I know next to nothing about those three pipes I won in an ebay auction, except one is an Austrian Andreas Bauer. My winning bid maxed my limit although the bid before mine was only 43 euros (about 59 dollars), so I paid the absolute highest price I was willing. http://www.ebay.com/itm/A-Bauer-u-2...0dWCJjJw9Axtl7JvU0Zi8%3D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc Anyway, I am really looking forward to trying a meerschaum, been wanting one for a long time but simply do not afford an Altinok for example. Doesn´t hurt having 3 of those bad boys (I mean white goddesses) all of a sudden. What do you gentlemen think, do you think I´m in for a treat or could I just as well have spent the money on a box of plastic pipes from China?