The starter kit looks good, especially the first one with the rusticated bowl. I don't think there's a right or wrong thing to do when buying your first pipe. Saving up for a better one, or buying a starter kit. For me, i bought a pete as a first pipe, and damn well nearly ruined it as i didn't have anyone to go to for tips on smoking it/ breaking it in.. (before i found this lovely forum). If you're a cigarette smoker, yu might be puffing way to fast and hard and overheating the wood... anyway, i think that this is a good place to start before you decide to buy your pipe. Sasquatch penned a pretty good article which i wished i read before my purchase. here's the link CLICK ME!