Three things I don't much like in a pipe - 1. Overly wide opening at chamber top - can be hard to get lit 2. Half- or more bent - can be irksome to pass a pipecleaner 3. Overly deep bowls - can be hard to smoke to the bottom I won this 1986 ASP dublin on ebay many years ago and felt like I overpaid at $80 after I got it. It was a bitch to light it complete and even across the top, it took a lot of fiddling to get a pipecleaner through it and usually there was a soggy wad of dottle left and the bottom of the deep, conical bowl. The pipe sat a lot. Lately I started smoking flake in it and, what can I say - "It was a poor workman who blamed his tools?" A smokers experience says at least as much about pipe quality as does briar quality, geometry and the makers workmanship, I guess. This dublin is a killer. I felt like mentioning it, not as an advertisement for Mark Tinsky, but as a comment on how dramatically things improve as you develop good gauges for tobacco moisture, good rubbing out- and pipefilling techniques and a sense of when to puff, pause, tamp and swab. This pipe, by the way, has knocked my socks off with Pete University Flake, some thing I was about to give up on a month or two back. This lightweight pipe has a gentle ring blast, easy on the hand and eye and, for some reason stays lit longer as a smoke progresses, often, to ash at the bottom... shrug.