I was a recent victim of FAD. I acquired a few Kirsten pipes while living in Seattle a few years back and found them to be a nice pipe. However, after finding this board, I could not get over how often the Falcon came up. Having never seen one of these pipes, I goggled it and was not drawn in, at first. Now that I have been around here for a few months, all the while reading how great they are, I decided to give them another look. I came across one on ebay that had a larger bowl, a plus, and decided to give it a try. When it showed up it was not in great condition. So I put it aside to clean when I had some time. After cleaning(posted in another section), I finally had a chance to light it up tonight. It was a windy night. The tail edge of the storm that tore up the Midwest was just leaving my part of Ohio. I loaded the bowl up for a quick smoke. Because of the winds I didnt think my smoke would last long. Because of this notion, I didnt worry about getting a good pack or filling the bowl all that much. I smoked the whole bowl down, with only one relight, puffing like a mad man. I was able to get the ember to glow bright orange all the way across the top of the ash, but the bowl, and smoke, stayed cool. I wish I had this pipe when I was fighting the wind at the coast! My mouth would have also been thankful. I did not use any dry rings. I didn't even bother to put a used pipe cleaner in the bottom. I am not sure what difference this would have made, I look forward to trying it in the future. All in all a good experience. I am curious how a bent would work because in general I prefer a bent pipe. However, I just do not care for how they bents look. I wish they had more of an Oom Paul shape. The pipe itself is light enough that I do not know if there would really be a balance benefit either. I am also not looking to give up my briars.