a bit loose. My tobacconist tells me to smoke it for a few more months, and the tenon-shank wedding should/might fix itself. The bowl gets hot, but since it's a churchwarden I hold it by the stem, so that's not a problem.