So I've been shopping English estates lately on Smokingpipes, and there are a lot of choices, and they're all priced, er, rather loftily. Still, there is good reason for that, say all the Dunhill and Charatan smokers I know, and I intend to find out what they're on about. Anyway, I'm wondering a few things. First of all, does anyone have any insights on the various merits of one company or another? I know that Dunhill, Charatan's, Barling's, Upshall, and Ashton (which I really lust after) are all highly regarded, and Dunhill is the one I'm really after, followed closely by Ashton (partly because it is my namesake, and mostly because they are fantastic pipes, especially their sandblasts). Sasieni is a bit more confusing with all the various numbers of dots and all that, and the fact that you will run across a $50 one and then a $300 one. You never see a $50 Dunhill. One thing that's odd is that I have never seen an estate Dunhill that was a bent pipe. Some of the new Dunhills listed are bent, but mostly Dunhills seem to be straight. I have no problem with that, because it seems very proper English to have a straight Lovat or Canadian with a pencil-thin shank and short stem and small bowl. That's what I'm after, as a matter of fact. Anyone know why this is, or what this is all about? I don't think I would want a bent Dunhill, but it does have me wondering. Anyhow, I intend to purchase an English estate pipe soon, and it will likely be a Dunhill unless someone here gives some very convincing argument as to the merits of some other company. I have always lusted after Dunhills, and to finally own one would be sublime. Ah yes, and one other thing: what's the deal with Comoy's? I've seen some very expensive and some very inexpensive ones, and I don't know what to think of that company. Any insight on any of this would be much appreciated. And any ramblings or opinions about English pipes in general would be welcomed as well. I would love to hear about different people's ideas of what constitutes a "proper English pipe" and all that. So, have at it! I'll read every word.