When I first started out smoking a pipe, I started with basket pipes and cobs. I'm rough on everything I own. I bought one of the new MM hardwoods recently and I burned a hole through it in about four days. My favorite pipe ever is an MM Ozark Mountain that served me well for years until I lost it when I heard my wife calling my name and I dropped the pipe in the garden to rush to her aid. I've never seen that pipe again, and not for lack of looking for it still every time I'm in the garden. I've got a Legend with a Forever Stem that I've had for about 7 years. I don't smoke it often, anymore, but I'm starting to smoke it more and more. It's so darned reliable. My other go-to pipe is a Medico that I bought from the offer on the back of a box of filters. I splurged recently for two Butz-Choquins figuring I needed a higher end pipe. I liked the first one so much that I ordered a second. While the second one was en route through the mail I was walking my dog and smoking the first BC when it fell out of my hand. The mouthpiece shattered a bit off, giving me an odd clench and a sharp edge against my lip. The second BC arrived about a month and a half ago. Just today I've noticed that the stem has developed a hole in it, like a carburetor in another kind of pipe. That's a little less than $200 spent for pipes that, while very enjoyable when new, are somewhat less so with wear and tear. I'm not saying that expensive pipes are a waste of money. I don't have enough experience to say one way or another. They are probably a waste of money for me. I never smoke my one lonely Peterson pipe. I hate it. I really do hate it, especially when I think about how much it cost in a B&M. It looks nice. I need some new pipes. Not because I need them in italics, mostly I need a new pipe because I want one. That's why I bought the BCs. I've decided to go with a few new cobs. Granted, I'm not going to strut into the fanciest nightclub in town and pull out my new General so that people will be in awe, but if I do, I know I won't be too bothered if I leave it on the bar when I leave for the next adventure. I want a good smoking pipe. I don't want to spend a lot on it, based on my track record, and I don't want to worry about it. I gave away all my cobs, but one, a few years ago. I don't wish I had them back, but I do wish I had another cob now. Or two. Or three, and another Ozark Mountain. I have some fancy pipes, but good things are wasted on me, as my wife will tell you. A cob is good. It is the right thing at the right price and it suits my style, even if I'm not a hillbilly. That is a myth. I'm going to buy myself a few cobs, not because I need them, but because I want them. I need a new pipe and a cob is as good as anything else. In many ways, it is better.