OK my fellow old farts, I'll admit to you all that even though I've been puffing the pipe for multiple decades “I don't know everything!” This is the great thing about a forum like this...collective knowledge. Here is my quandary. I have one pipe that although is nearly 10 years old is not even broke in. Why? Because the only time I feel I should smoke it is when I'm very angry at myself and feel the need for penance. This is with out a doubt the worst tasting pipe I've ever known, perhaps in the history of all time! No matter what you fill it with it all tastes the same; a combination of eraser rubbings mixed with dog hair and sprinkled with a dash of pepper spray! I have tried many different common brands of tobacco including SWR, H&H, CH, even aromatics like Caption Black and it's always the same; YUCK and SOUR! I'm not about to waste any of my good toby on this pipe. I've used Bee Pipe Sweetener (when it was still available), rum, ever-clear, and rubbing alcohol with no change. The bowl has never gotten hot, or seen anything but matches to light it. The pipe is a Jobey “Band” #110. The pipe is a large (coated) billiard bowl with a screw on acrylic stem. Nice looking enough, but that’s about all. Please don't suggest selling it; my conscience would not allow that. To be honest I can't even think of anyone I dislike that much. So...this bodes the question, do any of you have a suggestions on how to make a very sour bowl smokeable enough to get it broke-in, or am I just going to have to make it a battle of the will?